Summer Arctic Island Adventure Cruise to the Easter Island of the Arctic Ocean. 

A Summertime Arctic Island Vacation Cruise
The Pearls of the Russian Arctic

Icebreaker Expedition
aboard the “Kapitan Dranitsyn

This is a fantastic Arctic Island Cruise Vacation to the Easter Island of the Arctic.  This is the latest discovery in Ancient Artifacts which will you will see on this Arctic Cruise Package.   If you like Cruise travel you will love this adventure cruise.  Look at the pictures on this page and then read about this Arctic Island Cruise Package and then enjoy the adventure cruise of a lifetime.

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1. Introduction
The islands of the Russian Arctic are one of the last places on the Earth that we can call “terra incognita”. The Russian Arctic is little explored, out-of-the-way place, and at moment is almost unknown to the tourists. During the cruise vacation expedition aboard our powerful arctic icebreakers we will have the unique opportunity to become acquainted with the beauties of these islands, most of which were inaccessible for visits until we organized this expeditionary icebreaker cruise!
The Destination-Landing onto Vaigach Island- The Easter Island of the Arctic!!

Day-by-Day Itinerary
As you embark upon this exciting and new Arctic Icebreaker Cruise, 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.
Day 1.
In the morning a charter flight brings us from Helsinki to Murmansk, where we sail from the same day. Today we get acquainted with our vessel. We need to learn about the inner arrangements of the vessel to make it easier to find our way around. Expedition Staff members, helicopter pilots and crew officers will be introduced to us in the Lecture Hall. Instructions on how to use helicopters, Zodiac type boats and rescue facilities are mandatory. Lifeboat Drill is also to follow.
Day 2. At sea. Course to Novaya Zemlya.
Day 3.Our icebreaker will sail along the western coast of the Island Severny of Novaya Zemlya Archipelago. The glacier-coated mountainsides of this island will reveal their beauty to us. Having reached Novaya Zemlya we will land at Inostrantsev Bay by helicopters. This bay juts out vastly into the dry land, setting against the giant outlet glacier with deep cracks. In the company of our lectors we walk around the coastline to observe some wonderful species of the Arctic flora.
Day 4.
At Sea. We are on our way to Vise Island.

The area of this island is only some 50 sq. kilometers, and it is named after the great Russian Oceanologist, Professor Vise. calculated the location of this island having studied the drift-way of the schooner “St.-Anna” in 1912-13. This island has been practically discovered on August 13, 1930, which is exactly 75 years ago.
Day 5.
 We shall land onto Vise Island by helicopters. Our purpose is to visit the real working polar station here. This polar station is one of few working ones left, and it also can be counted the most northern one in the western part of the Russian Arctic, since the polar station on Rudolf
Island has been closed.
Day 6.
At sea. Sailing toward Severnaya Zemlya.  Severnaya Zemlya is the vast Arctic Archipelago, and the Russian Hydrographic Expedition to the Arctic Ocean has discovered it at the beginning of the last century. The area of this archipelago is about 32 000 sq. kilometers, it consists of 5 large islands. We intend to take a closer look at this wonderful Arctic land. It is visited very rarely: the last passenger icebreaker had visited the archipelago in 1998.
Day 7.
We plan to approach the group of islands, belonging to the small Sedov Archipelago, and to land onto the Golomyanny Island by helicopters. Here we shall visit the polar station, which may be called the most remarkable polar station in the Arctic. Two united families of polar explorers live and work here permanently for more than 16 years already. We shall meet them to learn about their life in the Arctic, and will listen to their amazing stories. Polar bears are frequent visitors to the station: sometimes they visit it several times a day. We are planning to visit the most northern museum in the world on Severny Island.
Day 8.
Our itinerary takes us to the Northeast toward the eastern coast of Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago. Our icebreaker will cross the Red Army straight. This straight is a very narrow one, and it is hard for navigation. On our way, we are very likely to see icebergs of various shapes, to enjoy glaciers. Polar bears are very possible here.
Day 9.
The Red Army straight will lead us out and into the Laptev Sea. We sail along the coast of October Revolution Island, which is the largest one of Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago. We plan our next landing to take place onto the Cape Baranova at Bolshevik Island, where the modern polar station “Prima” is located. It has been used for scientific purposes only for a few years, beginning in 1990. It has never been used for tourism purposes it was part of the arrangements for ski tours to the North Pole.
Day 10.
Having landed at “Prima” we shall be sailing toward the South-West to enter Shokalski Straight. In spite of the fact, that this straight is wider, that the Red Army straight, the Captain and the Crew will also perform the art of navigation here: there are a lot of icebergs in the straight, which split from numerous glaciers of the close-by islands. Weather permitting; we shall try to land onto the appropriate tabletop iceberg.
Day 11.
The Kara Sea. Sailing toward the Island Belyi. On the way we might visit the Island of Izvestiy CIK and Vilkitsky Island. There are also polar stations on these islands. The work of the one on Belyi Island has been started again in 2002, and still is incomplete.
Day 12.
Landing onto Belyi Island. There is a working polar station on the island. Way of life of polar explorers it strictly defined by certain principles and rules, common for the Arctic region. Nevertheless, way of life of each polar explorer community boasts certain peculiarities.
Inhabitants of each of the polar stations we visit will be glad to tell us their own unique stories.
Day 13.
At the Kara Sea. Sailing toward Vaigach Island.
Day 14.
Landing onto Vaigach Island-

The Easter Island of the Arctic!!

