Arrive Helsinki, FinlandYour adventure begins with a one-night stay in Helsinki, Finland's capital.
Embarkation DayFrom Helsinki, take your charter flight to Murmansk, Russia to join 50 Years of Victory, the world's largest and most powerful icebreaker.
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.
90 Degrees NorthAll 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.
Southbound in the Arctic OceanNow 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.
Franz Josef LandThis 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.
At SeaContinue your southbound progress at sea.
Disembarkation in Murmansk, RussiaReturning 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.
Helsinki, FinlandAfter 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.