Russian Arctic, Spitsbergen - Franz Josef Land

Experience the wildlife, terrain, and history of Eurasia’s northernmost archipelago

Cruise route
Titel: Russian Arctic, Spitsbergen - Franz Josef Land
Reisdatum:
Reiscode: HDS11-22
Duur: 11 nachten
Schip: m/v Hondius
Inscheping: Longyearbyen
Ontscheping: Longyearbyen
Taal: Engelstalige reisleiding, Taalondersteunende reis
Meer over: Arctis reizen
Spitsbergen reizen
Franz Josef Land reizen
 
Reisbeschrijving

LET OP: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. Landings are subject to site availabilities, permissions, and environmental concerns per IAATO regulations. Official sailing plans and landing slots are scheduled with IAATO prior to the start of the season, but the expedition leader determines the final plan. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. The average cruising speed of our vessel is 10.5 knots.

This ambitious expedition into the 192-island archipelago of Franz Josef Land gives you the opportunity to spot such exotic Arctic wildlife as polar bears, Greenland whales, and an assortment of seal and seabird species, while also visiting the remains of historic 19th-century expeditions.

Day 1: The start of your Arctic adventure

We set out from Longyearbyen at 16.00 hours, hoping to get some initial sightings of local seabirds and marine life along the way.

Days 2 & 3: Sailing the Spitsbergen ice edge

The next two days we spend sailing eastward, exploring the ice edge north of Spitsbergen. Here we might see seals, whales, seabirds, and even polar bears.

Day 4: First sights of Franz Josef Land

Today we approach the Russian base Nagurskoye on the Franz Josef Land island of Alexandra Land. We will the Russian base at Nagurskoye from the ship, but we will not land there. After getting clearance from Russia, we will then welcome on board four guides / inspectors from the Russian Arctic National Park. Later in the day, we aim to make our first landing on the southern part of Arthur Island. In the Arctic archipelago of Franz Josef Land, polar bear sightings are likely.

Day 5: Historic expeditions on Rudolf Island

The goal is to sail to Rudolf Island, the northernmost island of the Franz Josef Land archipelago. Here we hope to land near an abandoned Russian station in Teplitz Bay, seeing some reminders of the Italian and American expeditions here around the turn of the 19th century. We will try to land at Cape Fligely, the northernmost landmass in Eurasia, but may also change the order of these visits.

Day 6: Walrus haul-outs and Cape Norvegia

After sailing south, we will reach Apollonov Island, a large haul-out site for walruses, which you might be able to see from our Zodiacs. At Cape Norvegia on Jackson Island, our aim is to visit the site where Nansen and Johansen spent the winter after leaving the m/v Fram in 1895. Later we will sail southeast by Ziegler Island, then continue south through narrow but spectacular straits.

Day 7: Geological wonders and historic expeditions

Today we land at Cape Tirol, located on the northeast coast of Wiener Neustadt Island in the Austrian Straight. This cape was named by the Austrian-Hungaryan Tegthoff Expedition and was climbed by its leader, Julius von Payer, in spring of 1874. On Champ Island at Cape Trieste, we plan to make excursions among enormous spherical stone formations, after which we aim to sail by the coast of Alger Island, where the American Baldwin-Ziegler Expedition had its main camp in 1901-02. This beautiful area is surrounded by mountainous islands boasting impressive glacier fronts.

Day 8: Cliffside seabirds and Arctic marine life

Early in the morning, we arrive at Rubini Rock on Hooker Island’s Tikhaya Bay. Along this impressive cliff face, you can see colonies of seabirds, such as Brünnich’s guillemots, black guillemots, little auks, fulmars, and kittiwakes. You might also see bearded seals, harp seals, or Greenland whales in this area.

Next we sail to Cape Flora on Northbrook Island, an important site in the history of polar exploration. More than a century ago, several expeditions had their bases here, and on the cliffs behind Cape Flora are large colonies of Brünnich’s guillemots. It is exciting to witness the younger birds trying to glide from the ledges to the sea.

At Günther Bay, we may take a Zodiac cruise near an important haul-out site for walruses. If landing at Cape Flora is difficult due to sea swell and permission, we will try to land at Bell Island, near Eira Lodge, the station of 19th-century British explorer Benjamin Leigh Smith.

