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.
2019 MANDATORY TRANSFER PACKAGE INCLUDES
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
2020 MANDATORY TRANSFER PACKAGE INCLUDES:
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
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 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.
Vessel Type: Icebreaker
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.