Quark Expeditions, the leader in polar adventure, recently announced the addition of a new Russian icebreaker, Kapitan Dranitsyn, to the company’s fleet. Built in Finland in 1980 and upgraded in 1999, this vessel is a powerful icebreaker designed for reaching the most remote and raw Arctic landscapes. The Kapitan Dranitsyn is virtually identical to her sister ship, the famous Kapitan Khlebnikov, which will retire as a passenger vessel in March 2012.
In addition, Quark has announced two unique itineraries aboard the ship. Discovered less than 150 years ago, the foreboding landscapes of Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya are only accessible to independent travelers by icebreaker. Dotted with relics from famous expeditions of the past, the archipelago is home to the walrus, polar bear, seals, Arctic Fox, Beluga Whale, seabird nesting areas, and the elusive narwhal.
The new itineraries offer exclusive access to the traditionally inaccessible regions of Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya. The experience is coupled with briefings on the history, geography, and wildlife of the region. The rugged Arctic beauty can be enjoyed through Zodiac landings, helicopter rides, and on deck sightings of Polar wildlife in its natural habitat.
- Franz Josef Land – Itinerary takes place July 17-29, 2012 and is priced from $12,995.
- Franz Josef Land & Novaya Zemlya – Itinerary takes place July 27-August 10, 2012 and is priced from $15,995.
For more information, contact Sunstone Tours & Cruises at 1-888-815-5428 or visit www.sunstonetours.com .