Kapitan Dranitsyn Ice Breaker
"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.
Qualified chefs prepare varied
international cuisine, and experienced staff attend your needs.
The bar has a large supply of alcoholic and soft drinks.
Having the capacity of
24,000 h.p., the case of
and displacement of
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
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
to observe the work of the crew and to enjoy the views from the
decks. Our stewardesses will clean your cabin daily.
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
The 2007 prices per person for the Expedition
Franz Josef Land are:
– 9,990 USD
Twin – 11,300 USD
Suite – 14,600 USD
Corner Suite – 15,90 USD
to July 12th
July 12th to July 23rd
Itinerary. Useful information.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
“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 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.
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
Baggage transfer between the airport and
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;
All miscellaneous service taxes and port
charges throughout the program.
Passport and visa expenses (if required);
Government arrival and departure taxes
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
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