Expedition hohe Arktis: Entlegene russische Archipele

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04.08.2023 - 25.08.2023

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22 Tage

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OAD20230804

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Reiseverlauf

  • Day 1

    Helsinki, Finland

    Arrive in Helsinki, Finland

    Your Arctic adventure begins in Helsinki, renowned for its extraordinary architecture and design scene and intriguing mix of eastern and western influences. If you arrive early, explore the many museums, galleries and restaurants, relax at a Finnish sauna or wander the vibrant Design District before retiring at your included hotel.

  • Day 2

    Murmansk, Russia

    Fly to Murmansk, Russia and Embark

    After breakfast, we will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Murmansk, Russia. Once aboard, get acquainted with the ship and crew and settle in for your voyage north.

  • Days 3 and 4

    Cruising

    At Sea

    Today we sail through the Barents Sea, named for the great Dutch explorer Willem Barents, who led two expeditions to Novaya Zemlya in the 1590s. Your Expedition Team will prepare you for the adventures that await. Learn about the intriguing history and politics of the region, its fascinating wildlife, geology, ecology and climate, and the incredible sights you will soon explore. Expedition Staff will also keep a lookout for the seabirds, such as kittiwakes, skuas and fulmars, soaring above your ship. Whale and seal sightings may also be possible in this biologically rich sea.

  • Days 5 to 7

    Cruising

    Exploring Novaya Zemlya

    The largest of the Eurasian Arctic archipelagoes, the rarely visited Novaya Zemlya (“New Land”) is the third-largest wilderness area in Europe. This seemingly long, thin island actually consists of two main islands, Severny (northern) and Yuzhny (southern), separated by the imposing Matochkin Strait. These islands are pure, rugged Arctic beauty at its best—massive extinct volcanoes, jagged ice cliffs and the most isolated mountain range in the Barents Sea. As we explore Novaya Zemlya, expect a new adventure every day. Each expedition will be unique, depending on the weather and ice, but a few landing sites we strive to visit include Inostrantseva Bay, the Oransky Islands, Cape Zhelaniya, Cape Spory Navalok and Russkaya Gavan. Boasting one of the most picturesque glaciers in the entire archipelago, Inostrantseva Bay provides breathtaking panoramic views of pristine Arctic wilderness. If conditions allow, we may explore ashore, or Zodiac cruise along the face of the glacier, at a safe distance, possibly witnessing the wonders of calving ice. Encounters with Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres) are likely, owing to a small colony in the coastal cliffs. To the east of Severny Island are the Oransky Islands. Wildlife abounds here, with a variety of animal and plant life to be discovered; walrus have been sighted here on previous expeditions. Coming across a walrus haul-out is unforgettable. These giant pinnipeds of the Arctic create a raucous chorus as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline. Encounters with whales and seabirds are possible, as well as polar bears, a genetically distinct subpopulation here. A significant site in polar exploration, Novaya Zemlya also offers a number of opportunities for you to trace the footsteps of famous explorers and reflect on the region’s history.

  • Days 8 to 13

    Cruising

    Exploring the Kara Sea and Severnaya Zemlya

    Say goodbye to Novaya Zemlya as we cruise farther east, exploring the Kara Sea. The westernmost Asian sea off Siberia, the Kara Sea is known as the “ice cellar” of the Arctic, as it is often encumbered by trapped ice floes. Ice conditions will be considered by your skilled captain during navigation—luckily sea ice happens to be a great habitat for iconic Arctic wildlife. There are several sites and small archipelagoes along the Siberian coast we hope to explore, tracing the path of polar explorers searching for the Northeast Passage. Weather and ice will determine where we explore, but some areas we hope to visit include Russky Island, Troynoy Island and Cape Chelyuskin. Both Russky Island and Troynoy Island are part of the Great Arctic State Nature Reserve, the largest reserve in Eurasia. Russky Island is the site of a former polar station, established, in part, to monitor navigation along the Northern Sea Route, the Russian section of the Northeast Passage. Troynoy Island is the largest of the Izvesti Tsik Islands, about 90 miles (150 km) off the coast of the Taymyr Peninsula. The island is uninhabited, except for the researchers at the weather station. Home to an ivory gull colony, the island is also frequented by polar bears. At the tip of the Taymyr Peninsula is Cape Chelyuskin, the northernmost point of the Russian and Eurasian mainland and the site of another active research station. Here, at “the edge of the earth,” we hope to explore on foot. Dependent on ice and weather conditions, an exploration of Severnaya Zemlya embodies the true spirit of adventure. Dominated by glaciers and polar desert, the archipelago was not discovered until 1913 and remained virtually unexplored till 1930–32, the last major undiscovered territory on earth. Amongst many possible destinations, we hope to visit a number of glaciers, including the Vavilov Ice Cap and those at Marat Fjord. If conditions are favorable, we may cruise the Red Army Strait, flanked by the massive Academy of Sciences Glacier (which also runs along the eastern shore of Zhuravlev Bay) and the smaller Rusanov Glacier. As one of very few people to ever explore this remote area in depth, you’ll want to have your camera ready to capture these amazing sights.

