a group of walruses on sea ice while onlookers get a look from a nearby zodiac in the arctic circle
a polar bear walks across the pack ice, lifting its paw and staring directly at the camera, in the arctic
a person walks on a rocky beach toward the frozen ocean with icebergs in the arctic
sea kayaks are dwarfed by the size of a glacier and sheer cliff of ice in the arctic
Polar traveler in yellow jacket walks over snowy ground toward an old wooden hut during the Jewels of the Russian Arctic small ship cruise.
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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.

This Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya expedition is aboard the 128-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.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Arctic cruises and Arctic trips.



Itinerary

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

The 16-day Russian high Arctic voyage begins and ends with a flight from/to Helsinki, Finland to/from Murmansk, Russia.

Jewels of the Russian Arctic: Franz Josef Land & Novaya Zemlya route map from Murmansk, Russia.
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Day 1
Arrive Helsinki, Finland

This Arctic adventure begins in Helsinki, renowned for its extraordinary architecture and intriguing mix of eastern and western influences. Guests who arrive early may explore the many museums, galleries and restaurants, relax at a Finnish sauna or wander the vibrant Design District before retiring at the included airport hotel.

Accommodations

Airport Hotel TBA

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Fly to Murmansk, Russia & Embark

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and board the private charter flight to Murmansk, Russia. Once aboard, get acquainted with the ship and crew and settle in for the voyage north.

Accommodations

Ocean Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 4
At Sea

While the ship sails through the Barents Sea, the expedition team will prepare you for the adventures that await. Learn about the storied history and politics of the region, its fascinating wildlife, geology, ecology and climate, and the incredible sights soon to be explored. Staff will keep a lookout for seabirds, such as kittiwakes, skuas and fulmars soaring above the ship. Whale and seal sightings may also be possible in this biologically diverse sea.

Accommodations

Ocean Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 5 - 7
Exploring Novaya Zemlya

The largest of the Eurasian Arctic archipelagoes, the rarely visited Novaya Zemlya (New Land) is the third-largest wilderness area in Europe. This seemingly long, narrow island actually consists of two main islands, Severny (northern) and Yuzhny (southern), separated by the imposing Matochkin Strait. While exploring Novaya Zemlya, expect a new adventure every day. Each expedition will be unique, depending on the weather and ice, but a few landing sites the ship strives to visit include Inostrantseva Bay, the Oransky Islands, Cape Zhelaniya, Cape Spory Navalok and Russkaya Gavan.

Boasting one of the most picturesque glaciers in the entire archipelago, Inostrantseva Bay provides breathtaking panoramic views of pristine Arctic wilderness. If conditions allow, explore ashore, or Zodiac cruise along the face of the glacier, at a safe distance, possibly witnessing the wonders of calving ice. Encounters with Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres) are likely, owing to a small colony in the coastal cliffs.

To the northern side of Severny Island are the Oransky Islands. Wildlife abounds here, with a variety of animal and plant life to be discovered. Walrus have been sighted here on many previous expeditions. Coming across a walrus haul-out is unforgettable. These giant pinnipeds of the Arctic create a ruckus as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline. Encounters with whales and seabirds are possible, as well as polar bears, a genetically distinct subpopulation here. A significant site in polar exploration, Novaya Zemlya also offers a number of opportunities to trace the footsteps of famous explorers and reflect on the region’s history.

Accommodations

Ocean Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
At Sea

Bid farewell to Novaya Zemlya as the ship cruises farther north to Franz Josef Land. There are several activities while at sea. Attend presentations by the expedition team, relax in the polar library or simply spend some time on deck, admiring the sea.

Accommodations

Ocean Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 9 - 12
Exploring Franz Josef Land

This remote group of nearly 200 islands, many covered in ice, forms the most northerly archipelago in Eurasia and lies entirely within the Arctic Circle. A nature reserve, it is part of the Russian Arctic National Park. Weather and ice conditions permitting, hope to explore historical sites, remote seabird colonies and walrus haul-outs at some notable destinations such as Cape Flora, Cape Norway, Bell Island and Tikhaya Bukta. Polar bear encounters are also possible.

On Jackson Island, Cape Norway is where Norwegian explorers Fridtjof Nansen and Hjalmar Johansen wintered from 1895 to 1896. The conditions were astonishingly difficult, but they survived until the summer and continued their journey south. The remains of their small hut are still here today, along with a memorial marking the event.

