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Northeast Passage: An Unforgettable Voyage from Norway to Alaska

Northeast Passage: An Unforgettable Voyage from Norway to Alaska

From AUD $49,020

Description

Discover the vast wildness of a region seen by only a handful of bold explorers on an expedition that is possible only due to the extreme ice capabilities ofNational Geographic Enduranceand our ice-master captains. You’ll explore a region covered in ice and impassable almost the entire year on an epic point-to-point journey between Norway and Alaska. Discover remote Siberian shores and far northern archipelagos known to few—including Franz Josef Land, New Siberian Islands, and Wrangel Island. Little has changed here since the days of Nordenskjold, Amundsen, and the intrepid explorers of the last century. Join us as we navigate the wind, waves, and weather, slaloming the lines of longitude in search of the wildlife and wonders hidden within this little-known passage.

Trip Name
Northeast Passage: An Unforgettable Voyage from Norway to Alaska
Days
25
Overview
Vessel Type: Expedition Ship Passenger Capacity: 126 Built: 2020 A next-generation expedition ship, purpose-built for polar navigation. National Geographic Endurance is a next-generation expedition ship, purpose-built for polar navigation. A fully stabilized, highly strengthened, ice-class Polar Code PC5 (Category A) vessel, it is designed to navigate polar passages year-round, and safely explore unchartered waters, while providing exceptional comfort. Its patented X-BOW® is key to its design; its powerful wave-slicing action provides an extremely smooth ride in even adverse conditions, and even reduces spray on deck, for superior observation. She carries a full suite of expedition tools and offers a variety of experience-enhancing amenities. The luxury of comfort on expedition National Geographic Endurance comfortably accommodates 126 guests in 69 outside-facing cabins. Cabins are efficiently designed, with sizes range from the 140-square-foot solo cabin to the 430-square-foot category 7 suite. Fifty-three of the 69 cabins, including all 12 of the solo cabins, will feature small balconies with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that bring in the spectacular views and ample natural light.  Comfort & convenience in every room Every cabin has two portholes, a large window or balcony, and temperature controls. Bathrooms are modern and stocked with botanically inspired hair products, soap, and shower gel, plus a hairdryer. Cabins are equipped with expedition command centers with tablets and USB/mobile device docking, TVs, Wi-Fi connections, and hair dryers. Dining: Food served aboard is fresh, local, and delicious, and sourced from suppliers who share our values of sustainable use whenever possible. Meals aboard are almost always served in the dining room, located aft of the lounge deck. When weather conditions allow, lighter fare may be served on the observation deck. There is no assigned seating and our dining room accommodates the entire expedition community in a single seating. During meals your expedition leader, naturalists, and any guest speakers aboard will join you. Public Areas: Two restaurants, a Chef’s Table for small group dining, Observation Lounge with bar, gym, Wellness area, infinity-style outdoor hot tubs, library, main lounge with full service bar, 24-hour beverage, state-of-the-art facilities for films, slideshows and presentations, and a photo workshop area; plus, an expedition base with lockers for expedition gear, and an “open bridge” for access to our captain, officers and the art of navigation. Meals: Two restaurants, featuring local, sustainable choices and unassigned seating for flexible, inclusive dining; plus a Chef’s table for intimate, small group dining. Main restaurant has 270º views, and the Observation deck restaurant features lighter, made-to-order fare.  Cabins: All cabins face outside with large windows, private facilities and climate controls. 53 cabins have balconies. Cabins are equipped with expedition command centers with tablets and USB/mobile device docking, TVs, Wi-Fi connections, and hair dryers. Expedition Tools: Zodiac landing craft, kayaks, snowshoes, cross-country skis, undersea specialist operating a remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and underwater video camera for unique access to polar marine world, hydrophone, aerial remote-controlled camera and video microscope. Special Features: A full-time doctor, undersea specialist, National Geographic photographer, Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and video chronicler, an internet cafe and laundry. Wellness: The vessel is staffed by our wellness specialists and features a glass-enclosed yoga studio, gym, treatment rooms and spa relax area, and high- and low-heat saunas with ocean views. Expedition Landing Craft: Key to our operation is our fleet of expedition landing craft, which we use to land in places that would otherwise be inaccessible. With 8 of these boats and two loading stations used every time we disembark, we’re able to transfer guests off the ship quickly, so you can be out on adventures, not idly waiting. The expedition landing craft we use are 19 feet long, powered by four-stroke outboard engines, and are capable of comfortably carrying 10-12 people. They are widely recognized as the safest and most versatile small boats afloat. Remotely Operated Vehicle: Capable of reaching 1,000 feet, far beyond the range of any Scuba diver, the ROV allows you to literally view parts of the undersea that are as unexplored as the moon. Chances are you, like many of our guests, will be struck by how surprisingly colorful undersea life is in these unlikely places. And this glimpse may fundamentally change how you view the ocean. Kayaks: National Geographic Endurance will be equipped with a fleet of kayaks large enough to ensure everyone who wants to can paddle at every opportunity. Consequently, prior kayaking experience isn’t necessary—many of our guests have their first kayaking experience in extraordinary locations. Our custom-designed floating platform lets us deploy kayaks from the ship, or any location we want—including far from shore. Kayakers are usually free to explore where they want within boundaries set by the undersea specialist and officer of the watch. Underwater camera: Our undersea specialist will dive often during your expedition, even in Alaska, with cold-water gear, to shoot high-definition, Cousteau-like footage of the deep. Colorful nudibranchs, swimming, plant-like crinoids, and mysterious fish with antifreeze blood that thrive in the frigid sea will give you an entirely new appreciation of the marine environment. Video microscope: Naturalists will use the video microscope to help explain all elements of the environment, including tiny organisms that are the building block of the marine ecosystem. Spellbinding live views of krill at 80x magnification fills the high-definition screens in the lounge with vivid detail, and fills every onlooker with a sense of wonder at the importance of otherwise unobservable creatures. Hydrophone: This underwater microphone is deployed to listen to the vocalizations of marine mammals. Real time transmissions of their eerie, haunting sounds can be broadcast through the ship or recorded for later playback. Few experiences in nature are as captivating as watching humpback whales feed close to the ship as their vocalizations play through the ship’s PA system. Electronic charts: An electronic chart showing the ship’s location, course, and speed is almost always on display in the lounge. Open bridge: You’ll find our captains are engaged, knowledgeable members of your expedition who are eager to share their passion with you. Venture’s open bridge features comfortable spaces to sit, enjoy the view, drink your morning coffee, or simply chat with the officers. Snorkeling gear & wetsuits: On warm weather itineraries where there will be snorkeling, you’ll select a mask, snorkel, fins, and wetsuit that remain yours for the duration of the expedition. There’s no need to pack and tote your own gear, although guests who prefer to are welcome to bring their own.

