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North Pole: Ultimate Arctic Adventure

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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 is 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-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Helsinki, Finland
Day 2 : Murmansk, Russia | Embark
Days 3-6 : Barents Sea
Day 7 : 90° North | North Pole
Day 8 : Southbound in the Arctic Ocean
Days 9-10 : Franz Josef Land
Days 11-12 : Southbound at Sea
Day 13 : Murmansk, Russia | Disembark | Helsinki, Finland
Day 14 : Helsinki, Finland

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

Ship

50 Years of Victory

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Travelers standing next to the North Pole. Image of the helicopter on the 50 Years of Victory. Polar Bears Walk the polar ice at the North Pole The viewing deck of the 50 Years of Victory.

Day 1 Arrive Helsinki, Finland

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

Day 2 Murmansk, Russia | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
From Helsinki, take your charter flight to Murmansk, Russia to join 50 Years of Victory, the world's largest and most powerful icebreaker.

Day 3-6 Barents Sea

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Set the course for the North Pole. Please note that sailing conditions on the Arctic Ocean are changeable, so the crossing from Murmansk to the North Pole can take anywhere from 5 to 8 days. Watching Victory crush through the Arctic ice pack is a sight you never forget. Join naturalists and other experts in the lecture room for presentations on the wildlife, geology, history and other aspects of the Arctic. There are also briefings on the proper use of the helicopter and conservation guidelines for visiting this remote corner of the world. In between, do not miss the opportunity to watch for abundant Arctic seabirds and whales as you sail north.

Enter the polar ice pack and continue north through a wonderful kaleidoscope of ice, snow and water. It is impossible not to marvel as the 50 years of Victory surges forward through thick ice, leaving huge blocks in its wake. Resident experts continue their outstanding slide-illustrated presentations on all aspects of the Far North and keep watch for a wealth of Arctic wildlife along the way. The ship’s open bridge policy enablesyou to watch navigation and icebreaking operations around the clock. Ice reconnaissance flights, together with ice charts received via satellite, help your experienced captain and officers guide the 50 years of Victory steadily northwards. There are even opportunities to board the helicopter for fantastic aerial views of the ship crashing its way towards the pole – and to land briefly on the ice. Also plan to stop the ship temporarily, put down the gangway, and invite everyone down for an invigorating walkabout.

Day 7 90° North | North Pole

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. If the opportunity allows, you have the option of taking a polar plunge into the icy waters around the North Pole. *Add an exclamation to your success by rising high in a hot air balloon to commemorate this great moment (weather dependant).

Day 8 Southbound in the Arctic Ocean

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Mission accomplished, begin your adventurous journey south. The exact route depends on local conditions. This is another opportunity to enjoy the power of the icebreaker and the spectacular and ever-changing scenery. Look out for Arctic wildlife and, in particular, your chances of encountering polar bears on the return journey are good. Join naturalists and other experts in the lecture room for more presentations on the wildlife, geology, history and other aspects of this magnificent wilderness – and take the opportunity to visit the ship’s control center and engine room.

Day 9-10 Franz Josef Land

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Enter a remote world of dense pack ice, towering volcanic mountains, icebergs, and glaciers at Franz Josef Land. The most northerly point in Russia, this archipelago of 191 islands stretches 375 kilometers (233 miles) from west to east and 234 kilometers (145 miles) from north to south. Undiscovered until 1873, it is still relatively unexplored. Here explore Cape Flora, and discover historic remains from three ill-fated Arctic expeditions. When conditions permit, Zodiac trips beneath towering cliffs explore remote seabird rookeries.

It is the most northerly archipelago in Eurasia and lies entirely within the Arctic Circle. Here visit 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 bears on these islands, which you can explore on Zodiac excursions.

Day 11-12 Southbound at Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Enjoy your time on deck or reminisce with your shipmates and new friends as you cross the Arctic Ocean back to Murmansk. Expedition staff is on hand to answer any remaining questions and point out wildlife during the return journey.

Day 13 Murmansk, Russia | Disembark | Helsinki, Finland

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 Helsinki, Finland

  • 1 Breakfast
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.

50 Years of Victory

Helsinki

Per person starting at
$27,995
Standard Cabin.
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Standard Twin
• Averaging 149 sw. ft. • 1 twin bed,1 sofa bed • Private facilities, with shower, toilet and wash basin • TV and DVD player
Mini Suite.
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Mini-Suite
• Averaging 225 sq. ft. • 1 twin bed,1 sofa bed • Private facilities, with shower, toilet and wash basin • Refrigerator, TV and DVD player
Standard Suite.
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Suite
• Averaging 268 sq. ft. • 1 double bed, 1 sofa bed • Private facilities, with shower, toilet and wash basin • Refrigerator, TV and DVD player
50 Years of Victory's Victory Suite.
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Victory Suite
• Averaging 303 sq. ft. • 1 double bed, 1 sofa bed • Private facilities, with shower, toilet and wash basin • Refrigerator, TV and DVD player
50 Years of Victory's Arktika Suite.
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Arktika Suite
• Averaging 350 sq. ft. • 1 double bed, 1 sofa bed • Private facilities, with shower, toilet and wash basin • Safe, refrigerator, TV and DVD player

Notes

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
2017- Package cost: $1,750 per person
2018- Package cost: $1,895 per person

Your cruise fare includes:
  • 11 nights on board 50 Years of Victory
  • All meals on board the ship
  • Complimentary wine, beer, liquor and soft drinks at the bar and with meals
  • All shore excursions and activities by Zodiacs and helicopters
  • Landing fees and port taxes
  • An experienced Expedition Leader and a team of knowledgeable naturalist guides
  • Comprehensive pre-deparure package
  • An extensive lecture program
  • Special expedition parka to keep and loan of a pair of waterproof boots
  • Photographical journal on DVD
  • Transfers and baggage handling between hotels, airports and ship for those traveling on group flights
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person
Rates do not include:
  • Mandatory transfer package*
  • Airfare to and from your hometown
  • Airport tax and arrival/departure taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • The customary gratuity to the ship’s crew
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Supplement for single hotel accommodations
  • Meals ashore, other than the breakfasts included with the hotel accommodation
  • Helicopter flying time in excess of that offered for the group

Included

  • 13 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 13 Dinners
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