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Greg Mortimer - Franz Josef Land Explorer Reverse

16 Days FROM USD 12,100


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This 16 day voyage begins in Murmansk and takes you to the incredibly beautiful Franz Josef land archipelago.  Begin your journey crossing the Barents sea to discover wondrous Islands the likes of which you have never seen. Explore a stark yet mystical land of glaciers, ice and beautiful tundra. A land where polar bears reign, sea birds cling to jagged slopes and cliffs and whales feed in icy offshore waters, this is a truly unique ecosystem. A perfect combination of stark beauty and incredible natural wilderness. 

Optional Activities :


Location: Russian Arctic

Ship: Greg Mortimer


  • Cruise beneath towering bird cliffs of Cape Flora

  • Visit Nansen's winter camp at Cape Norway

  • Search for rorqual and elusive bowhead whales

  • Marvel at the frozen landscape of Franz Josef Land - 85% of which is glaciated

  • Watch for polar bears on land and ice


In Murmansk, Russia, join a pre-arranged half day excursion visiting the monument to the soldier of WW2 and also the first nuclear icebreaker Lenin - details of joining instructions for the city tour will be included in your final documentation.

In the late afternoon board the Greg Mortimer late afternoon, where you’ll have time to settle into your cabin before our important briefings.

Embarkation In Murmansk

Over the next two days at sea, enjoy informative and entertaining lectures from your expert expedition team including naturalists, historians and geologists. You may also take this time to familiarise yourself and share stories with your fellow crew and passengers.

At Sea - Day 2 - 3

Novaya Zemlya archipelago was once an important nuclear research site during the cold war, and today only a few places in the north are accessible to visitors. These islands offer stunning rugged Arctic landscapes - enormous extinct volcanoes, jagged cliffs and the most isolated mountain range in the Baltic Sea. For wildlife lovers, Novaya Zemlya boasts a great variety of flora and fauna, many of which are on the brink of extinction. If you’re very lucky we may also see polar bear, and the ones found at Novaya Zemlya are considered to be a genetically unique sub-species.

Novaya Zemlya

Your onboard lecture program continues as you continue your sea crossing to Franz Josef Land. You may choose to spend your time staying active at the gym, treat yourself to a massage in the wellness centre or getting to know your fellow expeditioners.

At Sea

Franz Josef Land is a stark yet beautiful world of glaciers, mosses and lichens. Approximately five million sea birds nest on the archipelago every year, with the thick-billed guillemot accounting for approximately 20%. Other seabirds such as fulmar, kittiwake, Brünnich's guillemot, black guillemot and little auk are common throughout the archipelago. On the flat tundra, nest other species such as: common eider, purple sandpiper, Arctic skua, glaucous gull, ivory gull, Arctic tern and snow bunting. Franz Josef Land is home to two Arctic giants – the Polar bear and the walrus. There is also a population of Arctic fox, which typically have their territories near seabird habitats. The waters of Franz Josef Land are visited by whales, including humpback, bowhead, narwhal, and white beluga whale. Walrus, ringed seals, bearded seals and an amazing species of mammals, choose Franz Josef Land and the water areas around it as their home.

Franz Josef Land - Day 6 - 12

The return crossing of the Barents Sea offers some good opportunities to encounter whales, perhaps the elusive bowhead whale if you’re lucky, and certainly plenty of opportunities to photograph sea birds.

Return Across Barents Sea - Day 13 & 14

You will arrive back in Murmansk for clearance procedures before continuing to Kirkenes.


Arrive in Kirkenes in the morning, farewell your expedition team and fellow passengers as we all continue our onward journeys, hopefully with a newfound sense of the immense power of nature. A transfer to downtown Kirkenes or the airport is included in the cost of the voyage.

Disembarkation In Kirkenes

Pricing & date

Greg Mortimer - Franz Josef Land Explorer Reverse from USD 12,100
Departing Ending Duration
03 Aug 2021 18 Aug 2021 16

Important Information

  • All onboard meals & snacks

    All Shore excursions and zodiac cruises

    Educational lectures and guiding services

    Waterproof jacket & boots

    Port surcharges, permits & landing fees


    International or domestic flights

    Airport arrival or departure tax

    Optional excursions not included in this itinerary

    Optional activity surcharges

    Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available Upon Request

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