The North Pole
North Pole with Helicopter Flights & Balloon Ride 14 Days aboard 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! Become one of few people to have ever stepped foot at the North Pole! You will also visit the remote Franz Josef Land archipelago and look out for polar bears and other wildlife. Exhilarating helicopter flights and an optional hot air balloon ride can complete an unforgettable experience.
Note: there is a mandatory £1600 transfer package applicable to this itinerary
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
- Set foot at the North Pole!
- Thrilling Ice-breaker ship experience
- Spectacular helicopter flights
- Hot Air Ballooning option
- Search for a wide variety of marine mammals
- Visit the remote and fascinating Franz Josef Land
- Polar Bears and other Arctic wildlife
- Full board accommodation on board ship
- Programme of expert lectures
- Guided Zodiac and shore excursions
- Expedition parka
- Loan of rubber boots
transfer package (additional cost) includes: Hotel stays in Helsinki pre and post
departure, return charter flights Helsinki - Murmansk, and all transfers
ITINERARY13 Nights 14 Days
- Day 1 | Helsinki, Finland
- Day 2 | Murmansk
- Days 3 - 6 | Northbound in the Arctic Ocean
- Day 7 | 90° North
- Day 8 | Southbound in the Arctic Ocean
- Days 9 - 10 | Franz Josef Land
- Days 11 - 12 | Southbound at Sea
- Day 13 | Murmansk
- Day 14 | Helsinki
Your adventure will begin with a one-night stay in Helsinki, Finland's capital. Arrive at your leisure and enjoy the sights of the city before a restful night's sleep in preparation for the adventures ahead.
Please note: A mandatory transfer package at a cost of £1600 is required for this trip.
After breakfast you will transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Murmansk, Russia. Upon arrival in Murmansk you will transfer to the port to board 50 Years of Victory, the world's largest and most powerful icebreaker ship. Settle in to your new surroundings as we set course 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 ship and expansive Arctic Ocean. Depending on ice and weather conditions, the crossing from Murmansk to the North Pole can take anywhere from 4 to 6 days. This will give you lots of time to meet your fellow travellers and enjoy the on-board facilities and hospitality. Join an interesting presentation or lecture from your on-board experts about the geology and history of the area, head out on deck to look for the seabirds following the ship or take a dip in the ship’s lap pool.
All of the anticipation of the prior days reaches a climax as you reach the North Pole! It is not uncommon to be overcome with emotion as you finally step foot on land at the top of the world. There will be a festive and celebratory atmosphere that will most likely be incomparable to anything you will have experienced before. Take photos, call your family, wave a flag and enjoy every moment!
Your arrival at the North Pole will be celebrated with a champagne toast and a barbecue on the ice. If the opportunity allows you may wish to take a polar plunge in the icy waters around the North Pole and if weather conditions are favourable there will be an option to take a hot air balloon flight above the Pole to commemorate this unforgettable experience.
Southbound in the Arctic Ocean
As you leave the North Pole behind you can take the time to process the experiences you have had already and prepare for the ones ahead. This is an ideal time to relax and collate the numerous photos you will no doubt have taken. We recommend spending some time on deck to look for wildlife. As you head farther south you may be lucky enough to spot some polar bears hunting for seals on the ice!
Franz Josef Land
This group of 191 islands forms the most northerly archipelago in Eurasia and lies entirely within the Arctic Circle. Rarely visited owing to its remarkably remote setting, the islands are home to a wide variety of wildlife including numerous walrus and polar bears, along with whales and myriad birdlife. As we discover what makes this archipelago so notable you will explore Cape Flora, and discover historic remains from three ill-fated Arctic expeditions. When weather conditions permit, we will enjoy thrilling Zodiac trips beneath towering cliffs to explore remote seabird rookeries, and helicopters will again provide aerial sightseeing and transfers to otherwise inaccessible landing sites. This part of the Arctic Ocean is so remote that Franz Josef Land was discovered after Antarctica, and a visit here will be the perfect way to round off your exciting North Pole expedition.
Southbound at Sea
As we leave Franz Josef Land behind and head across the Arctic Ocean back to Murmansk you can enjoy your final days onboard looking for wildlife on deck and reminiscing with your shipmates about the adventure you have experienced together.
As you disembark in Russia's most northerly city, it will be time to bid farewell to your ship and transfer to the airport for your charter flight back to Helsinki, Finland to enjoy one final night with your trip mates. Overnight hotel stay with breakfast.
