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.

2017 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

2018 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

Highlights


• 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 adventure begins with a one-night stay in Helsinki, Finland’s capital
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 St. Petersburg.
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.

Twin Standard

$ 27995 USD pp
Twin Standard
1 lower berth 1 sofa bed, private facilities with a shower, TV set and DVD player, opening windows

Mini Suite

$ 31995 USD pp
Mini Suite
Sitting area with sofa bed, sleeping bed separated from the sitting area, private facilities with a shower, TV set and DVD player, opening windows.

Suite

$ 39995 USD pp
Suite
Bedroom and sitting area, sofa bed in sitting room, private facilities with a bathtub or shower, refrigerator, TV set and DVD player, coffee maker, opening windows.

Victory Suite

$ 42995 USD pp
Victory Suite
Large bedroom and sitting room, sofa bed in sitting room, private facilities with a bathtub, refrigerator, TV set and DVD player, coffee maker, opening windows.

Arktika Suite

$ 43995 USD pp
Arktika Suite
Very spacious bedroom and sitting room, sofa bed in sitting room, private facilities with a bathtub, refrigerator, TV set and DVD player, coffee maker.

Twin Single Occupancy

$ 47952 USD pp
1 lower berth, 1 sofa bed, private facilities with a shower, TV set and DVD player, opening windows

Twin Standard

$ 28695 USD pp
Twin Standard
1 lower berth 1 sofa bed, private facilities with a shower, TV set and DVD player, opening windows

Mini Suite

$ 32795 USD pp
Mini Suite
Sitting area with sofa bed, sleeping bed separated from the sitting area, private facilities with a shower, TV set and DVD player, opening windows.

Suite

$ 40995 USD pp
Suite
Bedroom and sitting area, sofa bed in sitting room, private facilities with a bathtub or shower, refrigerator, TV set and DVD player, coffee maker, opening windows.

Victory Suite

$ 44095 USD pp
Victory Suite
Large bedroom and sitting room, sofa bed in sitting room, private facilities with a bathtub, refrigerator, TV set and DVD player, coffee maker, opening windows.

Arktika Suite

$ 45095 USD pp
Arktika Suite
Very spacious bedroom and sitting room, sofa bed in sitting room, private facilities with a bathtub, refrigerator, TV set and DVD player, coffee maker.

Twin Standard

$ 28695 USD pp
Twin Standard
1 lower berth 1 sofa bed, private facilities with a shower, TV set and DVD player, opening windows

Mini Suite

$ 32795 USD pp
Mini Suite
Sitting area with sofa bed, sleeping bed separated from the sitting area, private facilities with a shower, TV set and DVD player, opening windows.

Suite

$ 40995 USD pp
Suite
Bedroom and sitting area, sofa bed in sitting room, private facilities with a bathtub or shower, refrigerator, TV set and DVD player, coffee maker, opening windows.

Victory Suite

$ 44095 USD pp
Victory Suite
Large bedroom and sitting room, sofa bed in sitting room, private facilities with a bathtub, refrigerator, TV set and DVD player, coffee maker, opening windows.

Arktika Suite

$ 45095 USD pp
Arktika Suite
Very spacious bedroom and sitting room, sofa bed in sitting room, private facilities with a bathtub, refrigerator, TV set and DVD player, coffee maker.

Additional charges:

Mandatory Transfer Package. From: 1750 USD pp

50 Years of Victory (Let Pobedy)

Vessel Type: Icebreaker

Length: 160m

Passenger Capacity: 128

Built / refurbished: 1989 / 2007

We don’t have the heart to use she when we talk about i/b 50 Years of Victory – it’s not ladylike at all. Elegance doesn’t matter when it comes to the right vessel to take you to the top of the world. The most powerful icebreaker ever built generates 75,000 horsepower and crushes multi-year ice layers three meters thick. After a few days aboard, you’ll feel her (or him?) sharing power as you together battle your way through the Arctic icecap to 90º north.

I/b 50 Years of Victory is not a tourist ship. Rather, the icebreaker was purpose-built to pilot scientific and cargo ships to hard-to-reach areas of the Arctic and along the Northeast Passage. It is just during the short summer months when adventurers get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to travel aboard this real working icebreaker to the geographic North Pole.

 

 

Cabin layout for 50 Years of Victory (Let Pobedy)

Hot Air Ballooning (295.00 USD)

Experience the North Pole in a way few will ever experience – soaring above the Arctic in a hot air balloon! When weather permits, we'll take you up for a breathtaking bird's eye view of 90° North. Don't forget your camera!

50 Years of Victory (Let Pobedy)

50 Years of Victory (Let Pobedy)50 Years of Victory (Let Pobedy)

Icebreaker Icebreaker

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$ 27995 USD pp

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