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The Grandeur of Franz Josef Land

This is your chance to see for yourself the magnificent and grandeur Franz Josef Land. Its nature and landscapes sometime look absolutely alien and fantastic. It can be called a gate to the North Pole, as many expeditions to the North Pole make a stop here.

Franz Josef Land, part of the Russian Arctic National Park, is a nature sanctuary. Polar bears, walrus, endangered bowhead whales, and other Arctic wildlife can be spotted anywhere, anytime in and around the archipelago. Svalbard is a similarly protected wilderness where we find flowering tundra and tidewater glaciers.  In Franz Josef Land we encounter a stark and enigmatic landscape steeped in the drama and heroism of early polar exploration.

At places like Bell Island, Cape Flora, and Cape Tegetthoff we have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Fridtjof Nansen, Frederick George Jackson, Julius von Payer, and other polar explorers.  Rarely visited today yet significant in the history of polar exploration, Franz Josef Land is worthy of its legendary reputation.

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