Follow in the footsteps of early arctic explorers on the Jewels of the Russian Arctic: Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya expedition, voyaging to two of the most isolated, icy archipelagoes in the Russian High Arctic. From the mountains of Novaya Zemlya to the wildlife sanctuary of Franz Josef Land, these are rugged and essentially uninhabited landscapes that few have ever experienced. There’s no shortage of amazing adventures in these remote regions, where ice-capped peaks soar majestically out of the water and polar bears wander in their natural environment.
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
- Explore this rarely visited region of the Russian Arctic
- 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
Day 1 — Helsinki, Finland
Day 2 — Embarkation in Murmansk, Russia
Days 3 and 4 — At Sea
Days 5 to 7 — Exploring Novaya Zemlya
Day 8 — At Sea
Days 9 to 12 — Exploring Franz Josef Land
Days 13 and 14 — At Sea
Day 15 — Disembarkation Murmansk & Fly to Helsinki
Day 16 — 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.