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Setting sail from Nome
Only accessible by air or sea, the remote Alaskan town of Nome sits overlooking the Bering Strait, surrounded by miles of largely featureless tundra. This was once a boomtown; the discovery of easily extractable gold in 1898 led to a gold rush, and you can still see the remnants of the mining industry which thrived here. The gold hasn't completely dried up, so many still come here to try and find their fortune, while other visitors are drawn to Nome by the varied bird life and intriguing Iñupiat culture.
Russia: Provideniya, Uelen, Kolyuchin, Krasin Bay (Wrangel Island), Cape Waring (Wrangel Island), Ushakova Cape (Wrangel Island), Cape Florens (Wrangel Island), Chukotka
Russia: Medvezhiy Islands
Russia: Severnaya Zemlya
Russia: Uyedineniya Island
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: Hall Island, Champ Island, Hooker Island
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.
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.
The Polar Museum, housed in a traditional wharf house, has a fascinating collection from the days of early polar exploration, and explorers such as Nansen and Amundsen.
For once-in-a-lifetime tailor-made itineraries, Mundy Adventures specialises in expedition cruises to some of the most wonderful places on earth; places often only accessible by water.
Your home from home
Thrilling, awe-inspiring and unforgettable – Silver Explorer takes just 130 privileged travellers on genuine adventures to some of the most remote regions of the planet.
What we love
The intimate Silver Explorer gives you a magical home from home as you visit places with no tourism infrastructure whatsoever. Without the ship, you simply wouldn't be able to get there. But as it is, you can travel like an intrepid Explorer, without any compromise on style or comfort.
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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.