To venture high above the Arctic Circle, tracing the routes of famed explorers and coming face to face with the remote beauty of the Far North, is an opportunity taken by very few adventurers. Sailing the Arctic coastlines offer some of the finest scenery and wildlife experiences in the world, experiences out of history books and ancient whaler's tales. Series of fascinating icebreaker cruises aboard the polar icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov and the sailing schooner have been designed for Arctic adventures.
Russia's Far East and Wrangel Island voyage will give you the chance to be among the few to have visited Wrangel Island, a world famous nature reserve. Explore the towering mountains, glaciers and protected fjords of Canada and Greenland's High Arctic or journey to Tanquary Fjord, Ellesmere Island and Greenland where you will visit the stunning glaciers and valleys of this region and call on some of the most remote communities in the world.
Icebreaker cruises to the North Pole are historic voyages that aim to stand at 90° north. It is the opportunity of a lifetime - so take an extraordinary voyage to the North Pole. You will sail on one of the world's most powerful icebreakers, the Yamal. Heading north from Murmansk, you'll cross the Barents Sea and break into the dense Arctic pack ice. The journey will take you through an ever changing panorama of wind-polished ice up to five meters thick, narrow channels of dark green water and aquamarine pools scattered across the frozen sea. And along the way you can expect to encounter a variety of Arctic wildlife such as polar bears, walrus and ivory gulls.
The pristine east coast of Ellesmere Island is virtually unexplored and is the highlight of this Arctic adventure. High Arctic icebreaker cruises visit the remote sea cliffs of Greenland's western fjords to observe thousands of seabirds as well as the historic and archaeological sites of northeast Ellesmere Island. Embark and follow the route of the 19th century explorers into Lancaster Sound. Cruise into Dundas Harbour and through Baffin Bay to Greenland. Sail into Murchison Sound and visit Qaanaaq. Continue further north to Smith Sound and the Kane Basin to land on Pim Island. Explore Buchanan Bay, Alexandra Fjord and Skraeling Island; visit Cape York in Melville Bay, Coburg, Devon, Prince Leopold and Beechey Islands.
Remarkable Canadian Arctic cruises sail eastwards across the top of Canada visiting the remote shores and winter harbors of some of the great explorers. Explore the northern sea route from Europe to the Far East. These cruises are also excellent for observing Polar Bears, Muskoxen, seabirds and other wildlife.
The Sampo, one of the world's tourist icebreakers, operates icebreaker cruises on the northern Gulf of Bothnia out of Kemi in Finnish Lapland. The Sampo is described as a uniquely Finnish experience. After serving for thirty years as an icebreaker in Arctic waters, the vessel has been given a new, more fascinating task - to act as a base for ice adventurers. The Sampo sails from the middle of December to the end of April.
Explore frozen Arctic landscape in the midst of untamed nature aboard one of the world's renowned icebreakers.