NORTH POLE CRUISE

Description of the tour

Dates: Jun 17–Jun 30, 2020, Jun 28–Jul 11, 2020

Trip duration: 14 days

NORTH POLE ABOARD NUCLEAR ICEBREAKER «50 YEARS OF VICTORY»

This is your chance to conquer the North Pole and make the fastest trip around the world. You will travel to the North Pole aboard the nuclear-powered icebreaker. You will visit the legendary Franz Josef Land archipelago and get a chance to see polar bears and walruses. Join the special narrow circle of adventurous travelers who have made it to THE TOP OF THE WORLD!

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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 voyage will be 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 adventure a true once-in-a-lifetime experience.

EXPEDITION IN BRIEF:

  • Stand at the Top of the World 90° N
  • The largest, most powerful nuclear icebreaker in the world, 50 Years of Victory
  • Helicopter sightseeing above the Arctic Ocean
  • Possible polar bears, walrus and other Arctic wildlife sightings
  • Optional aerial flight by hot air balloon (weather permitting)
  • Zodiac cruising
  • Franz Josef Land polar history, wildlife and wildflowers
Tour Description:

DAY 1 — Helsinki, Finland

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

DAY 2 — Embarkation Day in Murmansk

From Helsinki, your charter flight will take you 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.

DAY 3 - 6 — Northbound in the Arctic Ocean

Watching Victory crush through the Arctic pack-ice is a sight you’ll never forget, made even more memorable by taking a helicopter flight for a thrilling aerial view of Victory 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’ll 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.

DAY 7 — 90° North

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. Take a Polar Plunge into the icy waters marking the North pole. Add an exclamation to your success by rising high in a hot air balloon to commemorate this great moment (weather dependent).

Day 8 — Southbound in the Arctic Ocean

Now 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.

DAYS 9-10 — Franz Josef Land and the Arctic Ocean

This group of 191 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. When conditions permit, Zodiac trips beneath towering cliffs will explore remote seabird rookeries. Onboard helicopters again provide aerial sightseeing and our Zodiacs transfer you to seldom visited landing sites.

DAYS 11-12 — Southbound at Sea

Enjoy a few moments on deck or reminisce with your shipmates and new friends as you cross the Arctic Ocean back to Murmansk.

DAY 13 — Disembarkation in Murmansk

Returning to Russia’s most northerly city, it will be time to bid farewell to your ship, 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 new found friends.

DAY 14 — Helsinki, Finland

After breakfast, your official journey comes to an end. We do encourage you to spend some extra time exploring Helsinki.

Please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

THIS EXPEDITION INCLUDES:

  • Shipboard accommodation with housekeeping
  • Shipboard breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  • Shore landings included in daily program
  • Group helicopter transfers and sightseeing flights included in the daily program
  • Professional Expedition Leadership
  • All Zodiac excursions and transfers
  • Formal and informal educational presentations by the Expedition Team
  • Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage
  • The loan of a pair of waterproof boots for the duration of the voyage
  • An official parka to keep
  • A selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in each cabin
  • Comprehensive pre-departure package including Arctic Reader and map
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All shipboard luggage handling
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person
  • All Zodiac excursions and transfers included in the daily program

 MANDATORY TRANSFER PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • 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
  • Hotel night in Helsinki and breakfast
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