Exploring Tikhaya Bukta (Calm Bay), the site of an abandoned weather station on Hooker Island, will feel like stepping back in time. There is plenty to discover while wandering the ruins, immersed in Russian polar history, and you may even be able to send a postcard from the post office! The Stolichky and Appolonov Islands offer plentiful walrus encounters, as the lumbering giants can be found hauled out here. If ice and weather are favorable, explore the area by Zodiac, at a safe distance, to view these pinnipeds of the Arctic in their natural habitat.

Accommodations

Ocean Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 13 - 14
At Sea

As the Arctic expedition winds down, the ship takes a couple of days to sail through this wildlife-rich sea, where whales of various species are often seen. Take in a presentation, reminisce with shipmates about the incredible journey, relax in the lounge while swapping stories and photos or enjoy the solitude of the sea. Expedition staff will be on hand to answer any remaining questions and spot wildlife.

Accommodations

Ocean Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 15
Disembark Murmansk & Fly to Helsinki, Finland

Return to Russia’s most northerly city, where there’s time to bid farewell to the expedition team and crew before catching the group charter flight back to Helsinki, where you will have one more night in this exquisite city.

Accommodations

Airport Hotel TBA

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 16
Depart Helsinki

After breakfast, spend time exploring more of the Finnish capital or catch your homeward-bound flight.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; all meals and snacks on board; soft drinks and juices on board; select beer and house wine during dinner; all shore landings per the daily program; leadership throughout the voyage by experienced expedition leader; all Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program; formal and informal presentations by the expedition team and special guests as scheduled; photographic journal documenting the expedition; waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep; coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock; hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; all luggage handling aboard the ship; emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US $500,000 per person; Russian invitation letter for visa application provided after final payment.

Exclusions

Mandatory Transfer Package (2022 & 2023 approximate package price is $1,995 and includes one night’s pre- and post-expedition airport hotel accommodation in Helsinki, round-trip charter flights from Helsinki to Murmansk, and arrival and departure transfers in Murmansk); international airfare; arrival and departure transfers in Helsinki; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above; meals ashore unless otherwise specified; baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance (strongly recommended), or insurance of any kind; excess baggage fees on international flights; mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, and any gear not mentioned; laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified; phone and internet charges; voluntary gratuity at the end of voyage for shipboard staff and crew; additional overnight accommodation.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 180 days – full refund, less $500 admin fee
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 50% of total trip cost
89 to 60 days – 75% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Jewels of the Russian Arctic: Franz Josef Land & Novaya Zemlya voyage begins and ends in Helsinki, Finland (HEL). Plan to arrive any time on Day 1 of the itinerary. An arrival transfer is not needed, as the Day 1 hotel is at the airport. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. A group flight to Murmansk is on Day 2 of the itinerary. The scheduled flight time will be communicated in your final documents.

On Day 15 of the itinerary, the ship is scheduled to arrive at the pier by 8:00am local time. Disembarkation follows breakfast, with a transfer to the airport for the charter flight to Helsinki. Depart from Helsinki anytime on the final day of your trip, however, AdventureSmith strongly suggests that a flexible air ticket be held for your journey home in case you need to change your travel arrangement following a delay of the return flight from the Arctic. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Group charter flights between Helsinki and Murmansk are required on this trip’s itinerary; see the Mandatory Transfer Package information listed above under Exclusions. The flight to the Arctic is expected to depart after breakfast on Day 2 of the itinerary. Although the flight will have a scheduled departure time, there is significant variability based on weather conditions. Be prepared to depart the hotel for the airport on the group transfer at any time. There is a strict luggage limit of 44 lbs (20 kg) checked luggage and 11 lbs (5 kg) cabin baggage on the flights to and from Murmansk. On Day 15 of the itinerary, the ship is scheduled to arrive at the pier by 8:00am local time. Disembarkation follows breakfast, with a transfer to the airport for the return charter flight to Helsinki.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most any expedition to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, Zodiac cruising, daily presentations, photography guides, wildlife observation, glacier viewing and the polar plunge.

