June - July
Standing at the top of the Earth, a glass of champagne in hand – and everywhere you look is south. This 14-day voyage takes place aboard 50 Years of Victory, the world’s most powerful nuclear icebreaker. Crush through multiyear Arctic ice, sightsee by helicopter on the lookout for iconic wildlife, or take a tethered hot-air balloon ride at 90º N, weather permitting.
- Stand at the top of the world at 90°N
- 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)
- Cruise in a zodiac
- Visit Franz Josef Land historical sites, wildlife and wildflowers
Mandatory Transfer package 1995 USD per person.
Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
Payment Terms & Conditions
To guarantee your reservation we require an initial deposit. * Initial deposit NON-REFUNDABLE.
EXPEDITION INCLUDES • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings • Official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board • Beer and wine with dinner • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock • Gratuities for hotel and expedition staff • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin • All shore landings per the daily program • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Team • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled • All luggage handling aboard the ship • Group helicopter flightseeing as part of the daily program • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of $500,000USD per person • Russian invitation letter for visa application provided after final payment
THIS EXPEDITION EXCLUDES • Mandatory transfer package* • International airfare • Passport and visa expenses • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above • Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended • Transfer from hotel to airport on final day • Excess-baggage fees on international flights • Additional overnight accommodations • Helicopter flying time in excess of that offered for the group • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified • Phone and Internet charges • Hot air ballooning at the North Pole
*MANDATORY TRANSFER PACKAGE INCLUDES
• One night’s pre- and post-expedition hotel accommodation in Helsinki with breakfast
• Round-trip flights from Helsinki to Murmansk
• Transfers to and from the ship
• Transfers between the airport and hotel in Helsinki
PACKAGE COST: $1,995 per person.
FOR SHORE LANDINGS:
Base layers (wool, synthetic or a blend)
Mid-layer warm/fleece top
Mid-layer warm/fleece pant
Wool and synthetic socks (3 to 4 pairs)
Neck warmer or balaclava
Warm hat that covers ears
Sunglasses with UV protection
Waterproof, lightweight backpack or dry sack
Swimsuit (for the polar plunge!)
Camera with extra batteries
Extra memory cards
Earplugs (in case of noisy cabinmates)
Eye masks for sleeping
Seasickness, indigestion, headache or other medicine
FOR ON BOARD:
Comfortable casual clothing (pants/jeans, shirts, sweaters)
Lighter shirts (in case the ship gets warm)
Comfortable non-slip close-toed unheeled shoes
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, 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 to 6 — Northbound in the Arctic Ocean
Being on board 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 us anywhere from four to six days depending on the ice conditions. This means you’ll have plenty of time to get to know your shipmates and be treated to lectures and discussions by our Expedition Team while looking out for birdlife. There are also many wonderful amenities on board, such as the ship’s lap pool or basketball court.
Day 7 — 90° North
The anticipation reaches a climax as you arrive at the North Pole! Many travelers 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 you enjoy your moment at the top! Later, everyone will celebrate with a champagne toast and a barbecue on the ice. If the opportunity allows, you have the option of taking a polar plunge into the icy waters around the North Pole. We’ll also attempt to launch passengers high above the Pole in our hot air balloon to commemorate this great moment (this is highly weather dependent).
Day 8 — Southbound in the Arctic Ocean
On our return voyage you can sit back and relax. As you head farther south you may get lucky and spot polar bears hunting for seals.
Days 9 and 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, we’ll launch the Zodiacs and cruise beneath towering cliffs to explore remote seabird colonies. The 50 Years of Victory helicopter will provide aerial sightseeing, and our Zodiacs will transfer you to seldom-visited landing sites.
Days 11 and 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 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 official Quark Expeditions journey comes to an end. We do encourage you to spend some extra time exploring Helsinki, Tallinn (the capital of Estonia) and Saint Petersburg.
Embarkation Day in Murmansk
Northbound in the Artic Ocean
Southbound in the Artic Ocean.
Franz Joseph Land and the Artic Ocean
Southbound at the sea
Disembarkation in Murmansk