Franz Josef Land Explorer

15 DAYS from AU$11,300 per person

Experience a rare chance to discover the wondorous islands of Franz Josef Land on our inaugural 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. 

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

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 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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Junior Suite
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Captain's Suite
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Prices quoted are per person and in Australian dollars, based on twin share. Single occupancy rates my apply for travellers wanting their own room. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your room. Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases. No refund for unused services.

Map & Itinerary

Day 1 – Kirkenes
Arrive in Kirkenes, on the northern coast of Norway. Late afternoon sees us warmly welcomed on board the Greg Mortimer.
Days 2 – Murmansk
We enter Murmansk in Russia for clearance and formalities before crossing the Barents Sea to begin our adventures in Franz Josef Land.
Days 3-4 – Barents Sea
Enjoy onboard lectures from our team of experts. On Day 4 we may try a landing in the tundra or a Zodiac cruise in front of our first glacier.
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 – Barents Sea
On leaving Franz Josef Land, crossing the Barents Sea is again an opportunity to see whales (possibly the elusive bowhead whale) and large numbers of seabirds.
Days 14-15 – Murmansk
Back in Murmansk, we may discover the city on a tour while the ship goes through clearance procedures. After an overnight cruise from Murmansk (approx. 12 hours), return to Kirkenes to disembark and bid new friends farewell. 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$1,400 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 we offer specialised photography workshops with our expert photography guides.
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Extension Tours

Extend your holiday with these optional tours. See all Extension Tours in The Arctic

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Trip: Franz Josef Land Explorer (FJL001G)

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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