North Pole - The Ultimate Arctic Adventure

50 Years of Victory
50 years of Victory
128 Passengers

Imagine standing on the one earthly spot where the only direction is south. You can, when you travel to the North Pole. Join an exclusive group of just 128 passengers for your once-in-a-lifetime trip to the very top of the world.

To reach the North Pole is the pinnacle of Arctic expedition endeavors. Few people can say they stood at the one earthly spot where every direction is south. The added excitement of helicopter excursions and an optional hot air balloon flight above the North Pole make this Quark Expeditions adventure a true once-in-a-lifetime experience. Crushing through the ice, admiring soaring seabirds and visiting Franz Josef Land, your voyage will be one that you won’t soon forget.

Your icebreaker ship, 50 Years of Victory, will take you to a part of the world more commonly associated with fairy tales and folklore – the North Pole! Crushing through multi-year pack ice, the journey can take several days, which only helps to heighten the level of excitement. Celebrate with champagne upon your arrival and soar above the entire Earth on an optional hot air balloon ride.

Expedition in Brief:
• Stand at the top of the world 90° N
• The largest, most powerful nuclear icebreaker in the world, 50 Years of Victory
• Helicopter sightseeing above the Arctic Ocean
• Possible polar bears, walrus and other arctic wildlife sightings
• Optional tethered flight by hot air balloon (weather permitting)
• Zodiac cruising
• Franz Josef Land historical sites, wildlife and wildflowers

Brief Itinerary
Day 1Helsinki, Finland
Day 2Embarkation Day in Murmansk
Days 3 to 6Northbound in the Arctic Ocean
Day 790° North
Day 8Southbound in the Arctic Ocean
Days 9 & 10Franz Josef Land
Days 11 & 12Southbound at Sea
Day 13Disembarkation in Murmansk, Fly to Helsinki
Day 14Helsinki, Finland

NOTE: The June 3rd 2015 trip spends an additional day traveling to the pole.  (A 15 day trip instead of 14 days.)

Day 1 — Helsinki, Finland

Your adventure begins with a one-night stay in Helsinki, Finland’s capital.


Day 2 — Embarkation Day in Murmansk

From Helsinki, you’ll join your fellow passengers on the charter flight 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.


Days 3 to 6 — Northbound in the Arctic Ocean

Being onboard 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 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 keeping a lookout for bird life. There are also many wonderful amenities onboard, such as the ship’s lap pool or basketball court.


Day 7 — 90° North

The anticipation reaches a climax as you reach 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 to enjoy your moment at the top! Later, everyone will celebrate with a champagne toast and a BBQ 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 (highly weather dependent).


Day 8 — Southbound in the Arctic Ocean

On our return voyage you can sit back and relax. As you head further south, you may get lucky and spot polar bears hunting for seals.


Days 9 & 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, we’ll launch the Zodiacs and cruise beneath towering cliffs to explore remote seabird colonies. The 50 Years of Victory helicopter will provide aerial sightseeing and our Zodiacs will transfer you to seldom-visited landing sites.


Days 11 & 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. Expedition staff will be on hand to answer any remaining questions, and point out wildlife during the return journey.


Day 13 — Disembarkation in Murmansk, Fly to Helsinki

Returning to Russia’s most northerly city, it will be time to bid farewell to 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 14 — Helsinki, Finland

After breakfast, your official journey comes to an end. We do encourage you to spend time exploring Helsinki, Tallinn (the capital of Estonia) and St. Petersburg.


IMPORTANT REMINDER Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Arktika Suite
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Rates are per person based on twin occupancy. Twin cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the share price. Mini-Suites and above are available for single occupancy at 2 times the share price. All cabins have private baths and are smoke-free. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas only.

Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum of $100,000 per person is included; however, the charter flight is not.

Hot Air Balloon option is $295 per person, payable on the ship.

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Charter Flights: Helsinki/Murmansk & Murmansk/Helsinki.

$2,000 discount on Suites &
$1,000 discount on Twin Cabins
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$26,995$25,995$30,995$28,995Full$37,995$35,995$40,995$38,995Full$41,995$39,995$1,750
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$2,000 discount on Suites &
$1,000 discount on Twin Cabins
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$26,995$25,995Full$30,995$28,995$37,995$35,995$40,995$38,995$41,995$39,995$1,750
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Rates are per person based on twin occupancy. Twin cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the share price. Mini-Suites and above are available for single occupancy at 2 times the share price. All cabins have private baths and are smoke-free. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas only.

Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum of $100,000 per person is included; however, the charter flight is not.

Hot Air Balloon option is $295 per person, payable on the ship.

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Rates Arctic 2017
Standard Twin
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Suite
Victory Suite
Arktika Suite
Charter
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Charter Flights: Helsinki/Murmansk & Murmansk/Helsinki.

$2,000 discount on Suites &
$1,000 discount on Twin Cabins
(Prices in Red)
Expires May 1st 2015
$27,995$26,995$31,995$29,995Full$39,995$37,995$42,995$40,995Full$43,995$41,995$1,750
Charter Flights: Helsinki/Murmansk & Murmansk/Helsinki.

$2,000 discount on Suites &
$1,000 discount on Twin Cabins
(Prices in Red)
Expires May 1st 2015
$27,995$26,995$31,995$29,995$39,995$37,995$42,995$40,995$43,995$41,995$1,750
Charter Flights: Helsinki/Murmansk & Murmansk/Helsinki.

$2,000 discount on Suites &
$1,000 discount on Twin Cabins
(Prices in Red)
Expires May 1st 2015
$27,995$26,995$31,995$29,995$39,995$37,995$42,995$40,995$43,995$41,995$1,750
No trips meet your criteria. Please increase the budget above to view more results.
Click on the tour dates in the left column to view a trip itinerary. Point MOUSE at Cabin Category to view DETAILED description.

Rates are per person based on twin occupancy. Twin cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the share price. Mini-Suites and above are available for single occupancy at 2 times the share price. All cabins have private baths and are smoke-free. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas only.

Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum of $100,000 per person is included; however, the charter flight is not.

Hot Air Balloon option is $295 per person, payable on the ship.

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