Icebreaker Expedition to the North Pole

Icebreaker Expedition to the North Pole
Duration:

14 Days / 13 Nights

Destinations:Russia Arctic Trips

Voyage to the North Pole
- See Polar bears, walruses and seals 
- Prolific bird life of Franz Josef Land
- Ultimate experience aboard the most powerful icebreaker ever built by man
- The North Pole party

Brief itinerary

Please keep in mind that this is a unique expedition to a remote and very little explored part of the globe. Our sample itinerary should therefore be considered as a guide only, as it is heavily dependent on both weather and ice conditions.

Day 1. Helsinki

Meals No

Following your arrival in Helsinki and subsequent transfer to your hotel, you will be greeted by our representative in the lobby of your hotel.

Day 2. Charter Flight Helsinki-Murmansk. Embarkation

Meals B, L, D

After the group transfer from your hotel, you will board a chartered plane for the short two hour flight to Murmansk. There, you will board «50 Years of Victory», one of the most powerful icebreakers in the world, after which time you will depart Murmansk and start your journey north via Kola Bay.

Day 3. The Barents Sea

Meals B, L, D

While continuing your journey north across the Barents Sea, you will be introduced to the safety instructions which have been put in place to ensure your complete protection while aboard the «50 years of Victory» and during our expedition in the higher arctic latitudes.
You will likewise have the opportunity to become familiar with the ship and learn all about its unique icebreaking capabilities and how ice fields are negotiated. One of the highlights of this day will be a tour of the engine room - amazing! All this and more are on the day’s agenda.

Days 4-6. Voyage to the North Pole

Meals B, L, D

As exciting as reaching the North Pole will be, the three days of voyaging there will leave you feeling no less so. Adrenaline and awe await you as you go up on deck and witness first-hand the sheer power of our ship as it battles its way through the mighty ice fields that separate you from your arrival at the top of the world. No less inspiring will be the views and panoramas of the astonishing arctic landscape.
Off-deck adventure also awaits you on your way north. Time, weather and/or ice conditions permitting, you will experience breathtaking helicopter rides over the icebreaker as it plows its way through the ice. For those wishing to take some time away from their new-found sea legs, a walk on the ice pack will do the trick.

Day 7. The North Pole

Meals B, L, D

Seven is more than just a lucky number; it’s the day we expect to reach the North Pole. With heart-pounding anticipation, the «Victory» will be slowly maneuvered into position at exactly 90ºN.
Welcome to the Geographical North Pole. But this is only the start of your adventure. Disembarking from the ship, you will experience the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of standing on the top of the world. To celebrate this victory, you will join hands with the other passengers while everyone literally walks around the world during our special International Round-the-World Dance.
Topping off the day will be our North Pole barbecue and, for the more daring and adventurous, a plunge into the Arctic Ocean.

Days 8-10. The Islands and Archipelagos of the Russian Arctic

Meals B, L, D

During the many years that we have been operating in the Russian Arctic, we have gained a truly unique experience exploring the many Arctic lands in this region, one of the most remote in the world. It is truly our pleasure to share it and our love for these vast lands with you. 24 hours daylight gives us numerous opportunities to explore the islands of the Russian Arctic during zodiac excursions and helicopter sightseeing rides.

Given favorable weather and ice conditions, exploration of the Franz Josef Land archipelago is in the offering.

The Franz Josef Land archipelago can be described as:   
- consisting of about 190 islands most of which are reminiscent of moon craters thus accounting for its more common name the "Moon Archipelago",
- home to polar bears, walruses and many species of Arctic birds,
- the location of Champ Island with its mysterious round boulders found no where else on earth,
- a unique and possibly never-to-be-had-again opportunity to explore this vast landscape and photograph its natural beauty.

Days 11-13. Barents Sea Revisited

Meals B, L, D

During the three day journey back to Murmansk, you will have ample opportunity to relive your arctic adventure sharing your favorite memories of all that has befallen you while on this voyage. And if you didn’t do so before, then take some time out to really enjoy the facilities and amenities that have been provided for your onboard comfort - a game of volleyball or table tennis, a visit to the gym, a dip in the pool and a sauna. Or simply relax in the ship’s lounge, bar or library. After disembarking in Murmansk, you will be returned to Helsinki where you will spend a last evening in the Finnish capital.

