The World sails the White Sea

"The World" stayed in Kirkenes one day before leaving for Russia.

The world’s largest residential yacht «MS The World» on Sunday left Kirkenes for a two weeks long journey to the White Sea and Russian Arctic National Park.


The ship has 165 apartments and studios—all owned by the ship’s residents. The residents live on board as the ship travels the globe—staying in most ports from 2 to 5 days. Some residents live on board full time while others visit periodically throughout the year.

For the next two weeks the passengers will have the chance to get to know the rich culture of the White Sea and the remote landscapes of the Russian Arctic.

The aim of the journey to Russia is to “provide its residents with extraordinary experiences that satiate their thirst for infinite enrichment and knowledge”, the vessel’s web site reads.

“The World” will access remote locations in the Russian Arctic. The vessel has an unknown number of Zodiac boats that allow the ship’s passengers to explore stops on this journey that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to reach. 

One of the special places the passengers of “the World” will get the chance to visit is Anzerskiy, one of the most sacred islands of the Solovki archipelago. The island is normally closed for outsiders, and only monks are allowed to stay there.

The program for the journey also includes a visit to the Solovetsky Monastery, a visit to a “Pomor” village on the Chapoma River which the ship owners claim “has never received westerners”, polar bear spotting on Novaya Zemlya and bird spotting in the Russian Arctic National Park.

The passengers will be lead on this White Sea Expedition by a team of 12 experts that will provide hands-on experience and insight into the region’s rich history, culture, geography and eco-systems.

In 2012 “The World” sailed from Nome, Alaska, to Nuuk, Greenland, thus becoming the largest passenger vessel to transit the Northwest Passage