Set sail on this unique 17-day Soul of Siberia to Norway cruise on board our boutique ship and discover history and tradition as they combine along Siberia’s mighty Yenisei River. Your unforgettable journey starts with culture and traditions of the Nenets indigenous people as we cruise north past abandoned Russian towns bordering the Kara Sea and the world’s least- visited islands in the Russian High Arctic. As we approach the far-flung Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, keep your eyes and ears open for the sound of icebergs calving from vast glaciers, and watch for extraordinary arctic wildlife and millions of seabirds on the greatest bird cliff in the Barents Sea.

Highlights


• Quickly immerse yourself in Siberian culture by cruising the Yenisei river to the Kara Sea meeting indigenous Nenets

• Learn more about Siberian and Russian High Arctic history from our on-board team of experts

• Explore rarely visited islands in the Russian High Arctic aboard one of our Zodiac excursions

• Discover huge haul-out sites of walrus and vast denning sites for polar bear on Edge and Barents Islands, Svalbard

• Look up at the cliffs for seabirds and discover sea caves and tunnels on Bear Island

Siberia’s largest port, Dudinka is the northernmost stop on Yenisei river cruises. The open-air complex, Taimyr-Mou, promotes indigenous peoples’ culture and includes a ‘chum’ living space made of reindeer skins. A 45,000-year-old woolly Sopkarga mammoth found frozen on the banks of the Yenisei in 2012 is on display in the museum of local history. Tours to the nearby scenic Putorana plateau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, include towering waterfalls, fjord lakes, flat-top mountains and deep canyons.
One of the world’s largest river systems, the mighty Yenisei river is more than 3,400 miles long from Dikson on the Arctic Sea to Mongolia. As we pass through the Taymyr Peninsula, we get to meet Nenets, an indigenous people from northern arctic Russia. Mostly reindeer herders, they move gigantic herds more than 1,000 km from winter pastures south of the Arctic Circle to summer pastures in the north, crossing the Yenisei river as it freezes.
Russia's Arctic capital at 73° North, Dikson is the world’s northernmost mainland town at the entrance to the Yenisei River. With 82 polar nights from December to February, the river ice breaks up from mid-June until October. Separated by a 1.5km strait where walrus and beluga are spotted, the mostly abandoned Dikson island is home to a few polar bears, where lichens, mosses, saxifrages and arctic poppies make up the lush tundra.
As you cruise to your next port of call, spend the day at sea savouring the ship’s facilities and learning about your destination’s many facets from the knowledgeable onboard experts. Listen to an enriching talk, indulge in a relaxing treatment at the spa, work out in the well-equipped gym, enjoy some down- time in your cabin, share travel reminiscences with newly found friends: the options are numerous.
Until recently, Novaya Zemlya was closed, strictly controlled by Russian Armed Forces. The archipelago marks the boundary between an arctic desert landscape and low-lying tundra with lichens, wildflowers and the polar willow. Brünnich’s guillemots and glaucous gulls nest on the ice cliffs of Severny Island where icebergs calve from the glacier’s tongue, and seals and walrus haul out. A former nuclear weapons testing base remains at Cape Zhelaniya, the northeastern most point of Europe.
Days at sea are the perfect chance to relax, unwind and do whatever takes your fancy. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, trying to spot a whale from the deck, reading a chapter or two, or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to the green days spent exploring on land.
Rubini Rock is the largest seabird rookery in Franz Josef Land where flocks of screeching seabirds - Brünnich’s guillemots, kittiwakes, black guillemots, little auks and glaucous gulls - create their nests. Formed from towering cliffs of volcanic columnar basalt, the rock sits in Tikhaya Bay, or Tikhaya Bukhta, where visiting ships weigh anchor. On shore lie the ruins of a Soviet-era research and polar expedition base. Polar bears roam free and the island’s cushiony tundra supports lush vegetation and lichens.
