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SEA EXPEDITION
TO NOVAYA ZEMLYA
MATVEEV AND VAYGACH ISLANDS AND NOVAYA ZEMLYA ONLY 2.5 HOURS BY PLANE AWAY FROM MOSCOW



Duration: 9 days
Group: 7 people
RUSARC Captain
Daniil Gavrilov
''We were the first ones in the world to sail around the North Pole in a single navigation — in 2010. I am one of the best yacht captains in the world, and if you are interested in a complex polar project, most likely I am capable of doing that. But what inspires me most is the chance to show the most unexplored parts of our planet and its wonderful nature to as many people as possible''!
We have seen polar bears, walruses, singing Arctic foxes, reindeer, snowy owls and other northern birds.
We got to know the everyday life of the indigenous people, tried local cuisine and the freshest salmon. We even got to visit true hermits who left the civilized world dozens of years ago.
These wildlife locations are permeated with the Age of Discovery stories: abandoned hunters' trading posts, winter expedition quarters, polar station on Matveev Island, the sacred Vaygach Island.
We know and we love the Arctic as much as our home
We went on 5 exploratory expeditions to Novaya Zemlya archipelago in 2020!
Program of the expedition to Novaya Zemlya
06.06.2022 — 14.06.2022 (2 SPOTS LEFT)

06.06.2023 — 14.06.2023
15.06.2023 — 23.06.2023
24.06.2023 — 02.07.2023
03.07.2023 — 11.07.2023
Day 1. Naryan-Mar. You are welcome above the Arctic Circle!
We'll meet at Naryan-Mar airport and we'll head for an expedition base at the Pechora river delta (that is approximately 3 hours by car or by motorboat). A delicious meal and a Russian sauna will be waiting for you there.
Day 2. Early rise. High-speed motorboats are already there for us!
We'll go to our new home, the legendary PETER I yacht, by high-speed motorboats (around 30 minutes to get there). We'll have a safety briefing and start the expedition.
Day 3. The first anchor hold at Matveev Island
You will see a conservation area, an abandoned meteorological station, ancient Pomor crosses dated to the 16th century, a lighthouse that you'll be able to climb, a walrus rookery… We are very accurate with the animals, we just watch them without trying to bother them, and enjoy our walk. After that we are going to Vaygach Island, a place sacred to the Nenets people.
Day 4. Sacred Vaygach Island
Vaygach is an archipelago, it is surrounded by 111 tiny islands and cliffs. The Nenets name of the island sounds like ''Habidya-ya", meaning ''sacred land''. The legend goes that World Old Man and Old Lady, Vasako and Hadako, lived here. The route goes along the Land's End, a hub on the Pomors' route to the Siberian seas that is sacred for the indigenous people of the North. You will see ancient campsites of the Stone Age, wooden huts, Pomor crosses that they used as guide signs in the Russian territories, hundreds of idols, traces of areas for sacrificial offerings, a dozen of sanctuaries with names that speak for themselves: Fox Stone, Reindeer Stone, Bear Head, Dumbhead Mountain. Every stone here is filled with mystery, deep history and unique atmosphere.

In the morning we'll step ashore and will have a walk in the area of the Seven-Faced Idol. After that we'll sail to the North of the island, check out a walrus rookery and drop the anchor in a cozy bay hidden from all the winds where a true hermit lives. If we are lucky, we'll find him at home!
Day 5. Looking forward to Novaya Zemlya and to meeting polar bears at last!
At first light we'll head North, crossing the famous Kara Strait. In the afternoon we'll reach Rusanovo campsite, check out the buildings that have been preserved there and then visit a number of close islands. Novaya Zemlya is a cluster of islands and deep gulfs, our main adventure there is looking for polar bears.
Day 6. Cruising through Novaya Zemlya rocky islets
We will cruise among islands, gulfs and rocky islets, getting inspired by the Northern nature, looking for polar bears, and enjoying the sites.
Day 7. Tundra islands in the South of Novaya Zemlya
We'll go to the southernmost end of the archipelago. Here, on the Kusova Zemlya Island and Bolshoy and Maly Loginov Islands reindeer, wild geese and swans live far away from people.