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. Solo travelers willing to share can reserve a triple or twin-shared cabin, where you will be matched with a person of the same gender. If the other cabin berth goes unsold, you will be guaranteed the double rate. Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x (2x for Premium cabins) the per-person listed rate in select cabins based upon availability. Premium Cabins are as follows:
Ocean Adventurer: Superior, Deluxe, Suite & Owner’s Suite

Families & Children

At date of embarkation, a minimum age restriction of 8 years and minimum height and weight requirements (weight of 64lbs or 29kg and 48 in. or 1.2 m. tall) must be met. Children under 16 years of age must be supervised by a parent/guardian at all times, and may not participate in adventure options.

Travel Insurance

Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of up to $500,000 USD per paying traveler provides coverage between the first and last day of ship-based travel and is included in the cost of this trip. For ship- and land-based trips, additional days of travel pre- and post-expedition are not covered. Travelers are responsible for having adequate international medical coverage prior to embarkation, with a minimum benefit of $50,000 USD. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers also protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditionswildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

High Arctic Odyssey: Remote Russian Archipelagos Itinerary

The 22-day High Arctic Odyssey: Remote Russian Archipelagos voyage begins and ends in Helsinki, Finland, with a charter flight to and from Murmansk, Russia, where embarkation and disembarkation takes place. This unique Arctic expedition attempts to visit several sites along the Siberian coast and Severnya Zemlya, tracing the path of polar explorers searching for the Northeast Passage.

Route map of High Arctic Odyssey: Remote Russian Archipelagos expedition, operating round-trip from Helsinki, Finland, with visits to Murmansk, Russia, and several sites along the Siberian coast and Severnya Zemlya.
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Day 1
Arrive Helsinki, Finland

This Arctic adventure begins in Helsinki, renowned for its extraordinary architecture and intriguing mix of eastern and western influences. Those who arrive early may explore the many museums, galleries and restaurants, relax at a Finnish sauna or wander the vibrant Design District before retiring at the included hotel.

Accommodations

Airport Hotel TBA

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Fly to Murmansk, Russia & Embark

After breakfast, be transferred to the airport and board a private charter flight to Murmansk, Russia. Once aboard the ship, get acquainted with the vessel and crew and settle in for the voyage north.

Accommodations

Ocean Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 4
At Sea

While the ship sails through the Barents Sea, the expedition team will prepare you for the adventures that await. Learn about the storied history and politics of the region, its fascinating wildlife, geology, ecology and climate, and the incredible sights soon to be explored. Staff will keep a lookout for seabirds, such as kittiwakes, skuas and fulmars soaring above the ship. Whale and seal sightings may also be possible in this biologically rich sea.

Accommodations

Ocean Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 5 - 7
Exploring Novaya Zemlya

The largest of the Eurasian arctic archipelagoes, the rarely visited Novaya Zemlya (“New Land”) is the third-largest wilderness area in Europe. This seemingly long, thin island actually consists of two main islands, Severny (northern) and Yuzhny (southern), separated by the imposing Matochkin Strait. These islands are pure, rugged arctic beauty at its best—massive extinct volcanoes, jagged ice cliffs and the most isolated mountain range in the Barents Sea.

While exploring Novaya Zemlya, expect a new adventure every day. Each expedition is unique, depending on the weather and ice, but a few landing sites on the list to visit include Inostrantseva Bay, the Oransky Islands, Cape Zhelaniya, Cape Spory Navalok and Russkaya Gavan.

Boasting one of the most picturesque glaciers in the entire archipelago, Inostrantseva Bay provides breathtaking panoramic views of pristine arctic wilderness. If conditions allow, explore ashore or Zodiac cruise along the face of the glacier, at a safe distance, possibly witnessing the wonders of calving ice. Encounters with Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres) are likely, owing to a small colony in the coastal cliffs.

To the east side of Severny Island are the Oransky Islands. Wildlife abounds here, with a variety of animal and plant life to be discovered, Walrus have been sighted here on many previous expeditions. Coming across a walrus haul-out is unforgettable. These giant pinnipeds of the Arctic create a ruckus as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline. Encounters with whales and seabirds are possible, as well as polar bears, a genetically distinct subpopulation here.

A significant site in polar exploration, Novaya Zemlya also offers a number of opportunities to trace the footsteps of famous explorers and reflect on the region’s history.

