Voyage to the North Pole

from £22427
excluding flights *
13 nights Jun

Overview

Voyage through pack ice to the one place in the world where the only direction you can face is south... the North Pole! Become a fully-fledged Arctic explorer by travelling on one of the world's largest ice-breakers - 50 Years of Victory. Feel her impressive power as you sail through the pack ice of the Arctic Ocean via Franz Josef Land aiming to reach 90° North. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Highlights

  • Forge through pack ice to the 'top of the world'
  • Get a birds eye views over the icy ocean from the ship's helicopter
  • Float above the north pole in a hot-air balloon (optional)
  • Enjoy shore landings in Franz Josef Land with its abundant seabirds, polar bears and Arctic fox
  • Offshore look out for belugas and narwhal

What's Included

  • Pre- & post-expedition hotel accommodation in Helsinki
  • Return flights from Helsinki to Murmansk
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Shore landings & Zodiac cruises
  • Helicopter excursions
  • Experienced Expedition Team
  • Presentations on board
  • Expedition jacket
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage

Full description

Sail to the North Pole on board one of the world’s largest and most-powerful nuclear icebreakers. 50 Years of Victory has two nuclear reactors, capable of producing 74,000 horsepower, and a specially designed bow capable of breaking through ice up to 2.5 metres thick!

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Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

2019 Departures - prices are per person, based on a twin cabin.

Departure Duration Vessel Prices from (pp)
12 June 2019 14 days 50 Years of Victory £24,300
23 June 2019 14 days 50 Years of Victory £24,300

Optional hot-air balloon excursion: £380 per person and must be pre-booked; maximum 50 passengers per voyage and subject to weather conditions.

What's Included

  • Pre- & post-expedition hotel accommodation in Helsinki
  • Return flights from Helsinki to Murmansk
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Tea & coffee available around the clock
  • All Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings
  • Aerial sightseeing by helicopter
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers
  • Expedition jacket - yours to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • Russian invitation letter for visa application
  • Tips
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

NOTES

  • British travellers will require a double-entry Russian visa for this voyage.
  • Weather conditions may cause schedule changes to the voyage. Booking flexible flight tickets is therefore recommended.

Itinerary & Vessels

Itinerary & Vessels

Day 1: arrive Helsinki, Finland

Just six degrees south of the Arctic Circle lies Helsinki, a sophisticated city with nightlife, green spaces and a beautiful harbour. Spend a pre-voyage night at a centrally located hotel.

Day 2: Murmansk and embarkation

Take a charter flight from Helsinki to Murmansk, Russia, the home port of the Russian nuclear icebreaker fleet. Embark one of the world's largest and most powerful ice-breakers as you commence your expedition to the North Pole.

Days 3-6: The Arctic Ocean

Sailing conditions on the Arctic Ocean are changeable, so the crossing from Murmansk to the North Pole can take anywhere from 5 to 8 days. Watching Victory break through the formidable pack ice is a sight you'll never forget. Crashing through ice several metres thick, Victory can sail in conditions that would defeat most other ships. It may be possible to watch the ship's progress from the onboard helicopters, and youíll also have opportunities to view native seabirds and whales. The onboard Expedition Team will keep you engaged with informative presentations as the ship forges north.

Day 7: 90° North-The North Pole

Conditions permitting, the icebreaker should reach the North Pole some time around the seventh or eighth day of the expedition. Youíve joined a rare and select group: those that can truly say theyíve stood at the top of the world. Reflect on the many adventurers that came before you, giving their lives for the moment you are now experiencing. You'll have time for a hike on the expansive ice; you can literally walk around the world in under a minute. And for those that have pre-booked, now is the chance to gain a unique perspective on this special destination, as you enjoy a 15 minute hot-air balloon ride over the North Pole*.

Day 8: The Arctic Ocean

Now it's just you and the polar bears. As Victory sails southward, stand on the deck and survey the expanse of brilliant blue and white ice that stretches hundreds of kilometres in all directions. Keep an eye out for rare Arctic wildlife, particularly near Franz Josef Land, where polar bear sightings are possible.

Days 9-10: Franz Josef Land

Franz Josef Land is one of the most recently discovered archipelagos in the world. It was only in the late 1800's that this remote and stunning world of islands and ice was found, and even today it remains mostly unexplored. There are 191 islands in this naturalist's paradise, inhabited by polar bears, walrus, arctic fox, seals and belugas. As long as visibility is sufficient and the weather good, the helicopters will provide aerial sightseeing flights and the Zodiacs will transfer you to seldom visited landing sites.

Days 11-12: The Arctic Ocean

Continue south to Murmansk with time available to reflect on your incredible journey.

Day 13: Murmansk and disembarkation

Cross the Barents Sea to Murmansk, where youíll bid a fond farewell to the icebreaker and its crew. Board the charter flight to Helsinki, where you will spend your final post-voyage night.

Day 14: Helsinki

After breakfast at your hotel this morning it is time to depart, or perhaps extend your stay in Finland.

Notes

Important Reminder: All voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on weather, sea and ice conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in the polar regions!

50 Years of Victory

Arctic

Type: Icebreaker Ship

Twenty years in the making, 50 Years of Victory is the first Arktika-class icebreaker to have a spoon-shaped bow. Boosting efficiency is the all-new digital automated control system.

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