The North Pole by Ship
Break through the sea-ice to reach the North Pole on a nuclear
powered ice breaker, the largest and most powerful in the world
14 Days | Departures:
6/13/18, 6/24/18, 7/8/18, 7/19/18, 7/30/18 | From: $27,995
Trip Highlights: Stand at the top of
the world after breaking ice to get there. This expedition leaves
via Murmansk in Northern Russia and heads straight to the pole
where you can get off the ship onto the ice, have a glass of
champagne and BBQ in celebration. Tethered balloon flights are
another possibility weather permitting as is a polar plunge
into the sea!. Rarely visited Franz Josef Land is on the itinerary
on the way back, helicopter flights give you an aerial view
of the ship doing what it does best - breaking ice.
Rates: $28,695 - $45,095
1.7 - 2 times the double occupancy rate, or can match with
other solo passengers to share a cabin
Helicopter aerial sightseeing; a complimentary
selection of beer and wine, and non alcoholic beverages on board
during lunch and dinner; downloadable photographic journal;
a pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan; an expedition
parka - yours to keep. Subject to change without notice.
Hot Air Ballooning: $495 per person.
Ship - 50 Years of Victory -
North Pole - Bilingual English/German
departures - June 14th and 25th 2017 - Embark Murmansk,
return Moscow - from $27,995
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who will help you find the best cruise for your requirements
Note - the 14 day June departures
leave and return to Helsinki, Finland. The 13 day July
departures leave and return to Murmansk, Russia.
Day 1: Helsinki, Finland
Just six degrees
south of the Arctic Circle is a sophisticated city with nightlife,
green spaces and a breathtaking harbor. Stay at a centrally-located
Day 2: Helsinki, Finland / Murmansk, Russia
From Helsinki, a charter flight will take you to Murmansk,
Russia to embark on your voyage to the North Pole. Enjoy time
to get acquainted with fellow passengers and the expedition
ship - the world's largest and most powerful icebreaker!
Day 3 - 6: Arctic Ocean - Northbound
Watching the Victory crush through the Arctic ice pack is an
incredible sight, made even more memorable by taking a helicopter
flight for a thrilling aerial view of the Victory and expansive
Arctic Ocean. Expect the days, and hours, to present variable
sailing conditions this far north. The crossing from Murmansk
to the North Pole can take anywhere from 5 to 8 days, meaning
plenty of time to get to know fellow shipmates, enjoy the vistas
of the wild north, have a drink at the bar, go for a swim in
the ship's lap pool, or shoot some hoops on the basketball court.
Day 7: 90 North
All the anticipation
of the prior days reaches a climax as you reach the North Pole!
Many travelers find themselves overcome with emotion, while
others are in a festive and celebratory mood. Take photos, wave
a flag, enjoy your moment. Rise high in a hot air balloon to
commemorate this great moment (optional activity, fee applies
& weather dependent). Later, everyone enjoys a champagne toast
and a BBQ on the ice. Perhaps take a polar plunge.
Day 8: Arctic Ocean - Southbound
southbound toward Franz Josef Land. Everything from here on
out is a bonus. As you head further south, you may get lucky
and spot polar bears hunting for seals.
Day 9 - 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 and so remote that Franz Josef Land was discovered after
Antarctica. 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
colonies. The 50 Years of Victory helicopter will provide aerial
sightseeing and our Zodiacs will transfer you to seldom-visited
Day 11 - 12: Southbound at Sea
the Arctic Ocean back to Murmansk. Take time to relax and enjoy
the ship's amenities or watch the ocean and sky for wildlife
from the observation lounge or outside decks.
Day 13: Murmansk, Russia / Helsinki, Finland
Returning to Russia's most northerly city, bid farewell
to the expedition crew and ship. Transfer to the airport for
a charter flight to Helsinki, Finland to enjoy one final night
in this remarkable city.
Day 14: Helsinki, Finland
has officially come to its conclusion. Consider extending your
stay to further explore Helsinki and the surrounding area before
your return home.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route
and program varies according to ice and weather conditions -
and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the
success of this expedition.
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
are required to have comprehensive travel insurance coverage.
Due to the remoteness of the areas in this itinerary, travelers
must have a minimum $50,000 of emergency medical coverage. Proof
of coverage is required prior to embarkation. The shipping company
will not be held responsible for delays due to force majeure.
Any additional costs accrued will be the responsibility of the
traveler. We strongly recommend that the travel insurance policy
covers trip cancellation insurance, trip delay (interruption
or after departure coverage), baggage and repatriation. We can
assist you with this.
Hot Air Ballooning Option:
Not included in cruise rate. Pre-booked option for up to 50
guests. Hot air ballooning must be booked at time of reservation.
Each tethered hot balloon flight will be about 15 minutes in
duration. A certificate will be provided as a memento.
Shipboard accommodation with
daily housekeeping; all breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board
throughout your voyage; a complimentary selection of alcoholic
and non alcoholic beverages; Zodiac transfers and cruising;
downloadable photographic journal; a pair of waterproof expedition
boots on loan for shore landings; an expedition parka - yours
to keep; coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock; miscellaneous
service taxes and port charges; luggage handling aboard ship;
group helicopter flightseeing according to daily program; emergency
evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit
of $100,000 per person*. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; mandatory charter
airfare package; passport and visa expenses; government arrival
and departure taxes; any beverages that are not in the complimentary
selection; meals ashore unless otherwise specified; baggage,
cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance; excess
baggage charges; laundry, bar and other personal charges; phone
and internet charges; gratuity for ship's crew and Expedition
Team members; hot air balloon option; extra helicopter flights
beyond included; fuel surcharge may apply.
Emergency evacuation coverage
to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $100,000 is included
in the cost of this expedition. Included coverage is applicable
only to travel between the first and last day of the expedition
purchased. Additional days of travel prior to the expedition
and/or after the expedition are not covered by the included
emergency evacuation insurance. We strongly advise all passengers
to purchase medical, cancellation and baggage insurance, and
additional emergency evacuation coverage.