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North Pole - Voyage to the North Pole

14 days

from $24,400pp (excluding flights)

Travel by state of the art nuclear powered icebreaker to the top of the world on this North Pole cruise and join that exclusive club of those who have achieved this ultimate destination. 

  • Travel by icebreaker to one of the world’s most iconic yet little visited destinations. Pushing through the pack ice to the North Pole itself at 90 degrees North, stand where very few ever have
  • A chance to experience a view of the top of the world from a tethered hot air balloon rising over the North Pole. Helicopter flight-seeing is also included
  • Travel comfortably aboard the 50 Years of Victory, the largest, most sophisticated and powerful icebreaker ever constructed and the first Arktika-class icebreaker to have a spoon-shaped bow

The North Pole can only be reached by pushing through thick pack ice, metres thick in places; this is a challenging environment that very few vessels are capable of reaching. The duration of the journey will be determined by the ice conditions, the unpredictability adding to the achievement once you finally reach your goal. The onboard helicopters and an optional hot air balloon flight over the pole itself provide fascinating aerial perspectives, while the hardy traveller can utilise the holes created in the ice to plunge into the most exclusive swimming hole on earth.

2017 Expedition Dates

09 - 22 July
20 July - 02 August
31 July - 13 August


2018 Expedition Rates

13 - 26 June
24 June - 07 July



Please note that these prices are a guide only and are subject to exchange rate fluctuations and fuel surcharges.

IncludesExcludes
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Helsinki
  • 12 day voyage on full board basis including wine, beer and soft drinks on board
  • All lectures, guided excursions and helicopter flight-seeing on board ship
  • Expedition parka & wellington boot loan
  • Comprehensive trip handbook & photo DVD
  • All port duties
  • International flights to and from Helsinki
  • Charter flights to and from the points of embarkation/ disembarkation 
  • Any additional pre or post voyage hotel accommodation or services not mentioned
  • Gratuities & laundry
  • Medical insurance (mandatory)

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights $Flight cost from 
$ 32940 $ 405
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

PLEASE NOTE THE COST SHOWN INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK, BASED ON AN APPROXIMATE AIR FARE. PLEASE ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT FOR AN ACCURATE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT QUOTE. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Helsinki


Helsinki
Arrive into Helsinki; meet up with the other members of the group


You will be staying at Hilton Helsinki Airport, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Helsinki to Murmansk, embarkation
Take a charter flight from Helsinki to Murmansk. Here, embark 50 Years of Victory and set sail.

During World War II Murmanak was Russia's link to the west, bringing large quantities of goods into the country, known as Arctic convoys. It was the final city of the Russian Empire and sits in the extreme northwest, close to Norway and Finland.


You will be staying at 50 Years of Victory, Full board

Day 3

Arctic Ocean
Due to the unpredictable nature of Arctic Ocean conditions, the journey time can vary considerably; it may take as long as eight days to reach the North Pole. This unpredictability heightens the sense of adventure that underlies all North Pole expeditions.

Watching the ship break through the formidable pack ice is a memorable sight, and it can push on through conditions that would defeat most ships. Whilst underway, have the chance to take a helicopter flight above the icebreaker and watch it progress through the frozen ocean.


You will be staying at 50 Years of Victory, Full board

Day 4

You will be staying at 50 Years of Victory, Full board

Day 5

You will be staying at 50 Years of Victory, Full board

Day 6

You will be staying at 50 Years of Victory, Full board

Day 7

You will be staying at 50 Years of Victory, Full board

Day 8

North Pole
Arrive at the North Pole and revel in the sense of achievement. Some travellers mark the occasion by clasping a special memento, some wave their national flag and others hold makeshift signs created on the spot. For those who have booked a hot air balloon flight, this is the chance to view the top of the world from above.


You will be staying at 50 Years of Victory, Full board

Day 9

Southbound through the Arctic Ocean
Head south again, cutting through the frozen Arctic Ocean. En route, the chances of polar bear sightings are good.


You will be staying at 50 Years of Victory, Full board

Day 10

Franz Josef Land
Arrive at remote Franz Joseph Land, which was only discovered in 1865. An uninhabited archipelago, Franz Joseph Land consists of a series of vast flat-topped islands with steep cliffs. These are home a number of seabirds and surrounded by fast ice. Transfer ashore by helicopter and spend time hiking, beachcombing or admiring the local birdlife.


You will be staying at 50 Years of Victory, Full board

Day 11

You will be staying at 50 Years of Victory, Full board

Day 12

You will be staying at 50 Years of Victory, Full board

Day 13

Murmansk, disembarkation Helsinki
Return to Russia's northernmost city and disembark. Fly back to Helsinki.

Day 14

Helsinki
Have some time at leisure, before departing Helsinki.

Fly Helsinki to London

Destination Experts

Our experts have unrivalled firsthand knowledge of North Pole

Sue Grimwood, Travel Expert

"It was tremendously helpful to be able to speak to someone who had been to Antarctica before - Sue had been on the ship we had booked, so was able to give us some very useful information. We felt that at every stage of the booking process that we were in safe hands. "

""I was uncharacteristically worried about this trip - neurotic some might say - and I was given 110% support and help with everything. I had been disappointed by not being able to get a space on the 2014 trip and so Sue was stuck with me for 2 years - a testament to her patience and professionalism. I was confident in Sue - she knows Antarctica and speaks from experience, that is worth a huge amount. Emails, which I would send were responded to almost immediately.""

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