This incredible north pole cruise starts in Murmansk, Russia. There you embark the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Years of Victory for a roundtrip voyage to the geographic North Pole. Anticipation heightens as the mighty ship takes us smashing through the frozen Arctic Ocean toward our goal. You literally circumambulate the globe during our International Round Dance and you are treated to a special barbecue meal on the ice. You may even have the chance to take a plunge into the icy water. No other point on Earth is exactly like the North Pole and there is no celebration anywhere quite like this.
This extraordinary Franz Josef Land cruise is as unique and authentic as the place itself. Starting in Longyearbyen in the Norwegian territory of Svalbard, the Sea Spirit cruise ship crosses the icy, wildlife-rich Barents Sea to the Russian High Arctic. This remote wilderness is home to a variety of wildlife, including polar bears. In the surrounding icy waters it is possible to spot seals, walruses, and the elusive bowhead whale. The archipelago also hosts an abundance of nesting Arctic seabirds such as the rare ivory gull.
Often called the ancient heart of Russia, the enchanting Golden Ring of old fortified cities is where time has seemingly stood still for centuries. This Golden Ring Russia tour will unfold the history of the region and send you time travelling. Admire Russian ancient wooden houses, UNESCO-listed monasteries and onion-domed cathedrals on a tour of eight Golden Ring towns: Vladimir, Suzdal, Plyos, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Rostov-Veliky, Pereyaslavl-Zalessky and Sergiev Posad.
It’s a one-day holiday, celebrated annually in Salekhard and Aksarka, Yamal-Nenets region in the Russian Arctic. For the indigenous nomadic Nenets people, Reindeer Herders festival Day is a major event, which offers a chance to meet with friends, to compete in contests of physical skill and a variety of other competitions, as well as to share their unique culture with the world, which has remained unchanged through the centuries until the present day. On this tour you not only will witness the Reindeer Herders’ Festival in Yamal but also will stay with Nenet family far away from the city to fully immerse in the nomadic way of life. READ MORE
140km off the northeast coast of Siberia, Wrangel Island is separated from northern Alaska by the Chukchi Sea. For 10 frozen months of the year, this lonely wilderness is completely cut off from the outside world.
Reaching Wrangel and braving its polar climate is not for the faint of heart. Only the most dedicated nature lovers make the journey – but the rewards are without equal. There is simply no better destination than to meet the wild denizens of the Arctic up-close, virtually undisturbed by human interference, and in numbers that will simply astound you.
On this mesmerising and romantic River Cruise from Moscow to St Petersburg, you’ll take in the sights, sounds and history of Russia’s heartland from the comfort of a modern cruise vessel. Heading north after a two-day tour of the must-see sites of Moscow, you’ll experience the contrast between life in a heaving megacity and the languid pace of the gorgeous Russian countryside. Traversing the Volga with port calls in the timeless townships of Russia’s ancient Golden Ring, the cruise finishes is the glittering far northern metropolis of St Petersburg, one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
About 56th Parallel
56th Parallel is a travel company specialising in providing packaged tours and travel services in Russia.
Our goal is to redefine travel to Russia, focusing on creating the most rewarding experiences, which help travellers unfolds the soul of this exciting destination.