North Pole Cruise

Cruise to the North Pole Cruise to the North Pole

Imagine standing at the top of the Earth, glass of champagne in hand – and every direction you look is south. That is the essence of the  13-14-day North Pole adventure:  travel aboard 50 Years of Victory, the most powerful nuclear icebreaker in the world. Crushing 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 -- not offered on all trips). The 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.

Not many have reached 90º N where you will have 24 hours of day light, vast layers of ice and snow on a polar expedtion that by and large is a once in a lifetime advenutre! 


  • Itinerary
  • Date & Rates
  • Vessel
  • Map
Itinerary:

Sample itinerary A is subject to weather and ice conditions.

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 on the world's largest and most powerful icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory.

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.

It can take four to six days to cross from Murmansk to the North Pole so there is plenty of time to enjoy the lectures and to get to know your fellow passengers. Or get a volley ball game going or do a few laps in the lap pool. 

Day 7: 90° North 

Imagine being overcome with emotion as you reach the North Pole. It is a once in a lifetime for many so enjoy it with photos and awe. Tethered hot air balloon ride is offerd on some trips for a fee.

Day 8: Southbound in the Arctic Ocean 

On our 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 and 10: Franz Josef Land and the Arctic Ocean 

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. If weather conditions permit we will launch Zodiacs to explore the sea cliffs for bird colonies. 

Days 11 and 12:  Southbound at Sea 

Enjoy your time on deck or reminisce with your new friends as you cross the Arctic Ocean back to Murmansk.

Day 13:  Disembarkation in Murmansk 

Returning to Russia’s most northerly city, it will be time to bid farewell to your ship, 50 Years of Victory.

Day 14:  Helsinki, Finland 

Spend some extra time exploring Helsinki, Tallinn (the capital of Estonia) and Saint Petersburg.

Pre and post excursions can be added. 


Sample itinerary B is subject to weather and ice conditions.

Day 1:  Murmansk 

Your adventure begins with a one-night stay in Murmansk, Russia. Located on Russia's Kola Peninsula. 

Day 2: Embarkation Day in Murmansk 

Murmansk, Russia, where you’ll embark on your voyage to the North Pole on the world's largest and most powerful icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory.

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 aerial views over the ship and the expansive Arctic Ocean.

It can take four to six days to cross from Murmansk to the North Pole so there is plenty of time to enjoy the lectures and to get to know your fellow passengers. Or get a volleyball game going or do a few laps in the lap pool. 

Day 7: 90° North 

Imagine being overcome with emotion as you reach the North Pole. It is a once in a lifetime for many so enjoy it with photos and awe.

Day 8: Southbound in the Arctic Ocean 

On our 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 and 10: Franz Josef Land and the Arctic Ocean 

Franz Josef Land is part of the Russian Arctic National Park nature sanctuary. 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. If weather conditions permit we will launch Zodiacs to explore the sea cliffs for bird colonies. Walk in the foot steps of Arctic explorers. 

Days 11 and 12:  Southbound at Sea 

Enjoy your time on deck or reminisce with your new friends as you cross the Arctic Ocean back to Murmansk. Enjoy lectures by the guides. 

Day 13:  Disembarkation in Murmansk 

Returning to Russia’s most northerly city, it will be time to bid farewell to your ship, 50 Years of Victory.

 

50 Years of Victory

  • Arrival at the North Pole!
    Arrival at the North Pole!
  • Arrival at the North Pole!

Date & Rates:

2018-2019

B** Trips are $2,500 off per person before Feb. 28, 2018. All categories except Twin. July 8-20, 2018, July 19-31, 2018, July 30-Aug. 18, 2018. 

B* Early booking of $1,500 off per person: July 7-19, 2019, July 18-20, 2019, July 29-Aug. 10, 2019.  

