North East Passage Eastbound 28 Days
Arctic, Russia

North East Passage

North East Passage Eastbound 28 Days aboard Akademik Shokalskiy

A special expedition from Murmansk across the top of Arctic Russia and ending in Anadyr on Russia's eastern coast. Birds, polar bears, walrus and whales and spectacular Arctic landscapes seen by only a few - a truly unforgettable experience. Optional flight from Anadyr to Nome in Alaska - ask for details.

Please note, a landing fee of US$500 in cash applies to this sailing

Toni Hart

Namibia Birding and Photography Guide

An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >

Jenny Luxton

Falklands Expert & Guide

Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >


  • Spectacular Arctic Landscapes, Rarely Visited
  • Close encounters with Arctic mammals - Walrus, Polar Bear, Beluga & Arctic Fox
  • Myriad birdlife Such as Little Auk, Ivory & Other Gulls
  • Exciting Zodiac Landings & Cruising in Remote Areas

What's Included

  • Transfers to & from vessel in Murmansk & Anadyr
  • All Meals Onboard Ship
  • Tea & Coffee At Any Time
  • Topical Lecture Programme by Team of Experts
  • Zodiac Excursions & Landings Accompanied by Expert Guides
  • Does NOT include US$500pp local Russian payment, which must be paid in cash

27 nights 29/08/2017 - 25/09/2017
From Only £14,557pp
Gillian Landells
Gillian Landells
Arctic, Russia Specialist

Speak to someone who’s been to Arctic, Russia. Start planning your tailor-made trip by calling one of our friendly destination specialists on 0800 195 3385 or 44 1625 581143 for outside the UK.

Free opticron Binoculars available for all bookings made From 27 June to 15 August 2018!*

*Conditions apply: Not in conjunction with any other wildfoot offer. Must be a spend of over £2000 or more, not including flights. Full Terms enclosed.


27 Nights   28 Days

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1   | Murmansk
  • Days 2-3 | Barents Sea
  • Days 4-6 | Franz Josef Land
  • Days 7-8 | Kara Sea
  • Days 9-11 | Severnaya Zemlya
  • Days 12-13 | Laptev Sea
  • Days 14-16 | NoviyeSebirskiye
  • Day 17 | East Siberian Sea
  • Day 18 | Medvezhyi Islands
  • Day 19 | Ayon Island and Village
  • Day 20 | East Siberian Sea
  • Days 21-23 Wrangel Island
  • Day 24 | Kolyuchin Island
  • Day 25 | Cape Dezhnev & Uelen Village
  • Day 26 | Yttygran and Gil'mimyl Hot Springs
  • Day 27 | At Sea
  • Day 28 | Anadyr


Embark and set sail in the evening

Barents Sea

Barents Sea

First sightings of marine mammals and seabirds from deck and the start of our programme of expert lectures about the wildlife and the environments to come on this epic passage.

Franz Josef Land

Franz Josef Land

Close to the North Pole, this is an archipelago of 192 islands. Several historical sites to visit plus spectacular scenery, Arctic flora and lots of wildlife - we should see our first walrus haul-outs here.

Kara Sea

Kara Sea

One of the coldest seas in Russia on the way to Severnaya Zemlya. Spend time on deck with seabirds and spotting marine mammals. Continue lecture programme.

Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago

Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago

Abundance of Arctic wildlife including polar bears, Arctic foxes & hares and walrus.. Spectacular scenery, especially deep fjords and magnificent glaciers.

Laptev Sea

Laptev Sea

Two of Russia's major rivers, the Lena and the Yana drain into this sea and the town of Tiksi in the Lena delta, is a principal port on the northern sea route. Search for the rare Laptev Sea Walrus.

Noviye Sebirskiye

Noviye Sebirskiye

The islands mark the border between the Laptev and East Siberian Seas. Uninhabited and virtually unexplored, the native Yakutian people have visited the islands on seasonal hunting trips from early times. Arctic flora and wildlife

East Siberian Sea

East Siberian Sea

Wild and remote with historical associations - the George Washington De Long expedition's ship, Jeanette was crushed in the ice here in 1879 and many of the crew lost.

Medvezhyi Islands

Medvezhyi Islands

Wild and beautiful, tundra covered islands, home to polar bears. People from the mainland visit in the summer for fishing and to search for mammoth tusks released by the winter ice.

Ayon Island and village

Ayon Island and village

A few Chukchi people still live on the island, surviving mostly through reindeer herding. Experience their hospitality.

East Siberian Sea

East Siberian Sea

Three of Siberia's major rivers flow into the sea in this region. It is a particularly shallow sea, making it ideal habitat for the Pacific walrus.

Wrangel Island

Wrangel Island

A World Heritage site and home to large numbers of breeding polar bears and other wildlife. Migratory birds visiting during the summer include snowy owls, terns, skuas and snow geese plus ivory, Sabine's and other gulls.

Kolyuchin Island

Kolyuchin Island

Plan to visit an abandoned polar research station here. View thousands of puffins, gulls and guillemots nesting on the cliffs.

Cape Dezhnev, Uelen Village

Cape Dezhnev, Uelen Village

Cape Dezhnev is the eastern extremity of the Asian Continent. Visit Uelen village to meet with local Chuchki people - hospitality and cultural show. The bone-carving studio here is famous throughout Russia.

