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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Franz Joseph Land

This unique expedition cruise sails along the Norway coast to the Russian port of Murmansk and up to remote Franz Joseph Land, the world's most northernmost archipelago with a huge polar bear population. Includes Polarcirkel shore landings and lectures from the expert Expedition Team

Cruise Only
14 nights from £5666pp

Expedition Holiday
  • Soroya
  • Skarsvag
  • North Cape
  • Tromso

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday

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Explore remote Franz Josef Land where great explorers like Fridtjof Nansen and Hjalmar Johansen spent the winter, watch for polar bears in their natural environment and enjoy a Russian experience in Murmansk on this unique expedition cruise.

Sail from Tromso to the beautiful island of Sørøya then call at the exotic Russian harbour of Murmansk. Spend five days exploring Franz Joseph Land, the world´s northernmost archipelago, to follow in the footsteps of great explorers of the past like Fridtjof Nansen. Look for amazing wildlife including polar bears, Arctic fox, seals, walrus and thousands of seabirds. The route and landing sites in this beautiful region depend on the weather and ice conditions. After another stop in Murmansk head back to Norway where there is an optional excursion to the North Cape which marks the end of the continent.

N499 Operated by Hurtigruten

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Franz Joseph Land Itinerary

Day 1 - Tromso (Norway)

Embark Spitsbergen in Tromso.

Day 2 - Soroya

Step ashore on Soroya to explore its wilderness. Visit one of the fishing settlements or, weather permitting, enjoy a hike for superb views.

Day 3 - Murmansk (Russia)

Murmansk is the largest city north of the Arctic Circle and was founded in 1916.

Days 4-5 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on relaxing days at sea.

Days 6-10 - Franz Joseph Land

Fridtjof Nansen overwintered in Franz Joseph Land in September 1895. The first recorded landing on the archipelago was in 1873, and explorers found wide beaches, steep cliffs and amazing wildlife including arctic foxes, polar bears and walrus. Cape Flora is home to thousands of sea birds including Brünnichs guillemots and black-legged kittiwakes. At Bell Island there are the remains of the oldest building on Franz Josef Land which was left by a British expedition in 1880. The exact sequence and choice of landings will be decided by the captain depending on the ice and weather conditions.

Days 11-12 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on relaxing days crossing the Barents Sea.

Day 13 - Murmansk

In Murmansk there is a huge memorial to Russian soldiers, and a memorial complex including the Saviour on the Waters Church which is dedicated to the memory of Murmansk's seamen.

Day 14 - Skarsvag (Norway)

Skarsvag is known as the world's most northerly fishing village. There is an optional excursion to the North Cape at the tip of Northern Europe where there is the chance to see the globe monument and learn more about early expeditions to the North Cape.

Day 15 - Tromso

Disembark Spitsbergen in Tromso.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 14-night full board voyage in cabin grade of your choice
  • House beer and wine, sodas and mineral water with meals on board
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board
  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats
  • English speaking Expedition Team on board
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Wind and water-resistant jacket

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Gratuities (at guests’ discretion)
  • Optional excursions
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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

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Price Information

  • Pricing is based on a fluid system so subject to daily change
Map for Franz Joseph Land