After breakfast you can choose to extend your stay in Helsinki or make your way to the airport for onward travel.
What Our Customers
Superlatives abound – a truly amazing experience...awesome. Thanks to all for making it such a memorable experience.
We have just returned from our Spitsbergen trip with Wildfoot and had to tell you what an amazing time we had! We saw 6 polar bears including a mother with 2 cubs as well as whales, walruses and lots of birds. The ship (Expedition) was really comfortable and the guides were so helpful and friendly. Thank you so much for making it all so easy.
I came to Wildfoot because a friend had booked with you when you were Antarctica Bound and they were right. Everything went perfectly, even when our flight was cancelled, you made sure we still made it to the ship with time to spare. L’Austral is a beautiful ship with first class service and food and the guides looked after us well. Very happy to recommend Wildfoot and L’Austral...
We had always wanted to see the Arctic and travelling all the way from Australia needed lots of information. After getting nowhere, we came across Wildfoot and found people who knew what they were talking about! Sara and John were so helpful and made the process easy, suggesting Iceland Greenland and Spitsbergen. This was perfect for us – amazing scenery and lots of wildlife, especially the polar bears in Spitsbergen. Thanks for everything. Ps, the ship was great too!
Just wanted to say thank you for suggesting a trip to Franz Josef Land as something different for the Arctic. We had a super trip and really enjoyed the Sea Spirit. Galapagos next!
Standing on the North Pole has been an ambition of mine since childhood and now I have done it! Thank you for making the process so easy - seeing polar bears and whales too was a real bonus.
The Sea Spirit expedition was excellent and the team organising it all were extremely good. 10 out of 10. Everything went very smoothly. The Iceland extension worked perfectly, all the organisation, connections etc. were excellent
The cruise was beyond my expectations. Got to see everything the captain wanted, even a polar bear mother with three cubs. Coal Miners Cabins were smashing. I did loads of birding and exploring over three days. All the people were great from the expedition leaders down to the passengers. So glad to have achieved my ambition of some 50 years standing and got amongst the ice of the Arctic, walked amongst it’s islands and witnessed the antics of its wonderful wildlife. What’s next??? I’ll need to speak with Sara again.
Thanks so much for enabling me to get to places I had always wanted to see from a very young age. “Ace” as my boys used to say!
Just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you very much for all your help in arranging our recent trip to Svalbard. Everything ran smoothly and the trip was a great success. Unfortunately I had to flew back a few days early and missed out on Isfjord Radio, which the rest of the team said was a brilliant place with amazing food, still the Basecamp Hotel and Nordenskiold Lodge were pretty amazing places, so I’m not complaining!
Writing back to tell you that the trip to the Arctic was all that it promised and more. It was a great wild-life sightseeing opportunity and the staff were really good.I had an excellent trip and have thousands of photos to go through.
I had an absolutely fabulous time won the Sergey Vavilov, it is an excellent ship. Sara was indeed right in her recommendation that they would be the most likely to push north into the ice to find the polar bears. We even circumnavigated Spitsbergen which was awesome and not o n the itinerary.It is such a wonderful way to take a trip when you are on your own – so if any of your potential single clients are unsure, definitely recommend it – I didn’t feel alone from the moment I stepped on board. I will be at the Birdfair next weekend and so will catch up with whoever is there – regarding this trip, and potentially my next!
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
We had a wonderful time, even though we didn't do all the places we were supposed to but we all felt were we went instead couldn't beaten. Saw animals I wanted to see. Bit worried what the food was like as some of the ships cooking leaves something to be desired, but food was very good. We thought all the guides were brilliant and informative, friendly and knowledgeable It was far better than we expected and even my husband thoroughly enjoyed it!
I wanted to let you know that I had a wonderful cruise in the Russian Far East. The landscape and destination were inspiring, we had some excellent wildlife sightings (sea otter, grey whale, Steller's sea eagle, snowy owl and Arctic fox were all firsts for me), and the Heritage team were superb. Rough seas forced a few changes to the itinerary but we also had some fabulous weather. All in all, a thrilling travel experience.Thanks once again for all your efforts
I thought you might like to know that this was an excellent holiday. Our guide, Brad, was absolutely wonderful, his enthusiasm and knowledge made the holiday even better. All in all the whole trip was excellent and we saw lots of bears, 24 on the first day. Fewer on the second and third days but still plenty, as well as arctic foxes,silver foxes and snowy owls. Even on the last day near the town we saw a bear on rocks by the beach.
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