Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
All guests are required to have comprehensive travel insurance coverage. Due to the remoteness of the areas in this itinerary, travelers must have a minimum $50,000 of emergency medical coverage. Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. The shipping company will not be held responsible for delays due to force majeure. Any additional costs accrued will be the responsibility of the traveler. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends that the travel insurance policy covers trip cancellation insurance, trip delay (interruption or after departure coverage), baggage and repatriation. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.
Hot Air Ballooning Option: $295 per person
Pre-booked option for up to 50 guests. Hot air ballooning must be booked at time of reservation. Each tethered hot balloon flight will be about 15 minutes in duration. A certificate will be provided as a memento.
Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; all breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage (Please inform ExpeditionTrips of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.); a complimentary selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages; all shore landings per the daily program; leadership throughout the voyage by experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities; all Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program; formal and informal presentations by Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled; photographic album on DVD, documenting the voyage; a pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; an expedition parka – yours to keep; coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock; hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin; comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; all luggage handling aboard ship; all helicopter transfers and aerial sightseeing according to each day’s program; one night pre- and one night post-expedition hotel accommodation in Helsinki; on embarkation day, a transfer from the group hotel to the Helsinki airport and from the Murmansk airport to the ship; on disembarkation day, a transfer from the ship to the Murmansk airport and from the Helsinki airport to the group hotel; emergency evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person*.
Any airfare (economy seats on the charter flights must be purchased in conjunction with the expedition: $1,690 per person); passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; any beverages that are not in the complimentary selection; any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation; baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance; excess baggage charges; laundry and other personal charges; telecommunications charges; the voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for ship’s crew and Expedition Team members; hot air balloon option ($295 per person); based on weather and other operational considerations, helicopters may be available for private charter flights; when available, the cost of private charter flights will be at the hourly rate to be announced on board; fuel surcharge may apply.
*Emergency Evacuation Insurance:
Emergency evacuation coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $100,000 is included in the cost of this expedition. Included coverage is applicable only to travel between the first and last day of the expedition purchased. Additional days of travel prior to the expedition and/or after the expedition are not covered by the included emergency evacuation insurance. We strongly advise all passengers to purchase medical, cancellation and baggage insurance, and additional emergency evacuation coverage.