Since the very early days of maritime history, seafarers have looked for a shorter route from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. The Dutchman Willem Barents made three attempts between 1594-1596, but made it only as far Karasea and died on the return journey. Danish-born Vitus Bering also made an attempt, but did not get farther from Kamchatka than to the strait which now bears his name.
Only in 1878 was the Finnish-Swedish geologist, Adolf Erik Nordenskiƶld, able to make the first complete crossing of the Northeast Passage from west to east on his Vega expedition.

The Nordic Bulk Carriers voyage across the Arctic thus opens another chapter in the proud tradition of Nordic navigation. This expedition once again emphasizes the strength, quality and long history of the Nordic maritime traditions.

The trip across the Arctic is a challenging task that requires great experience and navigational
skills. In cooperation with Russian authorities, the expedition helps build critical expertise in navigating these demanding waters.

We are extremely proud to be the first to use this historic sea route for commercial purposes.