Discover the vast wildness of a region seen by only a handful of bold explorers on an expedition that is possible only due to the extreme ice capabilities of National Geographic Endurance and our ice-master captains. You’ll explore a region covered in ice and impassable almost the entire year on an epic point-to-point journey between Norway and Alaska. Discover remote Siberian shores and far northern archipelagos known to few—including Franz Josef Land, New Siberian Islands, and Wrangel Island. Little has changed here since the days of Nordenskjold, Amundsen, and the intrepid explorers of the last century. Join us as we navigate the wind, waves, and weather, slaloming the lines of longitude in search of the wildlife and wonders hidden within this little-known passage.
Explore Franz Josef Land, just 550 miles from the North Pole and under vast ice sheets for much of the year, to search for polar bears, walrus, arctic seabird colonies, and narwhals
See the stunning glaciated coastline of Novaya Zemlya, where Dutch explorer Willem Barents overwintered in 1596—a region that has yet to be thoroughly explored
Sail under 24 hours of daylight searching for beluga whales and other marine mammals that inhabit the shallow coastal waters bordering the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago
Visit Wrangel Island, a World Heritage site known for the world’s largest population of Pacific walrus and the highest density of ancestral polar bear dens on Earth
Enjoy the world-class amenities and superb dining aboard National Geographic Endurance, whose extreme ice-class rating makes this voyage possible