Prince George Island is the largest island in Franz-Josef-Land. Much of the island is under an ice cap with tabular mountains and some ice-free lowlands where only mosses and lichens live on the sparse tundra. Cliff-dwelling birds include little auks, Brünnich's and black guillemots, northern fulmars, black-legged kittiwakes and glaucous gulls. Much of the area was mapped on the Jackson-Harmsworth Expedition (1894-97) in the mistaken belief that Franz Josef Land extended to the North Pole.
The Franz Josef Land archipelago is one of the planet’s last great nature reserves where polar bears, whiskered walrus and bowhead whales can be seen. Only accessible by icebreaker, 1,000 km from the North Pole, Alexandra Land is the gateway to the Russian High Arctic. The remote airstrip at Nagurskoye airbase recently gained notoriety when Russian scientists discovered a secret Nazi military base and weather station said to have stored some of Hitler’s looted gold.
Almost completely covered by the Kvitøyjøkulen ice cap, Kvitøya (White Island) is the easternmost island in Svalbard. Part of the Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve, the ice-free land is barren and rocky. Huge numbers of female Svalbard walrus calve at Kraemerpynten in the east, one of the archipelago’s greatest haul-out sites. It was also here in 1897 that a balloon expedition to the North Pole, led by Salomon August Andree, ended and all three passengers perished at Andréeneset.
One of the three largest islands in Svalbard, separated from Spitsbergen by the icy Hinlopen Strait, Nordaustlandet is mostly covered in ice caps including Austfonna. Part of the Nordaust- Svalbard Nature Reserve, the coasts are made up of rocky beaches and cliffs filled with seabirds. In the north, you may spot polar bears in their denning area and snorting Atlantic walruses hauling out, while Svalbard reindeer roam the cushiony tundra of this polar desert.
The towering cliffs of Alkefjellet - meaning guillemot mountain - on the northeast coast of Spitsbergen overlooking the icy Hinlopen Strait, teem with 60,000 breeding pairs of Brünnich’s guillemots. Our Zodiacs will get up close to this incredible sight where arctic foxes and glaucous gulls hunt for chicks as they hatch. The rocks are an excellent example of doleritic intrusion dating back to the Jurassic or lower cretaceous age, made more spectacular by cascading meltwater waterfalls.
Uninhabited Barentsøya, or Barents Island, lies between Spitsbergen and Edge Island to the south. Part of the Søraust-Svalbard Nature Reserve, barren glacial areas dominate the eastern side of the island, while the west has large flats covered in tundra vegetation where arctic fox skulk around and the once-declining Svalbard reindeer are thriving. Polar bears congregate at denning areas to the south at Freemansundet sound near Kapp Waldburg where a kittiwake colony nests on steep cliffs.
Considered by some as the most beautiful fjord in Spitsbergen, Hornsund is surrounded by spectacular landscape, mountains, glaciers and drift ice (bergs and growlers) due to a unique polar current that also attracts migrating polar bears. The climate creates a high-polar ecosystem drawing scientists to study the concentrated mix of subarctic and high arctic fauna in one small space. Part of the South Spitsbergen National Park, most of Svalbard’s little auks breed here and you can often see Svalbard reindeer.
The greatest bird cliff in the Barents Sea is on Bear Island, or Bjørnøya, Svalbard’s southernmost island. Thousands of breeding seabirds - Atlantic puffin, northern gannet, glaucous gull, great skua, black-legged kittiwake, little auk, common guillemot and Brünnich’s guillemot colonies nest on the steep cliffs south of Sørhamna around Kapp Kolthoff. Only Zodiacs can come alongside, where distinctive sea stack rock columns, impressive sea caves and tunnels, such as Perleporten, have been created by the battering seas.
As you cruise to your next port of call, spend the day at sea savouring the ship’s facilities and learning about your destination’s many facets from the knowledgeable onboard experts. Listen to an enriching talk, indulge in a relaxing treatment at the spa, work out in the well-equipped gym, enjoy some down- time in your cabin, share travel reminiscences with newly found friends: the options are numerous.
Known as the Arctic gateway, Tromso is a remote Norwegian city at 69° north, 250 miles above the Arctic Circle, where you can take in the soft glow of the midnight sun. Make time to attend a midnight concert at Tromso’s distinctive Arctic Cathedral or learn more about early polar explorations at the Polar Museum. Famed for the Northern Lights on winter nights, you can find out more about this natural spectacle at the Science Centre.
Itineraries are subject to change.