Itinerary



Day 1 - DAY 1: Oslo, Norway
Fly to Oslo. Upon arrival, check into the HotelBristol. In the afternoon, explore this charming city.Stroll among the famed Vigeland sculptures—hundreds of life-size human figures set in terracedFrogner Park. Visit the Fram Museum, dedicatedto the wooden ship sailed by Norwegian explorersNansen and Amundsen. The evening is at leisure. (L)
Day 2 - DAY 2: Oslo / Tromsø / Embark
Fly from Oslo to Tromsø and embark National GeographicEndurance. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - DAY 3-5: Exploring Norway's Fjords
Spend two days exploring Norway’s spectacularnorthern coast. Carved by glaciers over millions ofyears, these shores are laced with steep-walledfjords, mountainous islands, and chiseled peaks.Cruise along vertical rock faces, and throughserene fjords. Be on the lookout for seabirds andmarine mammals and learn about the region fromour expert natural history staff. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - DAY 6-24: Exploring the Russian High Arctic, Siberian Coast, and Russian Far East
In keeping with the nature of an expedition, ourday-by-day itinerary will be flexible. We’ll utilize theextensive experience of our captain and crew, aswell as of our technological resources and ice-strengthened ship, to chart a course aroundimpenetrable ice, through one of the most remoteregions on Earth, and toward once-in-a-lifetimesightings of the Arctic’s abundant wildlife. Duringour time at sea, enjoy the ship amenities and hearlectures from our naturalists. Listed below aresome of the stops that we plan to make during ourexpedition. (B,L,D Daily)Franz Josef LandLocated just over 550 miles from the North Pole,Franz Josef Land is the world’s northernmostarchipelago; its uninhabited islands remain frozenunder vast ice sheets for much of the year. In2013, National Geographic Explorer-in-ResidenceEnric Sala led an expedition in the surroundingArctic waters as part of the Pristine Seas project,capturing the first deep-sea footage of the rareGreenland shark. Our ship, Zodiacs, and kayaksbring us close to the archipelago’s dramaticicescapes, seldom seen coastlines, and out-of-this-world scenery at the top of the planet.Observe polar bears from the ship deck, and goashore for naturalist-led walks to search forwalruses, arctic seabird colonies, and narwhals.Novaya ZemlyaWatch for Arctic wildlife as we navigate past IceHarbor, where Dutch explorer Willem Barentsspent the winter between 1596 and 1597. Cruisethe Barents Sea en route to the heavily glaciatedcoastlines of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, achain of mountainous islands draped in ice thathave yet to be thoroughly explored. Seals,walruses, and polar bears may be found oncoastal ice floes year-round, and rich birdlifeinhabits the shorelines during the summer months.Severnaya ZemlyaAs we sail under 24 hours of daylight, ournaturalists will be on deck, seeking out belugawhales and other marine mammals that inhabit theshallow coastal waters bordering the SevernayaZemlya archipelago. Discovered only in 1930, thischain of isles—separated from the coast ofnorthern Siberia by the Vil’kitskogo Strait—is oneof the planet’s most recently charted territories.Pass Cape Chelyuskin, the most northerly point ofthe Eurasian continent, on our way west.New Siberian IslandsOften surrounded by heavy pack ice, the volcanicspires, cliffs, and buttresses of these rockyoutposts are a magnificent backdrop for abundantwildlife. We keep a lookout for elusive Ross’s gull,named after the British polar explorer. Walruseshaul out on the ice in great numbers and seabirdsnest on great cliffs on the De Long Islands,discovered by the 1881 Jeannette expedition insearch of the North Pole.East Siberian SeaDepending on sailing conditions, explore granitetowers, tundra, and ancient ceremonial sites alongshores where mammoths once roamed. Thesurrounding pack ice is an ideal place to findwalruses, polar bears, and other wildlife of thecircumpolar north.Wrangel IslandSpend time