Itinerary Ship Dates Embark/Disembark N/D Twin Mini Suite Suite Victory Suite Arktika Suite Charter flight Balloon excusrion
A 50 Years of Victory June 13-26, 2018 Helsinki/Helsinki 13/14 $28,695 $32,795 $40,995 $44,095 $45,095 $1,895 495.00
A 50 Years of Victory June 24-July 7, 2018 Helsinki/Helsinki 13/14 $28,695 $32,795 $40,995 $44,095 $45,095 $1,895 495.00
** 50 Years of Victory July 8-20, 2018 Murmansk/Murmansk 12/13 $28,695 $32,795 $40,995 $44,095 $45,095 N/A N/A
** 50 Years of Victory July 19-31, 2018 Murmansk/Murmansk 12/13 $28,695 $32,795 $40,995 $44,095 $45,095 N/A N/A
** 50 Years of Victory July 30-Aug 11, 2018 Murmansk/Murmansk 12/13 $28,695 $32,795 $40,995 $44,095 $45,095 N/A N/A
A 50 Years of Victory June 12-25 2019 Helsinki/Helsinki 13/14 $29,995 $32,795 $40,995 $44,095 $45,095 $1,995 495.00
A 50 Years of Victory Photo Trip June 23-July 6, 2019 Helsinki/Helsinki 13/14 $29,995 $32,795 $40,995 $44,095 $45,095 $1,995 495.00
B* 50 Years of Victory July 7-19, 2019 Murmansk/Murmansk 12/13 $29,995 $32,795 $40,995 $44,095 $45,095 N/A  N/A 
B* 50 Years of Victory July 18-30, 2019 Murmansk/Murmansk 12/13 $29,995 $32,795 $40,995 $44,095 $45,095 N/A  N/A 
B* 50 Years of Victory July 29-Aug 10, 2019 Murmansk/Murmansk 12/13 $29,995 $32,795 $40,995 $44,095 $45,095 N/A  N/A 

 

 

Prices are per person based on double occpuancy. 

Photo trip includes a photo leader on A trip.  All B trips include a photo leader. 

Includes: all meals on the ship, pre-night hotels as indicated on the itinerary, shore excursions, parkas, rubber boots for landings, hair dryers in bathrooms.

Not included: Russia visa's (double entry) or passports, airfare from your home to starting point, trip cancellation insurance, gratuities, bar tab, laundry, phone  anad internet charges, Government arrival and departure taxes, 

Single supplement: 2 times share price.

Registration: To confirm your space on these tours, please contact our office. 1.800.808.4492 or 575.524.0084

Deposit: 30% of trip cost.  Balance due at 150 days prior to travel.  

Cancellation Policy:  In the event you must cancel your reservation, refunds will be made according to the following schedule: 

Cancellations received 210 days or more prior to departure, are refundable less an administrative fee of minimum US$ 2,500 per person. If cancellation is received between 209 days and 150 days, the deposit is forfeited. If cancellation occurs less than 149 days prior to departure, all payments are forfeited. If full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and any unpaid balance is due immediately. To protect your investment, we highly recommend that you obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance.

Insurance: Because many advance logistical arrangements have been made prior to the running of this trip, we must adhere to the above policy. In light of this, we strongly recommend trip cancellation insurance. A quote will be sent to you upon request, or you may purchase it on your own. Because of the remote location, emergency medical evacuation insurance is included in the rate of the trip to $500,000 for A trips and $100,000 for B trips for passengers under 85. Please check your personal insurance coverage and make sure it is applicable in foreign countries. Our insurnace carrier is Travel Guard.

Vessel:

Twenty years in the making, 50 Years of Victory is the first Arktika-class icebreaker to have a spoon-shaped bow, capable of breaking through ice up to 2.5 meters (9.2 feet) thick! This is one of the world’s largest, most-powerful nuclear icebreaker.

Complete with a helicopter for shore excursions, Victory is a ship unlike any other, with the ability to go where other ships cannot. 

Features

Cabin

  • All cabins have exterior views and private facilities
  • TV and DVD Player
  • Some cabins come with coffee maker and safe
  • Arkitka Suite has a single bed in the bedroom and a sofa bed in the sitting room

Aboard

  • All-inclusive bar and beverages
  • Chef prepared meals (all included)
  • One dining room with unreserved seating
  • Aft Saloon for presentations and socializing
  • Victory Bar with exterior views, open from afternoon to late evening
  • Polar library
  • Gym, two saunas, and small swimming pool
  • Passenger elevator
  • Onboard helicopter landing pad
  • Clinic with licensed doctor

Activities

  • Helicopter and Zodiacs for sightseeing
  • Champagne toast at 90 degrees north

 

Ship Specifications

  • Staff and Crew: 140
  • Guests: 128
  • Length: 150.7 meters
  • Breadth: 30 meters
  • Draft: 11.00 meters
  • Propulsion: 2 nuclear reactors 74,000 horsepower
  • Ice Class: LL1 (the highest rating possible)
  • Cruising Speed: 18 knots in open water
  • Registration: In Russia by Rosatomflot
  • Lifeboats: 4 fully enclosed

 

 50 Years of Victory

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