Your icebreaker ship, 50 Years of Victory, will take you to a part of the world more commonly associated with fairy tales and folklore—the North Pole. Crushing through multi-year pack ice, the journey to 90°N can take as long as a week, which only helps to heighten the level of excitement. Visitors to the North Pole usually number in the mere hundreds each year. Soak up the icy surroundings knowing that even polar bears and harp seals are rare visitors to this extremity of the earth. Celebrate with champagne upon your arrival, ecstatic that you've been to the top of the world. A professional expedition team will provide lectures and education about this incredibly vast polar wilderness. This North Pole cruise provides opportunities to photograph everything from delicate tundra wildflowers (bring your micro lens) to sparkling landscapes of ice and snow (bring your filters)! You'll also need a long lens to capture polar bears, walrus and unusual birds. Rest assured, your remote location won't stop you from enjoying fine dining aboard your icebreaker, with an eclectic menu crafted by a professional Chef. A once-in-a-lifetime adventure awaits.
Cruise Departure Dates (2014):
June 19, June 30
Special Offer: Book Now for 2014 and get FREE Return Air from Helsinki to Murmansk + FREE Walking tour in Helsinki. Limited time offer. Subject to availability.
Airport transfer with a private vehicle and driver.
Explore Helsinki with English speaking Guide. Discover the historical city center and view Sibelius Monument, the Senate Square, the Olympic Stadium, and the famous Finlandia Hall by Alvar Alto in the diplomatic district, as well as the open air market among other sights. Entrance fees are not included in the tour cost.
The Crowne Plaza Helsinki offers every guest newly renovated rooms that provide brilliantly executed interior design that is both comfortable and practical with a touch of Finnish as well as Oriental feeling. With a completely new milieu, a great location virtually opposite the Finnish National Opera, easy access to City Centre and Helsinki Airport, as well as the customer-oriented solutions, guests' comfort is guaranteed.
Join a group transfer from your hotel to the airport, for your flight to Murmansk.
Upon arrival, you'll join a group transfer from the airport to your awaiting ship.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom and to explore the length of the icebreaker ship.
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.
Watching your ship crush through the Arctic pack-ice is a sight you’ll never forget, made even more memorable by taking a helicopter flight for a thrilling aerial view of the Victory, and expansive Arctic Ocean.
You can expect the days, and hours, to present variable sailing conditions this far north. Bring your adventurous spirit, and a sense of humor, and enjoy the company of your expedition mates as you sail.
The crossing from Murmansk to the North Pole can take anywhere from 5 to 8 days. This means you’ll have plenty of time to get to know your shipmates, stare out at the horizon, enjoy some drinks at the bar or go for a swim in the ship’s lap pool.
Enjoy another day aboard the Icebraker. Get ready for the pinnacle destination, the North Pole, which you'll reach shortly. Off-deck adventure also awaits you on your way to the North Pole. For those wishing to take some time away from their new found sea legs, a walk on the ice pack will do the trick.
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! Later, everyone enjoys a champagne toast and a BBQ on the ice. Take a Polar Plunge into the icy waters marking the North Pole. If weather is extremely cooperative, you may be able to add an exclamation to your success by rising high in a hot air balloon to commemorate this great moment.
After your magical North Pole experience, you can now just sit back and relax, everything from here on out is a bonus! Expect more great memories, as you head further south, you may get lucky and spot polar bears hunting for seals.
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.
This part of the Arctic Ocean is so remote that Franz Josef Land was discovered after Antarctica. It is the most northerly archipelago in Eurasia and lies entirely within the Arctic Circle. Here you’ll visit historic places like Cape Flora on Northbrook Island, home to buildings and ruins from three ill-fated Arctic expeditions. You may see walrus and polar bears on these islands, which you’ll explore on Zodiac excursions and helicopter sightseeing rides.
Enjoy a few moments on deck or reminisce with your shipmates and new friends as you cross the Arctic Ocean back to Murmansk.
Today is your final day at sea as you prepare to make landfall tomorrow back in Murmansk.
This morning you'll disembark from your cruise vessel, and prepare for your flight back to Helsinki.
Join a group transfer out of port, to the airport.
Charter flight from Murmansk to Helsinki.
Join a group transfer from the airport to your hotel.
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