Tour of the Russian Arctic.

Franz Joseph's Land and Novaya Zemlya

On the expedition vessel you will follow in the footsteps of the first Arctic explorers, going to the most isolated and inaccessible regions of the Russian Arctic.

Impassable mountains of the archipelago Novaya Zemlya, mysterious reserve Franz Josef Land - the place where only the most passionate travelers, eager to touch the untouched natural treasures, have visited.

 Here, the ice-covered peaks of the mountains rise majestically above the water, while polar bears stroll through endless ice deserts. Eternal glaciers, wild animals and the incredible history of these places will be forever in your memory.

Available travel dates 


15 days

from $12390

from June to August

45-70 people





Day 1. Murmansk.
Our guide welcomes all our tourists at the airport or at the railway station. Accommodation in the hotel, in the city center of Murmansk. You will have free time until the evening. You can walk around the city and have a rest.
In the evening the general meeting of all tourists. Our guide will tell you all the details of the trip, safety rules, instructions on how to behave in the wilderness. Day 2. Start of the trip.
You will have a couple of hours to pack up all your things and check out of the hotel.
Shuttle to the ship. Boarding the expedition vessel and leaving for the Barents Sea. Day 3-4. In the sea.
While we are passing through the Barents Sea, your expedition team will tell you about upcoming events: landing places, history of archipelagos, flora and fauna of the region. From the open decks you will be able to observe the birds accompanying our vessel. And there will be a chance to see the first whales and seals at sea. Day 5-7. Archipelago Novaya Zemlya.
The largest of the Russian Arctic archipelagos, Novaya Zemlya, is the third largest wildlife area in Europe. Novaya Zemlya is located in the Barents and Kara Seas. It consists of two large islands - North and South, separated by a narrow strait called Matochkin Shar.
The route of our expedition will strongly depend on weather conditions and ice conditions, but we will try to visit Oranic Islands, Inostrantsev Bay, Cape of Zhelanie, Cape Sporoy Navalok and Russian Harbour. Inostrantsev Bay boasts one of the most picturesque glaciers in the entire archipelago, which offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the untouched Arctic nature. If the weather conditions allow, we can explore the shore or sail by motorboats along the glacier surface, watching the glaciers passing by. You'll also be able to meet guillemots because the colonies of these birds are on the coastal rocks. To the north-east of the Northern Island are the Oranic Islands. The wildlife of these islands is represented by the diversity of fauna and flora. Here you can see walruses, whales, many polar seabirds and, of course, polar bears. Day 8. At sea.
We bid farewell to the Novaya Zemlya and head north to the mysterious Franz Josef Land archipelago. On board you can listen to lectures from expedition guides or just enjoy the extraordinary views from the open deck. Day 9-12.
Franz Josef Land.

It is an inaccessible and remote archipelago consisting of 192 islands, most of which are covered with ice. It is the northernmost archipelago in Eurasia, located beyond the Arctic Circle. The archipelago is a natural reserve and part of the Russian Arctic National Park. We intend to visit Cape Flora, Cape Norway, Bell Island, Tikhaya Bay. On islands and coastal rocks there are rookeries of walruses and many thousands colonies of seabirds. There is also a high probability of meeting polar bears.
On the island of Jackson is located Cape Norway, where from 1895 to 1896 wintering legendary Norwegian explorers Fredrik Hjalmar Johansen and Fridtjof Nansen. Despite the harsh conditions, they managed to hold out until summer, after which they continued their journey south. The remains of their small hut can still be found on the island, as can the monument commemorating this heroic event. In Tikhaya Bay it is as if you are going back in time to watch an abandoned meteorological station on Hookera Island. Here you will immerse yourself in the history of Russian polar research. And from the local post office you can even send a postcard to your family and friends.
The islands of Stolichka and Apolonov offer you huge rookeries of walruses. If the ice conditions and weather conditions allow, we will be able to sail by motorboats in close proximity to these huge animals. Day 13-14. At sea.
Our journey is nearing completion. As we sail towards Murmansk you will have the opportunity to observe whales and Arctic birds accompanying us on our way home. The expedition guides will sum up the results of the expedition and prepare for you interesting presentations with photos. Day 15. Murmansk .
Early morning after breakfast farewell to the team, landing and group transfer to the airport or to a railway station.

Why here it is necessary to go?

Starting from Murmansk on an expedition ship, you will go to the islands of Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land. Within a few days you will make sea trips by motor boats, as close as possible to walruses, polar bears and landing on the islands of the archipelago. They are waiting for you:
Historical places associated with the names of the great Arctic explorers Fredrik Hjalmar Johansen and Fridtjof Nansen.
Harsh arctic landscapes: blooming tundra, giant icebergs and whole islands covered with ice.
Polar bears strolling on ice floes.
Large walrus rookeries.
Whales and noisy seabird colonies.


