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Northeast Passage: An Unforgettable Voyage from Norway to Alaska

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Leave the fast-paced, modern world behind by joining National Geographic Endurance on its 25-day expedition crossing the Northeast Passage. You will sure to be enchanted by the remote Siberian shores and far northern archipelagos—including Franz Josef Land, New Siberian Islands, and Wrangel Island, where little has changed since the days of Nordenskjold, Amundsen and intrepid explorers of the last century. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Oslo, Norway
Day 2 : Oslo | Tromsø | Embark
Days 3-4 : Exploring Northern Norway
Days 5-24 : Russian High Arctic | Siberian Coast | Russian Far East
Day 25 : Nome, Alaska | Disembark | Anchorage

Highlights

  • Stroll around Oslo and see the famed Vigeland sculptures
  • Visit one of the oldest archaeological sites at Mortensnes
  • View an abundance of wildlife as you cruise through the Northeast Passage
  • Chart a course around impenetrable ice, through one of the most remote regions on Earth

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National Geographic Endurance

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Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Walrus in the Arctic Arctic village Whale sighting in Polar waters! Polar bear in the Arctic Looking for wildlife in the Arctic Walking through vast arctic landscapes.

Day 1 Oslo, Norway

Arrive in Oslo, Norway and check into the Clarion Hotel The Hub. In the afternoon, explore this charming city. Stroll among the famed Vigeland sculptures—hundreds of life-size human figures set in terraced Frogner Park. Visit the Fram Museum, dedicated to the wooden ship sailed by Norwegian explorers Nansen and Amundsen. The evening is at leisure.

Day 2 Oslo | Tromsø | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today marks as the day you will fry to Tromsø and embark National Geographic Endurance for your cruise. 

Day 3-4 Exploring Northern Norway

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Northern Norway is the Finnmark region where much of the landscape is above treeline and comprised of fascinating landscapes, including sheer coastal cliffs indented with deep fjords. Saami culture is dominant in the area, and you visit one of the oldest and most historically significant archaeological sites at Mortensnes in Varangerfjord. 

Day 5-24 Russian High Arctic | Siberian Coast | Russian Far East

  • Ship
  • 20 Breakfasts, 20 Lunches, 20 Dinners
In keeping with the nature of an expedition, your day-by-day itinerary will be flexible. Take full advantage of the extensive experience of the staff as well as of your technological resources and ice-strengthened ship to chart a course around the impenetrable ice, through one of the most remote regions on Earth, and toward once-in-a-lifetime sightings of the Arctic’s abundant wildlife.
 
Franz Josef Land
A little-explored world of pack ice, towering volcanic mountains, icebergs and glaciers, Franz Josef Land is the world’s northernmost archipelago, and part of the largest Arctic marine reserve—a sanctuary for such emblematic species as the Atlantic walrus, bowhead whale, polar bear, narwhal, and rare ivory gull. The scattered islands of Franz Josef Land were not discovered until 1873 by the Tegetthoff Expedition.
 
Kara Sea | Novaya Zemlya 
Depending on the captain’s route in this wild land, approach the heavily glaciated coast of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, northernmost of the islands of the Kara Sea. Dutch explorer William Barents overwintered at aptly named Ice Harbor in 1596-97.
 
Laptev Sea | Severnaya Zemlya
With 24-hour light, naturalists keep watch from the bridge, ready to announce the sighting of beluga whales or other marine mammals that frequent these shallow coastal waters. Pass Cape Chelyuskin, most northerly point of the Eurasian continent, on your way east toward the new world.
 
New Siberian Islands
Often surrounded by heavy pack ice, the 500-foot-high volcanic spires, cliffs, and buttresses of these rocky outposts are a magnificent backdrop for abundant wildlife. Keep a lookout for elusive Ross’s gull, named after the polar explorer. Walrus hauls out in numbers and seabirds nest on great cliffs on De Long islands, discovered by the Jeannette expedition in 1881 on their search for the North Pole.
 
East Siberian Sea
Depending on the course and weather, explore granite towers, luxuriant tundra and ancient ceremonial sites along the coast where mammoths once roamed. A hallmark of any Arctic expedition is flexibility and your options are many as you cross the top of the world. The surrounding pack ice is an ideal place to find walruses, polar bears and other wildlife of the circumpolar north.
 
Wrangel Island
A nature reserve since 1974 and World Heritage site, Wrangel Island is known for unusual biodiversity, including endemic tundra plants, snow geese, and largest seabird colonies in the region. The reserve has the largest concentration of polar bears and walruses. Land mammals include musk oxen and reindeer. Expedition stops include a visit to the village and research center on the south coast.
 
Chukchi Sea
Keep a lookout for gray whales and other marine mammals in these rich waters. Sailing south from Wrangel, call at Kolyuchin Island, where cormorants, murres, puffins auklets, and other Pacific seabirds nest on steep cliffs. Pass the easternmost extension of the Eurasian continent at Cape Dezhnev and continue across the International Date Line to Alaska and the end of your epic voyage.

Day 25 Nome, Alaska | Disembark | Anchorage

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in the remote city of Nome, Alaska, on the coast of the Bering Sea. Disembark to explore the town prior to the charter flight to Anchorage. In Anchorage transfer to flights home.

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the intended places to visit, conditions permitting.

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Complimentary Bar Tab & Gratuities
Complimentary Bar tab and gratuities included on this voyage. Contact us for details.
Valid on all departures.

Per person starting at
$34,750
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Notes

Inclusions:
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water
  • 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand 
  • Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
  • Fitness center or exercise equipment, depending on the ship
  • Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
  • The guidance and company of the expedition staff
  • The services of a physician on board
  • Hotels ashore as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals on land, as indicated in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • All excursions
  • Zodiac & kayak explorations
  • Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel where relevant
  • Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge
Exclusions: 
  • International and internal airfare
  • Additional hotel nights
  • Private transfers
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Passport, visa, and immigration fees
  • Expedition extensions
  • Gratuities
  • Spa treatments
  • Scuba diving
  • Laundry
  • Internet and phone
  • Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature
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