Accommodations

Ocean Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 8 - 13
Exploring Kara Sea & Severnaya Zemlya

Say goodbye to Novaya Zemlya and cruise farther east, exploring the Kara Sea. The westernmost Asian sea off Siberia, the Kara Sea is known as the “ice cellar” of the Arctic, as it is often encumbered by trapped ice floes. Ice conditions are considered by the skilled captain during navigation—luckily sea ice happens to be a great habitat for iconic arctic wildlife. There are several sites and small archipelagoes along the Siberian coast we hope to explore, tracing the path of polar explorers searching for the Northeast Passage. Weather and ice will determine where to explore, but some areas on the list to visit include Russky Island, Troynoy Island and Cape Chelyuskin.

Both Russky Island and Troynoy Island are part of the Great Arctic State Nature Reserve, the largest reserve in Eurasia. Russky Island is the site of a former polar station, established, in part, to monitor navigation along the Northern Sea Route, the Russian section of the Northeast Passage.

Troynoy Island is the largest of the Izvesti Tsik Islands, about 90 miles off the coast of the Taymyr Peninsula. The island is uninhabited, except for the researchers at the weather station. Home to an ivory gull colony, the island is also frequented by polar bears.

At the tip of the Taymyr Peninsula is Cape Chelyuskin, the northernmost point of the Russian and Eurasian mainland and the site of another active research station. Here, at the edge of the earth, perhaps explore on foot.

Dependent on ice and weather conditions, an exploration of Severnaya Zemlya embodies the true spirit of adventure. Dominated by glaciers and polar desert, the archipelago was not discovered until 1913 and remained virtually unexplored till 1930–32, the last major undiscovered territory on earth. Among many possible destinations, hope to visit a number of glaciers, including the Vavilov Ice Cap and those at Marat Fjord. If conditions are favorable, cruise the Red Army Strait, flanked by the massive Academy of Sciences Glacier (which also runs along the eastern shore of Zhuravlev Bay) and the smaller Rusanov Glacier. As one of very few people to ever explore this remote area in depth, you’ll want to have your camera ready to capture these amazing sights.

Accommodations

Ocean Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
At Sea

There are several activities to stay engaged while at sea. Attend dynamic presentations by the expedition team, relax in the polar library or simply spend some time on deck, admiring the sea and searching for wildlife.

Accommodations

Ocean Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 15 - 18
Exploring Franz Josef Land

This remote group of 191 islands, many of them ice-covered, forms the most northerly archipelago in Eurasia and lies entirely within the Arctic Circle. A nature reserve, it is part of the Russian Arctic National Park. The exploration of the region is highly determined by weather and ice conditions, but hope to explore historical sites, remote seabird colonies and walrus rookeries such as Cape Flora, Cape Norway, Bell Island and Tikhaya Bukta. Polar bear encounters are also possible.

On Jackson Island, Cape Norway is where Norwegian explorers Fridtjof Nansen and Hjalmar Johansen wintered from 1895 to 1896. The conditions were astonishingly difficult, but they survived until the summer and continued their journey south. The remains of their stone hut are still here today, with a memorial marking the event.

Exploring Tikhaya Bukta (Calm Bay), the site of an abandoned weather station on Hooker Island, is a step back in time. There is plenty to discover while wandering the ruins, immersed in Russian polar history, and it may be possible to send a postcard from the post office!

Another possible landing site, if time and weather permit, is Cape Tegetthoff on Hall Island, with a hopeful visit to the Barents memorial. The scenery here is spectacular, and it’s possible to view polar bears and Atlantic walrus.

Accommodations

Ocean Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 19 - 20
At Sea

As this arctic expedition winds down, enjoy a couple of days of sailing through this wildlife-rich sea, where whales of various species are often seen. Take in a presentation, reminisce about the journey with shipmates, relax in the lounge while swapping stories and photos or enjoy the solitude of the sea. Expedition staff will be on hand to answer any questions and spot wildlife.

Accommodations

Ocean Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 21
Disembark Murmansk & Fly to Helsinki, Finland

Returning to Russia’s most northerly city of Murmansk, have time to bid farewell to the expedition team and crew before catching a group charter flight back to Helsinki, and spend one more night in this exquisite city.

