Franz Josef Land Explorer

15/16 DAYS from AU$16,100 per person

Experience a rare chance to discover the wondrous islands of Franz Josef Land on our Franz Josef Land voyage. From Murmansk, cross the Barents Sea to a world few have seen. Enter the Russian Arctic National Park and watch for polar bears, whales, walrus and seals. Enjoy long tundra walks and geological oddities. Get up close to spectacular bird cliffs and visit fascinating historic huts of explorers like Fridtjof Nansen. 

Peter Eastway

 

AIPP Grand Master of Photography, Peter Eastway, will be our onboard photography guide for Franz Josef Land Explorer (FJL002G), departing July 2021.

 

Richard i'Anson

 

Canon Master, Richard I'Anson, will join us as a photography guide on Franz Josef Land Explorer (FJL003G), departing August 2021.

 

Number of passengers (FJL002G, FJL003G): 116 passengers (including 16 kayakers)

Expedition Highlights

  • Photograph unique stone spheres at Champ Island
  • Cruise beneath towering bird cliffs of Cape Flora
  • Visit Nansen's winter camp at Cape Norway
  • Search for rorqual and elusive bowhead whales
  • Watch for polar bears on land and ice
  • Marvel at the frozen landscape of Franz Josef Land - 85% of which is glaciated

In true expedition style we encourage exploration and adventure, offering flexibility in challenging environments in a way that puts you among the action to see and do as much as possible. This itinerary is only a guide and subject to change due to ice and weather conditions.

Map & Itinerary

Day 1 – Embark the Greg Mortimer in Kirkenes

Sample Itinerary: FJL001G

Arrive in Kirkenes, Norway, located on the border with Russia. Join a pre-arranged half day excursion or activity prior to boarding the Greg Mortimer late afternoon. Airport transfers will be included if arriving on preferred flights into Kirkenes. You’ll have time to settle into your cabin before our important briefings. Sail the scenic Bokfjord to reach the Barents Sea on our way to Murmansk in neighbouring Russia.

Day 2 – Murmansk

After sailing overnight into Russia, we stop in Murmansk, to undergo formalities to enter Russia. During clearance procedures, we may go on a city tour of Murmansk visiting the monument to the soldier of WW2 and also the first nuclear icebreaker, Lenin.

Days 3-4 – At Sea

Over the next two days at sea, enjoy informative and entertaining lectures from our expert expedition team including naturalists, historians and geologists. Time and weather permitting, we may cruise along the coast of Novaya Zemlya on day 4, to have a first glimpse of the tundra of the High Arctic. We may even try a landing in the tundra or a zodiac cruise in front of our first glacier (at a safe distance).

Days 5-11 – Franz Josef Land

Franz Josef Land is a stark yet beautiful world of glaciers, mosses and lichens. Approximately five million seabirds nest on the archipelago every year, with the Brünnich’s guillemot accounting for approximately twenty per cent of the population. Other seabirds such as fulmar, kittiwake, black guillemot and little auk, are common throughout the archipelago. On the flat tundra, nest species such as: common eider, purple sandpiper, arctic skua, glaucous gull, ivory gull, arctic tern and snow bunting can be seen. Franz Josef Land is home to two arctic giants – the polar bear and the walrus. The waters of Franz Josef Land are visited by whales, including humpback, bowhead, narwhal and white beluga whale. Possible landings may include Prince George Land, Alexandra Land, Bell and Mabel Island, Champ Island and Cape Flora (Northbrook Island).

Days 12-13 – At Sea

The return crossing of the Barents Sea offers some good opportunities to encounter whales, perhaps the elusive bowhead whale if we’re lucky, and certainly plenty of opportunities to photograph sea birds.

Day 14 – Murmansk

Back in Murmansk for clearance procedures before continuing to Kirkenes.

Day 15 – Kirkenes

Arrive in Kirkenes in the morning, farewell your expedition team and fellow passengers as we all continue our onward journeys, hopefully with a newfound sense of the immense power of nature. A transfer to the airport is included in the cost of the voyage.

Itinerary and map are a guide only. Itinerary is subject to ice and weather conditions.

