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The Akademik Ioffe Bar & Lounge on the Ioffe Relax by the fire in the lounge. Enjoy a delicious meal on the BBQ deck Relax in the ship's hot tub Reception area on the Ioffe Enjoy a meal and drink on the deck. View from the Deck
Kayaking through the icy waters.
$11,195
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Antarctic Circle Voyage

14 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
Join us on the Columbia and Snake Rivers as the Bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition gets fully underway. The explorers set out in 1804, seeking the Rocky Mountains and the far Pacific. Then in 1805, the Corps of Discovery canoed down the Snake and Columbia Rivers to reach their goal at the sea. We'll retrace their path, covering …
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Antarctic Polar Circle, Drake Passage, Port of Ushuaia
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Kayak quiet waters as you sail to remote coves of Antarctica
$7,795
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Antarctic Peninsula Adventure

11 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
  • Attend Antarctic presentations
  • Observe a colony of penguins
  • Search for humpback & minke whales
  • Explore the polar landscape
Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina and embark on your 11-day exploration of Antarctica. Board the Akademik Ioffe and head across the infamous Drake Passage. Once you arrive at the Antarctic Peninsula, enjoy frequent trips ashore, whale watching, searching for wildlife, and exploring the white continent itself!
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Drake Passage, Port of Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands
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Skiing down the the unique snowy slopes.
$8,095
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Antarctica - Off the Beaten Path

13 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
  • Attend educational presentations
  • Observe large penguin colonies
  • Kayak in the Antarctic waters
  • Cross the infamous Drake Passage
Begin and end your 13-day Antarctic adventure in Ushuaia, Argentina aboard the Akademic Loffe. Enjoy optional activities ranging from overnight kayaking, camping, ski touring, snowshoeing, trekking, zodiac cruising, and field photography as you explore the dramatic landscape of the 7th continent - Antarctica.
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Photography, Skiing, Trekking & Hiking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Drake Passage, Port of Ushuaia
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Ice Bridge near Baffin Island
$7,995
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Baffin Island - Jewel of the High Arctic

13 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
Baffin Island is one of the last great wilderness regions on the planet. From Iqaluit, on Frobisher Bay, explore the wild east coast of Baffin Island, discovering the deep fjords, soaring mountains, and immense glacial systems. Be on the lookout for a variety of birdlife and marine wildlife, including polar bear, the icon of the north. Visit …
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Arctic, Asia, Baffin Island, Canada, Europe, Greenland, Iceland, North America, Northwest Passage, Scandinavia, Western Europe, Auyuittuq National Park, Dundas Harbor, Iqaluit, Lower Savage Islands, Monumental Island, Pond Inlet, Prince Leopold Island, Resolute, Sirmilik National Park
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A beautiful arctic glacier.
$7,495
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Baffin Island & West Greenland

11 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
  • Hike, paddle, and cruise to explore
  • Cross the Arctic Circle
  • Walk on Greenland's ice cap
  • Visit remote Inuit communities
This voyage combines two outstanding locations: Canada’s wild and remote Baffin Island and the glaciated western coast of Greenland. Explore deep fjords, immense icebergs, and small coastal villages while encountering the special wildlife of the Arctic, including birdlife, marine mammals, and polar bears.
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Trekking & Hiking, Village Visit, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Arctic, Baffin Island, Canada, Greenland, North America, Cape Mercy, Davis Strait, Disko Bay, Iqaluit, Kangerlussuaq, Monumental Island, Pangirtung, Qeqertarsuaq, Sisimiut, Sunshine Fjord
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Penguins at Christmas
$8,795
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Christmas in Antarctica

11 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
Experience the ultimate ‘White Christmas’ on a memorable voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula. Towering glaciers, amazing wildlife encounters, snow-covered landscapes, massive icebergs and the option to choose your favorite activities make this voyage the perfect introduction to the white continent. In the waters of the Antarctic …
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Trekking & Hiking
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Drake Passage, Port of Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands
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Take a zodiac tour around glaciers.
$8,895
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Classic Northwest Passage

13 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
  • Sight polar bears in Conningham Bay
  • Discover the culture of Pond Inlet
  • Navigate through massive iceburgs
  • Hear stories of Franklin's voyage
This 13-day voyage explores the remote Northwest Passage and stunning fjords of the Baffin Island coastline before crossing to Greenland and its mindblowing icebergs. Following the paths of the legendary early Arctic explorers, journey through the archipelago of islands and channels of Canada’s high Arctic on your expedition ship, Akademik Ioffe.
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Beechey Island, Bellot Strait, Cambridge Bay, Ilulissat, Iqaluit, Iqualirtuuq (Isabella Bay), King William Island, Lancaster Sound, Pond Inlet, Prince of Wales Island, Sisimiut, Sondre Stromfjord
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A humpback surfaces close to our zodiac
$7,795
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Marine Mammals of Antarctica

