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Northeast Passage: An Unforgettable Voyage from Alaska to Norway

Example 26 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Endurance
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 Visit the remote Siberian shores and far northern archipelagos—including Franz Josef Land, New Siberian Islands and Wrangel Island—little changed since the days of Nordenskjold, Amundsen and intrepid explorers of the last century. National Geographic Endurance roams free at the top of the world on the most untrammeled, adventures route in the High Arctic on this epic voyage.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Anchorage, Alaska | Nome | Embark
Days 2-22 : Exploring the Russian High Arctic, Siberian Coast and Russian Far East
Days 23-24 : Exploring Northern Norway
Day 25 : Tromsø | Disembark | Oslo
Day 26 : Oslo, Norway | Depart

Highlights

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

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National Geographic Endurance

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Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Alaska travel and dall sheep grazing on Alaska hillside Travelers exploring a glacier on an Alaska tour Explore the pristine wilderness of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Mysterious natural round stones of Franz Josef Land Polar bears in the Arctic

Day 1 Anchorage, Alaska | Nome | Embark

Arrive in Anchorage, Alaska and take a charter flight to Nome, on the coast of the Bering Sea. Embark the ship.

Day 2-22 Exploring the Russian High Arctic, Siberian Coast and Russian Far East

  • Ship
  • 21 Breakfasts, 21 Lunches, 21 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 your captain, crew, and staff as well as of the technological resources and ice-strengthened ship to chart a course around impenetrable ice, through one of the most remote regions on Earth, and toward once-in-a-lifetime sightings of the Arctic’s abundant wildlife.

Chukchi Sea
Keep a lookout for gray whales and other marine mammals in these rich waters. Sailing 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.

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 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.

East Siberian Sea
Depending on your 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 the 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.

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 haul 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.

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. 

Kara Sea / Novaya Zemlya 
Depending on your 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.

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.

Day 23-24 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 landscape, including sheer coastal cliffs indented with deep fjords. Saami culture is dominant in the area, and visit one of the oldest and most historically significant archaeological sites at Mortensnes in Varangerfjord.

Day 25 Tromsø | Disembark | Oslo

Disembark the ship in Tromsø, take a tour of the city and fly on a chartered flight from Tromsø to Oslo. Check-in to the Radisson Blu Airport Hotel. The evening is at leisure.

Day 26 Oslo, Norway | Depart

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights home.

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Oslo

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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.

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$34,750
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Located on the Fore Deck. 183 square ft room with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Located on the Bridge Deck. 344 square ft suite with large balcony, sofa bed, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers
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Located on the Bridge Deck. 430 square ft. suite with large balcony, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet, private bathroom, tv, Wi-Fi and hair dryers

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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