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 […]

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 […]

Zayatsky and Anzer Islands
June 6, 2013

Thursday, June 6, 2013 Zayatsky Island This was our first ‘real’ expedition outing as we got into the zodiacs for the first time this trip to join the Expedition team and local guides for a walk to view a chapel and old labyrinths, the purpose of which is unclear, on Zayatski Island. Anzer Island In the […]

Solovetsky Island and Monastery
June 5, 2013

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 We visited Solovetsky Island and Monastery on a cold summer’s day.  This spiritual home to the Russian Orthodox Church was the greatest citadel of the church in the far north until it was turned into a Soviet prison and labour camp from 1923 to 1939, a prototype for the infamous “GULag” […]

Heading to the White Sea
June 4, 2013

Sunday to Tuesday, June 2-4, 2013 We left Kirkenes, Norway, at 6:30pm on June 2nd and arrived in Arkhangelsk, some 38 hours later on June 4th. Since this was The World’s first port-of-call in Russia on this trip, it took some time to get cleared. We were told that, since TW is the first foreign […]