11 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
Seasoned guides have noticed year after year that as the Antarctic summer comes to a close, the marine mammals come to life! Through a collaborative effort with the Marine Laboratory at Duke University, heightened knowledge and awareness has been generated on humpback, minke, and orca whales along the Antarctica Peninsula. The exciting launch of …
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Photography, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
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An old run down building with the Hudson's Bay Company sign on it.
$5,895
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Northwest Passage - Finding Franklin

9 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
Explore the breathtaking wilderness and wildlife of Canada's High Arctic. Visit one of the largest migratory bird sanctuaries in Canada and a number of locations where encounters with polar bears, seals, whales, and narwhal are frequent. The principal focus of this expedition is the history of Arctic exploration and the early quest for the …
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Arctic, Asia, Canada, Europe, Greenland, Iceland, North America, Northwest Passage, Scandinavia, Western Europe, Beechey Island, Cambridge Bay, Fort Ross, Prince Leopold Island, Prince of Wales Island, Resolute, Victory Point
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A swimming polar bear
$5,195
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Northwest Passage - Wildlife Encounter

8 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
  • Zodiac around Prince Leopold Island
  • Cruise the wildlife "super highway"
  • Hike Elwin Inlet
  • Explore Beechey Island
Explore the remote Canadian Arctic our this 8-day cruise aboard the Akademic loffe. Watch wildlife, explore remote landing sites on foot, and visit points of historical interest.
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Arctic, Asia, Canada, Europe, Greenland, Iceland, North America, Northwest Passage, Scandinavia, Western Europe, Beechey Island, Dundas Harbor, Fort Ross, Prince Leopold Island, Resolute, Somerset Island
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Polar bears lounge in the sun
$5,495
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Spitsbergen Encounter

10 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
  • Watch for beluga whales
  • Zodiac or kayak near glaciers
  • Learn about whaling in Svalbard
  • Encounter polar bears
Cruise into the heart of the Norwegian Arctic. Days are busy with shore excursions to places of historic interest, visits to wildlife colonies, viewing the exquisite native flora, and soaking up the stunning landscapes. Short or long hikes on shore and kayaking are features along with regular cruising in the Zodiacs.
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Arctic, Europe, Norway, Scandinavia, Svalbard, Western Europe, Bourbonhamna, Fuglesangen, Hinlopen Strait (Hinlopenstretet), Krossfjorden, Longyearbyen, Monacobreen (Monaco Glacier), Nordaustlandet, Phippsoya, Poolepynten, Smeerenburg, Spitsbergen
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Travelers walking around the arctic landscape.
$5,495
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Spitsbergen Encounter - Photographic Symposium 2017

10 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
  • Hone your photography skills
  • Kayak and zodiac among glaciers
  • Encounter polar bears
  • Learn about whaling in Svalbard
Cruise into the heart of the Norwegian Arctic. Days are busy with shore excursions to places of historic interest, visits to wildlife colonies, viewing the exquisite native flora, and soaking up the stunning landscapes. Short or long hikes on shore and kayaking are features along with regular cruising in the Zodiacs.
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Photography, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Arctic, Europe, Norway, Scandinavia, Svalbard, Western Europe, Bourbonhamna, Fuglesangen, Hinlopen Strait (Hinlopenstretet), Krossfjorden, Longyearbyen, Monacobreen (Monaco Glacier), Nordaustlandet, Phippsoya, Poolepynten, Smeerenburg, Spitsbergen
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A huge colony of king penguins.
$13,095
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The Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula

19 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
On this 19-day voyage on the Akademik Ioffe, visit the sub-Antarctic Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctica. The Falkland Islands and the island of South Georgia are home to a proliferation of unique wildlife and birdlife. Both locations feature a fascinating history and stunning scenery. To the south lies Antarctica, the frozen continent …
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Falkland Islands, South America, South Georgia, Drake Passage, Port of Ushuaia, Scotia Sea, South Orkney Islands, South Shetland Islands
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Passengers: 96
Ship Type: Research Ship

Designed for polar research, the Akademik Ioffe is modern, comfortable, safe and ice-strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, she has public spaces onboard ideally suited for each and every need. A separate bar and lounge, as well as a library provide ideal places to sit and relax or catch up on some reading. A selection of movies and documentaries can also be watched in the lounge. Enjoy the sumptuous meals prepared for you by the culinary team in the dining room, which can host all clients in a single seating.

