Russian Arctic

Silver Explorer Cruise Ship
Silver Explorer
144 Passengers

The White Sea can be described as one of the entrance points for the Arctic. It is a sidearm of the North Polar Sea and almost totally land-locked. This isolated location led to the development of a special flora. Numerous lakes, moors, and forests dominate the landscape, which was used by nomadic hunters, herders, trappers and even merchants looking for pelts, salt and other produce. The Pomors were among the first to settle during the 12th century. A few hundred years later the first monks founded a monastery on the Solovetskiy Islands, which later was to become the centre of the Russian Orthodox Church in northern Russia. The monastery is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although the Solovetskiy Islands are just below the Arctic Circle they have a surprisingly mild climate.

Expedition Highlights:
• Search the seas for beluga whales and narwhals
• Tour the Solovetskiy Monastery – a UNESCO world heritage site
• Go ashore for nature walks across the Arctic tundra and taiga
• Photograph landscapes in the light of the Midnight Sun
• Visit historic sites of early settlers
• Cruise the bird cliffs of Gjesværstappan by Zodiac
• Observe reindeer and Arctic fox
• See a multitude of seabirds such as skuas, auks, kittiwakes and guillemots

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Tromso, Norway
Day 2 Gjesværstappan Islands, Norway
Day 3 Murmansk, Russia
Day 4 Sem Islands, Russia
Day 5 Shoina Village and Kanin Peninsula, Russia
Day 6 Pyalitsa Village and Chapoma Village, Russia
Day 7 Bolshoi Solovetskiy and Zayatskiy Islands, Russia
Day 8 Archangel, Russia
Day 9 Morzhovets Island, Russia
Day 10 Cruising the White Sea, Russia
Day 11 Kirkenes, Norway
Day 12 Skarsvag (Nordkapp), Mageroya, Norway
Day 13 Tromso, Norway

Day 1 — Tromsø, Norway

Embark Silver Explorer for your exciting “White Sea Expedition”. Tonight we invite you to attend a special Sail-away cocktail party and to meet the expedition team who will be your companions for this special adventure.

Days 2 — Gjesværstappan Islands, Norway

This morning we will go out in our Zodiacs to cruise the Gjesværstappan Islands. The islands contain several seabird colonies and have therefore been designated a nature reserve in 1983. The land area of the reserve is less than 2 square kilometers, but the reserve also includes almost 6 square kilometers of the sea surrounding the islands. The largest colonies of cliff-breeding seabirds are mainly located on Storstappen, the biggest of the islands.

While we will be circumnavigating Storstappen, looking for puffins, kittiwakes, guillemots, Razorbills, fulmars, cormorants, Arctic Skuas, and with luck, majestic White-tailed Eagles, keep an eye out for seals.

During the afternoon we will be passing nearby North Cape and our lecture team will prepare you for the varied points of our White Sea expedition.

In the evening the captain would like to invite you to his welcome cocktail party.

Days 3 — Murmansk, Russia

Founded only in 1916, Murmansk is the world’s largest city north of the Arctic Circle. Once we have cleared into Russia, we will go on a city tour including the major cargo port and its impressive fleet of nuclear-powered icebreakers, the Orthodox Church, Savior-on-Waters, a lighthouse with panoramic views of the city, and the Murmansk Museum. The city has many monuments that attest to its short, but intense history, its maritime heritage, and its military importance during World War II.

Day 4 — Sem Islands, Russia

As our journey continues further east we will cruise along the northern coast of the remote Kola Peninsula, a wilderness of vast tundra, mountains, spectacular waterfalls, and some of the oldest forests in Europe on its southern side. We will take advantage of the long hours of daylight to explore the islands and their birdlife by Zodiac. Our on-board naturalists may also lead a hike ashore pointing out the plants and wildlife unique to this remote area.

