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Northeast Passage: The Northern Sea Route

Example 28 Day Cruise aboard Akademik Shokalskiy
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Embark on a 28-day history-making expedition through the Northern Sea Route/Northeast Passage from Anadyr to Svalbard. Aboard the Akademik Shokalskiy, learn about the development of the commercial shipping route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. First transited in 1878-1880 by Swedish explorer Adolf Erik Nordenskiold, this seaway became an important route for carrying supplies to Eastern Russian until the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, when the number of vessels using this route dwindled. Recent changes in sea ice conditions have made this fascinating seaway accessible and spurred renewed commercial interest from shipping companies. The Russian Far East is an amazing place, a wilderness where you must travel on nature's terms- join this voyage across one of the greatest seaways in the world!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Anadyr
Day 2 : At Sea | Gulf of Anadyr
Day 3 : Whale Bone Alley | Gil’mimyl Hot Springs
Day 4 : Cape Dezhnev | Uelen Village
Day 5 : Kolyuchin Island
Days 6-8 : Wrangel Island
Day 9 : East Siberian Sea
Day 10 : Ayon Island and Village
Day 11 : Medvezhyi Islands
Day 12 : East Siberian Sea
Days 13-15 : Novaya Sibirskiye (New Siberian Islands)
Days 16-17 : Crossing the Laptev Sea
Days 18-20 : Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago
Days 21-22 : Kara Sea
Days 23-25 : Franz Josef Land
Days 26-27 : Barents Sea
Day 28 : Disembark in Murmansk

Highlights

  • Be part of a history-making expedition through the Northern Sea Route
  • Cruise between the Pacific & Arctic Oceans
  • Encounter pelagic birds, marine mammals & Arctic wildlife
  • View intriguing archaeological sites & cultural performances
  • Journey to and among remote, uninhabited islands

Ship

Akademik Shokalskiy

Places Visited

  • Arctic
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Russia
  • Russian Far East
  • Anadyr
  • Bering Sea
  • Bering Strait
  • Cape Dezhnev
  • Chukotka Peninsula
  • East Siberian Sea
  • Franz Josef Land
  • Kolyuchin Islands
  • Murmansk
  • New Siberian Islands
  • Russian Arctic
  • Severnaya Zemlya
  • Uelen Village
  • Whale Bone Alley
  • Wrangel Island

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Hike along the coastal Russian mountains Spirit of Enderby, Russian Far East Dancers practice before a performance A Stellar's Sea Eagle takes flight Stellar's Sea Lions visit travelers in the Sea of Okhotsk

Day 1 Embark in Anadyr

Join the Akademik Shokalskiy in the Port of Anadyr this afternoon and depart. After sailing receive introductions to the ship and crew. Please note: For those departing from Anchorage, Alaska, your adventure begins with a flight across the Bering Sea and International Date Line, to the remote port of Anadyr.

Day 2 At Sea | Gulf of Anadyr

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
While crossing the Gulf of Anadyr, enjoy opportunities for pelagic birding, marine mammal watching, and lectures.

Day 3 Whale Bone Alley | Gil’mimyl Hot Springs

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Whale Bone Alley on Yttygran Island, one of the most significant and intriguing archaeological sites in the Arctic. This afternoon plan to land at the Gil’mimyl Hot Springs.

Day 4 Cape Dezhnev | Uelen Village

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early this morning arrive at Cape Dezhnev, the eastern extremity of the Eurasian continent. This afternoon visit the nearby village of Uelen. Here enjoy the hospitality of the local people who are predominantly Chukchi and enjoy a cultural performance and visit to the bone-carving studio.

Day 5 Kolyuchin Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early this morning pass close by the place where the Swedish explorer Adolf Erik Nordenskiold wintered over in 1878. Later this morning plan to land on Kolyuchin Island, where there is an abandoned Polar research and weather station. There are some terrific bird cliffs where it is possible to get some great photos of puffins, guillemots, and gulls.

Day 6-8 Wrangel Island

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Wrangel Island is one of those islands that you have to visit to appreciate. It is a Federal Nature Reserve of international significance and importance and also a World Heritage Site. A lot of its significance lies in the fact that it is a major polar bear denning area. It is also the last landfall for migratory species flying north. Each summer thousands of birds migrate here to breed, including snow geese, snowy owls, skuas, arctic terns, and Ross’s, Sabine’s and ivory gulls.

