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Greg Mortimer, Franz Josef Land Explorer ex Kirkenes Return

Greg Mortimer, Franz Josef Land Explorer ex Kirkenes Return

14 Night Cruise sailing from Kirkenes roundtrip aboard Greg Mortimer.

In true expedition style we encourage exploration and adventure, offering flexibility in challenging environments in a way that puts you among the action to see and do as much as possible. This itinerary is only a guide and subject to change due to ice and weather conditions.

Day 1 Embark the Greg Mortimer in Kirkenes
Arrive in Kirkenes, on the northern coast of Norway. Late afternoon sees us warmly welcomed on board the Greg Mortimer.

Day 2 Murmansk
We enter Murmansk in Russia for clearance and formalities before crossing the Barents Sea to begin our adventures in Franz Josef Land.

Days 3-4 At Sea
Enjoy onboard lectures from our team of experts. On Day 4 we may try a landing in the tundra or a Zodiac cruise in front of our first glacier.

Days 5-11 Franz Josef Land
Franz Josef Land is a stark yet beautiful world of glaciers, mosses and lichens. Approximately five million seabirds nest on the archipelago every year, with the Brünnich’s guillemot accounting for approximately twenty per cent of the population. Other seabirds such as fulmar, kittiwake, black guillemot and little auk, are common throughout the archipelago. On the flat tundra, nest species such as: common eider, purple sandpiper, arctic skua, glaucous gull, ivory gull, arctic tern and snow bunting can be seen. Franz Josef Land is home to two arctic giants – the polar bear and the walrus. The waters of Franz Josef Land are visited by whales, including humpback, bowhead, narwhal and white beluga whale. Possible landings may include Prince George Land, Alexandra Land, Bell and Mabel Island, Champ Island and Cape Flora (Northbrook Island).

Days 12-13 At Sea
On leaving Franz Josef Land, crossing the Barents Sea is again an opportunity to see whales (possibly the elusive bowhead whale) and large numbers of seabirds.

Day 14-15 Murmansk - Kirkenes
Back in Murmansk, we may discover the city on a tour while the ship goes through clearance procedures. After an overnight cruise from Murmansk (approx. 12 hours), return to Kirkenes to disembark and bid new friends farewell.


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