We were the first to transit the Northeast Passage with adventure travelers, and in 2008 we will be the only travel company sailing from Anadyr to Murmansk via the Arctic Ocean. Landings are planned on Wrangel Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We also plan to visit the New Siberian Islands, Severnaya Zemlya and Novaya Zemlya. This region of the Arctic was closed to all visitors for more than 50 years. In total darkness for half a year and impassable for all but two months each year, the Northeast Passage is one of the least traveled routes on the planet. We have not offered this voyage for a number of years and we expect high demand. Please contact us to book early to avoid disappointment.
During this 25-day
icebreaker expedition from Anadyr, on Russia's Asian shore to Murmansk,
near the Finnish border, we intend to explore the Chukotka Peninsula,
Wrangel Island, the New Siberian Islands, Severnaya Zemlya and Novaya
Zemlya and Franz Josef Land. These remote islands are accessible for
only a few short weeks annually.
Day 2 Embarkation Day We transfer you as part of a group from the hotel to the airport for the flight to Anadyr, Russia. En route you will cross the International Dateline, losing a day. You meet the Expedition Team, a well-informed group of specialists who deliver our shipboard education program, an engaging series of illustrated presentations on all things Arctic - political, biological and geological.
Day 3-5 Chukotka Península To reach the Northeast Passage, we sail northward through the Bering Strait, past Cape Dezhnev, the eastern most point of Asia. Two of the anticipated shore landings are a visit to the small village of Uelen, and an exploration of the uninhabited island of Kolyuchin, where puffins and other seabirds nest. Onboard helicopters and Zodiacs makes these remote and possibly ice-bound places accessible.
Day 6-7 Wrangel Island The Delong Strait crossing may provide opportunities to witness Kapitan Khlebnikov breaking ice, from the air and the bow. Landings are planned on Wrangel Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, designated for its diverse flora, and its importance as a habitat for migratory birds. Musk oxen thrive there.
Day 8-14 New Siberian Islands We make our way through the pack ice of the East Siberia Sea to the New Siberian Islands, where, if conditions permit, we'll hike the tundra, explore the old hunting camps and see the northernmost point of the European continent. A wildlife watch will be mounted, as this is the habitat of the rarely seen Leptev walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens).
Day 15-19 Severnaya and Novaya Zemlya Landings on the least accessible group of islands in the Arctic, Severnaya Zemlya, are intended. Our wildlife watch continues for Ross' and Sabine Gulls, as well as beluga whales in the Kara Sea. The archipelago of Novaya Zemlya thwarted attempts to complete a transit of the Northeast Passage until the development of engine driven surface vessels. We plan landings and aerial flight-seeing.
Day 20-21 Franz Josef Land Well above the Arctic Circle lie the most northerly islands in Eurasia, Franz Josef Land. They are the habitat of polar bear and Atlantic walrus. We plan to visit Cape Flora, where remains of three historic expeditions are found. If conditions permit, Zodiacs will cruise the base of towering cliffs where seabirds nest. We expect to use the helicopters for aerial flight-seeing and transfers to otherwise inaccessible landing sites.
Day 22-25 Barents Sea We sail the Barents Sea to Murmansk, the home port of the Russian nuclear icebreaker fleet. We'll fly you from Murmansk to Helsinki, where you'll spend the night, before flying home.