Comfort and Stability
Designed and built as a scientific research vessel in Finland, the Akademik Ioffe is very stable, quiet and comfortable. Refitting and refurbishment over the last five years oriented towards her role as an expedition cruise vessel has improved the comfort and caliber of the facilities aboard the ship.

There is little if any ambient noise from engines or machinery and with most of the public spaces on a separate deck from the majority of the cabins there is little issue with passenger-generated noise.

Vessel stabilization is gained through a combination of external stabilizers on her hull and a built-in ballast trimming system. The rapid transfer of ballast between special trimming tanks reduces vessel motion and coupled with a modern hull design gives us a stable platform for science and exploration.

Cabin Accommodations
All cabins are comfortable and well appointed with private or semi-private facilities and a variety of beds (either bunks or double). All cabins have ample storage facilities and a writing desk and chair, as well as bathrobes. Suites feature upgraded linens/duvets, toiletry kits and arrival gift baskets.

Bar
Located aft of the lobby on the main deck and with a seating capacity of about 25 and/or sufficient standing room for many more, the bar becomes one of the activity hubs on the ship. With outside views through portholes and a door out onto the main deck, the bar is a comfortable place to enjoy a fresh fruit smoothie before breakfast, grab a bottle of water before an excursion or enjoy a cocktail before dinner. A stereo with MP3 player dock and a monitor showing live video footage of the view forward from the bridge at all times can be found in the bar.

Bridge
The ship’s bridge is located on Deck 6 and is open to passengers virtually 24-hours a day. The officer on watch and a helmsman can always be found on duty on the bridge and it is also the best place to meet the master of the vessel. The chart room is a fascinating place to visit and expedition staff or ship’s crew are often available to answer questions about the equipment and instruments found on the bridge.

In addition, the bridge is an excellent place to sight see and view wildlife from. Binoculars and wildlife identification guidebooks can be found on the bridge and during much of the day, an expedition guide will be watching for wildlife from the bridge.

Dining Room
During select breakfasts during your voyage, join the dining room for an omelet bar. With buffet breakfasts, buffet and/or plated lunches and plated dinners, the dining room can seat all passengers in one sitting. Attractively lit and comfortably furnished, it is served by our ship’s stewards. A culinary team includes three chefs as well as up to three culinary students on each journey.

To keep up to date with the view from the bridge, live streaming video can be viewed on a television screen in the dining room during meals. A small lounge can be found in the forward part of the dining room along with a small bar used during meal service.

Other Amenities
Elevator
Gift Shop
Fitness Room
Infirmary
Library
Lounge
Mud Room
Presentation Room
Multimedia Room
Sauna and Polar Plunge Pool
Top Deck and Observatory

Technical Information
Registered name: Akademik Ioffe
Built: 1989, Rama, Finland
Length: 117 m
Breadth: 18.2 m
Draft: 6 m
Power: twin engine, 5,000Kw diesel, twin propeller
Maximum speed: 14.5 knots
Crew and staff: 56
Passengers: 86
The Triple Cabins.
Main Deck Triple
Deck 3, bunk beds and a sofa bed. Shared facilities, in cabin washbasin, writing desk/chair, ample storage, bathrobes & porthole.
Twin Private Cabins.
Twin Semi-Private
Deck 4, one lower berth and one sofa bed, a writing desk and ample storage. Semi-private facilities (one bathroom between two cabins). Opening window.
Twin Private Cabin.
Twin Private
Deck 4 and 5. All cabins have two lower berths, a writing desk/chair and ample storage. Facilities are private and all cabins have a window.
Superior Cabins.
Superior
Deck 6 these cabins have two lower berths, a sofa, a writing desk/chair and ample storage. Facilities are private and all cabins have a window.
The Shackelton Suite.
Shackleton Suite
Deck 4 & 5, 1 double berth, 1 sofa bed, separate sleeping quarters, writing desk/chair, TV/DVD, IPod alarm clock. Private facilities, window & deluxe amenities.
One Ocean Suite.
One Ocean Suite
Deck 5, 1 double berth, 1 sofa bed & separate sleeping quarters, up-graded bedding, a writing desk/chair, TV/DVD, IPod station. Private facilities with tub. Windows overlooking the bow. Deluxe amenities.
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