Akademik Vavilov

  • Intimate viewing of Arctic wildlife, icebergs and more
  • Kayaking and camping options ramp up the adventure quotient
  • 2 fully enclosed lifeboats for safety in all conditions
  • Unmatched stability and superior speed means efficient time at sea
  • Onboard gym, two saunas and library allow you to relax between shore visits
  • Comfortable, friendly atmopshere: just 107 guests

Built in Finland in the late 1980s for the Russian Academy of Science, Akademik Sergey Vavilov's original mission was to perform sensitive hydro-acoustic ocean research. As such, she is exceptionally quick, quiet and stable. Vavilov is recognized as one of the finest exepedition ships to ever sail the polar seas, and we're delighted to offer you a berth on this exceptional vessel.

This ship is exceptionally manoeuvrable and quick. The observation lounge and bar on the top deck is a comfortable place to meet and mingle. External stabilizers and a built-in trimming system provide exceptional stability. Akademik Sergey Vavilov has an ice-strengthened hull and a cruising speed in open water of 14.5 knots


Cabins and amenities

  • All cabins have exterior views.
  • One dining room with unreserved seating.
  • Lounge and bar, open in the afternoon until late evening.
  • Library with a collection of polar-themed books.
  • Ship-to-shore communications via satellite.
  • Clinic with licensed doctor.
  • Exercise room, sauna and plunge pool.
  • One elevator between decks 1 and 5.

Ship Specification

  • Staff & Crew: 53
  • Guests: 107
  • Length: 117 meters
  • Breadth: 18.2 meters
  • Draft: 6.0 meters
  • Propulsion: Diesl Twin Engines 6,700 horsepower
  • Ice Class: L1
  • Cruising Speed: 13 knots in open water
  • Registered: Russia
  • Lifeboats: 2 fully enclosed


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who has been many times to the Polar Regions

for the last 20 years


Christine and John Donnelly

Dear Zelfa, 

First of all, we also wish you a very happy New Year and we want to thank you so much for organising our trip to Antarctica. 

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Rob & Christine

Exhausted but very happy.  Antarctica was just super fantastic.

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Ravipal Singh

Hi Zelfa, I'm back home in Los Angeles after an incredible nine weeks in South America. 

I had an absolutely fantastic time in Antarctica. The people aboard, expedition staff, Clipper staff, Clipper ship itself, the food, wildlife, Vernadsky, weather, crossing the Antarctic Circle were all absolutely magnificent.

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E-mail: antartida@antartida.com.br

Phone Brasil: + 55.51. 3334.5479

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