Imagine standing at the North Pole, the one earthly spot where every direction is south! Our expedition aboard the 50 Years of Victory, the world’s largest and most powerful icebreaker, brings you deep through the thick pack ice of the Arctic Ocean to the top of the world, where you celebrate your achievement with champagne and an optional hot air balloon ride over the vast frozen landscape. Along the way, admire flocks of soaring seabirds and explore the wildlife-rich archipelago of Franz Josef Land, with its polar bears, walrus, and many species of whales, including humpbacks, belugas, and narwhals.
Helsinki, Finland / Murmansk, Russia
Northbound in the Arctic Ocean
Top of the World—90° North!
Southbound in the Arctic Ocean
Franz Josef Land
At sea / Murmansk / Fly home
St. Petersburg by High Speed TrainTravel on the The Allegro, a high speed train on the historic track between Heslinki, Finland. and St. Petersburg, Russia, and enjoy the best of Imperial St. Petersburg on this 2-night, 3-day extension. Please call for prices.
Day 1Board the high-speed Allegro train to St. Petersburg city center. Explore the canals and squares of the Venice of the North with an English-speaking guide. See the beautiful palaces that line the Neva River and visit the renowned Hermitage Museum. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2A hydrofoil transports you to Peterhoff Palace, a country retreat with manicured gardens and fountains. Lunch is served in a restaurant called the Summer Palace, because of its architectural style, reminiscent of 18th Russia. Continue touring in the afternoon, and in the evening, attend a ballet or opera performance, then dine at the Russian Ampir Restaurant.
Return to Helsinki aboard the Allegro train.