People on an expedition stand in a large circle around the North Pole, marked by a red flag at 90 degrees north
passengers on the expedition to the north pole board a helicopter in the arctic circle
parked on the ice behind a red arrow marking the true north pole the large 50 years of victory ship sits, next to it a yellow and orage hot hair balloon is inflated
Looking out from the railing of the fifty years of victory ship, an iceberg rises above the ocean in the north pole
people from the expedition walk across pack ice and a glacier at the north pole
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Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

The North Pole

The top of the world. For centuries, adventurers and explorers tried to get to the North Pole by sled, ship, aircraft, dogs and balloons. The harsh realities of the Arctic climate defeated every single one of these intrepid travelers until as recently as 1948. Even today, reaching the North Pole is a difficult and challenging journey. Only a select few make it each year. 

The 14-day North Pole expedition aboard 128-guest Fifty Years of Victory is a chance to add your name to the short list of adventurers who have made the ultimate journey to the top of the world. Round-trip from Helsinki, Finland, this expedition includes hotel nights and a charter flight to/from the ship in Murmansk, Russia, the country’s most northerly city, for a seamless and exciting travel experience.

Everything is bigger in the Arctic. Massive icebergs are surrounded by a horizon that seems to go on forever. The vacant blue of the wide sky looks over a sea of ice. Even the silence seems overwhelming. The scale is vast and humbling. Forget things like cell phones and deadlines even exist. Sailing to the Arctic aboard a powerful yet intimate ship puts life in perspective. Experience it all from one of the largest, most sophisticated and powerful icebreakers ever constructed, including its onboard helicopter. This North Pole expedition also offers an added-cost option to rise up over in the landscape in a hot air balloon, a truly remarkable way to commemorate your voyage.

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Itinerary

North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure Itinerary

Add your name to the few people who have made it to the top of the world on this 14-day North Pole expedition that begins and ends in Helsinki, Finland.

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Day 1
Arrive Helsinki, Finland

Your adventure begins with a one-night stay in Helsinki, Finland’s capital.

Accommodations

Helsinki Airport Hilton

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Embark Murmansk, Russia

From Helsinki, join fellow passengers on the charter flight to Murmansk, Russia, to embark on your voyage to the North Pole and get acquainted with 50 Years of Victory, the world’s largest and most powerful icebreaker.

Accommodations

50 Years of Victory

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 6
Northbound in the Arctic Ocean

Being aboard Victory and feeling the icebreaker as she crushes through the arctic pack ice is a feeling you’ll never forget. Just as memorable is boarding the ship’s helicopter flight for a thrilling aerial view over the ship and the expansive Arctic Ocean. Expect variable sailing conditions this far north. The crossing from Murmansk to the North Pole can take anywhere from four to six days, depending on the ice conditions. This means there’s plenty of time to get to know your shipmates and be treated to lectures and discussions by the expedition team while looking out for birdlife. There are also many wonderful amenities on board, such as the ship’s saltwater plunge pool or basketball court.

Accommodations

50 Years of Victory

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
The North Pole - 90 Degrees 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 to enjoy your moment at the top! Later, celebrate with a toast and barbecue on the ice. If the opportunity allows, take a polar plunge into the icy waters around the North Pole.  There will also be an attempt to launch passengers high above the Pole in the hot air balloon to commemorate this great moment (weather dependent, additional cost).

Accommodations

50 Years of Victory

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Southbound in the Arctic Ocean

On the return voyage, sit back and relax. As the ship sales farther south, perhaps get lucky and spot polar bears hunting for seals.

Accommodations

50 Years of Victory

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 9 - 10
Franz Josef Land & the Arctic Ocean

This group of 192 islands forms the most northerly archipelago in Eurasia and lies entirely within the Arctic Circle. Explore Cape Flora and discover historic remains from three ill-fated Arctic expeditions. If conditions allow, explore remote seabird colonies while Zodiac cruising beneath towering cliffs or enjoy another breathtaking aerial sightseeing tour aboard the Victory helicopter.

Accommodations

50 Years of Victory

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 11 - 12
Southbound at Sea

Enjoy time on deck or reminisce with shipmates and new friends as the ship crosses the Arctic Ocean back to Murmansk. Expedition staff is on hand to answer any remaining questions and point out wildlife during the return journey.

Accommodations

50 Years of Victory

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Disembark Murmansk to Helsinki

Returning to Russia’s most northerly city, have a moment to bid farewell to 50 Years of Victory before trasnferring to the airport for your charter flight to Helsinki, Finland, and enjoy one final night with newfound friends.

