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Franz Josef Land

A unique destination high up in the Russian Arctic. Franz Josef land is only accessible by ship.

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Franz Josef Land Expedition Cruises

Franz Josef Land is located high in the north of the Russian Arctic. The archipelago consists of no fewer than 192 islands and is the northernmost in Europe, well above the Arctic Circle. On an expedition cruise to Franz Josef Land you will cross the icy Barents Sea to the north to discover these remote islands.

Franz Josef Land - Glaciers & polar bears

The landscape is dominated by vast glaciers, and huge icebergs float in the sea even in the summer. Today Franz Josef Land is a nature reserve where a number of impressive wild animals can be found. Polar bears roam this remote place on land and on ice. Whales feed in the ice-cold arctic waters and walruses and seals are found resting on the ice floe. Millions of seabirds live on the high cliffs along the edge of the islands and can breed here undisturbed. For nature lovers, this unique and remote area is the perfect destination. During an expeditin cruise to Franz Josef Land you will visit several of the islands which all have their own unique characteristics.

Featured trips to Franz Josef Land:

Franz Josef Land Highlights

• High Arctic: Situated at 80° North
• Very remote region
• Less then 1000 visitors per year
• Polar bears, Walrus, sea birds
• Enormous glaciers
• Extreme weather and ice
• Unique geology
• Historical sites

Travel period: July-August

  • Franz Josef Land Expedition

    Explore this extraordinary archipelago in the high Russian Arctic. This remote place is home to many kinds of wildlife.

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  • North Pole Ice Breaker Cruise

    Your icebreaker will take you to one of the most inaccessible places in the world, the North Pole! Celebrate with champagne upon your arrival and if conditions permit, soar above the ice in a hot air balloon or helicopter.

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  • North East Passage

    A voyage through the Russian Arctic's Northeast Passage. Only a handful of expedition vessels have ever transited this seaway.

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