Day 9 East Siberian Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The East Siberian Sea occupies the area between the Novosibirskie Islands and Wrangel Island. Three of Siberia’s major rivers flow into it – the Indigirka, Alazaya, and the Kolyma. It was in this sea that the Soviet vessel Chelyuskin, with 111 people on board, became trapped in ice and sank in 1934.

Day 10 Ayon Island and Village

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Ayon Island and village is home to a small group of Chukchi reindeer herders. Enjoy their hospitality and learn about reindeer herding.

Day 11 Medvezhyi Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
There are no permanent settlements on the little-known and seldom-visited Medvezhyi islands. They are covered in tundra and have a sizable population of polar bears.

Day 12 East Siberian Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
It was in this sea that the Jeannette, captained by George Washington De Long, became stuck fast in ice, drifted, and was crushed and sunk in 1881. Wreckage from the Jeanette was found in Greenland in 1884, giving Amundsen the idea for the now famous 1893-96 Fram Expedition.

Day 13-15 Novaya Sibirskiye (New Siberian Islands)

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
These islands mark the border between the Laptev and East Siberian Seas and consist of three major groups: Southern, Central (Anzhu), and Northern (De Long) Group. The islands are virtually unexplored and are uninhabited apart from the researchers at a couple of weather stations. Explore the islands with a number of landings in search of Arctic flora and wildlife.

Day 16-17 Crossing the Laptev Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The Laptev Sea is bounded in the west by the Taymyr and the Severnaya Islands and the Novosibirskie Islands in the east. Look out for the Laptev sea walrus known only in this sea.

Day 18-20 Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
The Severnaya Zemlya Islands are on the border of the Kara and Laptev Seas and are an extension of the Taimyr Peninsula. The islands were not discovered until 1914-15 by the Russian explorer Vilkitski. They are heavily glaciated with deep fjords and majestic glaciers which make them magnificent for cruising. There is also a great selection and abundance of Arctic wildlife including polar bears, arctic foxes, arctic hares, and walruses.

Day 21-22 Kara Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The Kara Sea is one of the coldest seas in Russia. It lies between Novaya Zemlay, Franz Josef, and Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago.

Day 23-25 Franz Josef Land

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
This is a huge archipelago of 192 islands located only 10 degrees from the North Pole. They were named in 1870 after the Hungarian Emperor when they were discovered by the Austro-Hungarian Payer-Weyprecht Expedition that was searching for the NE Passage. During your time here experience multiple landings in search of history, wildlife, and flora.

Day 26-27 Barents Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Barents Sea is named in honor of Dutch Seafarer and navigator Willem Barents who explored the region on two separate expeditions in 1594 and 1596. Keep a look out for marine mammals and of course seabirds.

Day 28 Disembark in Murmansk

  • 1 Breakfast
On arrival into port complete arrival formalities, and after breakfast say your farewells before disembarking and transferring to the airport, or to city hotels. 

Akademik Shokalskiy

Per person starting at
$19,800
Twin Cabin
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Main deck cabins
Have two lower berths, wardrobe, drawers, a desk, washbasin and porthole. The nearby showers and toilets are shared with other Main deck cabins.
Superior Room
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Superior cabins
Have bunks (an upper and lower berth), wardrobe, drawers, a desk, a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. These cabins have windows.
Twin Private Cabin
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Superior Plus cabins
Have two lower berths, wardrobe, drawers, desk, a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. These cabins have windows.
Superior Cabin
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Mini Suite
Have a separate bedroom with a double bed and a sofa in the lounge, wardrobe, drawers, a desk and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. The Mini Suites have windows.
Capitan
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Heritage Suite
Has a large lounge area, a separate bedroom with double bed, writing desk, wardrobe, drawers. There is a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. There are large forward and side facing windows to allow great views.

Notes

- Single clients are matched with a sharer of the same sex in a twin-share cabin. Payment of a single supplement guarantees a single cabin. The single supplement is 1.8 times the price of the voyage with the exception of the suites which are double the single rate.
-Emergency medical evacuation coverage for a minimum of US$100,000 per person required. Contact us for details on arranging travel insurance.

Important Note: These expeditions are subject to approval from various Russian Federal and Regional Authorities and may have to change depending on these approvals. Permits have been lodged for all the sites mentioned in the itinerary, depending on approvals these may have to be amended or substituted.

Included:
- Pre & Post cruise transfers
- All on board ship accommodation with meals
- All expedition shore excursions

Not Included:
- All items of a personal nature: laundry, drinks, gratuities
- International/domestic flights
- Visas
- Travel insurance

Included

  • 27 Breakfasts, 26 Lunches, 27 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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