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Franz Josef Land Explorer

Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Greg Mortimer
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Experience a rare chance to discover the wondrous islands of Franz Josef Land on the inaugural Franz Josef Land voyage. From Murmansk, cross the Barents Sea to a world few have seen. Enter the Russian Arctic National Park and watch for polar bears, whales, walrus and seals. Enjoy long tundra walks and geological oddities. Get up close to spectacular bird cliffs and visit fascinating historic huts of explorers like Fridtjof Nansen.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Kirkenes, Norway | Embark
Day 2 : Murmansk
Days 3-4 : Barents Sea
Days 5-11 : Franz Josef Land
Days 12-13 : Barents Sea
Day 14 : Murmansk
Day 15 : Kirkenes | Disembark

Highlights

  • Photograph unique stone spheres at Champ Island
  • Cruise beneath towering bird cliffs of Cape Flora
  • Visit Nansen's winter camp at Cape Norway
  • Search for rorqual and elusive bowhead whales

Ship

Greg Mortimer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A polar bear leaps across ice floes A walrus sunbathes on the ice Little Auks A walrus floats on the ice A pair of nesting albatross Remarkable ice formation

Day 1 Kirkenes, Norway | Embark

Arrive in Kirkenes, on the northern coast of Norway. Late afternoon sees you warmly welcomed on board the Greg Mortimer.

Day 2 Murmansk

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enter Murmansk in Russia for clearance and formalities before crossing the Barents Sea to begin your adventures in Franz Josef Land.

Day 3-4 Barents Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Enjoy onboard lectures from your team of experts. On Day 4 the expedition team may try a landing in the tundra or a Zodiac cruise in front of your first glacier.

Day 5-11 Franz Josef Land

  • Ship
  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
From mysterious Bell lsland to majestic Champ Island, you will explore the central-most of the 191 islands in the archipelago. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife sightings including the elusive bowhead whale and the Arctic's top predator, the polar bear. We also discover new landings as we make our west to Prince George Land and Alexandra Land. Cliffs around the islands host massive nesting colonies of seabirds such as guillemots, dovekies and kittiwakes. 85% of the archipelago is dominated by gigantic tidewater glaciers and towering icebergs.

Day 12-13 Barents Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
On leaving Franz Josef Land, crossing the Barents Sea is again an opportunity to see whales (possibly the elusive bowhead whale) and large numbers of seabirds.

Day 14 Murmansk

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Back in Murmansk, we may discover the city on a tour while the ship goes through clearance procedures. 

Day 15 Kirkenes | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After an overnight cruise from Murmansk (approx. 12 hours), return to Kirkenes to disembark and bid new friends farewell after breakfast.

Greg Mortimer

Per person starting at
$9,000
Greg Mortimer-Aurora Stateroom
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Aurora Stateroom
Greg Mortimer features 15 porthole rooms, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms, perfect for adventurers who are looking for a comfortable base that's close to the action. *6 of these cabins are available as triple cabins on select departures.
Balcony Stateroom C
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Balcony Stateroom C
14 rooms available. All include en-suite bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows and balconies and a select number are also connecting rooms, perfect for families or groups.
Balcony Stateroom B
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Balcony Stateroom B
22 rooms available. All include en-suite bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows and balconies and a select number are also connecting rooms, perfect for families or groups.
Greg Mortimer Balcony Suite
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Balcony Stateroom A
22 rooms available. All include en-suite bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows and balconies and a select number are also connecting rooms, perfect for families or groups.
Balcony Suite
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Balcony Suite
With a bit more room to stretch the legs, the Greg Mortimer's two Balcony Suites are perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear. Featuring private balconies, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area, these will sell out quickly!
Greg Mortimer- Junior Suite
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Junior Suite
The Greg Mortimer's four Junior Suites take in some impressive scenery from their vantage points on Deck 7. When you aren't enjoying a landing, you can relax in the suites' separate lounge area, or just watch the world float by from the private balcony.
Greg Mortimer- Captain's Suite
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Captain's Suite
The largest of all the rooms, the Greg Mortimer's singular Captain's Suite will take you to the polar regions in ultimate style and comfort. Complete with large lounge area, balcony, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite.

Notes

Voyages Inclusions:
  • Half day tour or activity in Kirkenes on Day 1 prior to embarking Greg Mortimer
  • Group sightseeing tour of Murmansk on Day 2
  • Group transfer from ship to airport in Kirkenes on Day 15
  • On-board accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
  • Access to our on-board doctor and basic medical services
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage
  • Gratuities for crew will automatically be added to your bill. Please advise at the time of settlement if you would like this to be removed
  • Port surcharges, permits, and landing fees
Voyage Exclusions
  • International or domestic flights, unless unspecified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity fees and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges
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