1 night pre-cruise hotel accommodation in Murmansk, Russia, with breakfast; transfer from airport to the hotel in Murmansk 1 day prior to departure; transfer from hotel to the port in Murmansk on embarkation day; transfer from the port to the airport or central location in Murmansk upon disembarkation; shipboard accommodation with housekeeping; shipboard breakfasts, lunches and dinners; coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock; all shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by helicopter; all shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiacs; shore landings included in daily program; program of lectures and informal discussions by experienced expedition team and guest lecturers; professional expedition leadership; branded Poseidon Expeditions parka; rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise; hair dryer and bathrobes in each cabin; informative pre-departure materials; Digital Voyage Log; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; all shipboard luggage handling; gratuities to the expedition team and hotel staff; personalized medical insurance covering the risks of evacuation and repatriation (coverage: 100,000 EUR during cruise days only. This is only for passengers under 90 years old. Passengers 90 and older should contact their Adventure Specialist regarding evacuation insurance requirements.)
Airfare to and from Murmansk; transfers from the airport to the hotel if arriving prior to day 1 of the itinerary; helicopter flying time in excess of that offered for the group; passport and visa expenses (a Russian visa is required for the trip. The visa must be obtained by the customer and is at his or her expense. Please contact your local Russian Consulate to learn more about the procedure for obtaining a Visa); state arrival and departure taxes (if levied); meals ashore and supplements in respect of single hotel accommodation (if required); excess luggage charges on international and local flights; telecommunication services; laundry, bar and beverage charges aboard the vessel; and luggage and cancellation insurance (strongly recommended).
Payment & Cancellation
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at the time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 120 days – 5% of total trip cost
119 to 91 days – 20% of total trip cost
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost
Terms & Conditions
This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.
Arrival & Departure
The North Pole: Top of the World expedition begins and ends in Murmansk, Russia (MMK). Plan flights to arrive in Murmansk anytime on day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Murmansk anytime after 10:40am on day 13 of the itinerary. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.
Hiking, Zodiac cruising, helicopter sightseeing, lectures, workshops and an expert photography guide on board each voyage are optional and included. Time, weather and ice conditions permitting, experience breathtaking helicopter rides over the icebreaker as it plows its way through the ice. Just imagine how amazing photo ops this adventure provides! The helicopter is also used to land on wild Franz Josef Land islands when Zodiacs cannot be used.
Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x the per-person listed rate in a Standard Twin cabin and 2x the per person listed rate in Mini Suite, Junior Suite, Grand Suite, Victory Suite and Arktika Suite. Sharing is possible only in a Standard Twin cabin. Those who booked shared accommodations aboard the ship will also share accommodations at the pre-cruise hotel, if applicable.
Families & Children
Children must be at least 12 years of age to participate in this expedition cruise; however, on a case-by-case basis, children ages 8-11 may be accepted with additional screening.
Personalized medical insurance covering the risks of evacuation and repatriation (cruise days only), to a maximum benefit per paying traveler of 100,000 EUR, is included in the cost of this trip for passengers under 90 years old. In addition to the emergency evacuation insurance, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with additional travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.