History and Location.
The most extraordinary destination in the Arctic Ocean!! - Vaigach Island is located to the south of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago right on the 
border of the warm Barents and cold Kara seas. The island is separated from the continent by the narrow winding passage Yugorski
Shar that is usually ice-filled till the mid-summer. This water pass is violently dangerous due to the fast moving icebergs that mercilessly cut wooden sailing vessels to shreds in the 1700th and 1800th Centuries. It has a very mysterious Ancient History considering the fact that no one to this date truly knows who discovered this strange and mysterious island over 1,200 years ago!! And just as mysterious as it’s past, so are its inhabitants of this island, for mysteriously more than 300 years ago, they did also disappear into the history books much in the same manor as did the inhabitants of Easter Island!!
However, the main reason of the island’s being uninhabited was much more serious.
The peculiarity of Vaigach is primarily due to the fact that for many centuries it was the Sacred Island for the Nenets (Nentsy) people. According to their legends their gods’ abode was located here. Deer-herders and hunters annually visited the island to make sacrifices to the mighty deities and to pray for protection from enemies and good luck in hunting.
Even during the 19th century nobody dared to live on Vaigach , and only in the 20th century (during the Soviet times) the permanent residences were found here: the frontier post and the radio station in the Vaigach settlement in the north of the island, and the Varnek settlement in Lyamchina Bay on the south-western shore numbering less than 100 inhabitants. Every summer the Nenets people visited the island to make ritual sacrifices. They had to cross the Yugorsky Strait in the frail boats or just on the sledges with the reindeers. And it is worth
mentioning that crossing that passage was quite complicated due to ice-floes and strong tidal flows even in the mid-summer.
Ancient and Legendary…

Nenets’ Shrine

The Nenets people called the deserted island Hebidya Ya, that means “the Saint Land”. This is where the most ancient of the known Nenets
shrines were situated – the shrines of their main deities. ‘The children and the grandchildren” of those gods have their own shrines in different
parts of the continental tundra – from the White Sea to the Enisey river.
In the sacred sites the nenets mounted huge wooden idols. The most esteemed gods were Vesako (“the Old Man”) and Hodako (“the Old
Woman”). Vesako ‘lived’ in the southern part of Vaigach on the Dyakonova Cape. The idol of Vesako was a high wooden figure with seven
faces, accompanied by the retinue of 400 smaller wooden idols depicting the men, women and children, and also about 20 stone statues.
This was the description of the main shrine on Vaigach made by the first European visitors. The English Captain Steven Barrow arrived on the island in 1556, and the Dutch navigator Willem Barents saw its coast 40 years later. Remarkably, but almost at the same time with Barents another Dutch Seamen – Captain Roggeven discovered the small Easter Island in the Pacific Ocean. Nowadays it is world-known because of the ritual god’s statues installed on its coast. The statues of Easter Island are made of stone, while the statues of Vaigach were wooden. English and Dutch seamen mentioned that the Vaigach idols had blood-stained eyes and mouths, as Nentsy ‘fed’ their gods with the blood of sacrificed deer. The sacred cave was located close to Vesako. The frightful howl was allegedly heard from this cave during the sacrifices. The
idol of Hodako - a stone block resembling a human figure with a pointed head – was mounted in the northern part of Vaigach, at the Bolvansky Nos cape. Hodako was the mother of the Earth and the hunting patroness. Moreover, the shrine of the supreme god Num was in the central part of the island on the Bolshaya Bolvanskaya Mountain. And Neve- Hege (the Gods’ mother) stood close to Him, at the cliff with the deep cleft. The Europeans discovered these two shrines much later, as they were hidden far from the coast, in the area difficult to access. Vesako and Hodako had four sons who went away to different points of tundra.Nyu-Hegu was worshipped near quaint rock in the south of the island, while Minissei was worshipped on one of the Urals` peak that is known now as Konstantinov Kamen, Yalmal was bowed to on a small peninsula of Obskoya bay (it is believed that Yamal peninsula descends from this name). The ultimate sacred place was a Kozmin coppice on Kanin peninsula. Sanctuaries with wooden gods were erected in all the aforementioned places, and sacrifices took place over there.
During the 1930’s Stalin KGB expedition has been working here. We shall observe the remains of the barracks by this expedition, which was after copper and zinc ores. Here we shall also meet local people – the Nentsy.
Day 15.
 Having sailed around Vaigatch Island from the east, our icebreaker will enter the Barents Sea via the straight Yugorsky Shar. Since the ancient times this straight has been used to sail from the Barents Sea into the Kara Sea and vice versa. In 1594 the vessels of Barents Expedition sailed across this straight. Russians and pomors have been using it to get to creeks of Siberian rivers starting from XVI century.
Day 16.
Back to Murmansk. Transfer to airport for a charter flight to Helsinki.
Please note: read this itinerary as a guide only; our exact route and program varies according to weather and ice conditions and the wildlife we encounter.
Kapitan Dranitsyn Ice Breaker
"Kapitan Dranitsyn" is a powerful conventional propelled ice breaker, constructed in1982 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" has49 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.
Superb cuisine
Qualified chefs prepare varied international cuisine, and experienced staff attend your needs. The bar has a large supply of alcoholic and soft drinks.
Technical characteristics
Having the capacity of 24,000 h.p., the case of 45 mm and displacement of 12,288 tons, 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 and crew
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 24 hours, to observe the work of the crew and to enjoy the views from the decks. Our stewardesses will clean your cabin daily.
Unique excursions
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 out by Zodiac boats and helicopters.

This trip seems to have been changed for 2007 and the itinerary and destinations may have changed.  We will be checking on this real soon for a positive verification.






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