Sailing from United States
Setting sail from Anchorage
The former Soviet military port of Provideniya is home to just 2,000 people, many of whom belong to the Yupik indigenous group. The port sits on a fjord sheltered from the Bering Sea, and is close to the southern limits of the Arctic ice pack.
Russia: Cape Dezhnev
Cape Dezhnev is the easternmost point on the Eurasian landmass, named after the 17th-century Russian explorer Semyon Dezhnev, the first European to sail through the Bering Strait. There is only one inhabited settlement on the Cape, the village of Uelen, and whales and seals are a common sight in the surrounding seas.
Russia: Wrangel Island
Wrangel Island was one of the last refuges of the wooly mammoth, and is still home to an amazing variety of Arctic wildlife, including polar bears, walruses, reindeer, lemmings and musk oxen. There is also the possibility of spotting gray, bowhead and beluga whales around the coast.
Russia: Novaya Zemlya
The Russian Arctic archipelago of Novaya Zemlya consists of two large islands, Severny and Yuzhny, and a host of smaller islands. Formerly a Soviet nuclear test site, the archipelago is home to wildlife including polar bears, reindeer, walrus, puffins and seals.
Russia: Franz Josef Land
Franz Josef Land is a remote and seldom visited archipelago in the high Arctic, only discovered in the 19th century. Uninhabited except for Russian military personnel, these icy and mountainous islands are a great place to spot polar bears, walrus, Arctic foxes and Beluga whales.
Murmansk is the largest city north of the Arctic Circle, of key strategic importance due to the fact that the port is kept ice-free by the warmer waters of the Gulf Stream. The city was heavily damaged during World War II but never captured, and while the Soviet architecture is not pretty, the surrounding countryside is well worth exploring.
Skarsvåg is the world’s most northerly fishing village, situated on the north coast of the Norwegian island of Magerøya. The village is less than 10 miles from the North Cape, where the Arctic and Atlantic oceans meet, and you may spot reindeer grazing on the surrounding tundra.
Arriving in Tromsø
Tromsø is often referred to as the Gateway to the Arctic. Its beauty astonishes new visitors with its magnificent views over the Tromsø strait. Tromsø's location, well within the Arctic Circle, means the summer months are lit by the Midnight Sun, a compensation for some rather long, dark winters. It is a wonderful city to explore on foot, wandering along the streets with their multi-coloured wooden houses. A must see is the amazing architecture of the Arctic cathedral, or perhaps take the cable car up to Mount Storsteinen (1382ft) for a fantastic view.
Visit during June or July to see the Midnight Sun - take the cable car for a better view (we were impressed that it runs until past midnight, but do check).
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Our favourite hotel in Tromsø
The Scandic Ishavshotel has a great location on the quay so nearly all the rooms have magnificent views.
Take a tour by RIB to see the beautiful islands and beaches of this remote region, lapped by Gulf Stream waters.