Franz Josef Land Explorer

15 DAYS from AU$11,300

Experience a rare chance to discover the wondorous islands of Franz Josef Land on our inaugural Franz Josef Land voyage. From Svalbard, 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
  • Enjoy Longyearbyen on a guided town tour (included)

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Dates & Rates

Showing: All 2020

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

  • Group transfer to and from airport to ship in Longyearbyen
  • Group sightseeing tour on arrival in Longyearbyen (pre-voyage)
  • Fully-serviced accommodation in your chosen stateroom
  • Daily shore excursions, guided walks, Zodiac cruises
  • An experienced team of destination specialists and activity leaders
  • An informative and entertaining lecture program by our team of experts
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner including house wines, beers and soft drinks, afternoon tea and snacks
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Pre-dinner drinks including canapes and bar snacks
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket
  • Complimentary use of gumboots
  • Complimentary use of fitness centre
  • Complimentary access to on board expedition doctor and medical clinic
  • Personalised photo book (post voyage)
  • Entry fees to historic or tourist sites
  • Port, pilotage charges and landing fees

Voyage Exclusions

  • Flights to and from your voyage
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels or meals not included in voyage itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the voyage itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking or polar snorkelling
  • Any items of a personal nature including: Alcoholic beverages or soft drinks outside of meal times, gratuities, laundry
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Suite
Aurora Stateroom
Private Bathroom
AU$11,300
Suite
Balcony Stateroom
Private Bathroom
AU$12,800
Suite
Balcony Suite
Private Bathroom
AU$15,800
Suite
Junior Suite
Private Bathroom
AU$18,600
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
AU$21,400

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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 – Longyearbyen
Enjoy a guided tour of colourful Longyearbyen before we board the Greg Mortimer in the late afternoon.
Days 2-3 – Barents Sea
Settle into life on board the ship with entertaining and informative talks, while sea bird and whale watching speeds your Barents Sea crossing. Enter the Russian Arctic National Park into a world of mysterious and remote wilderness that is rich in arctic wildlife
Days 4-11 – Franz Josef Land
From mysterious Bell lsland to majestic Champ Island, we explore the central-most of the 191 islands in the archipelago. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife sightings including the elusive bowhead whale and the Arctic's top predator, the polar bear. We also discover new landings as we make our west to Prince George Land and Alexandra Land. Cliffs around the islands host massive nesting colonies of seabirds such as guillemots, dovekies and kittiwakes. 85% of the archipelago is dominated by gigantic tidewater glaciers and towering icebergs.
Days 12-13 – Barents Sea
After final landings in Franz Josef land, we clear Russian customs and relax on the return crossing of Barents Sea to Svalbard
Days 14-15 – Svalbard
Possible landings as we round Svalbard's northwest coast and sail looking out for walrus and various whales. Back in Longyearbyen, bid new friends goodbye and transfer to the airport.

Activities

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

    From AU$1,080 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 Arctic

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Trip: Franz Josef Land Explorer (FJL001G)

Voyage Inclusions

  • Group transfer to and from airport to ship in Longyearbyen
  • Group sightseeing tour on arrival in Longyearbyen (pre-voyage)
  • Fully-serviced accommodation in your chosen stateroom
  • Daily shore excursions, guided walks, Zodiac cruises
  • An experienced team of destination specialists and activity leaders
  • An informative and entertaining lecture program by our team of experts
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner including house wines, beers and soft drinks, afternoon tea and snacks
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Pre-dinner drinks including canapes and bar snacks
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket
  • Complimentary use of gumboots
  • Complimentary use of fitness centre
  • Complimentary access to on board expedition doctor and medical clinic
  • Personalised photo book (post voyage)
  • Entry fees to historic or tourist sites
  • Port, pilotage charges and landing fees

Voyage Exclusions

  • Flights to and from your voyage
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels or meals not included in voyage itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the voyage itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking or polar snorkelling
  • Any items of a personal nature including: Alcoholic beverages or soft drinks outside of meal times, gratuities, laundry
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