Marine expedition to the islands Matveev, Vaygach and
Novaya Zemlya on the legendary yacht Peter I

NOVAYA ZEMLYA




August 08 - 16, 2024

Russian Arctic

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For those who have always been fond of travelling to remote parts of our planet, who have read novels about mariners and discoverers, who live with the dream of the endless sea and long voyages. - This marine expedition to the Russian Arctic is for you!

We will go to remote protected places in the footsteps of great geographical explorers, get acquainted with the life of indigenous peoples, and enjoy the untouched nature and the amazing natural world of Novaya Zemlya: walruses, singing ice foxes, reindeer, snowy owls, endless shoals of northern birds and, of course, the owners of the Arctic - polar bears.

We will see the island of Vaigach, sacred for the Nenets, visit Matveyev Island, famous for one of the world's largest walrus rookeries, and sail to the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, located far beyond the polar circle.

The cruise is conducted on the legendary expeditionary sailing yacht of Peter I, the 2010's world record holder (the trailblazing around the North Pole under sail for one single navigation).

For those who have always been fond of travelling to remote parts of our planet, who have read novels about mariners and discoverers, who live with the dream of the endless sea and long voyages. - This marine expedition to the Russian Arctic is for you!
We will go to remote protected places in the footsteps of great geographical explorers, get acquainted with the life of indigenous peoples, and enjoy the untouched nature and the amazing natural world of Novaya Zemlya: walruses, singing ice foxes, reindeer, snowy owls, endless shoals of northern birds and, of course, the owners of the Arctic - polar bears.
We will see the island of Vaigach, sacred for the Nenets, visit Matveyev Island, famous for one of the world's largest walrus rookeries, and sail to the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, located far beyond the polar circle.
The cruise is conducted under the command of the captain and team leader Daniil Gavrilov, the world record holder (the trailblazing around the North Pole under sail for one single navigation), on the legendary expeditionary sailing yacht of Peter I, also a participant of that famous 2010's record.

SCHEDULE AND COST:

Dates::
August 08 - 16, 2024

Duration: 9 days / 8 nights

Number of participants: 1 – 7

Cost per person:
- 279 000 rubles to any quantity of participants

Early booking discount: 10% (valid until March 8, 2024)

Everything is included (except for flight and medical insurance).

Estimated cost of the flight to Naryan-Mar: 19,000 - 25,000 rubles.


TRAVEL PROGRAM:

Day 1. August 08, 2024 (Thursday). Naryan-Mar*
Departure to Naryan-Mar *. We meet at the airport of the city of Naryan-Mar and check-in on the the flagship of the RUSARC fleet - the Peter I yacht.
During the day, you can go on a excursion program or spend time at your choice. In the evening we will have a welcome dinner from the chief and after complying with all the formalities at the border control, we go along the Pechora River. At the safety briefing, the crew will talk about the rules of conduct on the ship during the expedition.

* Recommended flight :
- with UTair UT-333, departure from Moscow at 9:10, arrival in Naryan-Mar on the same day at 11:45 am or another flight arriving no later than 16:00.


Meals: dinner
Accommodation: Peter I yacht


Day 2. August 09, 2024 (Friday). Pechora Sea

We will spend in the Pechora Sea the second day of the expedition. We distribute watch duties - participation is optional, and get acquanted to the boat.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Peter I yacht


Day 3-4. August 10-11, 2024 (Saturday, Sunday). Matveev Island and the mysterious island of Vaigach

Anchoring at the first point of our landing - the bay of Matveev Island. On the small island, we will see an old lighthouse that you can climb, ancient Pomor crosses, which served as a means of polar navigation and one of the largest in the region rwalrus rookery, where dozens of these terrible, but lovely Arctic residents peacefully rest on the shore or frolic in the water nearby. Walruses may seem good-natured, fearful and clumsy, but do not forget that it is a wild animal in its territory. We're watching from a safe distance.
After Matveev Island we move further, towards Vaigach Island, which is an archipelago. There will be many landings and the first of them - in the bay of Lyamchina, on the shore of which stands the house of old nenets Andrei Volko. Andrei has been living here for many years as a hermit and "looks after" Semilikiy Idol.
It is the only "sacred island" of the indigenous peoples of the North where people have built sanctuaries to worship their deities, because according to old beliefs, it was the spirits who helped to survive the harsh Arctic conditions. In such sanctuaries wooden ritual statues - idols - were placed , which were sacrificed. One of these sacred Nenets symbols, the Semilikiy Idol, was installed on the Bolshoy Cinkoviy island, where we will go.
One of the most beautiful places of our landing is the canyon of the Talata River. It is amazing how a place with such a deep, rocky gorge on an island with a fairly calm relief can exist.
Depending on the weather and time, we will also visit the "Pakhtusov" bay, where there another hermit - Vasily lives and the peninsula Lyamchin, where you can also observe the walrus.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Peter I yacht