Day 14. Farewell to Helsinki

Meals B

Following breakfast, you will depart for the airport and your journey home.  Mission accomplished!

Sights

North Pole

North Pole

The term North Pole usually refers to the Geographic North Pole – the northernmost point on the surface of our planet, where the Earth's axis of rotation intersects the Earth's surface.

Franz-Josef Land

Franz-Josef Land

Franz Josef Land is an archipelago located in the far north of the Russian Federation. The Land is situated in the Arctic Ocean to the north from Novaya Zemlya and to the east from Spitsbergen (Svalbard).

This trip is operated from July andl August.

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Included:

  • 1 night pre- & 1 night post expedition hotel accommodation in Helsinki, Finland, with breakfast;
  • Group transfers when embarking/disembarking your charter flight Helsinki - Murmansk - Helsinki;
  • Shipboard accommodation with housekeeping;
  • Shipboard breakfasts, lunches and dinners;
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock;
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by helicopter;
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by zodiacs;
  • Shore landings included in daily program;
  • Program of lectures and informal discussions by experienced Expedition Team and guest lecturers;
  • Professional Expedition Leadership;
  • An expedition parka to keep;
  • Waterproof boots for the duration of the cruise;
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in each cabin;
  • Informative pre-departure materials;
  • Expedition log with picture album on DVD;
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program;
  • All shipboard luggage handling;
  • Personalized medical insurance covering the risks of evacuation and repatriation. Coverage EUR 100,000. Duration: cruise days only;
  • Letter of Invitation. This document should be presented to the Russian Consulate in your area in order to obtain a Russian Visa. Please, contact the Russian Consulate to learn more about the procedure for obtaining a Russian Visa. Do not hesitate to contact Poseidon Expeditions if any questions arise. Let us know if you have any difficulties in visa processing.

Not included:

  • Airfare to and from your hometown;
  • Mandatory charter flights Helsinki - Murmansk - Helsinki - cost per person USD 1,750;
  • Helicopter flying time in excess of that offered for the group;
  • Passport and visa expenses (if required); A RUSSIAN VISA IS REQUIRED FOR THE TRIP. THE VISA MUST BE OBTAINED BY THE CUSTOMER AND IS AT HIS OR HER EXPENSE. Please, contact your local Russian Consulate to learn more about the procedure for obtaining a Russian Visa. PLEASE, NOTE: FOR CERTAIN NATIONALITIES SCHENGEN VISA IS REQUIRED;
  • State arrival and departure taxes (if levied);
  • Meals ashore and supplements in respect of single hotel accommodation (if required);
  • Excess luggage charges on international and local flights;
  • Telecommunication services; laundry, bar and beverage charges aboard the vessel;
  • Luggage, cancellation insurance (strongly recommended);
  • Tips for stewards and other service personnel aboard (at your discretion).
Icebreaker "50 Years of Victory"

Icebreaker "50 Years of Victory"

The "50 Years of Victory" is the largest and most modern nuclear-powered icebreaker in the world.

...
YAMAL is a smashing ship--powerful, comfortable, and sea worthy. The Captain and his crew,
too, were very determined, careful, and considerate. We hit a wall of ice unbelievably thick
and attacked it 6 times to cut a path to the North Pole. I loved this action plus the sound
of the ship's bow breaking the sea ice to open a path for progress. When we stopped to
observe the polar bears, there was utter silence--a time when you know how awesome the
earth is at that latitude. I felt like I was at the top of the world! I especially enjoyed
the tour of the operation of the nuclear powered engine, room; meeting the Captain on a
small group basis and having champagne or wine (the ship's photographer Gordon, from the
States, will send me a photo of this occasion as well as us dancing in a circle at the North
Pole). I SPOTTED 10 POLAR BEARS; one of which came right to the ship's bow so I think I
have a fairly good photo of him even though I am not a photographer.
...

Kitty, USA

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