North Pole with Helicopter and Balloon 14 daysAboard: 50 Years of Victory
Your powerful icebreaker ship will take you as far north as you can go on this exciting expedition - the ultimate tick-box! Also visit the remote Franz Josef Land archipelago and look out for polar bears and other wildlife to complete an unforgettable experience.
Note: there is a mandatory £1500 transfer package applicable to this itinerary
- Set foot at the North Pole
- Ice-breaker experience
- Spectacular helicopter flights
- Ballooning option
- Marine mammals
- Visit Franz Josef Land
- Polar Bears
- One night's hotel pre and post voyage
- Group transfers to and from ship
- Full board accommodation on ship
- All zodiac landings and excursions
- Helicopter excursions
- Programme of lectures by expert guides
- Expedition parka
- Loan of rubber boots
- All port fees
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Your adventure begins with a one-night stay in Helsinki, Finland's capital
From Helsinki, a charter flight will take you to Murmansk, Russia, where you'll embark on 50 Years of Victory, the world's largest and most powerful icebreaker for your voyage to the North Pole
Northbound in the Arctic Ocean
Watching, feeling and hearing the Victory crush through the Arctic ice pack is an unforgettable experience, made even more memorable by taking a helicopter flight for a thrilling aerial view of the Victory and expansive Arctic Ocean. Depending on ice and weather conditions, the crossing from Murmansk to the North Pole can take us anywhere from 5 to 8 days. Lots of time to meet fellow travellers and enjoy the on-board facilities and hospitality.
All the anticipation of the prior days reaches a climax as you reach the North Pole! Many travellers find themselves overcome with emotion, while others are in a festive and celebratory mood. Take photos, wave a flag, enjoy your moment! Later, everyone enjoys a champagne toast and a BBQ on the ice.
Southbound in the Arctic Ocean
Look out for wildlife, maybe even polar bears hunting seals on the ice, as you head back south.
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, Zodiac trips beneath towering cliffs will explore remote seabird rookeries. Onboard helicopters again provide aerial sightseeing, and transfer you to otherwise inaccessible landing sites. This part of the Arctic Ocean is so remote that Franz Josef Land was discovered after Antarctica. Walrus and polar bear are numerous on these islands, along with whales and myriad birdlife.
Southbound at Sea
Crossing the Arctic Ocean back to Murmansk
Disembarkation in Russia's most northerly city, it will be time to bid farewell to your ship, 50 years of Victory and transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Helsinki, Finland to enjoy one final night with friends.
Return home or take tour extension
A view from Above
Carrying the highest ice class rating possible, Victory can crush ice up to 3 metres (10 feet) thick, and is the world's largest and most sophisticated nuclear-powered icebreaker. Onboard you hardly feel a thing. Absolutely unforgettable is the sound of mammoth slabs of ice colliding with the hull! An onboard helicopter extends the vessel's ability to reach ice-locked, remote Arctic islands en route from the North Pole.Every cabin has exterior views and private facilities, for comfort and enjoyment. Onboard gym, two saunas, small swimming pool, and library allow you to relax between shore visits
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