Silversea to chart the Northeast Passage

Silver Explorer will traverse 5,019 nautical miles of dramatic seascapes and untamed wilderness Silver Explorer will traverse 5,019 nautical miles of dramatic seascapes and untamed wilderness

Silversea Expeditions plans its first crossing of the Northeast Passage, a remote and spectacular route above the Arctic Circle.

The all-suite Silver Explorer will traverse 5,019 nautical miles of dramatic seascapes and untamed wilderness on a 25-day voyage. On August 10, 2019, the ice-class expedition ship will embark in Nome, Alaska, bound for Tromsø, Norway.

'In this special anniversary year, which marks Silversea's decade of ultra-luxury expedition cruising, we're particularly thrilled to announce our inaugural crossing of the Northeast Passage,' said Conrad Combrink, Silversea's SVP strategic development for expeditions and experiences.

Polar bears and walruses, fjords and glaciers

One of Silversea's most ambitious expeditions to date, the journey will encompass the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wrangel Island, where polar bears and walruses roam and migratory birds nest; Champ Island, known for the large, mysterious stone spheres that dot its otherworldly landscape; Tikhaya Bay's Rubini Rock, with its stunning basalt columns; and the archipelago of Severnaya Zemlya, famous for its impressive fjords and majestic glaciers.

The ship will also spend a day navigating as far north as possible, in the direction of the Ice Edge, in search of seals, walruses and polar bears on ice floes. History buffs will be intrigued by a visit to Murmansk, the last city founded by the Russian Empire. Quaint coastal villages like Chukotka's Uelen, populated by the Chukchi and Yupik people, will offer immersion in rare cultural experiences.

A cool $37,260

Double-occupancy fares start at $37,260 per person.

Posted 17 July 2018

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