From visiting active Arctic research stations to tracing the paths of polar explorers on foot, the Russian Arctic is full of iconic polar experiences and sights. Starting and ending in Helsinki, this journey will take you to unspoiled areas like Novaya Zemlya, Severnaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land. Polar bear encounters are a real possibility and there will be plenty of opportunities to spot walrus, seals, whales and wide variety of seabirds – both nesting on the icy cliffs and soaring above your ship. Discover the stunning ecology, geology and wildlife of this icy tip of the earth.
- Discover the immense polar deserts of Severnaya Zemlya.
- Get up close to the stunning glacier of Inostrantseva Bay.
- Search for polar bears, walrus and other wildlife in Franz Josef Land.
- Explore the extraordinary mix of Eastern and Western influenced architecture of Helsinki.