North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure
Your icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory, will take you to a part of the world more commonly associated with fairy tales and folklore - the North Pole. Few have ever reached 90 Degrees North - the ultimate travel goal that has stirred the hearts and minds of explorers and adventurers alike. Departing from Murmansk, Russia, your journey to the extreme north will be just as exciting as standing at the very top of the world. Imagine being aboard the most powerful nuclear icebreaker on the planet as it crushes through thick, multiyear pack ice.
Take in even more spectacular sights from a thrilling helicopter tour over the icy Arctic Ocean. Then, swinging by Franz Josef Land on the way home, visit amazing historical sites, always on the lookout for the astonishing wildlife that call this fragile place home. The Arctic has been inspiring explorers for centuries, and these expeditions offer the chance for you to discover why.
Highlights include: Stand at the top of the world at 90 Degrees North; experience the largest, most powerful nuclear icebreaker in the world, 50 Years of Victory; enjoy helicopter sightseeing above the Arctic Ocean; possibly view polar bears, walrus and other arctic wildlife; take advantage of optional tethered flight by hot air balloon (weather permitting); and see Franz Josef Land historical sites, wildlife and wildflowers.
Your Ship - 50 Years of Victory: Join the select few who have tripped to the North Pole on this polar-class, nuclear-powered icebreaker. Authentic in the true sense of the word, the 50 Years of Victory is one of the most powerful icebreakers in the world, a pure workhorse, keeping shipping routes free of ice the rest of the year. Creature comforts are many. All cabins have exterior views, private facilities, TVs and DVD players. There's a gym, a basketball court, two saunas and a small plunge pool, not to mention a polar library and a fully stocked bar. The on-board helicopter offers up absolutely mind-blowing aerial sightseeing.
Day 1: Helsinki, Finland Your arctic adventure begins in Helsinki, renowned for its extraordinary architecture, design scene and intriguing mix of eastern and western influences. If you arrive early, explore the many museums, galleries and restaurants, relax at a Finnish sauna or wander the vibrant Design District before retiring at your included hotel.
Day 2: Embarkation Day in Murmansk, Russia From Helsinki, you'll join your fellow passengers on the charter flight to Murmansk, Russia, where you'll embark on your voyage to the North Pole and get acquainted with 50 Years of Victory, the world's largest and most powerful icebreaker.
Days 3 - 6: Northbound in the Arctic Ocean Being onboard Victory and feeling the icebreaker as it crushes through the Arctic pack ice is an experience you'll never forget. Just as memorable is boarding the ship's helicopter for a thrilling aerial view over the ship and the expansive Arctic Ocean. You can expect variable sailing conditions this far north. The crossing from Murmansk to the North Pole can take anywhere from four to six days depending on ice conditions. This means you'll have plenty of time to get to know your shipmates, and be treated to lectures and discussions by the expedition team while keeping a lookout for bird life. There are also many wonderful amenities onboard, such as the ship's saltwater plunge pool or basketball court.
Day 7: 90° North The anticipation reaches a climax as you reach the North Pole! Many travellers find themselves overcome with emotion, while others are in a festive and celebratory mood. Take photos, call your family, wave a flag - just be sure to enjoy your moment at the top! Later, everyone will celebrate with a 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. An attempt will also be made to launch passengers high above the pole in a hot air balloon to commemorate this great moment (highly weather dependent).
Day 8: Southbound in the Arctic Ocean On the return voyage you can sit back and relax. As you head further south, you may get lucky and spot polar bears hunting for seals.
Days 9 & 10: Franz Josef Land and the Arctic Ocean This group of 192 islands forms the most northerly archipelago in Eurasia and lies entirely within the Arctic Circle. Here you'll explore Cape Flora and discover historic remains from three ill-fated arctic expeditions. You may also have the chance, if conditions allow, to explore remote seabird colonies while Zodiac cruising beneath towering cliffs, or enjoy another breathtaking aerial sightseeing tour aboard the Victory helicopter.
Days 11 & 12: Southbound at Sea Enjoy your time on deck or reminisce with your shipmates and new friends as you cross the Arctic Ocean back to Murmansk. Expedition staff will be on hand to answer any remaining questions and point out wildlife during the return journey.
Day 13: Disembarkation Day in Murmansk Returning to Russia's most northerly city, it will be time to bid farewell to 50 Years of Victory. You'll be transferred to the airport for your charter flight to Helsinki, Finland, to enjoy one final night with your newfound friends.
Day 14: Helsinki, Finland After breakfast, your official Quark Expeditions journey comes to an end. You may wish to spend time exploring Helsinki, Tallinn (the capital of Estonia) and St Petersburg.
Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy and excitement of expedition travel. When travelling 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.
• Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board • Beer and house wine during dinner • All shore landings per the daily programme • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily programme • Formal and informal presentations by an Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled • Photographic journal documenting the expedition • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings • Official Quark Expeditions parka to keep • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock • Complimentary reusable water bottle • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin • Comprehensive onboard materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme • All luggage handling aboard the ship • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person • Russian invitation letter for visa application provided after final payment
Mandatory Transfer Package Includes: • One night's pre-expedition airport hotel accommodation in Helsinki • Charter flight from Helsinki to Murmansk • Transfers to and from the ship • Charter flight from Murmansk to Helsinki • One night's post-expedition airport hotel accommodation in Helsinki
Pricing (per person) $USD
15, 26 Jun
2022 15, 26 Jun
Booking conditions • Please enquire for other cabin categories and 2023 pricing
• Baggage allowance on charter flight is 20 kg checked and 5 kg carry-on
• Single cabin prices available on request
• Please enquire for other cabin categories and 2023 pricing • Baggage allowance on charter flight is 20 kg checked and 5 kg carry-on • Single cabin prices available on request
Not included • International airfare
• Arrival and departure transfers in Oslo
• Passport and visa expenses
• Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
• Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
• Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance - strongly recommended
• Excess-baggage fees on international flights
• Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
• Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
• Phone and Internet charges
• Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
• Arrival and departure transfers in Helsinki
• Hot air ballooning at the North Pole
• International airfare • Arrival and departure transfers in Oslo • Passport and visa expenses • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified • Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance - strongly recommended • Excess-baggage fees on international flights • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified • Phone and Internet charges • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew • Arrival and departure transfers in Helsinki • Hot air ballooning at the North Pole
Gratuity • Gratuities are voluntary and can be given at the end of your cruise
• We recommend that you budget US$10 to US$15 per person per day, if you are pleased with the service on board
• Gratuities are voluntary and can be given at the end of your cruise • We recommend that you budget US$10 to US$15 per person per day, if you are pleased with the service on board