Your journey will take place on an ice class expedition vessel. The vessel is designed to comfortably accommodate 60 people. All cabins have modern interior and bathrooms. There is a bar and lounge, a souvenir shop, a small fitness center and a library. All cabins have air conditioning, a bathroom with toiletries, a hairdryer and bathrobes.
The cruise price includes three meals a day on board: breakfast and lunch buffet and à la carte dinner (including home wine). You will also have constant access to hot drinks: tea and coffee throughout the cruise. The cost of the tour depends on the type of cabin you choose. accommodation in a three-bed cabin - $12,400
accommodation in a double cabin with a porthole - $ 15 950
accommodation in a deluxe cabin - $19,480
accommodation in a luxury cabin - $24,690
accommodation in the shipowner's suite - $26,490

Description of the cabins:
Three-seater cabin (13 sqm): the cabin has two lower and one upper berths, porthole, bathroom. Double cabin with porthole (11-12 sqm): two lower berths, porthole, bathroom. Deluxe cabin (15 sqm): located on the upper or captain's deck. The cabin has two beds, a sitting area (two armchairs and a table), a window, a desk, a TV and a bathroom. Lux" cabin (20 sqm): located on the captain's deck. The cabin has a double bed, living room (sofa and armchairs), window, desk, TV, bathroom. Ship owner's suite (22 sqm): located on the uppermost deck. The cabin has a large double bed, living room (sofa, armchairs, TV), panoramic windows, bathroom.


How to get to the starting point of travel?

All travel participants meet in the destination city (specified in the itinerary). The meeting point in the city is the airport or railway station. All travelers are met by our guide. Further, by transport, all participants travel with a guide go to the starting point of the tour.
If you do not know how to get to the destination city?
Our staff will help you buy tickets and pick up the route from your hometown.

What happens if the travel is canceled?

If your tour is canceled - we will refund your money, or we will postpone your trip to another time. If you change your mind about going on a tour, less than 14 days before the start of the tour, the money will not be returned. In case of unforeseen situations during the expedition, the money is returned partially, in agreement with the management.

Where will I live?

All tourists will live according to the route of the expedition. It can be a tent, a hotel or a ship.

How to pay for the travel?

After setting your destination, you'll have to pay a fee from 50 to 80 % of the full tour. The percentage depends on the complexity of the upcoming tour.
The rest of the payment can be paid no later than 14 days before the tour.

Health and life insurance during expeditions

Upon arrival to Russia each of our customers should have medical insurance. Your safety guarantees a good mood and promising way. Insurance is included in the tour price. But if you want to insure yourself, leave a comment to the application (the cost of the tour will vary depending on the insurance).

Travel safety

Going on active tours in Russia, you should realize that mountains and rivers are a place of increased danger to the health and life of tourists. Routes pass away from populated areas. Therefore, each participant in the tour must be physically and mentally prepared for difficulties. Guides are instructed in safety. The tourist is obliged to follow the rules of personal safety and the rules set forth in the instructions, follow the instructions and commands of the guide. The instructor is a guide and at the same time the leader of the campaign. The guide has the right to decide on the route change or even cancel the route in case of emergency. Tourists must comply with the requirements of the guide. The guide has the right to remove from the route participants, who:
- tourists endangering other tour participants,
- tourists disrespectful to other participants of the tour,
- tourists who do not comply with safety recommendations.
The cost of the tour in this case is not refundable.
In case of refusal by tourists from the services of a guide (unauthorized departure from the route), the guide is not responsible for the life and health of tourists. Medical care: a standard walking first-aid kit. Persons who need constant medical supervision are not allowed on expeditions.

Do I need a visa to Russia? How to get it?

"Awesome Russia" helps to make visas for its clients. We help to get business visas and tourist visas to Russia. A tourist visa is the most economical and affordable option for travel. It can be a one-entry type for a period not exceeding 30 days. If you have a travel scheduled for more than 30 days, we will issue a business visa. Business visa is issued to foreign citizens staying at the territory of the Russian Federation for more than 30 days. More information you can find in section "visas to Russia".

​If I do not speak Russian or English?

If you do not speak Russian, this is not a problem. "Awesome Russia" guides speak English or we provide interpreter services from your native language (Italian, German, Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic).

What is included in the tour price?

The cost of the tour includes:
- accommodation, transport, meals on the route of travel
- medical insurance
- guide services
- rent of public equipment

What to take on an expedition?

Great mood and photo/video equipment, backpack (from 60 to 90 liters), individual pills that you take. About clothes - for each trip we instruct the participants to the weather in the current season.

What physical training should be for travel?

For outdoor activities, you must be completely healthy, hardy. You should can to walk and move a lot.

If I do not have the necessary equipment?

Special equipment (for climbing, rafting, hiking) we provide.

Where and when will you meet me on the first day of the tour?

Our guide will meet all travelers according to the time of arrival at the airport. If you arrive by train, our guide will meet you at the train station.

We provide

- We can help you get a visa to Russia
- Arrange the best birthday or wedding while traveling
- Insurance cost is included in the tour price
- Experienced guides
- Flexible travel dates
- The most interesting routes in Russia
- Branded gifts for every traveler
- We have all the equipment for traveling
- We have a great discount system

I'm on a diet. Will there be special food for me during the tour that fits my diet?

If you're a vegetarian, vegan or on a diet, don't worry. We will prepare the appropriate menu especially for you during your travel. Please indicate your diet in advance when you book a tour.

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