Heritage Expeditions Announces New Voyage Inspired by the World’s First Transit of the Northern Sea Route

Heritage Expeditions Announces New Voyage Inspired by the World’s First Transit of the Northern Sea Route

Pioneering small ship expedition cruise company Heritage Expeditions is proud to release an exciting new voyage In the Footsteps of Nordenskiöld, inspired by Swedish explorer Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld’s famed Vega Expedition of 1878 1880.

Heritage Expeditions Commercial Director and Expedition Leader Aaron Russ said the 19-day addition to their 2021 Russian Far East season was aimed at true adventurers with an interest in the remarkable history, geography and wildlife of the uncompromising Northern Sea Route.

“This is an authentic expedition in every sense,” said Russ.“  In the Footsteps of Nordenskiöld recreates one of the world’s great explorations visiting the many islands and locations Nordenskiöld himself discovered and described during his history-changing expedition.”

Retracing the first ever transit of the Northern Sea Route, and created in consultation with Heritage Expedition’s Russian history experts, the expedition offers intrepid travellers the opportunity to explore some of the least known and seldom visited shores on the planet including the Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago, the New Siberian Islands, Novaya Zemlya (New Land), Cape Chelyuskin, De Long Islands and the Nordenskiöld Archipelago.

Those seeking wildlife will not be disappointed with much of the region’s abundant wildlife likely encountered including polar bears, walrus, whales and birdlife with twitcher favourite the ivory gull, among them.

Travel is aboard Heritage Expeditions’ ice-strengthened Russian research vessel Akademik Shokalskiy, herself no stranger to the region having participated in Soviet convoys during the late 1980s and completing a double transit of the Northern Sea Route with the company in 2017.

The new voyage follows minor amendments to Heritage Expeditions’ Russian Far East 2021 schedule which also sees the company’s popular Sea of Okhotsk expedition now starting and ending in Magadan, allowing guests to enjoy an extended period of time exploring the wildlife-rich waters within the region. Guests joining this departure also have the option to stay on board for a complimentary ocean voyage as Akademik Shokalskiy is transferred from Magadan to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy at the completion of the voyage – an extra three nights aboard free! These will be sea days, with a minimal expedition programme, giving guests a chance to unwind in the library, bar and on the bridge.

In the Footsteps of Nordenskiöld departs Murmansk on 12 September 2021, arriving in Pevek on 30 September 2021. Prices start from US$13,900 for a Main Deck, twin share berth.

Sea of Okhotsk, Magadan return, departs 17 June 2021 and arrives 27 June 2021, or 30 June 2021 for guests disembarking in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy. Prices start from US$7,100 for a Main Deck, twin share berth.

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About Heritage Expeditions

Every year Heritage Expeditions voyages with small groups of up to 50 intrepid travellers to some of the most unique and remote islands, coasts and shorelines on earth aboard their expedition ships Spirit of Enderby and Akademik Shokalskiy on voyages ranging from 8 – 31 days.

Founded in 1985 by the Russ family in Christchurch, New Zealand, Heritage Expeditions is still proudly family-owned and operated. Contributing to conservation through experiential learning and providing funds for research and management, they are pioneers in environmentally-responsible expedition travel offering intimate group excursions to Antarctica and the Subantarctic Islands, through the Pacific, and around the Russian Far East and Wrangel Island on their purpose built expedition ships.

Each expedition is meticulously planned and led by a team of botanists, ornithologists, naturalists and experts in their field, ensuring guests maximise every opportunity to learn, discover and experience as much as possible, while minimising the impact of their visit and returning as ambassadors for these very special places.

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