North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure

North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure

From AUD $45,300


Imagine standing at the top of the Earth, glass of champagne in hand – and everywhere you look is south. That is the essence of the 14-day North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure aboard 50 Years of Victory, the most powerful nuclear icebreaker in the world. Crush through multiyear ice on the Arctic Ocean, sightsee by helicopter on the lookout for walruses, seals, whales, and polar bears, or take a tethered hot-air balloon ride at 90º N, weather permitting. Possible stops at the island of Franz Josef Land will have you in awe of the flora and fauna as you visit seabird colonies and retrace the footsteps of early explorers.

One night’s pre- and post-expedition hotel accommodation in Helsinki with breakfast
Round-trip flights from Helsinki to Murmansk
Transfer to and from the ship
Transfers between the airport and hotel in Helsinki

One night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Helsinki
Group transfer from hotel to charter flight in Helsinki on Day 2
Charter flight from Helsinki to Murmansk
Transfers to and from the ship
Charter flight from Murmansk to Helsinki
Group transfer from charter flight to hotel in Helsinki on disembarkation day
One night’s post-expedition hotel accommodation in Helsinki

Special Guests
On the North Pole Departure of June 23, 2019, our photography experts will be available to help you with your camera, as well as your photography, both on and off the ship. In addition to hands on help, guests can expect photography workshops.

Sue Flood
Sue Flood is a professional wildlife and travel photographer. Sue has been working in the Polar Regions since 1998, although her work increasingly takes her to warmer climates to thaw out.

Cindy Miller Hopkins
Cindy Miller Hopkins is a full-time travel and wildlife photographer with thousands of publications to her credit. Her images can be seen on the pages of text books, travel brochures, calendars, and other consumer products, as well as U.S. and international magazines and newspapers.

Trip Name
North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure
Vessel Type: Icebreaker
Length: 160m
Passenger Capacity: 128
Built / refurbished: 1989 / 2007
We don’t have the heart to use she when we talk about i/b 50 Years of Victory – it’s not ladylike at all. Elegance doesn’t matter when it comes to the right vessel to take you to the top of the world. The most powerful icebreaker ever built generates 75,000 horsepower and crushes multi-year ice layers three meters thick. After a few days aboard, you’ll feel her (or him?) sharing power as you together battle your way through the Arctic icecap to 90º north.
I/b 50 Years of Victory is not a tourist ship. Rather, the icebreaker was purpose-built to pilot scientific and cargo ships to hard-to-reach areas of the Arctic and along the Northeast Passage. It is just during the short summer months when adventurers get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to travel aboard this real working icebreaker to the geographic North Pole.


Day 1 - Day 1 - Helsinki
Your adventure begins with a one-night stay in Helsinki, Finland’s capital
Day 2 - Day 2 — Embarkation Day in Murmansk
From Helsinki, your charter flight will take you to Murmansk, Russia, where you’ll embark on your voyage to the North Pole and get acquainted with 50 Years of Victory, the world’s largest and most powerful icebreaker.
Day 3 - 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.You can expect variable sailing conditions this far north. The crossing from Murmansk to the North Pole can take us anywhere from four to six days depending on the ice conditions. This means you’ll have plenty of time to get to know your shipmates and be treated to lectures and discussions by our Expedition Team while looking out for birdlife. There are also many wonderful amenities on board, such as the ship’s lap pool or basketball court.
Day 4 - Day 7 — 90° North
The anticipation reaches a climax as you arrive at the North Pole! Many travelers find themselves overcome with emotion, while others are in a festive and celebratory mood. Take photos, call your family, wave a flag— just be sure you enjoy your moment at the top! Later, everyone will celebrate with a champagne toast and a barbecue on the ice. If the opportunity allows, you have the option of taking a polar plunge into the icy waters around the North Pole. We’ll also attempt to launch passengers high above the Pole in our hot air balloon to commemorate this great moment (this is highly weather dependent).
Day 5 - Day 8 — Southbound in the Arctic Ocean
On our return voyage you can sit back and relax. As you head farther south you may get lucky and spot polar bears hunting for seals.
Day 6 - Days 9 and 10 — Franz Josef Land
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.
Day 7 - Days 11 and 12 — At Sea
Enjoy your time on deck or reminisce with your shipmates and new friends as you cross the Arctic Ocean back to Murmansk. Expedition staff will be on hand to answer any remaining questions and point out wildlife during the return journey.
Day 8 - Day 13 — Disembarkation Day in Murmansk
Returning to Russia’s most northerly city, it will be time to bid farewell to your ship, 50 Years of Victory. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your charter flight to Helsinki, Finland to enjoy one final night with your newfound friends.
Day 9 - Day 14 — Helsinki, Finland
After breakfast, your official Quark Expeditions journey comes to an end. We do encourage you to spend some extra time exploring Helsinki, Tallinn (the capital of Estonia) and St. Petersburg.
Day 10 - Please Note:
Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When travelling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
17-06-202030-06-2020AUD $45,300Twin
17-06-202030-06-2020AUD $52,700Mini Suite
17-06-202030-06-2020AUD $60,800Suite
17-06-202030-06-2020AUD $64,500Victory Suite
17-06-202030-06-2020AUD $66,000Arktika Suite
28-06-202011-07-2020AUD $45,300Twin
28-06-202011-07-2020AUD $52,700Mini Suite
28-06-202011-07-2020AUD $60,800Suite
28-06-202011-07-2020AUD $64,500Victory Suite
28-06-202011-07-2020AUD $66,000Arktika Suite


    • Stand at the top of the world at 90°N
    • Experience the largest, most powerful nuclear icebreaker in the world, 50 Years of Victory
    • Enjoy helicopter sightseeing above the Arctic Ocean
    • Possibly view polar bears, walrus and other arctic wildlife
    • Take advantage of optional tethered flight by hot air balloon (weather permitting)
    • Cruise in a zodiac
    • Visit Franz Josef Land historical sites, wildlife and wildflowers