North East Passage: The Northern Sea Route


Only a handful of expedition vessels have ever transited the Northeast passage, but recent changes in the summer sea ice conditions mean this historic and fascinating sea route is now accessible to a few suitably constructed expedition vessels.
The indigenous peoples of the north coast of Siberia were undoubtedly familiar with sections of this seaway but it wasn’t until 1878-1880 that Swedish explorer Adolf Erik Nordenskiold completed the first ever transit. Earlier attempts to find a route in the 16th century had been thwarted by either ice or politics or both.
In 1914-15 the Imperial Russian Navy icebreakers Taymyr and Vaygach made the second transit of the Northern Sea Route in an attempt to render the seaway navigable for strategic purposes. In 1932 the Soviet Union formed the Northern Sea Route Administration. It was headed up by Otto Schmidt who established a number of Polar research and weather stations along the Siberian coast and on the many islands along the way. Personnel at these stations were responsible for reporting weather and ice conditions as well as carrying out invaluable research into the regions unique birds, plants and animals.

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28 Days


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Meals and all expedition shore excursions.



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International/domestic flights, visas and travel insurance.

Difficulty Rating 1 (easy)
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