Accommodations

Airport Hotel TBA

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 22
Depart Helsinki

After breakfast, spend time exploring more of the Finnish capital or catch your homeward-bound flight.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; all meals and snacks on board; soft drinks and juices on board; select beer and house wine during dinner; all shore landings per the daily program; leadership throughout the voyage by experienced expedition leader; all Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program; formal and informal presentations by the expedition team and special guests as scheduled; photographic journal documenting the expedition; waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep; coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock; hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; all luggage handling aboard the ship; emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US $500,000 per person; Russian invitation letter for visa application provided after final payment.

Exclusions

Mandatory Transfer Package (2022 & 2023 approximate package price is $1,995 and includes one night’s pre- and post-expedition airport hotel accommodation in Helsinki, round-trip charter flights from Helsinki to Murmansk, and arrival and departure transfers in Murmansk); international airfare; arrival and departure transfers in Helsinki; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above; meals ashore unless otherwise specified; baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance (strongly recommended), or insurance of any kind; excess baggage fees on international flights; mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, and any gear not mentioned; laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified; phone and internet charges; voluntary gratuity at the end of voyage for shipboard staff and crew; additional overnight accommodation.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 180 days – full refund, less $500 admin fee
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 50% of total trip cost
89 to 60 days – 75% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The High Arctic Odyssey: Remote Russian Archipelago voyage begins and ends in Helsinki, Finland (HEL). Plan to arrive any time on Day 1 of the itinerary. An arrival transfer is not needed, as the Day 1 hotel is at the airport. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. An included group flight to Murmansk is on Day 2 of the itinerary. The scheduled flight time will be communicated in your final documents.

On Day 21 of the itinerary, the ship is scheduled to arrive at the pier by 8:00am local time. Disembarkation follows breakfast, with a transfer to the airport for the charter flight to Helsinki. Depart from Helsinki anytime on the final day of your trip; however, AdventureSmith strongly suggests that a flexible air ticket be held for your journey home in case you need to change your travel arrangement following a delay of the return flight from the Arctic. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Group charter flights between Helsinki and Murmansk are required on this trip’s itinerary; see the Mandatory Transfer Package information listed above under Exclusions. The flight to the Arctic is expected to depart after breakfast on Day 2 of the itinerary. Although the flight will have a scheduled departure time, there is significant variability based on weather conditions. Be prepared to depart the hotel for the airport on the group transfer at any time. There is a strict luggage limit of 44 lbs (20 kg) checked luggage and 11 lbs (5 kg) cabin baggage on the flights to and from Murmansk. On Day 21 of the itinerary, the ship is scheduled to arrive at the pier by 8:00am local time. Disembarkation follows breakfast, with a transfer to the airport for the return charter flight to Helsinki.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most any expedition to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, Zodiac cruising, daily presentations, photography guides, wildlife observation, glacier viewing and the polar plunge.

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. Solo travelers willing to share can reserve a triple or twin-shared cabin, where you will be matched with a person of the same gender. If the other cabin berth goes unsold, you will be guaranteed the double rate. Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x (2x for Premium cabins) the per-person listed rate in select cabins based upon availability. Premium Cabins are as follows:
Ocean Adventurer: Superior, Deluxe, Suite & Owner’s Suite

Families & Children

At date of embarkation, a minimum age restriction of 8 years and minimum height and weight requirements (weight of 64lbs or 29kg and 48 in. or 1.2 m. tall) must be met. Children under 16 years of age must be supervised by a parent/guardian at all times, and may not participate in adventure options.

Travel Insurance

Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of up to $500,000 USD per paying traveler provides coverage between the first and last day of ship-based travel and is included in the cost of this trip. For ship- and land-based trips, additional days of travel pre- and post-expedition are not covered. Travelers are responsible for having adequate international medical coverage prior to embarkation, with a minimum benefit of $50,000 USD. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers also protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

Rates & Dates

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This itinerary will not be operating during the 2022 sailing season.  Please contact AdventureSmith for alternatives.

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Explore a coveted route along the Canadian Arctic archipelago, on the 200-guest Ultramarine, with helicopter-assisted adventures on this 9- to 17-day voyage via Toronto.

From $7995USD
Aug Sep
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16 Day Cruise
Navigating the Baltic Sea Cruise

Sail aboard the 148-guest National Geographic Explorer to four different countries that dot the shores of the Baltic Sea, for a whirlwind exploratory cruise through the history and cultures of these varied places.

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From $19090USD
May Jun
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Jewels of the Russian Arctic: Franz Josef Land & Novaya Zemlya

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