Encounter a corner of the world seen by very few people, on a Russian Arctic cruise expedition. Stretching from the Russian Far East near Alaska to the Russian Arctic National Park in the country’s west, Russia’s arctic region is immense. The Russian Arctic National Park is reportedly Russia’s biggest protected nature reserve. Established in 2009, the nature reserve encompasses Franz Josef Land archipelago and the northern parts of Novaya Zemlya. The Russian Far East is one of the planet’s least explored destinations, and a region of immense natural beauty and fascinating human history. In the Kuril Islands in the south, soak your weary muscles in natural hot springs, Zodiac cruise in the shadows of volcanos, experience unforgettable wildlife encounters such as seabirds and cetaceans, and follow the tracks in search of Kamchatka brown bears. An expedition cruise along the Kamchatka coast is all about wildlife encounters: brown bear, walrus, beluga whales, orca whales, and astonishing variety of birds including kittiwakes and tufted puffins. Tread carefully on tundra sprinkled with colourful flowers, pick berries as you hike, and meet indigenous communities proud to welcome you to their village. High up above the Arctic Circle in Wrangel Island, the biodiversity is unsurpassed at this latitude. A land of superlatives, Wrangel Island is a protected nature reserve that is home to the highest density of polar bear dens and the largest population of Pacific walrus in the world. Musk oxen and nesting snow geese thrive amongst unique arctic vegetation, much of it endemic to the region. Only very few people have enjoyed the privilege of experiencing Wrangel Island. You could be one of them on one of our Russian arctic cruises. In Russia’s west lies the Russian Arctic National Park encompassing Franz Josef Land and the northern parts of Novaya Zemlya. With more than 85% of the region under glaciation, the Franz Josef archipelago offers an astounding frozen icescape of spectacular glaciers to explore. From the ship, you may encounter the regal polar bear, while Zodiac cruising and kayak excursions offer opportunities to encounter: massive walrus colonies, arctic foxes, beluga and bowhead whales. An estimated five million sea-birds nest on the archipelago every year, with the thick-billed guillemot accounting for 20%. Bird lovers will delight in seabirds such as fulmar, kittiwake, Brünnich’s guillemot, black guillemot and little auk. Hear tall tales told by our historians of exploration by early European explorers such as Nansen and Johansen who wintered in Franz Josef Land from 1895 to 1896 on their quest to reach the North Pole. Visit Franz Josef Land on one of our Russian arctic cruises.

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