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Your vessel to the high north, 50 Years of Victory.
Dates
  • Jun 19-Jul 2, 2014
  • Jun 30-Jul 13, 2014
  • Jan 3-16, 2015
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  • Duration 14 days
    Group Size 128
    Land Cost $24,995-$40,995 Details
    Single Supplement $17,497 Details
    Lodging 2 stars-3 stars
    Grade I-II
    Best Time

    The North Pole: 90 Degrees North

    Extreme ice and wildlife cruise

    Day 1 - 2      Helsinki, Finland/Murmansk, Russia

    Travel over 400 years in one day. Your voyage starts with an overnight stay in the historic city of Helsinki, Finland, which was founded in 1550. The next day you'll take a charter flight from Helsinki to Murmansk, Russia, where you will be transferred to the quayside to board  50 Years of Victory, the world's largest icebreaker.

     

    Meals: Dinner

    Helsinki Cathedral
    Day 3      Magnificent Ice Breaker

    Sailing north, you'll be able to relax and get to know this legendary icebreaker. It’s as sophisticated as it is powerful: a 75,000 horsepower engine is the very latest in ice breaking technology. What a sight it is! As you cross the Barents Sea, you'll be engaged on board with presentations on everything Arctic from wildlife to history to geology. And of course, you'll have many opportunities to view the native seabirds and whales along the way.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Ping pong onboard with your fellow passengers
    Day 4 - 8      Crossing the Great White Expanse

    Watching 50 Years Of Victory break through the formidable pack ice is a sight you’ll never forget. Crashing through ice meters thick with a force reminiscent of a 9.0 earthquake, it can reach up to 12 knots in conditions that would defeat most other ships. It’s awe-inspiring. As you travel, take a flight on one of our helicopters for a fascinating aerial view of your progress.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    50 Years of Victory breaking the ice
    Day 9      The North Pole

    This is it. For the rest of your life, you’ll remember this moment as clearly as you do today. You’ve joined a rare and select group: those that can truly say they’ve stood at the top of the world. Reflect on the many adventurers that came before you, giving their lives for the moment you are now experiencing. You’ll have time for a hike around the expansive ice; you will be able to walk around the world in under a minute!  Enjoy a champagne toast and a BBQ on the ice.   How will you celebrate?

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    The North Pole
    Day 10      Just You & the Polar Bears

    As 50 Years of Victory takes us back south, stand on the deck and survey the expanse of brilliant blue and white ice that stretches hundreds of kilometers in all directions. Keep an eye out for rare Arctic wildlife, particularly near Franz Josef Land, where polar bear sightings are possible.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Just you and your fellow passengers
    Day 11 - 13      Franz Josef Land

    Franz Josef Land is one of the most recently discovered archipelagos in the world. It was only in the late 1800s that this remote and stunning world of jagged mountains and massive icebergs was found, and even today it remains mostly unexplored. There are 191 islands here, creating a naturalist’s paradise. Polar bears, arctic fox, seals, and belugas inhabit the region; walruses and vast colonies of seabirds abound. We’ll attempt to explore this fascinating coast in our zodiacs, and enjoy the spectacular glaciers and volcanic plateaus from our helicopters. But remember, this is a remote region. All landings are subject to the cooperation of the government and the weather.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Cape Flora, Northbrook Island
    Day 14      Barents Sea/Murmansk/Helsinki/Onward

    The journey ends, but the stories have just begun. You’ll cross the Barents Sea to Murmansk, where you’ll board your charter flight to Helsinki. At last you can cross the North Pole off your “things to do in my lifetime” list, and you’ll be glad you did. Your memories will last you a lifetime. And your stories will leave your children and grandchildren speechless. Back in Helsinki, you will catch your onward flight home.

    Meals: Breakfast



     
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