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Franz Josef Land Russian Arctic Expeditions & Icebreaker Cruises

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Board a Russian icebreaker and cruise to the archipelago named Franz Josef Land, where quintessential High Arctic wildlife such as Polar bears, walruses, beluga whales, and seabirds flourish. Franz Josef Land is usually accessed via cruises that visit Norway's Svalbard and are frequently visited on expeditions to the North Pole. Only Russian scientists and military personnel live on these 190 islands in the Barents Sea. Admire massive tidewater glaciers and icebergs, as ice floes and sea ice cover 85% of Franz Josef Land. Explore unusual stone spheres on Champ Island. Cape Fligely on Rudolf Island is the Eastern Hemisphere's northernmost land point. Ready to walk in the footsteps of the explorer Fridtjof Nansen? Contact Adventure Life Russian Arctic specialists to plan your expedition to Franz Josef Land.

10 Best Franz Josef Land Cruise Ships for 2024-2025

Ship NameMax PassengersFromSummary
Sylvia Earle126$10895Designed for low-impact voyages featuring a fuel-efficient Ulstein X-Bow®, reduced air emissions and light pollution, and virtual anchoring for …
Greg Mortimer132$10095With only 132 passengers on board, Greg Mortimer reimagines arctic expedition cruise for the future. Robust, robust, and designed with guests in …
Ultramarine199$6595New in 2021, the Ultramarine is designed with an ice rating of 1A+, PC6, making it one of the most capable polar exploring vessels on the planet. …
Le Commandant Charcot245$4160The polar explorer ship Le Commandant Charcot travels to remote regions of the Arctic and Antarctic. This expedition ship is unique because of its …
National Geographic Resolution126$7354New in 2021, The National Geographic Resolution is a next-generation 126-passager expedition ship purpose-built for polar exploration in comfort with …
Sea Cloud64$6175With occupancy for just 64 guests, the Sea Cloud is a modern and elegant windjammer outfitted with modern amenities and uniquely decorated cabins. …
Royal Clipper227$910The Royal Clipper is the largest full-rigged sailing ship in the world, carrying just 227 privileged guests aboard. She offers the ultimate tall ship …
MV Hondius174$2350The MV Hondius ship is designed to sail to the polar regions as much as possible while impacting them as little as possible accommodating 174 …
SH Vega152$80585-star elegant Scandi-design boutique ship offers you an intimate setting from which you will be fully immersed in all the sights and scenery of your …
L'Austral264$4090The L'Austral, sister ship to the Le Boreal, is the fruit of Italian expertise and French sophistication. A superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins, the …

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