  • Day 14

    Cruising

    At Sea

    There are several activities to keep you engaged while at sea. Attend dynamic presentations by your Expedition Team, relax in our polar library or simply spend some time on deck, admiring the sea and searching for wildlife.

  • Days 15 to 18

    Cruising

    Exploring Franz Josef Land

    This remote group of approximately 200 islands, many ice covered, forms the most northerly archipelago in Eurasia and lies entirely within the Arctic Circle. A nature reserve, it is part of the Russian Arctic National Park. Our exploration of the region is highly determined by weather and ice conditions, but we hope to explore historical sites, remote seabird colonies and walrus rookeries such as Cape Flora, Cape Norway, Bell Island and Tikhaya Bukta. Polar bear encounters are also probable. On Jackson Island, Cape Norway is where Norwegian explorers Fridtjof Nansen and Hjalmar Johansen wintered from 1895 to 1896. The conditions were astonishingly difficult, but they survived until the summer and continued their journey south. The remains of their stone hut are still here today, with a memorial marking the event. Exploring Tikhaya Bukta (Calm Bay), the site of an abandoned weather station on Hooker Island, is a step back in time. There is plenty to discover as you wander the ruins, immersed in Russian polar history. As this station is now seasonally used by the national park rangers, you may even be able to send a postcard from the post office! Another possible landing site, if time and weather permit, is Cape Tegetthoff on Hall Island, where we hope to visit the remains of a historic base. The scenery here is spectacular, and we may be fortunate to view polar bears and Atlantic walrus.

  • Days 19 and 20

    Cruising

    At Sea

    As your Arctic expedition winds down, you have a couple of days to sail through this wildlife-rich sea, where whales of various species are often seen. Take in a presentation, reminisce about your journey with your shipmates, relax in the lounge while swapping stories and photos or enjoy the solitude of the sea. Expedition staff will be on hand to answer any questions and spot wildlife.

  • Day 21

    Murmansk, Russia

    Disembark in Murmansk and Fly to Helsinki

    Returning to Russia’s most northerly city, you’ll have time to bid farewell to your Expedition Team and crew before catching our group charter flight back to Helsinki, where you will have one more night in this exquisite city.

  • Day 22

    Helsinki, Finland

    Depart Helsinki

    After breakfast, spend time exploring more of the Finnish capital or catch your homeward-bound flight.

Leistungen

Im Preis inbegriffen

  • Führung während der gesamten Reise durch unseren erfahrenen Expeditionsleiter, einschließlich Landgängen und anderen Aktivitäten
  • Alle Zodiac-Transfers und Fahrten laut Tagesprogramm
  • Alle Landgänge gemäß dem Tagesprogramm
  • Unterkunft an Bord mit täglichem Housekeeping
  • Alle Mahlzeiten, Snacks, alkoholfreie Getränke und Säfte an Bord während der gesamten Reise (Bitte informieren Sie uns so weit wie möglich im Voraus über eventuelle Diätwünsche. Die Schiffsküche kann leider keine koscheren Mahlzeiten zubereiten).
  • Ausgewähltes Bier und Wein während des Abendessens; sowie Kaffee, Tee und Kakao rund um die Uhr verfügbar
  • Formelle und informelle Präsentationen durch unser Expeditionsteam und Gastredner nach Plan
  • Ein Fototagebuch zur Dokumentation der Expedition
  • Ein Paar wasserdichte Expeditionsstiefel als Leihgabe für Anlandungen und Zodiacfahrten
  • Ein offizieller Parka von Quark Expeditions, den Sie behalten können
  • Haartrockner und Bademäntel in jeder Kabine
  • Alle sonstigen Service-Steuern und Hafengebühren während des Programms
  • Sämtliches Gepäckhandling an Bord des Schiffes
  • Notfall-Evakuierungsversicherung für alle Passagiere bis zu einer maximalen Leistung von USD $500.000 pro Person
  • Russisches Einladungsschreiben für die Beantragung eines Visums nach der vollständigen Bezahlung

Nicht im Preis inbegriffen

  • Obligatorisches Transferpaket
  • Internationale Flugkosten
  • Transfer bei Ankunft und Abreise in Helsinki
  • Reisepass- und Visakosten
  • Staatliche Ankunfts- und Abflugsteuern, die nicht oben erwähnt sind
  • Mahlzeiten an Land, sofern nicht anders angegeben
  • Reisegepäck-, Reiserücktritts-, Reiseabbruch- und Reisekrankenversicherung – dringend empfohlen
  • Übergepäckgebühren auf internationalen Flügen
  • Obligatorische wasserdichte Hosen für Zodiacfahrten oder andere nicht erwähnte Ausrüstung
  • Wäsche-, Bar- und andere persönliche Kosten, sofern nicht angegeben
  • Telefon- und Internetgebühren
  • Freiwilliges Trinkgeld am Ende der Reise für das Schiffspersonal und die Crew
  • Zusätzliche Übernachtungsmöglichkeiten

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