Reach the pinnacle of Arctic expedition travel on a nuclear-powered vessel
Embark on a journey to the North Pole, including Franz Josef Land, on this two-week expedition. Fly from Helsinki to Arctic Russia and board the 50 Years of Victory icebreaker, a nuclear-powered expedition vessel with an onboard helicopter, a lap pool and a sauna. Smash through multi-year pack ice on this incredible vessel until you reach 90° Enjoy a barbecue and a glass of champagne on the North Pole before returning to Russia via the Franz Josef Land archipelago, investigating the rugged islands on Zodiac excursions in search of polar bears and whales of all varieties.
- Physical rating
- Min 8
- Group size
- Min 1, Max 128
Why you'll love this trip
Travel to the earth’s northernmost point and feel the rush of standing on top of the world – 90 degrees North.
Explore Franz Josef Land on your return journey. Cruise past icebergs, discover remote seabird colonies and see the historic remains of ill-fated arctic expeditions.
Get a bird-eye-view of the Arctic with included excursions on the onboard helicopter or an optional hot air balloon ride over the North Pole.
Travelling in one of the earth’s most remote reaches offers the chance to spot rare wildlife like polar bears, walruses, minke and humpback whales.
Travel on legendary nuclear-powered icebreaker the 50 Years of Victory with a full expedition crew and onboard staff to look after your every need.
Is this trip right for you?
50 Years of Victory
On this itinerary, you'll be travelling aboard the 50 Years of Victory.
Meals IncludedThere are no meals included on this day.
Special InformationYour accommodation tonight is at an airport hotel. As such, there is no need for a transfer.
- Breakfast (4)
- Lunch (4)
- Dinner (4)
- Breakfast (2)
- Lunch (2)
- Dinner (2)
Special InformationThe exact destinations you visit (and when you visit them) are dependant on factors such as weather conditions, sea ice and wildlife movement.
- Breakfast (2)
- Lunch (2)
- Dinner (2)
Meals13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners
TransportExpedition cruise ship, Plane, Zodiac
AccommodationExpedition Voyage, Quality hotel
Arctic and Antarctic bookings have an increased deposit requirement of 20 per cent of the full voyage cost (before any discount). The balance is due 120 days before departure.
If a booking is cancelled 120 days or more before departure – the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 119 days and departure – the cancellation fee is 100 per cent of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a polar voyage.
Your voyage is operated by our partner, Quark Expeditions. All accommodation and transfer arrangements as listed in the itinerary are also operated by Quark Expeditions or their local representatives.
HOT AIR BALLOON
Hot air ballooning above the North Pole is an optional extra offered on this tour. This is highly weather dependent activity. It is necessary to book in advance as spaces are limited. Please speak to a representative for more information.
Conditions depending, it might be possible to take a polar plunge in the icy waters around the North Pole. This is highly weather dependent activity. It is necessary to book in advance as spaces are limited. Please speak to a representative for more information.
Kayaking is available to book on all Arctic voyages. Taken in small groups of a maximum of 16 people, multiple times per voyage, kayaking adventures are only conducted during calm weather conditions. Kayaking in the polar waters is not suitable for novice kayakers. Beginners interested in kayaking should first take an introductory course prior to the voyage which includes how to do a wet exit. We recommend you take part in some kayaking practice prior to the voyage to ensure that you are comfortable on the water in the icy conditions.
Strict luggage limits apply. Please see the 'Packing' section of the Essential Trip Information for details.
Essential trip information
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