Arrive in Helsinki, FinlandFollowing your arrival in Helsinki and transfer to your hotel, you are greeted by your ship representative in the lobby.
Fly to Murmansk, Russia / EmbarkAfter a transfer from your hotel, board a chartered plane for the short two hour flight to Murmansk. There, board 50 Years of Victory, the most powerful icebreaker in the world. From here, depart Murmansk and start your journey north via Kola Bay.
The Barents SeaWhile continuing your journey north across the Barents Sea, you are introduced to the safety instructions which have been put in place to ensure your complete protection both aboard the ship and during your High Arctic Expedition. You also have the opportunity to become familiar with the ship and learn all about its unique icebreaking capabilities and how ice fields are negotiated. One of the highlights of this day is a tour of the amazing engine room. All this and more are on the day’s agenda.
Voyage to the North Pole
As exciting as reaching the North Pole will be, the three days voyage there leaves you feeling equally energized. Adrenaline and awe await as you go up on deck and witness first-hand the sheer power of our ship as it battles its way through the mighty ice fields that separate you from your arrival at the top of the world. No less inspiring are the views and panoramas of the astonishing Arctic landscape.
Off-deck adventure also awaits you on your way north. Time, weather and/or ice conditions permitting, you may experience breathtaking helicopter rides over the icebreaker as it plows its way through the ice. For those wishing to take some time away from their new-found sea legs, a walk on the ice pack might do the trick.
The North Pole
Seven is more than just a lucky number; it’s the day we expect to reach the North Pole. With heart-pounding anticipation, your ship is slowly maneuvered into position at exactly 90◦ N. Welcome to the Geographical North Pole!
But this is only the start of your adventure. Disembarking from the ship, experience the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of standing on the top of the world. To celebrate this victory, join hands with your fellow passengers while everyone literally walks around the world during our special International Round Dance.
Topping off the day is a signature North Pole barbecue and - for the more daring and adventurous - a plunge into the Arctic Ocean.
The Islands of the Russian Arctic
During the many years that your ship has been operating in the Russian Arctic, the capable crew have gained a truly unique experience exploring the many Arctic lands in this region, one of the most remote in the world. It is truly the crew's pleasure to share it and their love for these vast lands with you. 24 hours of daylight gives you numerous opportunities to explore the islands of the Russian Arctic during zodiac excursions and helicopter sightseeing rides.
Given favorable weather and ice conditions, exploration of the Franz Josef Land archipelago is in the offering. Consisting of about 190 islands, most of which are reminiscent of moon craters, Franz Josef Land is home to polar bears, walruses and many species of Arctic birds.
The Barents Sea / Disembark in Murmansk, Russia
During the three day journey back to Murmansk, you have ample opportunity to relive your Arctic adventure by sharing your favorite memories of all that has befallen you while on this voyage. And if you didn’t do so before, then take some time to enjoy the facilities and amenities that have been provided for your onboard comfort - a game of volleyball, a visit to the gym, a dip in the pool and a sauna followed by a massage. Or simply relax in the ship’s lounge, bar, or library.
After disembarking in Murmansk, transfer to Helsinki where you spend a last evening in the Finnish capital.
Helsinki, Finland / DepartFollowing breakfast, depart for the airport and your journey home. Mission accomplished!