Top of the World: 90 degrees North

From Murmansk, Russia
  • Russian Arctic and North Pole
  • Expedition
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

The North Pole is the world’s northernmost point - join adventurers and explorers on this incredible pursuit reaching of 90 degrees North!

Departing from Murmansk, Russia, part of the adventure is getting there, and this one is truly epic...onboard the largest and most powerful icebreaker every built!  Stand onboard the 50 Years of Victory as she crushes through the ice - multi year ice up to 3 meters thick is not a problem for her!

All previous expeditions have successfully reached the top of the world, so the intention is to once again navigate our icebreaker to 90 degrees north. As you stand on the ice, celebrate with champagne, a special BBQ meal and perhaps dare to take a polar plunge like no other!

The adventure continues off the beaten track to the pristine wilderness of the Franz Josef Land archipelago, we we explore by zodiac, make sure landing, and take stunning flights by helicopter as we look out for walrus, whales and polar bears.

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Adventure of a life time on a magnificent ice breaker, 50 Years of Victory. Capable of crushing a clear path through multi-year ice up to three meters thick, she is the largest and most powerful icebreaker ever built!

Cruise remote wilderness visiting historical sites, walk in the footsteps of famous explorers like Fridtjof Nansen, and spot iconic Arctic wildlife; seals, walrus, the elusive bowhead whale and polar bears.

An ultimate bucket list experience - carefully navigate on an icebreaker to precisely 90 degrees north for a champagne toast of this momentous accomplishment - and stand on top of the world! All 45 attempts to reach the Pole to date have been successful!

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Murmansk, Russia

Welcome to the city of Murmansk on Russia’s Kola Peninsula, starting point of our adventure. Upon your arrival at the airport we provide a transfer to your hotel, which has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the voyage.

Murmansk is easy to reach by regular flights with stopovers in Moscow or Saint Petersburg. You may wish to extend your stop in Moscow.

Day 2
Embarkation in Murmansk

Today we provide a group transfer to the port where we welcome you aboard the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy, also known as 50 Years of Victory. Explore the ship and get orientated as we slip our moorings and sail north out of Kola Bay

Day 3-6
The Voyage North

Nowhere can it be more truly said that “getting there is half the fun”. As we cruise northward through the Barents Sea there is always the possibility of seeing whales.

Meanwhile, you have the opportunity to learn about the unique icebreaking capabilities of the ship. You are also treated to a tour of the engine room. As we make our way across the ice cap, you witness firsthand the ship’s awesome power as massive ice blocks give way under the enormous bulk of the spoon-shaped bow. The sensation of being on deck at this time is surreal and unforgettable.

We also take advantage of 24-hour daylight to offer helicopter flightseeing tours. From the air you can observe the ship crushing a path through the ice. You also have a unique vantage point from which to witness the stunning beauty of this vast polar icescape.

Day 7
North Pole

Welcome to the geographic North Pole! After carefully navigating to 90 degrees North, we ceremoniously drop the anchor on a sturdy stretch of ice and disembark onto the frozen sea.

Now is the time to experiencing the long-anticipated thrill of standing at the top of the world. Join hands with your fellow passengers and literally walk around the world during our special International Round Dance. You are also treated to a barbeque meal on the ice. You may even have the chance to take a plunge into the icy water!

After our memorable time at the North Pole we turn around and head south. But the adventure is not over yet. The High Arctic archipelago of Franz Josef Land is still to come!

Day 8-10
Exploration of Franz Josef Land

The Franz Josef Land archipelago, part of the Russian Arctic National Park since 2012, is a nature sanctuary. Polar bears and other quintessential High Arctic wildlife—such as walruses and some rare whale species—can be spotted anytime, anywhere in and around Franz Josef Land. Scree slopes and cliffs around the islands host enormous nesting colonies of migratory seabirds such as guillemots, dovekies, and ivory gulls.

We take advantage of 24-hour daylight to exploit every opportunity for wildlife viewing and excursions via Zodiac and helicopter. Franz Josef Land is home to some interesting geological features, such as the mysterious stone spheres on Champ Island. Collectors of geographical extremes may take note that Cape Fligely on Rudolf Island is the northernmost point of land in the Eastern Hemisphere. Franz Josef Land also offers visitors the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of famous polar explorers at well-preserved historical sites. The journals of explorers such as Julius von Payer, Benjamin Leigh Smith, Frederick George Jackson, and Fridtjof Nansen come alive at Cape Norway, Cape Flora, Eira Harbour, and Cape Tegetthoff. Memorials, monuments, crosses, and the remains of dwellings are testimony to incredible historical events that are further illuminated by our expert lecturers. Tikhaya Bukhta is currently a Russian Arctic National Park ranger station occupying Soviet-era research buildings and was also a major base for polar expeditions. Nearby, the fascinating columnar basalt cliffs of Rubini Rock are home to thousands of nesting seabirds.

Day 11-12
The Voyage South

After our amazing time in Franz Josef Land we cross back south through the bountiful waters of the Barents Sea.

Presentations and workshops by our expert staff ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. You may also take advantage of onboard facilities and amenities such as a polar library, volleyball court, gym, two saunas, warm seawater pool, gift shop, and massage treatments.

Seabird viewing and whale sightings can be enjoyed from panoramic open decks as well as exterior stateroom windows.

Day 13
Disembarkation in Murmansk

Our once-in-a-lifetime journey comes to an end. After breakfast we say farewell in Murmansk. We provide you with a transfer to the airport for your flight home

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 1 pre-cruise hotel night in Murmansk, Russia
  • Included Copy 20 11 nights shipboard accommodation with housekeeping
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast on day 2 in Murmansk
  • Included Copy 20 Shipboard breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  • Included Copy 20 Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Transfers in Murmansk; airport - hotel, hotel - port, port - airport
  • Included Copy 20 All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by helicopter
  • Included Copy 20 All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by zodiacs
  • Included Copy 20 Program of lectures and informal discussions by experienced Expedition Team and guest lecturers
  • Included Copy 20 Expedition parka to keep, rubber boots on loan for shore landings
  • Included Copy 20 Digital Voyage Log, Informative pre-departure materials
  • Included Copy 20 Gratuities to the expedition team and hotel staff
  • Included Copy 20 Personalized medical insurance covering the risks of evacuation and repatriation.
  • Included Copy 20 All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • Included Copy 7 Airfares, visa expenses, additional meals, drinks, laundry
Transportation
I/B Icebreaker: 50 Years of Victory

124 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Fantastic photo opportunities - with professional photographer onboard
  • Included Onboard helicopter for heli flights over the ice and Franz Josef Land islands
  • Included Cruise onboard an icebreaker - this marvel of engineering is an unforgettable experience
  • Included High Arctic wildlife; seals, walrus, and elusive bowhead whales and polar bears
  • Included Visit historic sites, walk in the footsteps of famous explorers such as Fridtjof Nansen
  • Included Stand on top of the world at the North Pole!
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Duration

13 days

Price from

$31,995 USD

Per person, twin share

Based on a standard twin cabin

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