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Experience the ultimate Arctic adventure on this cruise to the North Pole

Imagine standing at the top of the Earth, glass of champagne in hand – and everywhere you look is south. That is the essence of the 14-day North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure aboard 50 Years of Victory, the most powerful nuclear icebreaker in the world. Crush through multiyear ice on the Arctic Ocean, sightsee by helicopter on the lookout for walruses, seals, whales, and polar bears, or take a tethered hot-air balloon ride at 90º N, weather permitting. Possible stops at the island of Franz Josef Land will have you in awe of the flora and fauna as you visit seabird colonies and retrace the footsteps of early explorers.

Highlights of this tour included:

Stand at the top of the world at 90°N
Experience the largest, most powerful nuclear icebreaker in the world, 50 Years of Victory
Enjoy helicopter sightseeing above the Arctic Ocean
Possibly view polar bears, walrus and other arctic wildlife
Take advantage of optional tethered flight by hot air balloon (weather permitting)
Cruise in a zodiac
Visit Franz Josef Land historical sites, wildlife and wildflowers

$28695.00 USD
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July to August


All shore excursions are lead by an experienced Expedition Leaders. Zodiac and helicopter tours are included in the package.

Hot air balloon rides will be available for an additional cost, weather dependent. This tour can be booked during your voyage.


Baggage allowance on charter flights is 44 lbs (20 kg) checked and 11 lbs (5 kg) carry-on.


Not included in the package: Transportation between your home and Helsinki, passport and viss expenses, baggage/medical/cancellation travel insurance (strongly recommended), laundry service, alcoholic beverages, phone and Internet charges, hot air balloon tours, staff/crew gratuities.


The tour begins and ends in Helsinki, Finland and the tour includes the flight from Helsinki to Murmansk, Russia where you will board the ship.

Mandatory transfer package includes:

- One night pre and post expedition hotel accommodation in Helsinki with breakfast included

- Round trip flights from Helsinki to Murmansk

- Transfers to and from the ship

- Transfers between the airport and hotel in Helsinki

We are presently offering this transfer package free of charge, a $1750 US per person value.


Weather along the route and at the North Pole is often clear and sunny but you should prepare for any weather scenerio. We will make sure that you are properly outfitted and clothed to enjoy the experience.

International Destinations

All zodiac transfers for shore excursions, scheduled presentations on board the ship, all luggage handling on the ship, group helicopter flightseeing as part of the daily program.

Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum of $500,000 US, all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges are included.

Russian invitation letter for visa application provided after final payment.


A full packing list will be supplied upon booking but you will need a vareity of warm underclothes, hat, gloves, hiking boots. A parka and waterproof expedition boots will be supplied.


Camera, daypack, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle.


Accommodations are aboard the 50 Years of Victory icebreaker. Twenty years in the making, 50 Years of Victory is the first Arktika-class icebreaker to have a spoon-shaped bow, capable of breaking through ice up to 2.5 meters (9.2 feet) thick! This is the world’s largest, most-powerful nuclear icebreaker. Complete with a helicopter for shore excursions, Victory is a ship unlike any other, with the ability to go where other ships cannot.

Cabins: All cabins have exterior views and private facilities, TV and DVD Player, hairdryer and bathrobe. Some cabins come with coffee maker and safe. Arkitka Suite has a single bed in the bedroom and a sofa bed in the sitting room.

The ship: All-inclusive bar and beverages, one dining room with unreserved seating, aft Saloon for presentations and socializing, Victory Bar with exterior views, open from afternoon to late evening. Also on board is a Polar library, gym, two saunas, and small swimming pool,  passenger elevator, onboard helicopter landing pad, clinic with licensed doctor.



All breakfasts, lunches and dinners and snacks on board are included and chef-prepared each day. Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock. Non-alcoholic drinks are included. A selection of premium alcoholic drinks are available for an additional cost.

Jun 13, 2018 - Jun 26, 2018
$28695.00 / per person - USD
Twin cabin. Double occupancy.

$32795.00 / per person - USD
Mini suite. Based on double occupancy.

$40995.00 / per person - USD
Suite. Based on double occupancy.

$44095.00 / per person - USD
Victory suite. Based on double occupancy.

$45095.00 / per person - USD
Arkitka suite. Based on double occupancy.
Jun 24, 2018 - Jul 07, 2018
$28695.00 / per person - USD
Twin cabin. Based on double occupancy.

$32795.00 / per person - USD
Mini suite. Based on double occupancy.

$40995.00 / per person - USD
Suite. Based on double occupancy.

$44095.00 / per person - USD
Victory suite. Based on double occupancy.

$45095.00 / per person - USD
Arkitka suite. Based on double occupancy.

A 25% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 90 days before trip commencement.
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Jun 13, 2018 - Jun 26, 2018

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.

Day 3

Days 3-6

Northbound in the Arctic Ocean
Being on board 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 the 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 looking out for birdlife. There are also many wonderful amenities on board, such as the ship’s lap pool or basketball court.

Day 7

90° North
The anticipation reaches a climax as you arrive at 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 you enjoy your moment at the top! Later, everyone will celebrate with a champagne toast and a barbecue 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 (this is highly weather dependent)

Day 8

Southbound in the Arctic Ocean
On our return voyage you can sit back and relax. As you head farther south you may get lucky and spot polar bears hunting for seals.

Day 9

Days 9-10

Franz Josef Land and the Arctic Ocean
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.

Day 11

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
Returning to Russia’s most northerly city, it will be time to bid farewell to your ship, 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 Quark Expeditions journey comes to an end. We do encourage you to spend some extra time exploring Helsinki, Tallinn (the capital of Estonia) and Saint Petersburg.