Akademik Ioffe

The Akademik Ioffe was designed as a scientific research vessel, built in Finland in 1989 for the Russian Academy of Science. Manoeuvrable, fast, stable and with little ambient engine noise she makes for an excellent expedition vessel.

The Akademik Ioffe is a comfortable 100 passenger ship with a range of cabins, from those with shared facilities through to spacious suites. Social areas include a dedicated lecture room, lounge, bar and library. The bridge is open to passengers and a great place to watch for wildlife as are the multi-level outside deck areas. A mud room is available to store wellingtons and water-proofs, which are included on loan to all passengers. A fleet of 10 zodiacs are used for off ship excursions.

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