Accommodations

Hilton Helsinki Strand Hotel

Meals

breakfast

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Day 14
Depart Helsinki, Finland

After breakfast at your centrally located hotel, you are free to leave for home or extend your stay and explore Helsinki.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; all meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board; beer and wine during dinner; group helicopter flightseeing as part of the daily program all shore landings per the daily program; leadership throughout the voyage by the experienced expedition leader; all Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program; formal and informal presentations by the expedition team and special guests as scheduled; photographic journal documenting the expedition; waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep; coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock; hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin; comprehensive onboard materials, including a map and informative Arctic Reader; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; all luggage handling aboard the ship; Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of $500,000 per person; Russian invitation letter for visa application provided after final payment.

Exclusions

Mandatory transfer package (cost is $1,995 and includes one night’s pre- and post-expedition hotel accommodation in Helsinki with breakfast, roundtrip charter flights to/from Helsinki and Murmansk, transfers to and from the ship, transfers between the airport and hotel in Helsinki); international airfare; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above; meals ashore unless otherwise specified; baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance (strongly recommended); excess baggage fees on international flights; mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned; laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified; phone and internet charges; voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew; arrival and departure transfers in Helsinki; helicopter flying time in excess of that offered for the group; hot air ballooning at the North Pole.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms 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 with 100% payment received – 100% of total trip cost retained, applied as a Future Travel Refund Credit for 120% of total trip cost
Up to 120 days with partial payment received – 100% of deposit + any additional partial payment retained, applied as a Future Travel Refund Credit
119 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.

Arrival & Departure

The North Pole cruise begins and ends in Helsinki, Finland (HEL). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Helsinki any time on day 1 of the itinerary. Depart from Helsinki anytime on the final day of your trip, however, AdventureSmith strongly suggests that a flexible air ticket be held for your journey home in case you need to change your travel arrangement following a delay of the return flight from the Arctic. Airport transfers in Helsinki are not included. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit ourBooking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Group charter flights between Helsinki and Murmansk are required on this trip’s itinerary; see the Mandatory Transfer Package information listed in this trip’s Exclusions. The flight to the Arctic is expected to depart after breakfast on day 2 of the itinerary. Although the flight will have a scheduled departure time, there is significant variability based on weather conditions. Be prepared to depart the hotel for the airport on the group transfer at any time. There is a strict luggage limit of 44 lbs (20 kg) checked luggage and 11 lbs (5 kg) cabin baggage on the flights to and from Murmansk. There is no option to pay for additional luggage. On day 13 of the itinerary, the ship is scheduled to arrive at the pier by 8:00am local time. Disembarkation follows breakfast, with a transfer to the airport for the return charter flight to Helsinki.

Activities

Be one of the few to see the top of the world from a hot air balloon! Optional hot air ballooning may be available for an additional fee, yet is highly weather dependent. The four-person basket is an excellent platform for aerial photography. This activity costs $495 per person and is booked and paid for on board the day of the activity. Interested parties can submit their name for priority.

Additional included activities include helicopter rides for thrilling aerial sightseeing, hiking with experienced staff, daily chats and lectures by onboard scientists and other special guests, the right-of-passage polar plunge into icy ocean waters, Zodiac cruising and photography.

Room Configuration

Solo travelers willing to share can reserve a triple or twin-shared cabin, where you will be matched with a person of the same gender. If the other cabin berth goes unsold, you will not be penalized. Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x the per-person listed rate in Twin cabin and 2x the per person listed rate in Mini Suite, Suite, Victory Suite and Arktika Suite.

Families & Children

At date of embarkation, a minimum age restriction of 8 years and minimum height and weight requirements (weight of 64lbs or 29kg and 48 in. or 1.2 m. tall) must be met. Children under 16 years of age must be supervised by a parent/guardian at all times, and may not participate in adventure options.

Travel Insurance

Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of up to $500,000 USD per paying traveler provides coverage between the first and last day of ship-based travel and is included in the cost of this trip. For ship- and land-based trips, additional days of travel pre- and post-expedition are not covered. Travelers are responsible for having adequate international medical coverage prior to embarkation, with a minimum benefit of $50,000 USD. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers also protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditionswildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

Rates & Dates

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Jun 16 - Jun 29, 2021
50 Years of Victory • 14 days
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Jun 27 - Jul 10, 2021
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