A tour to the Arctic to the North Pole is an unforgettable expedition that not everyone will decide to go on. However, not every experienced tourist can boast that he was in such inaccessible places. After all, everyone can travel to the southern directions and lie on the beaches, simultaneously publishing photos on social networks with cocktails in their hands. But you can take a photo with an iceberg, capture a polar bear and sunbathe on ice floes! And the rich natural world and northern landscapes of this harsh region will impress any tourist! From the pros – the tour starts from Murmansk, so a visa is not required. You will go on a trip on the icebreaker “50 Years of Victory”. Directly near the North Pole, you may have to do part of the route by helicopter or motor boats “Zodiac”, which will make this adventure even more interesting.
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The route of our unique cruise begins in Murmansk. Upon arrival in Murmansk, a transfer will take you to the hotel in the city center (a night in the hotel is included in the price of the program). Today you can independently explore this largest city in the world, located beyond the Arctic Circle.
In the afternoon, we board the world’s most powerful ship – the nuclear icebreaker “50 Years of Victory”. After some time, we leave the mainland and go into the sea to meet the polar adventures.
The days are full of activity – we have a lot to do before conquering the Pole. Our polar experts will tell you about the most interesting features of the Arctic. From open decks, we observe how 75 thousand horsepower of the atomic icebreaker “50 Years of Victory” triumphantly paves the way through 3-meter thick ice. A captain’s bridge is even open for you!
Activity is not limited to a theoretical study of the Arctic. As soon as the weather permits, we will organize ice landings and helicopter flights over the icebreaker and the Arctic islands going in the ice. Just imagine what pictures you can take!
Welcome to the geographic North Pole! After carefully navigating to 90 degrees North, we ceremoniously drop the anchor on a sturdy stretch of ice and disembark onto the frozen sea.
Now is the time to experiencing the long-anticipated thrill of standing at the top of the world. Join hands with your fellow passengers and literally walk around the world during our special International Round Dance. You are also treated to a barbeque meal on the ice. You may even have the chance to take a plunge into the icy water!
After our memorable time at the North Pole we turn around and head south. But the adventure is not over yet. The High Arctic archipelago of Franz Josef Land is still to come!
The Franz Josef Land archipelago, part of the Russian Arctic National Park since 2012, is a nature sanctuary. Polar bears and other quintessential High Arctic wildlife—such as walruses and some rare whale species—can be spotted anytime, anywhere in and around Franz Josef Land. Scree slopes and cliffs around the islands host enormous nesting colonies of migratory seabirds such as guillemots, dovekies, and ivory gulls. We take advantage of 24-hour daylight to exploit every opportunity for wildlife viewing and excursions via Zodiac and helicopter.
Franz Josef Land is home to some interesting geological features, such as the mysterious stone spheres on Champ Island. Collectors of geographical extremes may take note that Cape Fligely on Rudolf Island is the northernmost point of land in the Eastern Hemisphere.
Franz Josef Land also offers visitors the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of famous polar explorers at well-preserved historical sites. The journals of explorers such as Julius von Payer, Benjamin Leigh Smith, Frederick George Jackson, and Fridtjof Nansen come alive at Cape Norway, Cape Flora, Eira Harbour, and Cape Tegetthoff. Memorials, monuments, crosses, and the remains of dwellings are testimony to incredible historical events that are further illuminated by our expert lecturers.
Tikhaya Bukhta is currently a Russian Arctic National Park ranger station occupying Soviet-era research buildings and was also a major base for polar expeditions. Nearby, the fascinating columnar basalt cliffs of Rubini Rock are home to thousands of nesting seabirds.
After our amazing time in Franz Josef Land we cross back south through the bountiful waters of the Barents Sea. Presentations and workshops by our expert staff ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. You may also take advantage of onboard facilities and amenities such as a polar library, volleyball court, gym, two saunas, warm seawater pool, gift shop, and massage treatments. Seabird viewing and whale sightings can be enjoyed from panoramic open decks as well as exterior stateroom windows.
Our once-in-a-lifetime journey comes to an end. After breakfast we say farewell in Murmansk. We provide you with a transfer to the airport for your flight home.
FROM 27,900 to $ 45,100 DEPENDING ON THE CHOICE OF THE CABIN CLASS AND DEPARTURE DATE. FOR A ROW OF DATES THERE A DISCOUNT
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Important: This is a trip to a remote, inaccessible region. All activities during the cruise depend on ice and weather conditions and are determined by the expedition leader and captain. The actual course of the expedition may differ from the declared. Meetings with declared wildlife representatives are not guaranteed.