**Terms and Conditions apply as per shipping company. Valid for new bookings
**Terms and Conditions apply as per shipping company. Valid for new bookings

Luxury Expedition
Greg Mortimer - 120 Guests
Franz Josef Land Explorer
Arctic Expedition

Experience a rare chance to discover the wondrous islands of Franz Josef Land on our Franz Josef Land voyage. From Murmansk, cross the Barents Sea to a world few have seen. Enter the Russian Arctic National Park and watch for polar bears, whales, walrus and seals. Enjoy long tundra walks and geological oddities. Get up close to spectacular bird cliffs and visit fascinating historic huts of explorers like Fridtjof Nansen.


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  • Photograph unique stone spheres at Champ Island
  • Cruise beneath towering bird cliffs of Cape Flora
  • Visit Nansen's winter camp at Cape Norway
  • Search for rorqual and elusive bowhead whales
  • Watch for polar bears on land and ice
  • Marvel at the frozen landscape of Franz Josef Land - 85% of which is glaciated


Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd DateStateroom TripleStateroom TwinBalcony Stateroom CBalcony Stateroom BBalcony Stateroom ABalcony SuiteJunior SuiteCaptains Suite
Jul 19, 2021Aug 03, 202112,10013,50015,10015,40015,60016,90019,90022,900
Aug 03, 2021Aug 18, 202112,10013,50015,10015,40015,60016,90019,90022,900
Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd Date(Starting from)
Stateroom Triple
Balcony Stateroom A
Captains Suite
Jul 19, 2021Aug 03, 202112,10015,60022,900
Aug 03, 2021Aug 18, 202112,10015,60022,900


Day 1 – Embark the Greg Mortimer in Kirkenes
Arrive in Kirkenes, Norway, located on the border with Russia. Join a pre-arranged half day excursion or activity prior to boarding the Greg Mortimer late afternoon. Airport transfers will be included if arriving on preferred flights into Kirkenes. You'll have time to settle into your cabin before our important briefings. Sail the scenic Bokfjord to reach the Barents Sea on our way to Murmansk in neighbouring Russia.

Day 2 – Murmansk
After sailing overnight into Russia, we stop in Murmansk, to undergo formalities to enter Russia. During clearance procedures, we may go on a city tour of Murmansk visiting the monument to the soldier of WW2 and also the first nuclear icebreaker, Lenin.

Days 3-4 – At Sea
Over the next two days at sea, enjoy informative and entertaining lectures from our expert expedition team including naturalists, historians and geologists. Time and weather permitting, we may cruise along the coast of Novaya Zemlya on day 4, to have a first glimpse of the tundra of the High Arctic. We may even try a landing in the tundra or a zodiac cruise in front of our first glacier (at a safe distance).

Days 5-11 – Franz Josef Land
Franz Josef Land is a stark yet beautiful world of glaciers, mosses and lichens. Approximately five million seabirds nest on the archipelago every year, with the Brünnich's guillemot accounting for approximately twenty per cent of the population. Other seabirds such as fulmar, kittiwake, black guillemot and little auk, are common throughout the archipelago. On the flat tundra, nest species such as: common eider, purple sandpiper, arctic skua, glaucous gull, ivory gull, arctic tern and snow bunting can be seen. Franz Josef Land is home to two arctic giants – the polar bear and the walrus. The waters of Franz Josef Land are visited by whales, including humpback, bowhead, narwhal and white beluga whale. Possible landings may include Prince George Land, Alexandra Land, Bell and Mabel Island, Champ Island and Cape Flora (Northbrook Island).

Days 12-13 – At Sea
The return crossing of the Barents Sea offers some good opportunities to encounter whales, perhaps the elusive bowhead whale if we're lucky, and certainly plenty of opportunities to photograph sea birds.

Day 14 – Murmansk
Back in Murmansk for clearance procedures before continuing to Kirkenes.

Day 15 – Kirkenes
Arrive in Kirkenes in the morning, farewell your expedition team and fellow passengers as we all continue our onward journeys, hopefully with a newfound sense of the immense power of nature. A transfer to the airport is included in the cost of the voyage.

Greg Mortimer (Luxury Expedition, 120-guests)

Capable of negotiating the strongest winds and waves, the Greg Mortimer is built to world-class polar standards. It is designed in close consultation with expedition specialists, taking advantage of Auroras more than 25 years of experience.

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  • Group sightseeing tour of Murmansk on Day 1 prior to embarking Greg Mortimer
  • Group transfer from ship to airport in Kirkenes on Day 16
  • Onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
  • Free access to our onboard doctor for consultations relating to sea-sickness. A standard fee of US $60.00 (reclaimable through your travel insurance provider) applies for medical consultations not related to sea-sickness
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage
  • Port surcharges, permits, and landing fees


  • Photography: FREE
  • Kayaking: USD 1,190 per person

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DISCLAIMER: Rates are per person and subject to change.