Voyage to the North Pole

North Pole landing
from £22427 13 nights | Jun Exc. flights See price details
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  • Jun


Voyage through pack ice to the one place in the world where the only direction you can face is south... the North Pole! Become a fully-fledged Arctic explorer by travelling on the world's largest ice-breaker 50 Years of Victory. Feel her impressive power as you sail through the pack ice of the Arctic Ocean via Franz Josef Land aiming to reach 90° North. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.


  • forge through pack ice to the 'top of the world'
  • get a birds eye views over the icy ocean from the ship's helicopter
  • float above the north pole in a hot-air balloon (optional)
  • enjoy shore landings in Franz Josef Land with its abundant seabirds, polar bears and Arctic fox
  • offshore look out for belugas and narwhal

Sail to the North Pole on board the world’s largest, most-powerful nuclear icebreaker. 50 Years of Victory has two nuclear reactors, capable of producing 74,000 horsepower, and a specially designed bow capable of breaking through ice up to 2.5 metres thick!

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Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive Helsinki, Finland
Just six degrees south of the Arctic Circle lies Helsinki, a sophisticated city with nightlife, green spaces and a beautiful harbour. Spend a pre-voyage night at a centrally located hotel.
Day 2: Murmansk and embarkation
Take a charter flight from Helsinki to Murmansk, Russia, the home port of the Russian nuclear icebreaker fleet. Embark the world's largest and most powerful ice-breaker as you commence your expedition to the North Pole.
Days 3-6: The Arctic Ocean
Sailing conditions on the Arctic Ocean are changeable, so the crossing from Murmansk to the North Pole can take anywhere from 5 to 8 days. Watching Victory break through the formidable pack ice is a sight you'll never forget. Crashing through ice several metres thick, Victory can sail in conditions that would defeat most other ships. It may be possible to watch the ship's progress from the onboard helicopters, and youíll also have opportunities to view native seabirds and whales. The onboard Expedition Team will keep you engaged with informative presentations as the ship forges north.
Day 7: 90° North-The North Pole
Conditions permitting, the icebreaker should reach the North Pole some time around the seventh or eighth day of the expedition. Youíve joined a rare and select group: those that can truly say theyíve stood at the top of the world. Reflect on the many adventurers that came before you, giving their lives for the moment you are now experiencing. You'll have time for a hike on the expansive ice; you can literally walk around the world in under a minute. And for those that have pre-booked, now is the chance to gain a unique perspective on this special destination, as you enjoy a 15 minute hot-air balloon ride over the North Pole*.
Day 8: The Arctic Ocean
Now it's just you and the polar bears. As Victory sails southward, stand on the deck and survey the expanse of brilliant blue and white ice that stretches hundreds of kilometres in all directions. Keep an eye out for rare Arctic wildlife, particularly near Franz Josef Land, where polar bear sightings are possible.
Days 9-10: Franz Josef Land
Franz Josef Land is one of the most recently discovered archipelagos in the world. It was only in the late 1800's that this remote and stunning world of islands and ice was found, and even today it remains mostly unexplored. There are 191 islands in this naturalist's paradise, inhabited by polar bears, walrus, arctic fox, seals and belugas. As long as visibility is sufficient and the weather good, the helicopters will provide aerial sightseeing flights and the Zodiacs will transfer you to seldom visited landing sites.
Days 11-12: The Arctic Ocean
Continue south to Murmansk with time available to reflect on your incredible journey.
Day 13: Murmansk and disembarkation
Cross the Barents Sea to Murmansk, where youíll bid a fond farewell to the icebreaker and its crew. Board the charter flight to Helsinki, where you will spend your final post-voyage night.
Day 14: Helsinki
After breakfast at your hotel this morning it is time to depart, or perhaps extend your stay in Finland.

Please note that all voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on weather, sea and ice conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in the polar regions!

Russian visas are required on this voyage for tourists from most countries. This voyage requires double-entry Russian visas. See your country’s Russian consulate or embassy for details.

Hot-Air Balloon trip must be pre-booked; maximum 50 passengers per voyage and subject to weather conditions. 

Accommodation Options

50 Years of Victory

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  • Type: Icebreaker Ship

This powerful and sophisticated icebreaker has capacity …

Prices & Dates

2018 Season

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin.

Departure DateDurationVesselPrices from
13 June 2018 14 days 50 Years of Victory £22,427
24 June 2018 14 days 50 Years of Victory £22,427

Optional hot-air balloon excursion: £381 per person

* Hot-Air Balloon trip must be pre-booked; maximum 50 passengers per voyage and subject to weather conditions. 

Please note: Weather conditions may cause schedule changes to the voyage. Booking flexible flight tickets is therefore recommended.

Russian visas are required on this voyage for tourists from most countries. This voyage requires double-entry Russian visas. See your country’s Russian consulate or embassy for details.

Inclusions and Exclusions

50 Years of Victory

Includes: 1 night pre- and 1 night post-voyage hotel accommodation in Helsinki, including breakfast • Return charter flights between gateway city (Helsinki) and port of embarkation (Murmansk) - (luggage limit on flights is 20kg per person in hold and 5kg carry on - there is no option to increase your luggage allowance on these flights) • On embarkation day, group transfer from the host hotel to the airport and from the airport to the ship • On disembarkation day, group transfer from the ship to the airport and from the airport to the hotel • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage • Coffee, tea and hot chocloate available around the clock • A selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages with lunches and dinners • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader • All Zodiac transfers, cruising and shore landings as per the daily program • Group helicopter aerial sightseeing flight according to the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled • Digital photographic journal, documenting the voyage • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings • A Quark Expeditions parka – yours to keep • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program • All luggage handling aboard ship • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person • Russian invitation letter for visa application (provided after final payment)

Excludes: Return airfares from the UK/US to Helsinki • Additional airport or airline security charges • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Government arrival and departure taxes • Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/land arrangements (if required) • Any meals ashore other than those specified • Excess baggage charges • Telecommunication charges, laundry costs and other charges of a personal nature • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided) • Optional additional helicopter flightseeing • Optional hot-air ballooning - must be confirmed at time of booking the voyage • Travel insurance


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