North Pole: Ultimate Arctic Adventure Cruise

John Weller
Travelers standing next to the North Pole.
Image of the helicopter on the 50 Years of Victory.
Paul Goldstein
Polar Bears
Walk the polar ice at the North Pole
John Weller
The viewing deck of the 50 Years of Victory.
Dale Woods
Discover fascinating facts about the history, geology, and wildlife of the Arctic while on your expedition cruise
Dale Woods
Visit with your fellow travelers over dinner in the casual dining room of the 50 Years of Victory

Highlights

  • Take a helicopter flight for a thrilling aerial view of the unique Arctic
  • Celebrate as your reach the most northern point on earth, the North Pole
  • Search for polar bears hunting seals on the sea ice
  • Explore historic remains from three ill-fated Arctic expeditions

To reach the North Pole is the pinnacle of Arctic expedition endeavors. Few people can say they stood at the one earthly spot where every direction is south. Crushing through the ice, admiring soaring seabirds and visiting Franz Josef Land, your North Pole voyage will be one that you won’t soon forget. The added excitement of helicopter excursions and an optional hot air balloon ride at the top of the world make this Arctic adventure a true once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Day 1

    Arrive Helsinki, Finland

    Your adventure begins with a one-night stay in Helsinki, Finland's capital.

    Day 2

    Embarkation Day|Murmansk, Russia

    From Helsinki, take your charter flight to Murmansk, Russia to join 50 Years of Victory, the world's largest and most powerful icebreaker.

    Days 3-6

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Northbound in the Arctic Ocean

    Watching your expedition ship crush through the Arctic ice pack is a sight you won't soon forget, made even more memorable by taking a helicopter flight for a thrilling aerial view of the ship and expansive Arctic Ocean.

    You can expect the days, and hours, to present variable sailing conditions this far north. The crossing from Murmansk to the North Pole can take us anywhere from 5 to 8 days. This means you have plenty of time to get to know your shipmates, stare out at the horizon, enjoy some drinks at the bar or go for a swim in the ship’s lap pool.

    Day 7

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    90° North|North Pole

    All the anticipation of the prior days reaches a climax as you reach the North Pole! Many travelers find themselves overcome with emotion, while others are in a festive and celebratory mood. Take photos, wave a flag, enjoy your moment! Later, everyone enjoys a champagne toast and a BBQ on the ice. 
    *Add an exclamation to your success by rising high in a hot air balloon to commemorate this great moment (weather dependant).

    Day 8

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Southbound in the Arctic Ocean

    Now you can sit back and relax, everything from here on out is a bonus! Expect more great memories, as you head further south, you may get lucky and spot polar bears hunting for seals.

    Days 9-10

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Franz Josef Land

    This group of 191 islands forms the most northerly archipelago in Eurasia, and lies entirely within the Arctic Circle. Here you’ll explore Cape Flora, and discover historic remains from three ill-fated Arctic expeditions. When conditions permit, Zodiac trips beneath towering cliffs will explore remote seabird rookeries. Onboard helicopters again provide aerial sightseeing and our Zodiacs transfer you to seldom visited landing sites.

    Days 11-12

    • Ship
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    At Sea

    Continue your southbound progress at sea.

    Day 13

    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Disembarkation in Murmansk, Russia

    Returning to Russia's most northerly city, it is time to bid farewell to your ship, 50 years of Victory. Transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Helsinki, Finland, to enjoy one final night with your newfound friends.

    Day 14

    • Breakfast

    Helsinki, Finland

    After breakfast, your official Arctic journey comes to an end. You are encouraged to spend some extra time exploring Helsinki, Tallinn (the capital of Estonia) and St. Petersburg prior to your continued journey home.

     Standard TwinMini-SuiteSuiteVictory SuiteArktika Suite
    2016-Jun-15
    2016-Jun-26
    $26,995$30,995$37,995$40,995$41,995
    Mandatory Transfer/Charter Flight Package: $1,750 per person
    Hot Air Balloon Option: $295 per person
    2017-Jul-09
    2017-Jul-20
    2017-Jul-31
    $27,995$31,995$39,995$42,995$43,995
    Mandatory Transfer/Charter Flight Package: $1,750 per person
    Hot Air Balloon Option: $295 per person
    Single Travelers: OPTIONAL single supplement of 70% for Standard Twins. There is no single supplement for travelers willing to share.

    Important Reminder:
    Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

    *Russian visas are required for tourists of most countries. This voyage requires double-entry Russian visas. See your country’s Russian consulate or embassy for details.

    This itinerary requires a mandatory transfer package:
    -Pre and post expedition hotel night in Helsinki and breakfast
    -Return flight from Helsinki to Murmansk
    -Transfer to and from ship
    -Transfer between the airport and hotel in Helsinki
    -Hotel night in Helsinki and breakfast
    Package cost: $1,750 per person

    Included:
    - Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
    - All meals on board
    - All beverages, including a selection of house wines and spirits
    - All shore landings per the daily program
    - Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader
    - All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
    - Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team
    - All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
    - All luggage handling aboard the ship
    - Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person
    - Russian invitation letter for visa application provided after final payment
    - Group helicopter flightseeing in the daily program

    Excluded:
    -International airfare
    -Helicopter flying time in excess of that offered for the group
    -Passport and applicable visa expenses
    -Government arrival and departure taxes
    -Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
    -Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance
    -Excess baggage charges
    -Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
    -Phone and internet charges
    -Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
    -Additional overnight accommodations
    -Ballooning at the North Pole
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