Day 5 — Shoina Village and Kanin Peninsula, Russia

Our journey continues southward along the Kanin Peninsula’s coast. Founded in the 1930’s by fishing families, the abundance of fish brought more and more fishermen to Shoina village and a collective farm was organized, leading to 1,500 people living there in the 1950’s. Because of the extensive trawling the sea floor was destroyed, leading to sand dunes spreading across the landscape. Half the village is now buried under sand and only 300 souls still remain in Shoina. We will have a look at the village and sand dunes, but another reason for us to go here is the Shoyninsky State Nature Reserve just to the north. Both there and in the nearby Shoyna marsh the Lesser White-fronted Goose, as well as Brent and Barnacle Geese have important flyways into Russia’s extreme Arctic.

Day 6 — Pyalitsa Village and Chapoma Village, Russia

The two subsistence fishing villages we want to visit today are located on the southern side of the Kola Peninsula and are quite small. Pyalitsa, said to have been founded in the 16th century, would once have been a locally important settlement to trade commodities from further inland, but today has only 14 inhabitants. Chapoma Village, just slightly further west has 81 inhabitants.

Tidal and weather conditions permitting we might get the experience of Atlantic salmon spawning in the nearby river, while the expedition staff will offer a variety of exploratory hikes.

Day 7 — Bolshoi Solovetskiy and Zayatskiy Islands, Russia

In the western White Sea, the six islands of this remote, rarely visited archipelago have been inhabited since the 5th century BC and important traces of human presence have been found here from as far back as the 5th millennium BC. An expansive monastery was founded here in the 15th century and was later transformed into one of Stalin’s infamous Soviet gulags – a political prison camp. A vast medieval fortress, the monastery is remarkably well preserved and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. We will explore its network of covered passages and tunnels that connect the many churches and chapels, botanical gardens, and common buildings, which include watchtowers, residential chambers and a number of workrooms.

During the afternoon we will go ashore on Zayatskiy Island where prehistoric labyrinths and burial mounds are believed to be the remains of temporary Neolithic settlements.

Day 8 — Arkhangelsk, Russia

This morning, as we make our approach, head out on deck to watch for the Beluga whales commonly found in the waters of the White Sea, especially during the summer season. At Russia’s far northwest corner, Arkhangelsk is situated on the coast of the storied White Sea. Due to its geographic isolation, this region has long held a mysterious fascination for outsiders. Arkhangelsk was first established as a shipbuilding centre and became well known to the West for its occupation by “White” Russians during the Russian Civil War and for its role as a base for the North Sea Fleet. Arkhangelsk has also achieved fame as the gateway to the Arctic for the number of notable expeditions that began here.

Today we will join our on-board historians for a guided tour of the old quarter where we will learn of the Pomors and of ancient Russian culture as we explore centuries-old wooden buildings, the Orthodox Church and the excellent collections at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Day 9 — Morzhovets Island, Russia

Today we will cross the Arctic Circle again on our journey north. Morzhovets Island is the last piece of land before entering the Barents Sea. Almost half of the island’s 110 km² consists of lakes, while the rest of this flat island is tundra. Morzhovets 12 inhabitants live in Severny Gorodok, the only settlement on the island, to man the meteorological station and a lighthouse. We will go ashore, looking for wildlife on the tundra and lakes.

Day 10 — Cruising the White Sea, Russia

Our journey continues in a westerly direction as we cruise along the Kola Peninsula’s coast towards the Norwegian-Russian border. Peruse an array of titles and topics in the well-stocked library, enjoy a fine cigar and cognac at the Connoisseur’s Corner or watch a movie in your suite. All accommodations feature an interactive television system that allows you to watch your choice of complimentary films or documentaries and even broadcasts from the theater in the comfort and privacy of your suite or stateroom.

During the late evening we will have our outward clearance in Murmansk and will continue towards Norway.

Days 11 — Kirkenes

As we cruise through the Barents Sea, a series of lectures will emphasize the special history and natural history of Russia’s and Norway’s Far North.

Once we arrive in Kirkenes –the end of the famous Hurtigruten-Coastal/Postal service- we might drive southward into the Pasvik Valley sitting between Russia and Finland. There we can go for nature walks to observe the valley’s unique birds and plants.

