North Pole Expedition with Poseidon Expeditions

Expedition to the top of the world

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Poseidon are the leading operators of expeditionary polar cruising and their ice-breaker ship, the nuclear-powered ‘50 Years of Victory’, is the only one of its kind in the world.

Joining a voyage to the top of the world you will feel the thickness of Arctic pack ice under your feet while walking on ice, experience the midnight sun, witness the power of the ship cutting through the ice fields from a helicopter, explore the historic sights of extraordinary human endeavour and encounter polar bears, walruses and whales. You'll navigate the remote and beautiful islands of Franz Josef Land archipelago, then continue north to to reach the North Pole at 90 degrees north.  Poseidon are also the only operator to offer this extraordinary experience since as no other vessel ventures this far.

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 high summer when explorers have the unique opportunity to sail 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 socialising and lectures. Facilites on board include a dining room (seating unreserved), bar & lounge with front-facing view, library, gym, two saunas and a swimming pool filled with heated sea water. There is also a clinic on board with passenger doctor (licensed). 

A expeditionary cruise aboard the 50 Years of Victory provides the unique opportunity to conquer the top of the world aboard the most powerful icebreaker ever built.

Why we like it

  • The only expedition to reach the North Pole at 90 degrees N
  • Cruising aboard ‘50 Years of Victory’ - the only ship of its kind in the world.
  • Crushing through the Arctic ice
  • Spotting seabirds, walruses, whales and polar bears
  • Exploration by zodiac boat and kayak
  • The fascinating sights of historic human endeavour

At a Glance

Day 1 - Welcome to Murmansk on Russia’s Kola Peninsula
Day 2 - Embarkation aboard the 'Let Pobedy' or 50 Years of Victory in English
Days 3 to 6 - Cruise northwards through The Barents Sea, whale spotting as you go
Day 7 - Welcome to the geographic North Pole at 90 degrees north
Days 8 to 10 - Explore the Franz Josef Land archipelago; spot walruses and polar bears; visit historic sights
Days 11 to 12 - Voyage south and enjoy the onboard facilities and lectures
Day 13 - Disembarkation in Murmansk

Key facts

  • Itinerary duration - 13 days (12 days of cruising)
  • Expeditions run from July to August - just 3 x departures per year
  • Begins & ends: Murmansk (Russia)
  • Sail aboard 50 Years of Victory, icebreaker
  • Russian visa required
  • Includes all shore excursions and activities
  • Opportunity to add a side trip to St Petersburg or Moscow
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