Franz Josef Land

Part of the Russian National Park, the archipelago of Franz Josef Land consists of 192 largely glaciated islands


Currently we do not have any Franz Josef Land cruises available.


Franz Josef Land Sites, Species, and Experiences

The archipelago of Franz Josef Land is to Russia what Svalbard is to Norway: Both island groups offer excellent Arctic s

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Franz Josef Land experiences

Franz Josef Land wildlife

Map of Franz Josef Land

Franz Josef Land FAQ

Where is Franz Josef Land located?

Franz Josef Land is located between the islands of Svalbard to the west and the islands of Severnaya Zemlya to the east. A Russian archipelago of 192 islands lying around 81° north, Franz Josef Land is largely glaciated and surrounded by ample se

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What are the weather and temperature like at Franz Josef Land?

We visit Franz Josef Land in the summer, when coastal temperatures range from 0°C (32°F) to 3°C (37°F). Located around 81° north, Franz Josef Land is mostly glaciated and surrounded by a considerable amount of sea ice.

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Where do we go at Franz Josef Land?

We visit sites that represent some of the most scenic, historic, wildlife-rich areas in the Franz Josef Land archipelago: the Russian base Nagurskoye on Alexandra Land Island, the walrus haul-out site at Apollonov Island, Nansen and Johansen’s

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What wildlife can I see in Franz Josef Land?

In Franz Josef Land, you have the chance to see many of the iconic species associated with the Arctic wilderness: polar bears, walruses, harp seals, Greenland whales, Brünnich’s guillemots, and much more. Though we can never guarantee any

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