Greg Mortimer, Franz Josef Land ex Murmansk to Kirkenes

15 Night Cruise sailing from Murmansk to Kirkenes aboard Greg Mortimer.

Departure date: 3 August 2021
Embark port: Murmansk, Russia
Cruise line: Aurora Expeditions
Ship: Greg Mortimer



Category Quad Triple Twin Single

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Cruise Itinerary
Date Activity Arrive Depart
03/08/21 Murmansk, Russia
04/08/21 At sea - -
05/08/21 At sea - -
06/08/21 Novaya Zemlya, Russia
07/08/21 Franz Josef Land, Russia
08/08/21 Bell Island, Russian Federation
09/08/21 Franz Josef Land, Russia
10/08/21 Hooker Island, Russian Federation
11/08/21 Franz Josef Land, Russia
12/08/21 Hall Island, Russian Federation
13/08/21 Champ Island, Russian Federation
14/08/21 Franz Josef Land, Russia
15/08/21 At sea - -
16/08/21 At sea - -
17/08/21 Murmansk, Russia
18/08/21 Kirkenes, Norway
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Cruise Description

15 Night Cruise sailing from Murmansk to Kirkenes aboard Greg Mortimer.

Experience a world few have seen as you travel through the wondrous islands that comprise our Franz Josef Land journey. From day one in Kirkenes, Norway, set sail into the Barent Sea ready to start your Franz Josef Land adventure. In the Russian Arctic National Park, polar bears, whales and walrus await your eager eyes; enjoy long tundra walks and marvel at geological oddities on the archipelago; and follow in the footsteps of famous explorers like Fridtjof Nansen as we visit historic huts and sites.

Highlights of this cruise:

Murmansk is a city and seaport in the extreme northwest part of Russia, on the Kola Bay, 12 km from the Barents Sea on the northern shore of the Kola Peninsula, not far from Russia's borders with Norway and Finland. It is an important naval base, fishing and shipping port, and home to Atomflot, the world’s only fleet of nuclear powered ice breakers.

Although Murmansk is long and thin, most sites of interest to visitors are within a fairly compact area in the city center. Prospekt Lenina is the main north-south thoroughfare through the city center. Attractions include the Regional History Museum, the Northern Navy Museum, the Alyosha statue and the huge Russian Orthodox Church. At the Oceanarium visitors can see trained seals perform in this white domed building.

Franz Josef Land
Franz Josef Land is is an archipelago located in the far north of Russia. It is found in the Arctic Ocean north of Novaya Zemlya and east of Svalbard, and is administered by Arkhangelsk Oblast. Franz Josef Land consists of 191 ice-covered islands with a total area of 16,134 km². It has no native inhabitants.

Franz Josef Land is a remote world of dense pack ice, towering volcanic mountains, icebergs and glaciers. Not discovered until 1873 by the Austrian Tegetthoff expedition, much of the vast archipelago is still relatively unexplored.

During a visit here you may see polar bears and walruses on the ice. If taking a helicopter ride enjoy spectacular views from the air and, subject to permissions, land at historic sites of early exploration. Aboard the helicopter see stunning aerial views of glaciers, icebergs and steep volcanic plateaus.

Novaya Zemlya
Novaya Zemlya is an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean in the north of Russia and the extreme northeast of Europe, the easternmost point of Europe lying at Cape Flissingsky on the northern island. It consists of two main islands and a number of smaller, The northern island contains many glaciers, while the southern one has a tundra landscape.

Only the southern island is partly inhabited—by a small number of Samoyeds who engage in reindeer herding and trapping. Wildlife in the region include polar fox, polar bear, and lemming as well as a variety of birds, including seagulls.

Kirkenes is a town in the municipality of Sør-Varanger in the county of Finnmark. It is located in the extreme northeastern part of Norway on the Bøkfjorden, a branch of the Varanger Fjord, which is a vast bay connected to the Barents Sea near the Russian-Norwegian border. The town is situated about 240 miles (400km) north of the Arctic Circle. The midnight sun shines from May 17 to July 21. The corresponding winter darkness extends from November 21 to January 21.

Grenselandsmuseet (The Border Country Museum), which shows the history of war and peace along the Norwegian-Russian border, Sami art exhibitions by the artist John Savio and a history of the mining industry in the area. Kirkenes is also one end of the route of Hurtigruten, which cruises regularly down the Norway coast to Bergen.

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