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Whales and a Wrap Up — Franz Josef Land

Our last day in Franz Josef Land….as we headed back to Alexander Land to clear customs and immigration….three humpback whales cruised along with us. As is typical, we got mainly tails, fins and some blow holes. We also spotted a … Continue reading

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Polar Bears and Walrus

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A Visit from a Russian Icebreaker — Franz Josef Land

Toward the end of our cruise, this 75,000 horsepower, Russian nuclear icebreaker on lease to the company that ran our trip met up with us.  The I/B 50 Years of Victory is making three trips this year to the North … Continue reading

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Russian Arctic #2 – Polar Bears and More!

As I said in the first blog post, I signed on for this trip for several reasons.  First, Franz Josef Land is a group of islands of which I’d never heard.  I was intrigued by the thought of going that … Continue reading

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The Russian Arctic…Franz Josef Land

Franz Josef Land is located at about 80 degrees north latitude close to straight north of St. Petersburg, Russia.   At the northern most island in the archipelago, Rudolf, we were approximately 600 miles from the North Pole at 81 degrees … Continue reading

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Ice Cave and Auroras

This is the entrance to what our guide referred to as “the most beautiful ice cave in Iceland.”  We didn’t see any other so we don’t have a comparison but it was pretty spectacular.  To get to it, we had … Continue reading

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The Ice Beach and Lagoon

On the east coast of Iceland is Jokulsarlon Glacier lagoon and beach.  We spent three nights near this place and made multiple trips there at sunrise, sunset and one night to try and capture the northern lights. The ocean washes … Continue reading

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