The North Pole is the world’s northernmost point and a prize still zealously pursued by adventurers and explorers today. This incredible adventure starts in Murmansk, Russia. There you embark the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy for a roundtrip voyage to the geographic North Pole. Anticipation heightens as the mighty ship takes us smashing through the frozen Arctic Ocean toward our goal.
In addition to the exhilaration of cruising aboard a state-of-the-art icebreaker and the thrill of standing at the top of the world, you also have the opportunity to explore the rarely visited Russian Arctic archipelago of Franz Josef Land. This is an extraordinary voyage on a one-of-a-kind ship, worthy of a true adventurer.
“Unique” and “one-of-a-kind” are words bandied about in the cruise industry, but rarely do the voyages or the ships they’re associated with live up to these superlatives. Here’s one that does: a North Pole expedition aboard 50 Years of Victory, a nuclear-powered icebreaker that takes you to a spot inaccessible to all other commercial passenger vessels. Only one vessel can deliver you to 90º North, the geographic top of the world. On your cruise to the North Pole, watch in amazement from high above the surface as your vessel’s twin nuclear reactors generate 75,000 horsepower, powering the vessel to crush Arctic sea ice as thick as three meters.
50 Years of Victory is a working ship; when it’s not offering North Pole expeditions it is busy clearing ice for scientific exploration and transport in hard-to-reach areas of the Arctic and Northeast Passage.
But you will find this workhorse very accommodating, providing comfortable cabins – all with outside views, private facilities and lower beds – for only 128 guests. Public spaces include a dining room, aft salon for lectures, presentations and socializing, a bow-facing bar and lounge, and library. There’s even a gym, two saunas and a swimming pool with heated seawater from the Arctic Ocean.
Enhancing your time aboard are presentations by our experienced expedition staff – historians, scientists, naturalists and others – all of whom will bring your North Pole cruise alive with thoughtful insights and fascinating perceptions of the region. On attaining the true geographic North Pole, celebrate on the ice this spot that ostensibly belongs to no one, yet to everyone.
But your expedition to the North Pole is only half over, and there’s still much to see and do. Your return journey to Murmansk takes you to Franz Josef Land, an archipelago of uninhabited islands, yet rich with wildlife and startling scenery. From the safety of the ship’s towering superstructure, look for polar bears on their daily prowl, or colonies of seabirds nesting on rocky cliff sides. Under the guidance of our expedition team, head ashore in Zodiac landing craft at Tikhaya Bay on Hooker Island, where dilapidated buildings still stand at the meteorological station abandoned 50 years ago.
On this North Pole expedition, you’ll have the opportunity to go aloft in the ship’s helicopter for an aerial tour. Far below will be 50 Years of Victory, your home-away-from-home during your voyage to the top of the world.
Join us for a trip of a lifetime, a North Pole cruise.
DATES – 2017 – June 14-27, 2017 *
2018 (13 Days) – July 08-20; July 19-31; July 30-Aug 11
DURATION – 14 Days
EMBARKATION – Murmansk, Russia
DISEMBARKATION – Murmansk, Russia
SHIP – 50 Years of Victory
*Special Savings – up to $8,000 per person
THE WORLD’S LARGEST ICEBREAKER
The Russian name of the vessel 50 Let Pobedy means 50 Years of Victory. Powered by two nuclear reactors generating 75,000 horsepower and capable of crushing a clear path through multi-year ice up to three meters thick, she is the largest and most powerful icebreaker ever built, launched in 2005.
Cruising aboard this marvel of engineering is an unforgettable experience in itself. She is a working ship, purpose-built to pilot cargo and research ships through heavy ice. For you she provides a friendly, casual atmosphere with unexpected amenities, comfortable accommodation, and a restaurant serving gourmet cuisine.
TOP OF THE WORLD
We carefully navigate the icebreaker to precisely 90 degrees north for our champagne toast of this momentous accomplishment. We ceremoniously drop the anchor on a sturdy stretch of ice and disembark onto the frozen sea. You are now able to stand at the top of the world.
You literally circumambulate the globe during our International Round Dance and you are treated to a special barbeque meal on the ice. You may even have the chance to take a plunge into the icy water. No other point on Earth is exactly like the North Pole and there is no celebration anywhere quite like this.
FRANZ JOSEF LAND ARCHIPELAGO
This remote wilderness is home to a variety of iconic High Arctic wildlife, including polar bears. In the surrounding icy waters it is possible to spot seals, walrus, and the elusive bowhead whale. The archipelago also hosts an abundance of nesting Arctic seabirds such as the rare ivory gull.
Day 1: Murmansk, Russia
Welcome to the city of Murmansk on Russia’s Kola Peninsula, starting point of our adventure. Upon your arrival at the airport we provide a transfer to your hotel, which has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the voyage.
Day 2: Embarkation in Murmansk
Today we provide a group transfer to the port where we welcome you aboard the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy. Explore the ship and get orientated as we slip our moorings and sail north out of Kola Bay.
Days 3-6: The Voyage North
Nowhere can it be more truly said that “getting there is half the fun”. As we cruise northward through the Barents Sea there is always the possibility of seeing whales. Meanwhile, you have the opportunity to learn about the unique icebreaking capabilities of the ship. You are also treated to a tour of the engine room.
As we make our way across the ice cap, you witness firsthand the ship’s awesome power as massive ice blocks give way under the enormous bulk of the spoon-shaped bow. The sensation of being on deck at this time is surreal and unforgettable.
We also take advantage of 24-hour daylight to offer helicopter flightseeing tours. From the air you can observe the ship crushing a path through the ice. You also have a unique vantage point from which to witness the stunning beauty of this vast polar icescape.
Day 7: North Pole
Welcome to the geographic North Pole! After carefully navigating to 90 degrees North, we ceremoniously drop the anchor on a sturdy stretch of ice and disembark onto the frozen sea.
Now is the time to experience the long-anticipated thrill of standing at the top of the world. Join hands with your fellow passengers and literally walk around the world during our special International Round Dance. You are also treated to a barbeque meal on the ice. You may even have the chance to take a plunge into the icy water!
After our memorable time at the North Pole we turn around and head south. But the adventure is not over yet. The High Arctic archipelago of Franz Josef Land is still to come!
Day 8-10: Exploration of Franz Josef Land
The Franz Josef Land archipelago, part of the Russian Arctic National Park since 2012, is a nature sanctuary. Polar bears and other quintessential High Arctic wildlife—such as walruses and some rare whale species—can be spotted anytime, anywhere in and around Franz Josef Land. Scree slopes and cliffs around the islands host enormous nesting colonies of migratory seabirds such as guillemots, dovekies, and ivory gulls. We take advantage of 24-hour daylight to exploit every opportunity for wildlife viewing and excursions via Zodiac and helicopter.
Day 11-12: The Voyage South
After our amazing time in Franz Josef Land we cross back south through the bountiful waters of the Barents Sea.
Day 13: Disembarkation in Murmansk and Flight to Moscow
After breakfast on board we say farewell in Murmansk. We provide you with a transfer to the airport or to the city center, depending on the time of your flight to Moscow. Tonight in Moscow we have arranged a hotel for you. This is included in the price of the voyage.
NORTH POLE - "50 YEARS OF VICTORY"
|RATES PER PERSON||2017 REGULAR RATES||JUNE 14-27, 2017|
|2018 REGULAR RATE||2018 EARLY BOOKING *|
|STANDARD TWIN CABIN||$27,995||$24,995||$28,695||$27,260|
* Book before July 31, 2017 and save up to $ 2.255