How's the view from the top?
As one of the most distinctive and least accessible places on Earth, the North Pole appears on many bucket lists, but is checked off by very few. Go where few have ever journeyed before, walk in the footsteps of the legendary explorers, and make memories that will last a lifetime.
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Live Like an Adventurer
We call North Pole the ultimate Arctic adventure for a reason. In one voyage you can crush through multi-year sea ice on a nuclear icebreaker, cruise in a Zodiac and fly in a helicopter to chase wildlife sightings like walruses, seals, whales, and even polar bears. Top off your expedition with a tethered hot-air balloon ride at 90º N, witnessing a sight few have seen. Possible stops in Franz Josef Land, dependent on weather and ice conditions, complete this authentic exploration experience, with stops at historic expedition sites frozen in time.
Forge Lifelong Memories
50 Years of Victory, one of the world's most powerful nuclear icebreakers, will be your home as you power north through the Arctic sea ice. Equipped with gym, sauna, and swimming pool, in addition to its helicopter pad and Zodiac launch, the Victory combines comfort with the capabilities of a full expedition vessel. You'll be able to mingle and make lasting friendships with fellow adventurers, enjoying gourmet meals in the main dining room, or taking in cocktails and academic lectures in the Aft Saloon.
This was a wonderful trip with outstanding staff. The ship was extremely comfortable and the menus were delicious and imaginative. We especially loved the spirit of adventure which we could feed by taking advantage of all the “toys” onboard, like the helicopter and the Zodiacs. This was a dream trip come true! Thank you Quark!
North Pole Passenger
Expedition in Brief
- Stand at the top of the world at 90°N.
- Experience one of the largest, most powerful nuclear icebreakers in the world, 50 Years of Victory.
- Enjoy helicopter sightseeing above the frozen Arctic Ocean.
- Opportunity to see polar bears, walrus and other arctic wildlife,
- Take advantage of optional tethered hot air balloon flight (weather permitting).
- Cruise in a Zodiac for a more intimate experience of the Arctic
- Visit Franz Josef Land historical sites, wildlife and wildflowers
Your adventure begins with a one-night stay in Helsinki, Finland’s capital.
Embarkation Day in Murmansk
From Helsinki, you’ll join your fellow passengers on the chartered flight to Murmansk, Russia, where you’ll embark on your voyage to the North Pole.
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.
All the anticipation built in the past 6 days reaches a climax as you arrive at the North Pole! Take photos, call your family, wave a flag and enjoy your moment at the top. In the meantime, your expedition crew will prepare a BBQ feast and pass around champagne for the ultimate toast. If the opportunity arises, you may even get the chance to take the North Pole Plunge!
Southbound in the Arctic Ocean
On our return voyage you can sit back, relax and reflect on this rare achievement. As you head farther south, be on the lookout for polar bears hunting seals and other arctic wildlife.
Days 9 and 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. Here, you’ll explore Cape Flora and discover historic remains from three ill-fated arctic expeditions.
Days 11 and 12
Southbound at Sea
Enjoy your time on deck or reminisce with your shipmates and new friends as you cross the Arctic Ocean back to Murmansk.
Disembarkation in Murmansk
Returning to Russia’s most northerly city, it will be time to bid farewell to your ship, 50 Years of Victory.
Spend some extra time exploring Helsinki, Tallinn (the capital of Estonia) and Saint Petersburg.