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Novaya Zemlya
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Novaya Zemlya

Novaya Zemlya is an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean in northern Russia. It is located off the northern coast of the Kola Peninsula and is separated from the mainland by the Kara Sea. The archipelago is composed of two large islands, Severny and Yuzhny, as well as several smaller islands. The highest point is Mount Karpinsky at 1,569 m (5,146 ft).

Novaya Zemlya was first discovered by Russian explorers in the 16th century. The islands were used as a base for hunting and fishing, and later as a base for whaling. During the Cold War, the islands were used as a nuclear testing site. From 1955 to 1990, the Soviet Union conducted over 100 nuclear tests on the archipelago, including the largest underground detonation ever recorded. This test, known as the Tsar Bomba, was the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated.

In 1993, Novaya Zemlya was designated a nature reserve. Today, the islands are home to a variety of wildlife, including polar bears, reindeer, and walruses. The archipelago is also known for its spectacular scenery, with mountains, glaciers, and tundra.

Novaya Zemlya is one of the most remote and isolated places in Russia. The archipelago is only accessible by boat or plane, and the islands are only inhabited by a few hundred people. Despite its remote location, the islands continue to play an important role in Russia’s history and culture.

Excursion tips for a day in Novaya Zemlya

As a tourist in Novaya Zemlya in Russia, there are many activities to enjoy on a day trip. Here is a list of some of the possibilities:

1. Visit the Beluzsky Nature Reserve, a protected area of pristine Arctic wilderness.

2. Take a boat tour of the White Sea to spot wildlife such as walruses, seals, and whales.

3. Enjoy the stunning views of the Barents Sea from Cape Zhelaniya.

4. Go on a guided hike through the tundra and experience the unique Arctic flora and fauna.

5. Visit the Gremikha nuclear submarine base and learn about the region's history.

6. Explore the picturesque villages of the indigenous Nenets people.

7. Go fishing in the icy waters of the White Sea and catch some of the local fish species.

8. Take a tour of the abandoned settlements of Novaya Zemlya to learn about the area's history.

9. Visit the Matochkin Shar Nature Reserve and observe the local wildlife such as polar bears, reindeer, and Arctic foxes.

10. Go on a kayaking expedition to explore the remote coves and bays of Novaya Zemlya.

Experience Novaya Zemlya with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Novaya Zemlya. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Novaya Zemlya

Novaya Zemlya in Russia experiences a harsh subarctic climate, with long, cold winters and short, cool summers. In the winter, temperatures drop to an average of -20°C and can even reach as low as -50°C. Summers are milder, with temperatures ranging from 3°C to 15°C, but still remain cool. Precipitation is generally low, with most of it falling during the summer months. Snowfall is frequent during the winter months, while the spring and fall months are generally dry.

Cruise weather for Novaya Zemlya

Our weather forecast for Novaya Zemlya helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 23.0 °C
min: 13.6 °C
12.2 m/s
31.7 m/s
38.4 %
24.0 m
68.2 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 23.6 °C
min: 11.9 °C
6.5 m/s
19.4 m/s
49.5 %
23.0 m
72.7 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 24.2 °C
min: 13.2 °C
6.1 m/s
20.2 m/s
72.0 %
23.3 m
77.1 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 25.2 °C
min: 15.4 °C
9.4 m/s
22.7 m/s
93.9 %
24.1 m
79.3 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 22.0 °C
min: 16 °C
11.9 m/s
24.1 m/s
96.5 %
23.3 m
74.6 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 24.2 °C
min: 15.4 °C
10.4 m/s
25.2 m/s
68.1 %
21.9 m
82.9 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 22.4 °C
min: 13.5 °C
9.0 m/s
22.7 m/s
93.9 %
21.9 m
78.9 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 21.8 °C
min: 13.8 °C
14.0 m/s
27.7 m/s
96.1 %
20.1 m
87.5 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 16.8 °C
min: 13.8 °C
13.0 m/s
34.9 m/s
90.5 %
19.7 m
95.7 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 24.1 °C
min: 13.5 °C
19.1 m/s
34.9 m/s
58.3 %
23.9 m
68.2 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 20.9 °C
min: 14.2 °C
15.1 m/s
33.8 m/s
69.9 %
24.1 m
67.7 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 21.7 °C
min: 14.2 °C
15.1 m/s
23.8 m/s
69.1 %
21.6 m
78.2 %
1,008 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 22.2 °C
min: 13.4 °C
9.4 m/s
9.0 m/s
90.8 %
23.4 m
73.1 %
1,009 hPa

Cruises to Novaya Zemlya

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Scheduled ship calls in Novaya Zemlya, Russian Federation
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