Explore the most enigmatic and extreme regions of the Russian High Arctic with our epic High Arctic Odyssey: Remote Russian Archipelagos voyage. In the spirit of a true arctic explorer, you’ll discover breathtaking ice-draped coastlines that are rarely visited by even the most intrepid adventurers. From the heavily glaciated Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land to the isolated islands of the icy Kara Sea, this exclusive itinerary was designed to spend more time exploring these pristine places, increasing your chances of encountering unique wildlife and visiting some of our favorite far-flung destinations steeped in polar history. If weather and ice conditions allow, we will explore Severnaya Zemlya, the last major territorial discovery on the planet.
The Arctic has been inspiring explorers for centuries, and our expeditions offer the chance for you to discover why. We’re excited to host you on your unforgettable adventure! Feel free to reach out to our team of Polar Travel Advisers or your travel professional, who can answer your questions and provide assistance at any time.
Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief
- Experience a true expedition as we explore rarely visited Severnaya Zemlya
- Encounter iconic Arctic wildlife, such as polar bears, walrus and seabirds
- Explore glaciated Novaya Zemlya, where the earliest Arctic explorers overwintered
- Visit significant sites at Franz Josef Land and learn about the region’s storied history
- Discover rarely visited islands of the icy Kara Sea
Day 1 — Helsinki, Finland
Day 2 — Embarkation in Murmansk, Russia
Days 3 and 4 — At Sea
Days 5 to 7 — Exploring Novaya Zemlya
Days 8 to 13 — Exploring the Kara Sea
Day 14 — At Sea
Days 15 to 18 — Exploring Franz Josef Land
Days 19 and 20 — At Sea
Day 21 — Disembarkation Murmansk & Fly to Helsinki
Day 22 — Helsinki
Pre- and Post-Trip Options Extend Your Stay
Getting to the Arctic can be just as much fun as being there. Quark offers multiple travel packages that enable you to see more of the world before and after your Arctic adventure.
Explore Helsinki Package
This package includes an extra night and tour of Helsinki, a capital with extraordinary architecture and an intriguing blend of eastern and western influences. Experience a Finnish sauna and visit their spectacular church carved into a giant rock.