Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Aurora Expeditions Pushes The Boundaries Of Arctic Exploration

Just announced a 2:1 deal on this voyage
Aurora Expeditions is the only 'small ship' tour operator visiting the farthest reaches of the Arctic in 2012. It's 14 day 'Voyage to the End of the Earth' cruise, departing from Murmansk on 8th September, 2012 explores the incredible polar oases of Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya - the latter being off limits to most operators.

An area shrouded in secrecy, the ability to visit Novaya Zemlya, deep within the Russian Arctic, is almost impossible to most. Aurora Expeditions are delighted to be taking a maximum of 54 passengers on an intimate exploration of the region, aboard their expedition ship Akademik Shokalskiy.

The Novaya Zemlya archipelago comprises one large island and many small, stretching 1000km in an elongated crescent between the Barents and Kara Seas. Providing a veritable feast of wildlife and history, it is the easternmost point in Europe and remains one of Russia's most restricted regions; which is why so few operators have permission to travel there. The voyage also explores Franz Josef Land - an archipelago of 191 ice covered islands, the planet's last major landmass to be discovered and the modern day realm of the polar bear.
The remote northerly location of these stunning archipelagos supports diverse and prolific wildlife, reinforced by the creation of national parks in 2009. The privileged few who take this voyage will explore the shore and Zodiac cruise around these islands of fascinating beauty and history, witnessing spectacular displays of bird and wildlife. For the more adventurous souls, kayaking is also available.
Voyage Highlights:
  • Exclusive photography mentoring led by acclaimed photographer Martin Bailey.
  • A true wildlife expedition: seek out the rarest bird species of the Arctic such as the Ross´gull and ivory gulls; Greenland whales, narwhals, polar bears and walruses.
  • Explore rarely visited historic sites, explorers' and hunters' huts and camps.
  • Encounter stunning sunsets and a chance of seeing the Northern Lights.
Why travel with Aurora Expeditions?
  • For nearly 21 years, Aurora Expeditions have pioneered small group adventures to remote coastlines.
  • A passion for adventure - Each voyage aims to provide guests with the experience of a lifetime.
  • Taking a maximum of 54 passengers, the expert team seek out the best landing opportunities to ensure passengers maximise their time in the wilderness.
  • Flexible itineraries, numerous daily Zodiac landings, 24hr open bridge policy and fascinating educational lectures all contribute to ensuring the voyage of a lifetime.
Voyage prices start from US$8,890 per person.
Voyage inclusions: Transfer from Murmansk airport to hotel, overnight accommodation in Murmansk, city tour and transfer to ship and transfer from ship to Murmansk airport

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