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North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure

Imagine standing at the top of the Earth, glass of champagne in hand – and everywhere you look is south. That is the essence of the 14-day North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure aboard 50 Years of Victory, the most powerful nuclear icebreaker in the world. Crush 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. 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.

2018 & 2019 MANDATORY TRANSFER PACKAGES INCLUDE:
One night’s pre- and post-expedition hotel accommodation in Helsinki with breakfast
Round-trip flights from Helsinki to Murmansk
Transfers to and from the ship
Transfers between the airport and hotel in Helsinki

Please Note: 23 June 2019 departure has special guests - Sue Flood & Cindy Miller Hopkins. These photography experts will be available to help you with your camera, as well as your photography, both on and off the ship. In addition to hands on help, guests can expect photography workshops.
12 June, 2019 to 25 June, 2019 Make a booking request for North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure, departing on 12 June, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Twin Standard £ 22499 GBP pp (+ Mandatory Transfer Package. From 1895 USD pp)
1 lower berth 1 sofa bed, private facilities with a shower, TV set and DVD player, opening windows
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Mini Suite £ 24599 GBP pp (+ Mandatory Transfer Package. From 1895 USD pp)
Sitting area with sofa bed, sleeping bed separated from the sitting area, private facilities with a shower, TV set and DVD player, opening windows.
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Suite £ 30749 GBP pp (+ Mandatory Transfer Package. From 1895 USD pp)
Bedroom and sitting area, sofa bed in sitting room, private facilities with a bathtub or shower, refrigerator, TV set and DVD player, coffee maker, opening windows.
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Victory Suite £ 33075 GBP pp (+ Mandatory Transfer Package. From 1895 USD pp)
Large bedroom and sitting room, sofa bed in sitting room, private facilities with a bathtub, refrigerator, TV set and DVD player, coffee maker, opening windows.
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Arktika Suite £ 33825 GBP pp (+ Mandatory Transfer Package. From 1895 USD pp)
Very spacious bedroom and sitting room, sofa bed in sitting room, private facilities with a bathtub, refrigerator, TV set and DVD player, coffee maker.
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23 June, 2019 to 06 July, 2019 Make a booking request for North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure, departing on 23 June, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Twin Standard £ 22499 GBP pp (+ Mandatory Transfer Package. From 1895 USD pp)
1 lower berth 1 sofa bed, private facilities with a shower, TV set and DVD player, opening windows
view cabin photo
Mini Suite £ 24599 GBP pp (+ Mandatory Transfer Package. From 1895 USD pp)
Sitting area with sofa bed, sleeping bed separated from the sitting area, private facilities with a shower, TV set and DVD player, opening windows.
view cabin photo
Suite £ 30749 GBP pp (+ Mandatory Transfer Package. From 1895 USD pp)
Bedroom and sitting area, sofa bed in sitting room, private facilities with a bathtub or shower, refrigerator, TV set and DVD player, coffee maker, opening windows.
view cabin photo
Victory Suite £ 33075 GBP pp (+ Mandatory Transfer Package. From 1895 USD pp)
Large bedroom and sitting room, sofa bed in sitting room, private facilities with a bathtub, refrigerator, TV set and DVD player, coffee maker, opening windows.
view cabin photo
Arktika Suite £ 33825 GBP pp (+ Mandatory Transfer Package. From 1895 USD pp)
Very spacious bedroom and sitting room, sofa bed in sitting room, private facilities with a bathtub, refrigerator, TV set and DVD player, coffee maker.
view cabin photo

North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure itinerary:

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Day 1 - Helsinki
Your adventure begins with a one-night stay in Helsinki, Finland’s capital
Day 2 — Embarkation Day in Murmansk
From Helsinki, your charter flight will take you 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 to 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 us 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 our 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° North
The anticipation reaches a climax as you arrive at the North Pole! Many travelers 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. We’ll also 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 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
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, Zodiac trips beneath towering cliffs will explore remote seabird rookeries. Onboard helicopters again provide aerial sightseeing and our Zodiacs transfer you to seldom visited landing sites.
Days 11 and 12 — 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 Day in 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, Finland
After breakfast, your official Quark Expeditions journey comes to an end. We do encourage you to spend some extra time exploring Helsinki, Tallinn (the capital of Estonia) and St. Petersburg.
Please Note:
Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When travelling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure reverse itinerary:

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Please Note: *
Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When travelling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.
Day 14 — Helsinki, Finland *
After breakfast, your official Quark Expeditions journey comes to an end. We do encourage you to spend some extra time exploring Helsinki, Tallinn (the capital of Estonia) and St. Petersburg.
Day 13 — Disembarkation Day in 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.
Days 11 and 12 — 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.
Days 9 and 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, Zodiac trips beneath towering cliffs will explore remote seabird rookeries. Onboard helicopters again provide aerial sightseeing and our Zodiacs transfer you to seldom visited landing sites.
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.
Day 7 — 90° North *
The anticipation reaches a climax as you arrive at the North Pole! Many travelers 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. We’ll also attempt to launch passengers high above the Pole in our hot air balloon to commemorate this great moment (this is highly weather dependent).
Days 3 to 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 us 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 our 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 2 — Embarkation Day in Murmansk *
From Helsinki, your charter flight will take you 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.
Day 1 - Helsinki *
Your adventure begins with a one-night stay in Helsinki, Finland’s capital
* = Indicative
Map for North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure
50 Years of Victory, the ship servicing North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure

50 Years of Victory

Vessel Type: Icebreaker

Length: 106 m

Passenger Capacity: 128

Built / refurbished: 2007

The 50 Years of Victory is the largest and most modern nuclear-powered icebreaker in the world. For those with an appreciation of such vessels, the Victory is a new generation ship, an upgrade of the Arktika-class, the most powerful icebreakers in the world.

Among its state-of-the-arts features are: 


- a spoon-shaped bow designed for greater icebreaking ability, 
- an automated, digitalized control system,
- the most up-to-date nuclear safeguards and protection systems. 
As a working icebreaker, the 50 Years of Victory is vastly more suitable to life onboard than was its predecessor the “Yamal”. Though its cabins and suites are as comfortable and spacious as were those on the “Yamal”, the 50 Years of Victory offers its passenger much more room for socializing and get-togethers. 
NB. The 50 Years of Victory is the property of the Russian Federation and has received maritime registration under the name “50 LET POBEDY”.

 


 

 

Cabin layout for 50 Years of Victory
• Stand at the top of the world at 90°N

• Experience the largest, most powerful nuclear icebreaker in the world, 50 Years of Victory

• Enjoy helicopter sightseeing above the Arctic Ocean

• Possibly view polar bears, walrus and other arctic wildlife

• Take advantage of optional tethered flight by hot air balloon (weather permitting)

• Cruise in a zodiac

• Visit Franz Josef Land historical sites, wildlife and wildflowers
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