Oceanview

$27,639 AUD pp
Oceanview
19 m2 Sleeps 2 Oceanview cabins features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.

Balcony. From

$30,718 AUD pp
Balcony. From
28 m2 Sleeps 2 Features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room, a luxurious ensuite bathroom and your own private 6 sq.m. balcony.

Suite

$40,825 AUD pp
Suite
44 m2 Sleeps 2 Our Suites features a superking bed and separate living room with and a soothing flame-effect fireplace a luxurious ensuite bathroom and a 12 sq.m. private balcony.

Premium Suite

$47,156 AUD pp
Premium Suite
49 m2 Sleeps 2 Our grandest suites features a superking bed and separate living room with and a soothing flame-effect fireplace a luxurious ensuite bathroom, spacious walk in wardrobe and a 12 sq.m private balcony.

Vega

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition / Cruise Ship

Length: 115 metres

Passenger Capacity: 152

Built: 2020-2021-2022

Our brand new ship has been designed to journey to off the beaten path destinations and remote polar regions in style and comfort. The ship incorporates a PC5 ice-strengthened hull combined with extra-large stabilisers to make your journey as smooth as possible.

Sophisticated Elegance. We know how important outdoor space is, so our spacious, relaxing public spaces provide wide open, unobstructed views throughout the ship. The destination will always be in view.

Your Wellbeing. The safety & happiness of our guests is paramount to our 120-strong crew on board as well as our passionate expedition team who'll be serving up thrilling shore excursions and lasting memories.

Cabin Types. Our 76 cabins including 6 suites have all the amenities you will need to feel comfortable including dressing gowns, hairdryers, personal safes and minibars. Our stylish cabins all have desks, a dressing area and comfy seating. En suite bathrooms all feature glass-enclosed rain showers.

Cabin layout for Vega

Inclusions


INCLUSIONS FOR ARCTIC & RUSSIA FAR EAST CRUISES
• One night pre-cruise hotel accommodation with breakfast
• Transfer from the airport to the hotel on the day prior to embarkation
• Transfer from the hotel to the port for embarkation
• Transfer from the port to the airport on return
• Onboard accommodation
• All meals onboard including room service 24 hours a day
• Coffee, tea, soft drinks & select alcoholic beverages 24 hours a day
• Lecture programmes by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
• Shore excursion programme led by our expert expedition team
• Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka
• Use of rubber boots for shore landings
• Basic WIFI inclusion (Premium WIFI available)
• Onboard gratuities & port taxes

INCLUSIONS FOR ANTARCTICA CRUISES
• Return flights: Buenos Aires to Ushuaia or Santiago to Ushuaia
• One night pre-cruise hotel accommodation with breakfast
• Transfer from the airport to the hotel on the day prior to embarkation
• Transfer from the hotel to the port for embarkation
• Transfer from the port to the airport on return
• Onboard accommodation
• All meals onboard including room service 24 hours a day
• Coffee, tea, soft drinks & select alcoholic beverages 24 hours a day
• Lecture programmes by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
• Shore excursion programme led by our expert expedition team
• Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka
• Use of rubber boots for shore landings
• Basic WIFI (Premium WIFI available)
• Onboard gratuities & port taxes

INCLUSIONS FOR REST OF WORLD CRUISES
• One night pre-cruise hotel accommodation with breakfast
• Transfer from the airport to the hotel on the day prior to embarkation
• Transfer from the hotel to the port for embarkation
• Transfer from the port to the airport on return
• Onboard accommodation
• All meals onboard including room service 24 hours a day
• Coffee, tea, soft drinks & select alcoholic beverages 24 hours a day
• Lecture programmes by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
• On shore transfer per port of call
• Basic WIFI inclusion (Premium WIFI available)
• Onboard gratuities & port taxes

Exclusions


• Additional activities such as kayaking, private tours, special arrangements, private Zodiac tours
• Laundry
• Premium wines and spirits
• Purchases in the ship's boutique
• Any spa treatments
• Upgraded WiFi data packages
• Visas where required
• Travel Insurance
• Flights
• Domestic transfers
• Hotel requirements (pre/post cruise) unless otherwise stated in the itinerary description
Vega
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