North Pole Expedition
Conquer the Top of the World
Enjoy the unique experience of travelling aboard the most powerful nuclear icebreaker. Explore High Arctic spaces from various angles: shoot incredible airscape photos of the moving icebreaker from the helicopter; feel the thickness of Arctic pack ice under your feet while walking on ice; meet polar bears who venture close to the ship, observe Arctic birds and walruses; land and explore the remote and beautiful islands of Franz Josef Land archipelago.
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, and an upgrade of the Arktika-class. The spoon-shaped bow of the “Victory” is designed for greater icebreaking ability and makes the ship capable to force its way through 2.5 metre thick ice fields.
The 50 Years of Victory is a real working icebreaker the main task of which is to pilot scientific and cargo ships to hard-to-reach areas of the Arctic and along the Northeast Passage. It is only in summer when explorers get a unique chance to get to the top of the world aboard the most powerful icebreaker in the world.
Despite the fact that the “Victory” was not designed with touristic purposes in mind, it offers comfortable accommodation and gourmet cuisine for 128 passengers. All cabins have exterior views and private facilities. Public spaces create a friendly, casual atmosphere for socializing and get-togethers.
Features on board: dining room (seating unreserved); aft saloon for lectures, presentations and socializing; bar & lounge with front view; library & lounge; gym, two saunas and swimming pool with heated sea water. There is also a clinic on board with passenger doctor (licensed).
Why we like it
- Top of the World 90°N
- Crushing through the Arctic ice
- Spot soaring seabirds, walrus and polar bears
- Zodiac cruising
- Franz Josef Land wildlife and wildflowers
At a Glance
Day 1 - Welcome to Helsinki, the cozy Finnish capital
Day 2 - Helsinki to Murmansk flight and embarkation
Day 3 - The Barents Sea
Days 4 to 6 - Voyage to the North Pole
Day 7 - Landing on the North Pole
Days 8 to 10 - The Islands of the Russian Arctic
Days 11 to 13 - Barents Sea
Day 14 - Farewell to Helsinki
- Expeditions dates in 2016: 10 July; 21 July; 01 August
- Expedition dates in 2017: 14 June, 25 June
- Priced from US$26,995 per person
- 14 day expedition
- 50 Years of Victory, icebreaker
- Russian visa required
- Includes all shore excursions and activities