Whale Bone Alley and Gil'mimyl Hot Springs

Whale Bone Alley and Gil'mimyl Hot Springs

This archaeological site on Yttygran Island is one of the most significant in the Arctic region with whale bones erected along the beach. Lost of gray whales to be seen close to shore too. Later, visit hot springs, just a short walk across the tundra.

At Sea

At Sea

Pelagic birding today from deck plus whale and seal spotting.

Anadyr, disembark

Anadyr, disembark

Arrive and disembark.

Optional flight from Anadyr to Nome in Alaska at cost of US$1,500pp

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What Our Customers

Ann Macleod, Scotland Sarah & David, Portsmouth James and Pamela Chapman, Halifax Geoff & Magda, Adelaide, Australia Ann & Paul, East Grinstead, Sussex Chris Janner, Manchester Gavin Burnett Stirling, United Kingdom Chris Pye, North Wales Chris Pye, North Wales Chris Conlan, Manchester, UK Boyan Todorov, Holland Karen Worton, Suffolk,UK Malcolm Green , UK Malcolm Green , UK Frances Hadfield, East Sussex, UK Mike Unwin, Brighton, UK Christine Matthews, London, UK
Superlatives abound – a truly amazing experience...awesome. Thanks to all for making it such a memorable experience.
We have just returned from our Spitsbergen trip with Wildfoot and had to tell you what an amazing time we had! We saw 6 polar bears including a mother with 2 cubs as well as whales, walruses and lots of birds. The ship (Expedition) was really comfortable and the guides were so helpful and friendly. Thank you so much for making it all so easy.
I came to Wildfoot because a friend had booked with you when you were Antarctica Bound and they were right. Everything went perfectly, even when our flight was cancelled, you made sure we still made it to the ship with time to spare. L’Austral is a beautiful ship with first class service and food and the guides looked after us well. Very happy to recommend Wildfoot and L’Austral...
We had always wanted to see the Arctic and travelling all the way from Australia needed lots of information. After getting nowhere, we came across Wildfoot and found people who knew what they were talking about! Sara and John were so helpful and made the process easy, suggesting Iceland Greenland and Spitsbergen. This was perfect for us – amazing scenery and lots of wildlife, especially the polar bears in Spitsbergen. Thanks for everything. Ps, the ship was great too!
Just wanted to say thank you for suggesting a trip to Franz Josef Land as something different for the Arctic. We had a super trip and really enjoyed the Sea Spirit. Galapagos next!
Standing on the North Pole has been an ambition of mine since childhood and now I have done it! Thank you for making the process so easy - seeing polar bears and whales too was a real bonus.
The Sea Spirit expedition was excellent and the team organising it all were extremely good. 10 out of 10. Everything went very smoothly. The Iceland extension worked perfectly, all the organisation, connections etc. were excellent
The cruise was beyond my expectations. Got to see everything the captain wanted, even a polar bear mother with three cubs. Coal Miners Cabins were smashing. I did loads of birding and exploring over three days. All the people were great from the expedition leaders down to the passengers. So glad to have achieved my ambition of some 50 years standing and got amongst the ice of the Arctic, walked amongst it’s islands and witnessed the antics of its wonderful wildlife. What’s next??? I’ll need to speak with Sara again.
Thanks so much for enabling me to get to places I had always wanted to see from a very young age. “Ace” as my boys used to say!
Just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you very much for all your help in arranging our recent trip to Svalbard. Everything ran smoothly and the trip was a great success. Unfortunately I had to flew back a few days early and missed out on Isfjord Radio, which the rest of the team said was a brilliant place with amazing food, still the Basecamp Hotel and Nordenskiold Lodge were pretty amazing places, so I’m not complaining!
Writing back to tell you that the trip to the Arctic was all that it promised and more. It was a great wild-life sightseeing opportunity and the staff were really good.I had an excellent trip and have thousands of photos to go through.
I had an absolutely fabulous time won the Sergey Vavilov, it is an excellent ship. Sara was indeed right in her recommendation that they would be the most likely to push north into the ice to find the polar bears. We even circumnavigated Spitsbergen which was awesome and not o n the itinerary.It is such a wonderful way to take a trip when you are on your own – so if any of your potential single clients are unsure, definitely recommend it – I didn’t feel alone from the moment I stepped on board. I will be at the Birdfair next weekend and so will catch up with whoever is there – regarding this trip, and potentially my next!
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
We had a wonderful time, even though we didn't do all the places we were supposed to but we all felt were we went instead couldn't beaten. Saw animals I wanted to see. Bit worried what the food was like as some of the ships cooking leaves something to be desired, but food was very good. We thought all the guides were brilliant and informative, friendly and knowledgeable It was far better than we expected and even my husband thoroughly enjoyed it!
I wanted to let you know that I had a wonderful cruise in the Russian Far East. The landscape and destination were inspiring, we had some excellent wildlife sightings (sea otter, grey whale, Steller's sea eagle, snowy owl and Arctic fox were all firsts for me), and the Heritage team were superb. Rough seas forced a few changes to the itinerary but we also had some fabulous weather. All in all, a thrilling travel experience.Thanks once again for all your efforts
I thought you might like to know that this was an excellent holiday. Our guide, Brad, was absolutely wonderful, his enthusiasm and knowledge made the holiday even better. All in all the whole trip was excellent and we saw lots of bears, 24 on the first day. Fewer on the second and third days but still plenty, as well as arctic foxes,silver foxes and snowy owls. Even on the last day near the town we saw a bear on rocks by the beach.

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