Kapitan Dranitsyn Ice Breaker for 2007

"Kapitan Dranitsyn" is a powerful conventional propelled ice breaker, constructed in 1982 at shipyard Wartsila, Finland.  "Kapitan Dranitsyn" is a powerful ice breaker intended for working in the conditions of the  Northern Sea Route and the Baltic Sea. Since 1993 this ice breaker has paved the way to the most remote places on our planet. Within the last few years she was modified and achieved the class as a passenger vessel in addition to all the international certificates. "Kapitan Dranitsyn" has 49 comfortable outside cabins for 100 passengers. All the cabins have: a big bathroom, a desk and two beds. Standard cabin is intended for comfortable accommodation of three people. Public places include spacious drawing rooms, bars, warmed swimming pool, gym and sauna. From the navigation bridge you can see excellent views and the landscapes can be admired from all the decks. The vessel has a library, a lift and a small hospital.

Superb cuisine
Qualified chefs prepare varied international cuisine, and experienced staff attend your needs. The bar has a large supply of alcoholic and soft drinks.

Technical characteristics
Having the capacity of
24,000 h.p., the case of 45 mm and displacement of 12,288 tons, we are capable to subdue the polar water elements without any problems. The ice breaker is equipped with the best satellite navigation system and communication facility, including the convenient phone/fax - Inmarsat.

Expedition staff, officers and crew
Russian captains are the conventional experts at polar expeditions. They will provide you with a safe and unforgettable voyage. The policy of "the open deck" will allow you to attend the navigation bridge practically
24 hours, to observe the work of the crew and to enjoy the views from the decks. Our stewardesses will clean your cabin daily.

Unique excursions
The programs are developed in the way to give to the passengers the maximum information about Arctic regions and the areas we visit. The guides will lead the lectures and reply to all your questions. Landings are carried out by
Zodiac boats and helicopters.

The 2007 prices per person for the Expedition Cruise to Franz Josef Land are:

      Triple     – 9,990 USD
Twin      – 11,300 USD
Suite      – 14,600 USD
Corner Suite – 15,90 USD
2007 Dates:
July 1st to July 12th
July 12th to July 23rd

Itinerary. Useful information.

Tourists should keep in mind that this is a unique expedition to a remote and very little explored part of the globe. Our sample itineraries should therefore be read as a guide only, depending heavily on weather and ice conditions, as well as on other circumstances. Our aspiration is to visit historic sites and to learn the wildlife of these astonishing islands.