exploring the World Heritage–listedWrangel Island Reserve in the Arctic Ocean. Withthe world’s largest population of Pacific walrusesand the highest density of ancestral polar beardens, Wrangel Island offers incredibleopportunities for wildlife viewing. The islandescaped glaciation during the last ice age, andnow has the highest level of biodiversity in thehigh Arctic, with an astonishing variety of plant life.It was also the last refuge of woolly mammoths,whose bones and teeth have been discoveredamid the island’s riverbeds, providing intriguingclues to their past existence. As we explore byship, by Zodiac, and on foot, keep an eye out forgray whales, which can be found in these primefeeding grounds.Chukchi SeaGo ashore at Kolyuchin Island and Kolyuchin Inleton the northern Chukotka coast. An enormoustidal estuary, Kolyuchin Inlet offers excellent hikingand birding opportunities. Nearby, KolyuchinIsland is a high, cliff-lined isle where puffins andguillemots nest, and Pacific walruses occasionallysunbathe on the rocks below. Explore this remoteand untouched coastline in a Zodiac, andconditions permitting, head ashore to go hikingwith our naturalists.
Day 5 - DAY 25: Disembark / Nome, Alaska / Anchorage / U.S
Arrive in the remote city of Nome, Alaska, on thecoast of the Bering Sea. Disembark to explore thetown prior to the charter flight to Anchorage. InAnchorage transfer to flights home. (B)
Day 6 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.NOTE: A Russian tourist visa is required.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
19-07-202212-08-2022AUD $49,020Category 1
19-07-202212-08-2022AUD $50,270Category 2
19-07-202212-08-2022AUD $61,520Category 3
19-07-202212-08-2022AUD $68,230Category 4
19-07-202212-08-2022AUD $75,520Category 5
19-07-202212-08-2022AUD $76,840Suite A Solo
19-07-202212-08-2022AUD $85,300Suite B Solo
19-07-202212-08-2022AUD $87,040Category 6
19-07-202212-08-2022AUD $96,590Category 7
11-08-202204-09-2022AUD $50,270Category 2
11-08-202204-09-2022AUD $61,520Category 3
11-08-202204-09-2022AUD $68,230Category 4
11-08-202204-09-2022AUD $75,520Category 5
11-08-202204-09-2022AUD $76,840Suite A Solo
11-08-202204-09-2022AUD $85,300Suite B Solo
11-08-202204-09-2022AUD $87,040Category 6
11-08-202204-09-2022AUD $96,590Category 7
11-08-202204-09-2022AUD $49,020Category 1
25-07-202318-08-2023AUD $51,470Category 1
25-07-202318-08-2023AUD $52,780Category 2
25-07-202318-08-2023AUD $64,590Category 3
25-07-202318-08-2023AUD $71,640Category 4
25-07-202318-08-2023AUD $79,290Category 5
25-07-202318-08-2023AUD $80,680Suite A Solo
25-07-202318-08-2023AUD $89,570Suite B Solo
25-07-202318-08-2023AUD $91,390Category 6
25-07-202318-08-2023AUD $101,420Category 7
16-08-202309-09-2023AUD $51,470Category 1
16-08-202309-09-2023AUD $52,780Category 2
16-08-202309-09-2023AUD $64,590Category 3
16-08-202309-09-2023AUD $71,640Category 4
16-08-202309-09-2023AUD $79,290Category 5
16-08-202309-09-2023AUD $80,680Suite A Solo
16-08-202309-09-2023AUD $89,570Suite B Solo
16-08-202309-09-2023AUD $91,390Category 6
16-08-202309-09-2023AUD $101,420Category 7

Inclusions

    • Explore Franz Josef Land, just 550 miles from the North Pole and under vast ice sheets for much of the year, to search for polar bears, walrus, arctic seabird colonies, and narwhals
    • See the stunning glaciated coastline of Novaya Zemlya, where Dutch explorer Willem Barents overwintered in 1596—a region that has yet to be thoroughly explored
    • Sail under 24 hours of daylight searching for beluga whales and other marine mammals that inhabit the shallow coastal waters bordering the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago
    • Visit Wrangel Island, a World Heritage site known for the world’s largest population of Pacific walrus and the highest density of ancestral polar bear dens on Earth
    • Enjoy the world-class amenities and superb dining aboard National Geographic Endurance, whose extreme ice-class rating makes this voyage possible

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