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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.
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.
Uelen is the easternmost inhabited settlement on the Russian mainland, close to Cape Dezhnev. Less then 1,000 people live here, mostly from the Chukchi and Yupik indigenous groups, and the village is famous for its walrus ivory carvings.
Russia: Krasin Bay (Wrangel Island)
Russia: Cape Waring (Wrangel Island)
Russia: Herald Island
Russia: Ushakova Cape (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: Cape Florens (Wrangel Island)
31 August - 1 September
Russia: Ayon Island, Medvezhy Island
Russia: Bennett Island
Russia: Akhmatov Gulf (Severnaya Zemlya)
Severnaya Zemlya is so remote and inhospitable that this was the last significant archipelago on earth to be explored, only mapped in the 1930s. Situated off the north coast of Siberia in the Russian Arctic, the islands are shaped by glaciers and populated mainly by birds, lemmings and wolves.
Russia: Ostrov Isachenko, Uyedineniya Island, Cape Zhelaniya (Novo Zemlya), Ostrov Oranskiye, Hall Island
Russia: Champ Island
Champ Island is part of the Franz Josef Land archipelago in the Russian Arctic, remote and uninhabited by humans. The island is known for its mysterious spherical stones, believed to have been formed in the sea by sedimentary material building up around an organic nucleus such as a shell or a fossil.
Russia: Hooker Island
Russia: Graham Bell Island (Franz Josef Archipelago)
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.
The steep-sided Gjesværstappan islands tower dramatically above the freezing waters off the north coast of Norway, carpeted in grass and home to thousands of seabirds. Species that nest here include puffins, kittiwakes, fulmars, guillemots, razorbills, cormorants and skuas.
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).
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.
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Thrilling, awe-inspiring and unforgettable – Silver Explorer takes just 144 privileged travellers on genuine adventures to some of the most remote regions of the planet.
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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.