 Franz Josef Land is home to Polar bears, walruses, seals and a great variety of Arctic birds. All of them are likely to be seen all over the archipelago, so the following program contains no special reference to Arctic fauna representatives that we expect to watch.
 Day 1
 On arriving in Kirkenes, we will immediately set out to sea. We will be briefed on our vessel’s design and her features. We will also get acquainted with the crew and expedition staff.
 Day 2
 The whole day we are at sea on the way to Franz Josef Land. Our lecturers will deliver reports on the history of the archipelago’s discovery, as well as a series of lectures on the local fauna representatives that we are likely to view in the course of our expedition.
 Day 3
 We expect to reach the archipelago towards evening today. The lecturers continue to instruct those interested in the history and wildlife of the islands. The officers on duty at the navigation bridge keep a constant watch for whales to advise timely the tourists. Weather permitting, our cooks plan to serve a picnic on the open deck. Today we are also to land on the Bell Island for a hike in order to visit the house built by Lee Smith expedition in 1881 that has remained in perfect condition up to now.
 Day 4
 In the morning we are to attempt our landing at Cape Flora on the Nordbrook Island, that was discovered by Lee Smith expedition in 1880. The expedition had to winter on this island after the steam yacht “Aira” had been crushed by ice and sunk in the immediate proximity of the coast.
It was the expedition headed by Jackson (1894-1897) that dwelled here longer than any other one and made a major contribution to the exploration of the archipelago. A whole settlement was built by the expedition; its remains may be seen there nowadays. In 1897 a memorable meeting of Jackson and Nansen took place on the island. Several memorial steles were erected on the island over past decades, to commemorate daring Arctic explorers.
A huge sea birds colony has its home on the cliffs towering over the southern side of the Сape Flora.
Today we are also to reach Tikhaya Bay on the Hooker Island. There is a huge cliff, the famous Rubini Rock in the bay, that is home to thousands of sea birds. We will try to approach the cliff as close as possible, but very cautiously in order to watch kittiwakes and other Arctic birds without disturbing them.
There is a derelict Polar station in the bay. Weather permitting, we will land on its shore by helicopters.
 Day 5
 During the night we will have sailed to Cape Norway on the Jackson Island. In 1895-1986 Nansen and Johansen wintered there over 7 months, after a failed attempt to conquer the North Pole. The remains of their hut and a memorial wooden post may be seen there. 
The place is frequented by polar bears, white whales and narwhals. 
 Day 6
 Today we will touch Stolichky and Appolonov Islands. The main attraction of the islands is walrus rookeries. We will lower our boats and get as close as possible to the rookeries.
 Day 7
 We arrive at Cape Geller on the Vilchek Island.  In 1899 two sailors, members of the Welle expedition wintered there, waiting for the core of the group that was trying to conquer the North Pole.
As everywhere on the Franz Josef Land, we are very likely to view Polar bears and sea mammals. Attracted by unfamiliar smells, the bears come to the very board of the vessel and rising to the hind legs, sniff the air, thus providing a unique possibility of taking pictures of the Lord of the Icy Realm in his habitual environment.
 Day 8
 Today our goal is the Champa Island. It is located in the very center of the archipelago. Its landscape is majestic, being its cliffs and ice-capped mountains the highest on the archipelago. We are to land on Cape Fiume, where remarkable Nature creations are to be found, among them stones of  ideal spherical shape (up to 3 m of diameter). Weather permitting, we will undertake helicopter excursions along island shores, landing on the very top of the glacier.
 Day 9
 We are at the Alger Island. Our goal today is to land at the wintering place of the American Arctic expedition headed by A. Baldwin. If the weather is calm, we will lower Zodiac crafts and dodge among drifting icebergs in order to admire and to take pictures of these majestic giants from the very sea level. Polar bear are frequent visitors to these places.
 Day 10
 “On August, 30, 1873, toward the midday –Julius Payer recalled afterwards – we were standing on the deck, leaning on the ship’s board and staring aimlessly at the mist, that had began to dissipate in some spots. Suddenly the mist dissipated completely in the North-West, and we saw cliffs. In a few minutes we caught an astonishing sight of a majestic mountainous landscape and glaciers, that dazzled us in the sunshine. For a few seconds we stood stunned and couldn’t believe our eyes. Then, overwhelmed by emotions, we burst out crying: “Land! Land!” And we named this unknown land after the Austrian Emperor Franz Josef Land.
The first land seen by the expedition headed by Weyprecht and Payer was the Hall Island. Cape Tegetthof bears the name of the expedition’s vessel. The island sights are very impressive: huge cliffs resembling dorsal fins of gigantic sharks submerge into the depths. The remains of wooden structures built by the Wellman expedition (1989-1899) may be seen there.
To commemorate our arrival at the island on the eve of the 130 anniversary of its discovery a special solemn ceremony will be held on board the vessel.
 Day 11
 The whole day we are at sea, bound for Kirkenes. We get together for our farewell meeting and review our cruise experience. We recall the unforgettable places we have visited and the wonderful wildlife of the islands, animals and birds - dwellers of this astonishing, though severe regions, that we have seen.
 Day 12
 In the morning we arrive to Kirkenes. We disembark and transfer to the local airport for the flight home.
Expedition rates include:
  • Transfers between the airport, ship and airport;
  • Baggage transfer between the airport and the ship;
  • Voyage aboard the vessel "Kapitan Dranitsyn" as indicated in the itinerary;
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by "Zodiacs" and helicopters (as included in planned group excursions);
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and the service of an experienced guide;
  • Four meals a day;
  • Pre-departure materials;
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
Not included:
  • Airfares;
  • Passport and visa expenses (if required);
  • Government arrival and departure taxes (if required);
  • Meals ashore and supplement for single hotel accommodation (if required);
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended);
  • Excess baggage charges; telecommunication services; laundry, bar and beverage charges;
  • Standard tips at the end of the voyage for stewards and other service personal aboard (at your discretion).

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