Set sail aboard the L'Austral and discover the most secret regions of the Russian Far North, at the gates of Murmansk, in the heart of the Solovetsky Islands, a natural reserve listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the edge of the Arctic Circle, between vast glaciers and the craggy cliffs of vertiginous fjords, the Norwegian Far North gives you access to the Kola Peninsula and the shores of the White Sea in Arctic Russia on this unforgettable Arctic expedition cruise.

Day 1

    Tromso, Norway

    Tromsø is a city of the Norwegian far North, a former whale-fishing capital surrounded by still unspoiled nature and home to a rich architectural heritage steeped in history. Today nicknamed the Paris of the North, Tromsø is a young and vibrant city that has successfully preserved its authentic charm, surrounded by the snowy peaks that form the decor of this boreal region also known as “The Gateway to the Far North.” Do not miss the most beautiful example of contemporary scandinavian architecture: the Arctic Cathedral, built like a lighthouse, facing the old city. This religious structure has remarkably bold lines, evoking a great white ship. Its architecture symbolizes the power of Pack Ice in the arctic seas and includes a very original glass mosaic. Group charter flight from Paris to Tromso and arrival transfers are included in cruise fare.

    Day 2

      North Cape Islands

      Set sail towards the mythical North Cape, with its polar landscapes and unspoilt, virgin nature. Located on the island of Magerøy, the North Cape is the most Northerly point of Continental Europe, lying some 307 m above the Arctic Ocean. When you sail aboard L’Austral and pass the 71st parallel, the sight of this strip of land, battered by the waves and wind, is breathtaking. The Sami (also known as Lapps) already considered the “Nordkapp” as a unique site. From May to July when the clouds cover the Ocean with a thick celestial cloak, when the midnight sun is at its lowest on the horizon, it is one of the most magical places on Earth. It is impossible to travel any further North on the European Continent; you are at the end of the world.

      Day 3

        Murmansk, Russia

        Port details pending.

        Day 4

          At Sea

          Today sail along the Kanin Peninsula Morzhovets of Russia.

          Day 5

            Pomor Town / Zeleyni Cape, Russia

            Port details pending.

            Day 6

              Ludi Islands, Russia

              Port details pending.

              Days 7-8

                Solovetsky Archipelago, Russia

                Nestled in North-Western Russia in Onega Bay, the Solovetsky Islands are a protected nature reserve dating back more than 4,000 years, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992. The source of some of the finest ancient legends, the Solovetsky Islands reveal a horizon of captivating beauty and clarity. When the mist rises above the White Sea, the silver domes of the Solovki Monastery sparkle in the pale daylight, competing for prominence with the fortified towers. Built in the 16th century by monks, this medieval structure is surrounded by high walls, reminiscent of the imposing silhouette of the Kremlin in Moscow. The Northern lights put on a fantastic show when the white nights of June surround the citadel with a thousand lights, the Summer sun shining through, bathing the massive monastery fortress in gold: a perfect show...but also a diabolical sight, as this was the most beautiful and most terrible of stalin’s gulags.

                Day 9

                  Arkhangelsk, Russia

                  Port details pending.

                  Day 10

                    Kola Peninsula, Russia

                    Port details pending.

                    Day 11

                      Sem Islands, Russia

                      Sailing in the Barents Sea.

                      Day 12

                        Kirkenes, Norway

                        Disembark this morning for your continued journey home. A group charter flight to Paris and airport transfers are included in your cruise fare.
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                        Not included in rates:
                        - Air transportation and airport taxes
                        - Port and safety taxes
                        - Gratuities
                        - Optional shore excursions -booked onboard. (Except Antarctic & Arctic voyages)
                        - Personal expenses onboard
                        - Personal insurance

                        Children welcome:
                        - Flexible, or connecting staterooms
                        - Baby-sitting service on request
                        - Children's menus, fun tea parties, games, piano lessons and a host of other activities
                        - Special kids' rates

                        Please note:
                        Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.
                        Cruise fare is per person and includes the following:
                        • All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation)
                        • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
                        • Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, a selection of white, red and rosé wines offered during meals; afternoon tea
                        • Evening entertainment and events
                        • Luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa
                        • Room service 24h (special selection)
                        • Direct flight as follow: chartered flight from/to Paris in Economy-class on European airline
                        • Meet and Greet by representatives at the destination airport, transfers to and/or from the ship and other services before and after the cruise according to detailed program available upon request 10 months prior departure.

                        Special inclusion program for US/Canada bookings:
                        The all inclusive package includes the Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request), port taxes, fuel surcharge and gratuities

                        Not included in cruise fare:
                        • Airport taxes (subject to modification)
                        • Port and safety taxes
                        • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise
                        • Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure; please ask for more information
                        • Optional shore excursions
                        • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
                        • Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
                        • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
                        • Gratuities
                        • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
                        • Visa, disembarkation taxes, environmental taxes and/or national park fees if applicable

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                        Cancellation Policy

                        Days Prior to departureFee
                        Antarctic & Arctic Cruises
                        91 days or more$450
                        90-61 days30% cruise cost
                        60-46 days55% cruise cost
                        45-31 days80% cruise cost
                        30-0 days100% cruise cost
                        All other Cruises
                        45 days or more$450
                        44-31 days55% cruise cost
                        30-0 days100% cruise cost