Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

Jewels of the Russian Arctic: Franz Josef Land & Novaya Zemlya

Follow in the footsteps of early Arctic explorers on this Jewels of the Russian Arctic: Franz Josef Land & Novaya Zemlya expedition, voyaging to two of the most isolated, icy archipelagos in the Russian High Arctic. From the mountains of Novaya Zemlya—the largest Eurasian Arctic archipelago—to the wildlife sanctuary of Franz Josef Land—part of the Russian Arctic National Park—these are rugged and essentially uninhabited landscapes that few have ever experienced. There’s no shortage of amazing adventures in these remote regions, where ice-capped peaks soar majestically out of the water and polar bears wander in their natural environment.

Explore this rarely visited region of the Russian High Arctic on a 16- or 22-day voyage. Encounter iconic Arctic wildlife, such as polar bears, walrus, whales and seabirds including kittiwakes, skuas and fulmars. Bask in the grandeur and calving ice of glaciated Novaya Zemlya, where the earliest Arctic explorers overwintered. Visit significant sites at Franz Josef Land, including a possible post office stop to mail a postcard, and learn about the region’s storied history.

The Jewels of the Russian Arctic: Franz Josef Land & Novaya Zemlya expedition is aboard the 132-guest Ocean Adventurer, an ice-stable ship equipped for personal and intimate Arctic exploration. AdventureSmith Explorations’ crew of award-winning small ship cruise experts have personal experience sailing in the polar regions. Contact us to discover more about this Arctic small ship cruise and other options to suit your travel interests and timeline.

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