Day 5-6. August 12-13, 2024 (Monday, Tuesday). Kara Gate Strait- Novaya Zemlya

It's time to go in search of the white bears. Our first landing is the Rusanov peninsula. From a distance, it may seem that Novaya Zemlya is an inhospitable, rugged shore, above which hangs a rainy grey sky. But if you come closer and step on this earth, the true beauty of the Arctic Circle will be revealed. Soft tundra mosses and lichens, pure streams, stone terraces and ledges, delicate aroma of northern flowers.
During the day, we land in the Rusanovo settlement - a factory, whose inhabitants were engaged in the fishing of beluga, seals, walruses, the collection of gaga down. Several buildings and boats remain on the shore.
We slowly ply the bays and skerries, carefully winding the shoreline with binoculars in search of moving white fur ball. We make some more landings on the southern tip of the archipelago, in an abundance of northern animals: deer, wild birds. Walk carefully - literally under your feet can be clutches of eggs and brood of chicks.
In the evening, we go back to the mouth of the Pechora river.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Peter I yacht



Day 7- 8. August 14 - 15, 2024 (Wednesday - Thursday). Return to Naryan-Mar

The way back is not close, and we will spend it in the sea. On arrival in Naryan-Mar - a traditional farewell dinner by ship. It is time to share your experiences about a journey that will not let you go for a long time and will forever be remembered as something beautiful.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Peter I yacht


Day 9. August 16, 2024 (Friday). Return home

We get up early in the morning, have a delicious breakfast and leave with a transfer to the airport*.
The expedition to the Arctic has come to an end, and now your life will never be the same again!

* Recommended flight UTair UT ‑ 334, departure from Naryan-Mar at 12:45, arrival in Moscow at 15:30 or another flight with departure no later than 15:00

Meals: breakfast
Accommodation: no

Legendary yacht Peter I

Steel expedition sailing yacht - the flagship of the RUSARC fleet

The yacht Peter I is made of steel and is designed to sail in high latitudes in all weather conditions. It is fully equipped for a comfortable stay of guests, equipped with navigation and rescue equipment, satellite communications, an inverter and a diesel generator.

All expeditions are attended by a reliable crew consisting of a captain, first mate and cook. A crew boat is provided for landings.


Cost includes:

· All transfers along the route (from / to Naryan-Mar airport)
· Accommodation
· 3 meals a day
· Excursions according to the program
· Permits to visit national parks and protected areas
· Fuel surcharge



Cost excludes (to be additionally paid):

· Flights to Naryan-Mar and back
· Personal health insurance
· Souvenirs, other pocket expenses
· Satellite connection
· Russian visa



To take with:

- Warm fleece and thermal underwear
- Cotton and thermal socks (several pairs)
- Rubber boots with a warm inner insert for walking along the shore
- Shoes for walking inside the yacht (crocs)
- Wind jacket, pants and things made of water-repellent materials (waterproof)
- Gloves (better 2 pairs)
- Hat (better 2, one extra)
- Sunglasses (with a rope so as not to be carried away into the sea)
- Personal hygiene items, towel
- Hand cream, face cream, sunscreen
- Waterproof cases for photographic equipment
- Personal first aid kit with individual medicines
- Thermos for hot tea

(!) Things must be packed in soft bags and backpacks

The authors of the pictures on this page:

© ️ Olga Bavykina
© ️ Dmitry Kokh
© ️ Stas Zakharov
© ️ Natalia Pestova

    KEY FEATURES:
    Tour to Novaya Zemlya
    Novaya Zemlya, Russia


    Best season: July - August


    Reserved places in the footsteps of great geographical explorers: hunting trading posts, wintering grounds for expeditions, the polar station on Matveev Island, the sacred island Vaygach.

    Untouched nature and amazing natural world of the remote archipelago of the Arctic: polar bears, walruses, singing foxes, reindeers, snowy owls and other northern birds.

    The romance of long voyages and arctic adventures in the command of a reliable crew of experienced sailors.

    Cruise on a comfortable steel expeditionary sailing yacht Peter I, designed to sail in high latitudes in all weather conditions.

    The yacht is known for a world record: it became the first ship in the history of world navigation to circumnavigate the North Pole in one navigation and without the help of an icebreaker.

    Acquaintance with the life of indigenous peoples.

    Local cuisine and freshest salmon.
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