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Quick Facts about Russian Arctic & Far East


Russian Arctic territory stretches along 24,140 kilometres of coastline along the Arctic Ocean. It includes the Barents Sea in the west at the border to Norway, to the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk in the far east. Russia’s coastline accounts for 53% of Arctic Ocean coastline and covers the Barents Sea, Kara Sea, Laptev Sea, and East Siberian Sea. 

A number of archipelagos can be found in the Russian Arctic. Among them, there are Novaya Zemlya in the Kara Sea, Severnaya Zemlya in the Laptev Sea, and the New Siberian Islands in the East Siberian Sea. Wrangel Island and tiny Herald Island lie 140 kilometres off the northeast coat of Siberia, which are part of a nature reserve since 1976. To the northeast of the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, Russia’s Franz Josef Land is located just 950 kilometre from the North Pole. Cape Fligely on Rudolf Island is Russia’s closest point to the North Pole, which is only 911 kilometres away.

Russian Arctic and Far East areas are wild, rarely visited and totally isolated. With abundant wildlife and pristine landscapes, these are one of those genuine expeditions you will remember forever!

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Russian Arctic & Far East


  • A true expedition to experience these remote, isolated, and seldom visited islands and archipelagos via small ships

  • Flourishing birds and marine lives you will witness and remember

  • Unparalleled opportunities to see polar bears in large numbers around Wrangel Island, Franz Josef Land etc.

  • Understand the traditions and cultures of indigenous people include Chukchi, Inuit, Even, Koryak, Chuvan and Yukaghir etc

  • Visit a number of historical sites reflecting on past Arctic exploration activities and former Soviet Union's history

Russian Arctic Landing Sites

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