Day 12 — Skarsvag (Nordkapp), Mageroya, Norway

Today Silver Explorer will round the North Cape, the northernmost point of Europe. At 71° 10′ 21″ northern latitude, a sheer cliff raises 307 meters above the Arctic Ocean. Adventurous guests can join members of the expedition team for a challenging hike to Nordkapp, retracing the traditional route to the cape up a winding path. For those who prefer to arrive in comfort, Silver Explorer will anchor off the shore of Skarsvag, the “most northerly fishing village in the world”, and, weather conditions permitting, head ashore by Zodiac. We will travel by coach to the North Cape where we will admire the glorious scenery, stop in at the visitor’s centre and, of course, document our presence at the famed globe monument with many photographs. The panorama is unforgettable. On our return journey to the ship we will watch for reindeer grazing on the surrounding hillsides.

Day 13 — Tromsø, Norway

We will arrive at Tromsø in the early morning. Following breakfast on board, disembark Silver Explorer.

Note:
Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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   Owner's Suite
728 Sq Ft / 67 m² [Including private veranda (158 Sq Ft / 15 m²)]
Balcony with wooden parquet and patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors • Living room with sitting area • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Marbled bathroom, with full-sized bath and separate shower • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe • Vanity table with hair dryer • Writing desk • Illy® espresso machine • Afternoon canapés upon request • Dinner at officer’s table • Unlimited WiFi Internet access for 2 simultaneous devices • Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment
   Grand Suite
618 Sq Ft / 57 m² [Including private balcony (86 Sq Ft / 8 m²)]
Balcony with wooden parquet and patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors • Living room with sitting area • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe • Vanity table with hair dryer • Writing desk • Illy® espresso machine • Afternoon canapés upon request • Dinner at officer’s table • Unlimited WiFi Internet access for 2 simultaneous devices • Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment
   Silver Suite
422 Sq Ft / 39 m² [Including 2 French balconies (30 Sq Ft / 3 m²)]
Silver Suites can accommodate three guests
Two French balconies with floor-to-ceiling glass doors • Living room (with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest) • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe • Vanity table with hair dryer • Sitting area with writing desk • Unlimited WiFi Internet access for 2 simultaneous devices • Afternoon canapés upon request • Dinner at officer’s table
   Medallion Suite
400 Sq Ft / 37 m² [Including private balcony (86 Sq Ft / 8 m²)]
Balcony with wooden parquet and patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe • Sitting area with writing desk • Vanity table with hair dryer • Unlimited WiFi Internet access for 2 simultaneous devices • Afternoon canapés upon request • Dinner at officer’s table
   Veranda Suite
206-216 Sq Ft / 19-20 m² [Including a French balcony (16 Sq Ft / 1.5 m²)]
French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Marbled bathroom with shower • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe • Sitting area with writing desk • Hair dryer • Unlimited WiFi Internet access for 2 simultaneous devices
   Vista Suite
192 Sq Ft / 18 m² with large picture window
Large picture window providing panoramic ocean views • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Marbled bathroom with shower • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe • Sitting area with writing desk • Hair dryer • Unlimited WiFi Internet access for 1 simultaneous device
   View Suite
192 Sq Ft / 18 m² with view window
View Suites can accommodate young children on sofa bed
View window • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Marbled bathroom with shower • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe • Sitting area with writing desk • Hair dryer • Unlimited WiFi Internet access for 1 simultaneous device
   Explorer Suite
175-190 Sq Ft / 16-18 m² with view window
View window • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Marbled bathroom with shower • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe • Sitting area with writing desk • Hair dryer • Unlimited WiFi Internet access for 1 simultaneous device
   Adventurer Suite
157-167 Sq Ft / 14-15 m² with 2 portholes
Two portholes • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Marbled bathroom with shower • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe • Sitting area with writing desk • Hair dryer • Unlimited WiFi Internet access for 1 simultaneous device

All suites feature:
• Butler service
• Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
• Pratesi® fine bed linens
• Plush Etro® bathrobe
• BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
• A choice of pillows
• Alarm with iHome docking station
• Personalized stationery
• Umbrella
• Direct dial telephone(s)
• 220-volt outlets
• Unlimited, complimentary WiFi Internet access as per suite category
• Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library

Connecting Suites: 702/704, 703/705, 500/502, 501/503, 504/506, 505/507, 510/512, 511/513