Be careful while walking: you might find egg clutches and bird broods right at your feet. In the evening we'll start going back to the river Pechora delta.
Day 8. Sea cruise and festive lunch!
In the afternoon we'll catch a passenger motorboat that will take us to the expedition base not far from Naryan-Mar. We'll have a rest, share our emotions from the trip and spend a night at the base.
Day 9. Getting back to Naryan-Mar
We'll get up early, enjoy a nice breakfast and catch a transfer to the airport. Your expedition to the Polar Region has come to its end, and your life will never be the same again!
Built in Magnitogorsk
RUSARC bought her to set a world record with its expedition to the Arctic; and for this purpose the boat was fully reconstructed.
The world record: she became the first vessel in maritime history to go around the North Pole in a single navigation without any icebreaker assistance.
This steel sailboat, a RUSARC flagman, is ready for the roughest high latitude expeditions.
Legendary Yacht PETER I
PETER I is made of steel and designed for sailing in high latitudes under any weather conditions. She is perfectly fit for comfortable accommodation and is equipped with navigation and life-saving equipment as well as satellite communication, an inverter and a diesel generator. A reliable team made of the captain, a first mate and a cook will be there for you throughout the whole expedition. A landing boat is available for smoother disembarkation.

1992
2009
2010
Yacht Layout
1 - Quadruple cabin
2 - Head
3 - Drying closet
4 - Saloon
5 - Single cabin
6 - Master cabin
7 - Galley
8,9 - Double cabins
1 - Quadruple cabin
2 - Head
3 - Drying closet
4 - Saloon
5 - Single cabin
6 - Master cabin
7 - Galley
8,9 - Double cabins
Getting Ready

Low difficulty level
No age restrictions
Minors must be accompanied by adults

The weather might vary greatly:
from +20ºC in Naryan-Mar
to -5ºC in Novaya Zemlya

What you need to take:
- Warm fleece clothes and thermal underwear
- Several pairs of cotton and thermal socks
- Rubber boots with a warm insert for walking on shore
- Footwear to use on board (crocs)
- Windbreaker jacket, waterproof pants and clothing
- Gloves (better 2 pairs)
- Hat (better 2 hats)
- Sunglasses (with cord — not to let them get flown away by the wind)
- Personal hygiene products, a towel
- Face cream, hand cream, sun protection
- Waterproof cases for photo cameras and other equipment
- Personal medical kit with individual medicine
- Thermos for hot tea

(!) Everything should be packed in soft bags and backpacks
Low difficulty level
No age restrictions
Minors must be accompanied by adults

The weather might vary greatly:
from +20ºC in Naryan-Mar
to -5ºC in Novaya Zemlya

What you need to take:
- Warm fleece clothes and thermal underwear
- Several pairs of cotton and thermal socks
- Rubber boots with a warm insert for walking on shore
- Footwear to use on board (crocs)
- Windbreaker jacket, waterproof pants and clothing
- Gloves (better 2 pairs)
- Hat (better 2 hats)
- Sunglasses (with cord — not to let them get flown away by the wind)
- Personal hygiene products, a towel
- Face cream, hand cream, sun protection
- Waterproof cases for photo cameras and other equipment
- Personal medical kit with individual medicine
- Thermos for hot tea

(!) Everything should be packed in soft bags and backpacks

Price
€4,000
That includes:
· All transfers along the route (to/from Naryan-Mar airport)
· Accommodation
· Three meals per day
· Excursions
· Russian sauna on the first day, at the expedition base
· Permits to national parks and conservation areas
· Fuel duty

That DOES NOT include:
· Tickets to Naryan-Mar from your location and back
· Personal medical insurance
· Souvenirs, other pocket expenses
· Satellite connection


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CONFIRMATION OF YOUR PARTICIPATION
This expedition takes place in the border area of the Russian Federation, so we need to apply for a special permit for each member of the crew.

The permit preparation time:
· for Russian citizens – 30 business days
· for foreign nationals – 45 business days

Please take that into account while choosing the dates of your dream trip!

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