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
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.

    Embarkation Day

    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

    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

    90 Degrees North

    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! Add an exclamation to your success by rising high in a hot air balloon to commemorate this great moment. Later, everyone enjoys a champagne toast and a BBQ on the ice.

    Day 8

    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

    Franz Josef Land

    This part of the Arctic Ocean is so remote that Franz Josef Land was discovered after Antarctica. It is the most northerly archipelago in Eurasia and lies entirely within the Arctic Circle. Your Arctic tour continues with visits to historic places like Cape Flora on Northbrook Island, home to buildings and ruins from three ill-fated Arctic expeditions. You may see walrus and polar bear on these islands, which you can explore on Zodiac excursions and helicopter sightseeing rides.

    Days 11-12

    At Sea

    Continue your southbound progress at sea.

    Day 13

      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
      Transfer/Charter Flight Package: $1,750
      Hot Air Balloon Option: $295
      2017-Jul-09
      2017-Jul-20
      2017-Jul-31
      $27,995$31,995$39,995$42,995$43,995
      Hot Air Balloon Option: $295
      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.

      This Expedition Includes
      · One night pre- and one night post-expedition hotel accommodation in Helsinki as specified in the itinerary (the number of guests per room is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship. Due to limited availability, travelers who reserve a suite on board are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel.)
      · On embarkation day, a transfer from the group hotel to the Helsinki airport and from the Murmansk airport to the ship.
      · On disembarkation day, a transfer from the ship to the Murmansk airport and from the Helsinki airport to the group hotel.
      · All helicopter aerial sightseeing according to each day’s program.
      · Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping.
      · All breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks on board throughout your voyage.
      · All shore landings per the daily program.
      · Leadership throughout the voyage by your experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities.
      · All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program.
      · Formal and informal presentations by your Expedition Team and Special Guests as scheduled.
      · Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage.
      · A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings.
      · An official parka to keep.
      · Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock.
      · A complimentary selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages.
      · Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin.
      · Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader.
      · All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
      · All luggage handling aboard ship.
      · Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $100,000 per person

      This Expedition Excludes
      · The purchase of transfer package including charter or domestic flights in conjunction with this expedition is mandatory. The transfer package for this departure is US$1,690 per person.
      · Passport and any applicable visa expenses.
      · Government arrival and departure taxes.
      · Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation, when applicable.
      · Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance.
      · Excess baggage charges.
      · Laundry and other personal charges.
      · Telecommunications charges.
      · The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew.
      · On 50 Years of Victory, any private helicopter flying time that may be available for optional flights can be purchased at an hourly rate to be announced on board.
      · Optional Hot Air Ballooning adventure option, must be purchased when booking your Arctic cruise.