Dominated by glaciers and polar desert, the hard-to-reach archipelago, located off Siberia's Taymyr Peninsula in the Kara Sea, was discovered in 1913 and remained virtually unexplored until it was charted in the early 1930s.
Severnaya Zemlya, which means "Northern Land," comprises four major islands (October Revolution, Bolshevik, Komsomolets, and Pioneer) and approximately 70 smaller islands that together cover 37,000 square kilometres.
Quark Expeditions' 22-day voyages onboard Ocean Adventurer depart in July 2020 and July 2021.
In addition to exploring Severnaya Zemlya, guests on this expedition will visit glaciated Novaya Zemlya, where the earliest Arctic explorers overwintered, explore Franz Josef Land and discover rarely-visited islands of the icy Kara Sea.
A shorter 16 day trip to explore Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya is also offered.
Russian High Arctic
‘Exploring the Russian High Arctic can be a challenge—but it's a challenge that Quark Expeditions is uniquely equipped to meet,’ says Ed Bonner, VP of Product, Quark Expeditions.
In September 2019, Quark Expeditions undertook a reconnaissance voyage to explore Severnaya Zemlya and the surrounding region and lay the groundwork for the upcoming expeditions. ‘We sent four experienced expedition team members on a 30-day voyage with Captain Nicolay Litau, one of Russia's foremost polar explorers, on the expedition yacht Apostol Andrey, to scout out the best landing sites and the unique landmarks that we hope will maximize our guests' experience in this magical land.’
Two Russian specialists - Victor Boyarsky head of the Polar Commission of the Russian Geographical Society and scientist Victor Serov - will join the voyages and share their first-hand expertise.