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North Pole

The Ultimate Arctic Adventure aboard the 50 Years of Victory


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 us deep through the thick pack ice of the Arctic Ocean to the top of the world, where we celebrate our achievement with champagne and an optional hot air balloon ride over the vast frozen landscape. Along the way, we 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.

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.


Day 1
Helsinki, Finland

Arrive in Helsinki and overnight at hotel.

Day 2
Helsinki, Finland / Murmansk, Russia

From Helsinki, your charter flight brings us to Murmansk, Russia, where you embark on the 50 Years of Victory, the world's largest and most powerful icebreaker.

Days 3-6
Northbound in the Arctic Ocean

Watching the ship crush through the Arctic ice pack is an unforgettable sight, made even more memorable by taking a helicopter flight for a thrilling aerial view of the ship and expansive Arctic Ocean.

You can expect the days, and hours, to present variable sailing conditions this far north. The crossing from Murmansk to the North Pole can take anywhere from 5 to 8 days. This means you’ll have plenty of time to get to know our shipmates, stare at the horizon, enjoy some drinks at the bar or go for a swim in the ship’s lap pool.

Day 7
Top of the World—90° North!

Your anticipation of the past days reaches a climax as you arrive at the North Pole! You can celebrate our success by rising high in a hot air balloon to commemorate this great moment. Later, enjoy a champagne toast and a barbecue feast right on the ice.

Day 8
Southbound in the Arctic Ocean

As you head south, you can expect more great memories, including the chance of spotting polar bears hunting for seals.

Days 9-10
Franz Josef Land

At Franz Josef Land, so remote it was discovered after Antarctica, visit historic places such as Cape Flora on Northbrook Island, home to structures and ruins from three ill-fated Arctic expeditions. Walrus and polar bear are residents here, and you may see them as you explore on Zodiac excursions and helicopter sightseeing rides. Franz Josef Land is the most northerly archipelago in Eurasia and lies entirely within the Arctic Circle.

Days 11-14
At sea / Murmansk / Fly home

After two days at sea, return to Russia’s most northerly city. A charter flight brings you back to Helsinki, where you overnight before flying home. We encourage you to spend some extra time exploring Helsinki, Tallinn (the capital of Estonia), and St. Petersburg.



Stand at the top of the world at 90°N
Enjoy helicopter sightseeing above the Arctic Ocean
Visit Franz Josef Land historical sites, wildlife and wildflowers
Take advantage of optional tethered flight by hot air balloon (weather permitting)


Length: 14 days
Cost From: $32,995  
Arrive: Helsinki, Finland
Depart: Helsinki, Finland
Lodging: 2 nights hotel, 11 nights aboard 128-passenger expedition vessel
Meals: All meals included aboard ship
Activity: Small Ship Cruising, Sea Kayaking
Trip Level:

12-day cruise, cultural explorations and walking tours

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