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Swimming Polar Bear, Russian Arctic

Russian Arctic Holidays

Our expertise in putting together trips to Russia and the Arctic is unrivalled.

The Russian Arctic stretches from Murmansk in the west round to Anadyr in the east, encompassing the Barents, Kara and Laptev Seas along with the Bering Straits.

The remote islands and archipelagos such as Wrangel, Herald, Novaya Zemla, Franz Josef Land and Severnaya Zemlya support a stunning array of birds and wildlife. Wrangel Island is the world’s northernmost UNESCO World Heritage Site and has polar bears in such great density that travellers in the Russian Arctic often experience a hundred or more bear sightings on a single trip.

Abandoned ship in Russian Arctic
Russian Arctic, Arctic Ocean

Experts in the Extraordinary

At Steppes Travel, we cut our teeth selling trips to Russia in 1989, then expanding into offering voyages to the Russian Arctic for clients looking for a truly off-piste Arctic experience.This is a land of huge skies, snow-capped mountains, towering bird cliffs, tundra wilderness and trees that you can look down on. Beguiling and bleak – the definition of a truly remote destination.

Pevek, Chukotka, Siberia, Russian Arctic

Cruise the Russian Arctic

Welcome to the “polar bear maternity ward” of the Arctic. An extraordinary expedition cruise to the polar bear habitat of Wrangel Island and the home of the indigenous Chukchi Eskimo people, this is an adventure-filled trip to a little-visited corner of the world. Focusing on exploring dramatic landscapes and uncovering spectacular wildlife, passengers will have the chance to land on remote islands in the company of expert guides for an intimate insight into the region’s ecology.

18 days

from $14,439 pp

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What do you really love doing? We curate your itinerary especially for you.

Visit Franz Josef Land

Travel to incredibly remote Franz Josef Land, inhabited only by military personnel, to find Arctic foxes, walruses and bearded seals.

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Indigenous, Arctic Communities

Visit indigenous groups in their remote villages to experience their culture first hand including Chukchi, Inuit, Yupik and Sami.

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The Geographical North Pole

Visit the very top of the world, the Geographical North Pole, this mystical spot in the ice-covered Arctic Ocean is the axis on which earth rotates.

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Search for Polar Bears

With one of the highest numbers of polar bears anywhere in the world, go in search of bears on Wrangel and Herald Islands.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Sue Grimwood

On Russia’s remote Wrangel Island, Sue has tracked musk ox across the tundra, scanned the horizon for snowy owls, spotted scurrying lemmings, explored some intriguing remnants of the cold war and seen over 100 polar bears

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Sue let me know that Steppes had been arranging voyages to the Russian Arctic since the 1980’s, and their experience was evident. What a trip!

Destination: Russian Arctic
Travel Expert: Sue

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