NORTH POLE - THE ULTIMATE ARCTIC DESTINATION

Be one of the few people to stand at the top of the world!
Imagine standing at the top of the Earth, glass of champagne in hand – and everywhere you look is south. That is the essence of the 14-day North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure aboard 50 Years of Victory, the most powerful nuclear icebreaker in the world. Crush through multiyear ice on the Arctic Ocean, sightsee by helicopter on the lookout for walruses, seals, whales, and polar bears, or take a tethered hot-air balloon ride at 90º N, weather permitting. Possible stops at the island of Franz Josef Land will have you in awe of the flora and fauna as you visit seabird colonies and retrace the footsteps of early explorers.
Your icebreaker ship, will take you to a part of the world more commonly associated with fairy tales and folklore. The journey can take as long as a week, which only helps to heighten the level of excitement. Join us on this amazing voyage to 90°N aboard 50 Years of Victory!

Expedition in Brief:
• Top of the World 90° N
• Nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Years of Victory
• Helicopter flight above the Arctic Ocean
• Optional aerial sightseeing by hot air balloon
• Franz Josef Land historical sites, wildlife and wildflowers
• Possibly view polar bears, walrus and other arctic wildlife
• Cruise in a zodiac 

Itinerary

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 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 us 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 our expedition team while keeping a lookout for bird life. There are also many wonderful amenities onboard, such as the ship’s lap pool or basketball court.

Day 7: 90° North
The anticipation 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, call your family, wave a flag; just be sure to enjoy your moment at the top! Later, everyone will celebrate with a champagne 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. We’ll also attempt to launch passengers high above the pole in our hot air balloon to commemorate this great moment (highly weather dependent).

Day 8: Southbound in the Arctic Ocean
On our 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
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 & 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, Fly to Helsinki
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 journey comes to an end. We do encourage you to spend time exploring Helsinki, Tallinn (the capital of Estonia) and St. Petersburg.

This expedition includes:

  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping.
  • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks on board throughout your voyage. (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships' galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)
  • All shore landings per the daily program.
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities.
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program.
  • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and Special Guests as scheduled.
  • Photographic Journal documenting the voyage.
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings.
  • An official parka to keep.
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock.
  • A complimentary selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages.
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabinn.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader.
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
  • All luggage handling aboard ship.
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person.
  • One night pre- and one night post-expedition hotel accommodation in Helsinki as specified in the itinerary (the number of guests per room is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship. Due to limited availability, travelers who reserve a suite on board are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel.)
  • On embarkation day, a transfer from the group hotel to the Helsinki airport and from the Murmansk airport to the ship.
  • On disembarkation day, a transfer from the ship to the Murmansk airport and from the Helsinki airport to the group hotel.
  • All helicopter aerial sightseeing according to each day’s program. 

This expedition excludes:

  • International airfare
  • Passport and any applicable visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation, when applicable.
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance.
  • Helicopter flying time in excess of that offered for the group
  • Laundry and other personal charges.
  • Telecommunications charges.
  • The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew.
  • Ballooning at the North Pole
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Additional overnight accommodations

THE COST OF THE MANDATORY TRANSFER PACKAGE, USD$1750 PER PERSON, IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE. THIS PACKAGE WILL BE ADDED TO YOUR BOOKING AND WILL APPEAR ON YOUR INVOICE IN ADDITION TO THE CABIN PRICE. This package consists of:
  • One night pre- and post-expedition hotel accommodation in Helsinki with breakfast
  • Round-trip flights Helsinki to Murmansk
  • Transfers to and from ship
  • Transfers between the airport and hotel in Helsinki

Tour Dates:

Jul 09 – Jul 22, 2017
Jul 20 – Aug 02, 2017
Jul 31 – Aug 13, 2017

Prices from: US$ 27.995 + US$ 1.750 (Mandatory Package)
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