Bjørnøya (Bear Island)
August 6, 2018

Monday, August 6th, 2018 Located half way between the northern tip of Norway and the southern tip of Svalbard, Bjørnøya is home to thousands and thousands of birds. We spent a pleasant morning zodiac cruising along the southwest coastline doing a little bird spotting. The morning was misty with the sun coming out in the […]

June 15, 2013

Saturday, June 15, 2013 Murmansk is the home of the Russian Navy’s Northern fleet as well as nine nuclear powered ice breakers.  In the morning we went for a city highlights bus tours stopping to see Alyosha the defender of the Soviet Arctic during the second world war and other sights. In the afternoon we […]

The White Sea
Furthest North
June 13, 2013

Our Journey will take us half around the world, but today is likely to be the furthest point North we will go. The ship made it to North 80° 24′ 13.23″, East 52° 4′ 16.82″ before turning around and heading South again.

Franz Josef Land
June 12, 2013

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 After a day at sea we arrived at Franz Josef Land. Look it up. We were far north on the map, very far north actually. Never even thought about getting here. But then again… this was m/v The World with Captain Dag Saevik at the helm and he just loves a […]

Novaya Zemlya
June 10, 2013

Monday, June 10, 2013 Monday, June 10th Morning Activities Today we truly ventured north.  We woke very early to discover the ship had discovered ice.  Ice conditions prevented a landing at the abandoned Soviet research base.  Instead the captain took the ship on a lap of the bay in search of wildlife. And yes, we […]

Cape Kanin
June 8, 2013

Saturday, June 8, 2013 Cape Kanin is the last outpost of the White Sea and mainland Russia before we head north into the Barents Sea. We did a little Tundra hiking before our 2 day sea voyage to the next destination.

Chapoma and Pyalitsa Rivers
June 8, 2013

Friday, June 7, 2013 Chapoma River If you believe the guides, apparently we were the first westerners to visit this Chapoma River village.  We saw first hand how hard life is in these remote lands.  There is no wharf for large boats to land so we arrived in zodiacs.  The primary method of access to […]