The icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov Returns!

By ExpeditionsOnline / 20 January 2019

The icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov Returns!

A Legend Returns... Icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov is back for tourist expeditions in the High Arctic.

As a polar pioneer, the mighty Kapitan Khlebnikov icebreaker has taken adventurers to some of the most inaccessible corners of the globe since 1992, and was the first ship in the world to circumnavigate Antarctica with passengers in 1997. Khlebnikov now returns to tourist expeditions for the first time in several years. In 2016 the ship embarked on an amazing series of four expedition cruises, that combined, make up a complete Circumnavigation of the Arctic.  

Now in 2019 and for 2020 the Kapitan Khlebnikov has a new voyage "Across the Top of the World", sailing the Bering Strait, along the Chukotka coastline and north to remote Wrangel Island - one of the world's hotspots for polar bears. The expedition spends four to five days under the guidance of local Rangers from the Nature Reserve. Untouched by glaciers during the last ice age, this island is a treasure trove of Arctic biodiversity and is known for the multitude of Polar Bears that breed here and as the world's last bastion for mammoths. The island also boasts the world's largest population of Pacific Walrus. Reindeer, Musk Ox and Snow Geese can also be seen. A visit to massive bird cliffs on nearby Herald Island is also planned. 

A true icebreaker!

Khlebnikov was purpose-built in Finland for crushing through strong sea ice, its ice-cutting capabilities vividly depicted in this  new video shown below. Khlebnikov is the only passenger vessel with capacity for on-board helicopters, providing great opportunities for remarkable aerial sightseeing that few people in the world are likely to experience in their lifetime. Refitted as a passenger expedition ship, the ship features 51 cabins, a dining room, a lounge and bar, heated indoor plunge pool, sauna, theatre-style auditorium and Polar Boutique.

 

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