Quest For The North Pole

For the ultimate Arctic achievement, board this mighty nuclear icebreaker to stand at the top of the world at 90 degrees north. The voyage is further enhanced by strong chances of polar bear sightings, helicopter flightseeing and a visit to the historic remains in little visited Franz Josef Land.
13 or 14 Days

Quest For The North Pole - 13 or 14 Days - $33,495

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • A two week adventure, of which most of it is spent on the ship
  • A transfer package means that departures in June 2020 start and finish in Helsinki, Finland with embarkation/ disembarkation in Murmansk, Russia
  • Departures in July and August 2020 start and end in Murmansk
  • Travelling aboard the world’s most powerful nuclear icebreaker is quite an experience
  • Helicopter flight-seeing and an optional tethered flight by hot air balloon at the North Pole (weather permitting, on June departures only)
  • Complimentary parka jacket. Champagne to celebrate achieving the North Pole

Start from Murmansk and end at Murmansk

Landmarks potentially visited on Quest For The North Pole

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Helsinki

In June 2020 your adventure begins with a one-night stay in Helsinki, Finland's capital, included as part of the transfer package. 

In July and August 2020 you will need to be in Murmansk today, where you will be met and transferred to a hotel to meet your expedition team and fellow passengers (the hotel is included, the flight is not, please ask us if you require help booking this element).

Day 2: Embarkation from Murmansk

From Helsinki, you'll join your fellow passengers on the charter flight to Murmansk, Russia.

In Murmansk 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 where those travelling in June will board the charter flight to Helsinki, Finland to enjoy one final night with newfound friends.  Travellers in July and August will wave goodbye and start their journey home.

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.

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What our customers think of Quest For The North Pole

Swoop got me out to the Arctic on the first trip of the season. The crushing of the ice (lots of second and third year ice) was truly amazing.

Travelled: June 2019

Angela Furssedonn - United Kingdom


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.

Additional Notes

Please note there is a mandatory transfer package priced at US$1995/€1800/£1600 per person. This includes the first and last nights in Helsinki as well as flights between there and Murmansk to join the ship.

Single Supplement And 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.

At date of embarkation, the minimum age restriction of 8 years and a minimum height and weight requirement of 64lbs or 29kg and 48" or 1.2m 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
  • Group helicopter flightseeing
  • 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
  • Complimentary parka jacket
  • Gratuities for hotel and expedition staff
  • Port taxes and any entry fees to historic landing sites


  • Flights to and from points of embarkation/disembarkation
  • Any additional services before and 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, communication, etc
  • Waterproof trousers or any other gear not mentioned
  • Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)

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