Journey on the world's most powerful icebreaker

North Pole Ultimate Arctic: 50 Years of Victory

Russian Arctic North Pole

To reach the North Pole is the pinnacle of Arctic expedition endeavours. 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!

  • Top of the World 90° N
  • Nuclear-powered icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory
  • Optional aerial sightseeing by hot air balloon
  • Zodiac cruising
  • Franz Josef Land wildlife and wildflowers
Your icebreaker ship, 50 Years of Victory, will take you to a part of the world more commonly associated with fairy tales and folklore – the North Pole! Crushing through multi-year pack ice, the journey can take as long as a week, which only helps to heighten the level of excitement. Celebrate with champagne upon your arrival and soar high above the entire Earth on an optional hot air balloon ride. Join us on this amazing voyage to 90°N aboard 50 Years of Victory.
 
 

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Nov 23 2017
 
THE best holiday I have ever had it in my entire life (and I've travelled widely.) Travel arrangements went smoothly; the ship was fabulous - terrific accommodation, phenomenal quality food available umpteen times a day; excellent speakers on board covering a wide range of subjects; astonishing opportunity to see the Arctic for real; helicopter trips above the ice-breaking ship were spectacular; dinghy trips to various Franz Josef Islands interesting; reaching the actual pole at 90 degrees north truly, magically special; spending a day on polar ice after reaching 90 degrees north great fun; seeing polar bears phenomenal.

I travelled alone and met so many diverse and interesting passengers on board. It truly was a magical experience from start to finish.

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Be one of only the very few people to have stood at the Top of the World!

Overview

To reach the North Pole is the pinnacle of Arctic expedition endeavours. 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.
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. Days 3 to 6 — Northbound in the Arctic Ocean Watching the ship crush through the Arctic ice pack is a sight you’ll never 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’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 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 to 12 — 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 Day 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 newfound friends. Day 14 — Helsinki, Finland After breakfast, your journey comes to an end. We do encourage you to spend some extra 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.

ICEBREAKER: 50 YEARS OF VICTORY

Icebreaker 50 Years of Victory North Pole

Twenty years in the making, 50 Years of Victory is the first Arktika-class icebreaker to have a spoon-shaped bow, capable of breaking through ice up to 2.5 metres (9.2 feet) thick! This is the world’s largest, most-powerful nuclear icebreaker. Complete with a helicopter for shore excursions, Victory is a ship unlike any other, with the ability to go where other ships cannot. Onboard you hardly feel a thing. Absolutely unforgettable is the sound of mammoth slabs of ice colliding with the hull! An onboard helicopter extends the vessels ability to reach ice-locked, remote Arctic islands en route from the North Pole.

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Included
  • 1 night pre & post expedition hotel accommodation in Helsinki, Finland
  • Day 2 group transfer from Helsinki hotel to airport
  • Day 2 group transfer from Murmansk airport to ship
  • 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.
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock.
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in each cabin.
  • Group transfer from the ship to the Murmansk airport.
  • Group transfer from Helsinki airport to the hotel.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure package including a meticulously researched 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 $100,000 per person.
  • All Zodiac excursions and transfers included in the daily program
  • Complimentary wine, beer, liquor and soft drinks at the bar and with meals
Excluded
  • Airfare to and from your hometown
  • Charter flights Helsinki/Murmask/Helsinki $1750
  • Helicopter flying time in excess of that offered for the group.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Meals ashore, other than the breakfasts included with the hotel accommodation.
  • Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance.
  • Excess baggage charges. Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges.
  • Shipboard and land telecommunication fees.
  • Voyage-end gratuities for Crew, Hospitality and Expedition Team members
Deposits Reservations require a deposit of 20% at the time you receive a booking confirmation from Expeditions Online. A payment link will be sent to you and this may be paid by major credit card or you may pay by wire transfer in your selected currency, USD, EUR, GBP, AUD or SEK. Bookings within 120 days of departure require full payment. Final Payments Balances are due 120 days prior to departure. Cancellations All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Cancellations received 180 days or more prior to departure, are refunded less a fee of US$ 1250, AU$1600, £830, €1100 per person. If cancellation is received between 179 days and 120 days, the full deposit is forfeited. If cancellation occurs less than 120 days prior to departure, all payments are forfeited. If full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and any unpaid balance is due immediately. We strongly recommend that you obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance. Booking Terms Please read carefully the General Booking Conditions for Expeditions Online. This voyage is operated by Quark Expeditions and you additionally travel under their terms and conditions as the operator as well as of the Shipping Company/transport carrier. Details will be forwarded to you at the time of booking.
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