Day 9: Back to Nagurskoye and Spitsbergen

In the morning, we will return to Nagurskoye. Here our four inspectors from Franz Josef Land National Park will leave the ship, after which we’ll sail west to Spitsbergen.

Day 10: The seven islands of northern Svalbard

In the northernmost area of the Svalbard archipelago lies an island group known as Sjuøyane, which translates to “seven islands.” Here we plan to land at the rugged island of Phippsøya, where you may be able to see more walruses.

Day 11: Incredible Krossfjorden scenery

Today we sail into Krossfjorden in the main island of Spitsbergen, where you’ll pass through staggeringly scenic alpine mountaintops, active glaciers, and rich vegetation.

Day 12: Journey’s end in Longyearbyen

We finally return to Svalbard’s principal town, where you will disembark the vessel, taking home priceless memories of friends made, wildlife encountered, and a once-in-a-lifetime Arctic adventure.

 

m/v Hondius

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Hutten & prijzen

4-persoons hut met patrijspoort

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  • 2 patrijspoorten
  • 2 stapelbedden
  • Kleine sofa
  • Privé douche & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Bureau & stoel
  • Telefoon & WiFi (extra)
  • Haardroger
  • Kabinet
  • Garderobe
  • Deze hut is geschikt voor families met kinderen, of passagiers die geen aparte hut of meer luxueuze hutten vereisen.
Complete cabin
26800 USD

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Sharing berth
6700 USD

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3-persoons hut met patrijspoort

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  • 2 patrijspoorten
  • 1 stapelbed + 1 apart bed
  • Kleine sofa
  • Privé douche & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Bureau & stoel
  • Telefoon & WiFi (extra)
  • Haardroger
  • Kabinet
  • Garderobe
  • Deze hut is geschikt voor families met kinderen, of passagiers die geen aparte hut of meer luxueuze hutten vereisen.
Complete cabin
24450 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

Sharing berth
8150 USD

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2-persoons hut met patrijspoort

Windows Windows Info Info
  • 2 patrijspoorten
  • 2 bedden
  • Kleine sofa
  • Privé douche & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Bureau & stoel
  • Telefoon & WiFi (extra)
  • Haardroger
  • Kabinet
  • Garderobe
Complete cabin
19100 USD

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Single cabin
16235 USD

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Sharing berth
9550 USD

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2-persoons hut met raam

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  • 1 raam
  • 2 bedden
  • Kleine sofa
  • Privé douche & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Bureau & stoel
  • Telefoon & WiFi (extra)
  • Haardroger
  • Kabinet
  • Garderobe
  • Houd er rekening mee dat het zicht vanuit sommige ramen gedeeltelijk kan worden belemmerd vanwege de ontwerpvereisten van het schip
Complete cabin
20600 USD

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Single cabin
17510 USD

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Sharing berth
10300 USD

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2-persoons deluxe hut

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  • 2 ramen
  • 2 bedden
  • Sofa
  • Privé douche & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Bureau & stoel
  • Telefoon & WiFi (extra)
  • Koffie & thee apparaat
  • Badjas
  • Haardroger
  • Kabinet
  • Garderobe
Complete cabin
22100 USD

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Single cabin
18785 USD

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Sharing berth
11050 USD

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Superior

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  • 2 ramen
  • 1 2-persoons bed
  • Sofa
  • Privé douche & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Bureau & stoel
  • Telefoon & WiFi (extra)
  • Koffie & thee apparaat
  • Badjas
  • Haardroger
  • Kabinet
  • Garderobe
Complete cabin
24800 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

Single cabin
21080 USD

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Junior Suite

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  • 1 dubbele raam
  • 1 tweepersoonsbed
  • Private shower & toilet
  • Privé douche & toilet
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Bureau & stoel
  • Telefoon & WiFi (extra)
  • Koelkast
  • Koffie & thee apparaat
  • Badjas
  • Haardroger
  • Kabinet
  • Garderobe
Complete cabin
26500 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

Single cabin
22525 USD

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Grand suite met privé balkon

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  • 1 dubbel raam
  • 1 tweepersoonsbed
  • Sofa
  • Privé balkon
  • Privé douche en toilet
  • Flatscreen-tv
  • Bureau en stoel
  • Telefoon & WiFi (extra)
  • Koelkast
  • Koffie & thee apparaat
  • Badjas
  • Haardroger
  • Kabinet
  • Garderobe
Complete cabin
30500 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

Single cabin
25925 USD

Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).

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