Activities

The following activites are available on this expedition - register when booking. See all Activities
  • Sea Kayaking

    From AU$1,200 pp
    Kayaking in the far-flung corners of the world is an experience guaranteed to refresh your soul. Paddling in small groups, you'll glide between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs dotted with wildlife.
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  • All of our expeditions and itineraries offer fantastic photography experiences. However, on selected expeditions, a photography expert will offer lectures and presentations.
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Inclusions

  • Group sightseeing tour of Murmansk on Day 1 prior to embarking Greg Mortimer
  • Group transfer from ship to airport in Kirkenes on Day 16
  • Onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
  • Access to our onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage
  • Port surcharges, permits, and landing fees

Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity fees and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, Wi-Fi, gratuities, email or phone charges

Dates & Rates

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12 Jul '20 26 Jul '20 15 DAYS

Franz Josef Land Explorer

Trip code: FJL001G

12 Jul '20 26 Jul '20 - 15/16 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • Half day tour or activity in Kirkenes on Day 1 prior to embarking Greg Mortimer
  • Group sightseeing tour of Murmansk on Day 2
  • Group transfer from ship to airport in Kirkenes on Day 15
  • On-board accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
  • Access to our on-board doctor and basic medical services
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage
  • Gratuities for crew will automatically be added to your bill. Please advise at the time of settlement if you would like this to be removed
  • Port surcharges, permits, and landing fees

Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights, unless unspecified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity fees and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges
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Aurora Stateroom Twin
Private Bathroom
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Balcony Stateroom - C
Private Bathroom
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Balcony Stateroom - B
Private Bathroom
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Balcony Stateroom - A
Private Bathroom
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Balcony Suite
Private Bathroom
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Junior Suite
Private Bathroom
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Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
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19 Jul '21 3 Aug '21 16 Days

Franz Josef Land Explorer

Trip code: FJL002G

19 Jul '21 3 Aug '21 - 15/16 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • Half day tour or activity in Kirkenes on Day 1 prior to embarking Greg Mortimer
  • Group sightseeing tour of Murmansk on Day 2
  • Group transfer from ship to downtown or airport in Murmansk on Day 16
  • Onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
  • Access to our onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage
  • Port surcharges, permits, and landing fees

Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity fees and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges
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Suite
Aurora Stateroom Triple
Private Bathroom
AU$16,100 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Aurora Stateroom Twin
Private Bathroom
AU$17,900 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Balcony Stateroom - C
Private Bathroom
AU$20,000 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Balcony Stateroom - B
Private Bathroom
AU$20,400 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Balcony Stateroom - A
Private Bathroom
AU$20,700 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Balcony Suite
Private Bathroom
AU$22,400 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Junior Suite
Private Bathroom
AU$26,400 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
AU$30,400 (Please contact us for availability)

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3 Aug '21 18 Aug '21 16 Days

Franz Josef Land Explorer

Trip code: FJL003G

3 Aug '21 18 Aug '21 - 15/16 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • Group sightseeing tour of Murmansk on Day 1 prior to embarking Greg Mortimer
  • Group transfer from ship to airport in Kirkenes on Day 16
  • Onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
  • Access to our onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage
  • Port surcharges, permits, and landing fees

Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity fees and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, Wi-Fi, gratuities, email or phone charges
×
Suite
Aurora Stateroom Triple
Private Bathroom
AU$16,100 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Aurora Stateroom Twin
Private Bathroom
AU$17,900 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Balcony Stateroom - C
Private Bathroom
AU$20,000 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Balcony Stateroom - B
Private Bathroom
AU$20,400 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Balcony Stateroom - A
Private Bathroom
AU$20,700 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Balcony Suite
Private Bathroom
AU$22,400 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Junior Suite
Private Bathroom
AU$26,400 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
AU$30,400 (Please contact us for availability)

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* For solo traveller pricing, please contact us. Normal booking terms and conditions apply. To confirm your booking, a completed booking form and non-refundable deposit of $2,500pp in the booking currency is required within 7 days of reserved berth/s. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Single occupancy rates may apply for solo travellers who want their own room. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your cabin. Please contact us to determine cabin availability. Prices quoted are per person and in AU dollars, based on twin share. Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases. No refund for unused services.

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