Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- A 14-day adventure, of which most of it is spent on the ship
- Starts and finishes in Helsinki, Finland with embarkation/ disembarkation in Murmansk, Russia
- Travelling aboard the world’s most powerful nuclear icebreaker is quite an experience
- Helicopter flightseeing and an optional tethered flight by hot air balloon at the North Pole (weather permitting)
- Complimentary parka jacket. Champagne to celebrate achieving the North Pole
Day 1: Helsinki
Your adventure begins with a one-night stay in Helsinki, Finland's capital.
Day 2: Embarkation from 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 3-6: 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 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 the 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 Degrees North
The anticipation reaches a climax as you arrive at the North Pole! Many travellers 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. If weather permits, there'll be 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 the 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 9-10: 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, the team will launch the Zodiacs and you can cruise beneath towering cliffs to explore remote seabird colonies. The 50 Years of Victory helicopter will provide aerial sightseeing, and the 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 at 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
After breakfast, your journey comes to an end. You are encouraged to spend some extra time exploring Helsinki, Tallinn (the capital of Estonia) and Saint Petersburg.
NOTE: This itinerary is for guidance only. Each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is key and all part of the adventure of an expeditionary cruise.
About The Ship
- The world's most powerful icebreaker - 75,000 horsepower
- LL1 ice rating, the highest classification available
- Capable of 21 knots in open water, 12 knots through thick ice
- Helicopter sightseeing & a hot air balloon trip at the North Pole
- Pre/ post voyage flights & hotel package + complimentary jacket
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.
* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $29995
- The charter flights for the 2019 season cost an additional $1,995 per person.
Single Supplement & Child Policy
For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, the single supplement in a twin cabin is 1.7 times the cost of a single berth. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.
Child Policy: At date of embarkation, the minimum age restriction of 8 years and a minimum height and weight requirement of 64 lbs or 29kg and 48" or 1.2 meters must be met.
- Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- Accommodation during the voyage on full board basis
- All shore excursions and zodiac activities
- Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
- Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
- Loan of rubber boots for the voyage's duration
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- Port taxes and any entry fees to historic landing sites
- Flights to & from points of embarkation/disembarkation
- Any additional services before & after your voyage
- Transfers not specific to the itinerary
- Travel insurance
- Optional adventure activities
- Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses
- Airport arrival or departure taxes
- Items of a personal nature: laundry, beverages, etc
- Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
- Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)