North Pole Icebreaker Cruise


  • Break through ice on your journey to the Geographical North Pole, 90◦ N
  • Walk around the world during the International Round Dance
  • Experience astonishing helicopter rides of the scenic Arctic landscape
  • Explore the islands & wildlife of Franz Josef Land during zodiac excursions

Sail for the legendary North Pole on this exciting 14-day Arctic voyage aboard the nuclear icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory. Explore the High Arctic from many angles: view the moving icebreaker from air on a helicopter ride, feel the thick pack ice under your boots while walking, and observe bears, birds, and walruses as you sail.

Day 1

Arrive in Murmansk, Russia

Welcome to the city of Murmansk on Russia’s Kola Peninsula, the starting point of your adventure. Upon your arrival at the airport, a transfer is provided to your hotel, which has been pre- arranged and is included in the price of the voyage.

Day 2

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Embarkation in Murmansk

Today a group transfer is provided to the port where you are welcomed aboard the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Years of Victory. Explore the ship and get oriented as the ship slips its moorings and sails north out of Kola Bay.

Days 3-6

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners

The Voyage North

Nowhere can it be more truly said that “getting there is half the fun”. As you cruise northward through the Barents Sea there is always the possibility of seeing whales. Meanwhile, you have the opportunity to learn about the unique icebreaking capabilities of the ship. You are also treated to a tour of the engine room.

As you make your way across the ice cap, witness firsthand the ship’s awesome power as massive ice blocks give way under the enormous bulk of the spoon-shaped bow. The sensation of being on deck at this time is surreal and unforgettable.

Take advantage of 24-hour daylight to enjoy a helicopter flightseeing tour. From the air you can observe the ship crushing a path through the ice. You also have a unique vantage point from which to witness the stunning beauty of this vast polar icescape.

Day 7

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The North Pole

Welcome to the geographic North Pole! After carefully navigating to 90 degrees North, ceremoniously drop the anchor on a sturdy stretch of ice and disembark onto the frozen sea.

Now is the time to experience the long-anticipated thrill of standing at the top of the world. Join hands with your fellow passengers and literally walk around the world during the special International Round Dance. You are also treated to a barbeque meal on the ice. You may even have the chance to take a plunge into the icy water!

After your memorable time at the North Pole the ship turns around and heads south. But the adventure is not over yet. The High Arctic archipelago of Franz Josef Land is still to come!

Days 8-10

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners

Exploration of Franz Josef Land

The Franz Josef Land archipelago, part of the Russian Arctic National Park since 2012, is a nature sanctuary. Polar bears and other quintessential High Arctic wildlife, such as walruses and some rare whale species, can be spotted anytime, anywhere in and around Franz Josef Land. Scree slopes and cliffs around the islands host enormous nesting colonies of migratory seabirds such as guillemots, dovekies, and ivory gulls. Take advantage of 24-hour daylight to exploit every opportunity for wildlife viewing and excursions via Zodiac and helicopter.

Franz Josef Land is home to some interesting geological features, such as the mysterious stone spheres on Champ Island. Collectors of geographical extremes may take note that Cape Fligely on Rudolf Island is the northernmost point of land in the Eastern Hemisphere. Franz Josef Land also offers visitors the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of famous polar explorers at well-preserved historical sites. The journals of explorers such as Julius von Payer, Benjamin Leigh Smith, Frederick George Jackson, and Fridtjof Nansen come alive at Cape Norway, Cape Flora, Eira Harbour, and Cape Tegetthoff. Memorials, monuments, crosses, and the remains of dwellings are testimony to incredible historical events that are further illuminated by expert lecturers.

Tikhaya Bukhta is currently a Russian Arctic National Park ranger station occupying Soviet-era research buildings and was also a major base for polar expeditions. Nearby, the fascinating columnar basalt cliffs of Rubini Rock are home to thousands of nesting seabirds.

Days 11-12

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

The Voyage South

After your amazing time in Franz Josef Land cross back south through the bountiful waters of the Barents Sea. Presentations and workshops by expert staff ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. You may also take advantage of onboard facilities and amenities such as a polar library, volleyball court, gym, two saunas, warm seawater pool, gift shop, and massage treatments. Seabird viewing and whale sightings can be enjoyed from panoramic open decks as well as exterior stateroom windows.

Day 13

  • Breakfast

Disembark in Murmansk, Russia | Fly to Moscow

After breakfast on board say farewell in Murmansk. A transfer is provided to the airport or to the city center, depending on the time of your flight to Moscow. Tonight in Moscow a hotel has been pre-arranged for you. This is included in the price of the voyage.

Day 14

  • Breakfast

Moscow, Russia | Return Home

Following breakfast, depart for the airport and your journey home, or extend your stay in Moscow. Mission accomplished!

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2016 : Jul 10; Aug 1
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Discounts are subject to availability, so contact us for more details.
Travel Insurance:
All passengers are covered by a medical travel insurance policy to the value of 100,000 EURO which includes medical emergency evacuation and reparation for the cruise portion of the tour only. Additional insurance is strongly recommended.

Solo Travelers:
All rates posted are per person based on double occupancy. Solo travelers can obtain the Twin Standard Cabin for 1.7 the posted rate. All additional categories can be reserved at twice the posted fare.

PLEASE NOTE: This itinerary should be considered as a guide only, as it is heavily dependent on both weather and ice conditions.

Included Features:
• 1 night pre-cruise hotel accommodation in Murmansk, Russia, with breakfast
• 1 night post-cruise hotel accommodation in Moscow, Russia, with breakfast
• Transfer from airport to the hotel in Murmansk 1 day prior to departure
• Transfer from hotel to the port in Murmansk on embarkation day
• Transfer from the port to the airport or central location in Murmansk upon disembarkation
• Shipboard accommodation with housekeeping
• Shipboard breakfasts, lunches and dinners
• Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
• All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by helicopter
• All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by zodiacs
• Shore landings included in daily program
• Program of lectures and informal discussions by experienced Expedition Team and guest lecturers
• Professional Expedition Leadership
• An expedition parka to keep
• Waterproof boots for the duration of the cruise
• Hair dryer and bathrobes in each cabin
• Informative pre-departure materials
• Expedition log with picture album on DVD
• All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
• All shipboard luggage handling
• Personalized medical insurance covering the risks of evacuation and repatriation. Coverage: 100,000 EUR. Duration: cruise days only. This is only for passengers under 85 years old. Passengers over 85 years old are to purchase their own insurance policy with coverage not less than 100,000 EUR
• Letter of Invitation. This document should be presented to the Russian Consulate in your area in order to obtain a Russian Visa. Please, contact the Russian Consulate to learn more about the procedure for obtaining a Russian Visa. Do not hesitate to contact us if any questions arise or if you have any difficulties in visa processing.

Not included:
• Airfare to and from Murmansk
• Helicopter flying time in excess of that offered for the group
• Passport and visa expenses (if required); A RUSSIAN VISA IS REQUIRED FOR THE TRIP. THE VISA MUST BE OBTAINED BY THE CUSTOMER AND IS AT HIS OR HER EXPENSE. Please, contact your local Russian Consulate to learn more about the procedure for obtaining a Russian Visa. PLEASE, NOTE: FOR CERTAIN NATIONALITIES SCHENGEN VISA IS REQUIRED
• State arrival and departure taxes (if levied)
• Meals ashore and supplements in respect of single hotel accommodation (if required)
• Excess luggage charges on international and local flights
• Telecommunication services; laundry, bar and beverage charges aboard the vessel;
• Luggage, cancellation insurance (strongly recommended);
• Tips for stewards and other service personnel aboard (at your discretion).
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