Russian Arctic: Sailing the White Sea

Russian Arctic White Sea Cruise

  • L'Austral
  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • 264 Capacity
  • 12 Days
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  • Price from
  • $8,665

Summary : Board a luxury expedition ship and discover the most secret regions of the Russian Far North, at the gates of Murmansk and in the heart of the Solovetsky Islands, a natural reserve listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Experience a remote land that was forbidden to foreigners until 1991, where nature offers a kingdom of moose, walrus and brown bears against a backdrop of boreal taiga forest. On the edge of the Arctic Circle, between vast glaciers and the craggy cliffs of vertiginous fjords, the Norwegian Far North gives you access to the Kola Peninsula and the shores of the White Sea in Arctic Russia. Cast your gaze into the deep waters of the White Sea, home to a wide diversity of marine wildlife including the elegant white beluga whale.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture

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Itinerary
Day 1
Paris, France / Tromsø, Norway

Board your charter flight in Paris taking you to Tromsø. Located in Norway’s far North, Tromsø is a former whale-fishing capital surrounded by still unspoiled nature and home to a rich architectural heritage steeped in history. Today nicknamed the Paris of the North, Tromsø is a young and vibrant city that has successfully preserved its authentic charm, surrounded by the snowy peaks that form the decor of this boreal region also known as “The Gateway to the Far North.” Embark the vessel in the early evening and get acquainted with fellow passengers.

Day 2
North Cape, Magerøy Island

Set sail towards the mythical North Cape, with its polar landscapes and unspoilt, virgin nature. Located on the island of Magerøy, the North Cape is the most Northerly point of Continental Europe, lying some 307 m above the Arctic Ocean. When you sail past the 71st parallel, the sight of this strip of land, battered by the waves and wind, is breathtaking. The Sami people (also known as Lapps) for centuries have considered the “Nordkapp” a unique site. From May to July when the clouds cover the Ocean with a thick celestial cloak and the midnight sun is at its lowest on the horizon, it is one of the most magical places on Earth.

Day 3
Murmansk, Russia

Located in Russia’s Far North, Murmansk has a population of over 300,000 and is the largest city in the Arctic as well as an important Russian naval base and commercial port. During World War II, which is known to Russians as the Great Patriotic War, Murmansk served as a port for the Arctic convoys, and after the war became the Soviet Union's most important submarine base. There are several large national parks nearby.

Day 4
Kanin Peninsula / Morzhovets Island

Kanin Peninsula is a large peninsula in Nenets, Russia. Surrounded by the White Sea to the west and by the Barents Sea to the north and east, it has a few small communities which inhabit it.

Morzhovets Island lies in the southern part of the Barents Sea. Located in Mezen Bay at the entrance of the White Sea, it separates these two large bodies of water and is only a few kilometers above the Arctic Circle. The island is covered by flat and grassy tundra and has multiple lakes, the biggest being Lake Morzhovets. The settlement on Morzhovets, Severny Gorodok (population 12), serves the lighthouse and the meteorology station.

Day 5
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Day 7
Solovetsky Islands

Nestled in Northwestern Russia in Onega Bay, the Solovetsky Islands date back more than 4,000 years and have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and protected nature reserve since 1992. The source of some of the finest ancient legends, the islands reveal a horizon of captivating beauty and clarity carpeted in black pine forests. When the mist rises above the White Sea, observe the silver domes and fortified towers of the Solovki Monastery sparkle in the pale daylight. Built in the 16th century by monks, this medieval structure is surrounded by high walls, reminiscent of the silhouette of the Kremlin in Moscow. The Northern Lights can put on a fantastic show when the white nights of June surround the citadel with a thousand lights…but also a diabolical sight, as this was the most beautiful and most terrible of Stalin’s Gulags.

Day 8
Day 9
Arkhangelsk

Three English ships sail to find the Northeast Passage to China in 1553; two disappeared, and one wound up in the White Sea, eventually entering into the area of Arkhangelsk. Ivan the Terrible discovered this and arranged a trade agreement with the ship's captain. Trading was officially established with English merchants in 1555.

In 1693, Peter the Great mandated the creation of a shipyard in Arkhangelsk. However, he also became aware that Arkhangelsk would always be limited as a port due to its five months of ice cover. Today, Arkhangelsk continues to be a strong seaport and is open year-round due to improvements in icebreakers. The city is primarily a center for the timber and fishing industries.

Day 10
Kola Peninsula

A strip of land delicately placed on the sea, the Kola Peninsula offers travellers a landscape of astonishing, austere beauty made of tundra, forests, lakes and rivers. Covering nearly 100,000 sq km, there are two marvelous natural phenomena linked to this stretch of land: the midnight sun in summer and the Aurora Borealis at the beginning of winter. A dark light shines in the sky, blending the milky gleam of the moon with the sparkle of the stars, against a backdrop of snowy landscapes.

Day 11
Sem Islands

Sailing in the Barents Sea.

Day 12
Kirkenes, Norway / Paris, France

Disembark the vessel in Kirkenes. Transfer to the airport for your return charter flight to Paris.

Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Travel Insurance:
Passengers shall be responsible for subscribing to cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s). ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

Included:
Chartered flight from Paris to Tromso and from Kirkenes to Paris in Economy-class; meet and greet by representatives at the destination airport, transfers from Tromso airport to ship and from ship to Kirkenes airport; all meals on board the ship from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation; Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; evening gatherings, organized entertainment and events; mineral water, tea, filter coffee, a selection of white, red and rosé wines offered during meals; afternoon tea; open bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request), port and safety taxes, fuel surcharge and gratuities; luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa; 24 hour room service (special selection); English speaking lecturer on selected sailings identified by “lecturer on board” logo; highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team for all programs identified with “Expedition” logo; parka.

Not Included:
Airport taxes; any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones included; day rooms and other services at arrival and departure, before embarkation and after disembarkation; visa, disembarkation taxes, environmental taxes and/or national park fees; optional shore excursions (sold on board); insurances; personal expenses such as onboard medical consultations and drug prescriptions, use of spa, laundry and hair salon; expedition photo disc and video (approx $85); other drinks not included in open bar; fuel surcharge may apply.