The North Pole
The nuclear-powered 50 Years of Victory (128 passengers) is used to keep Russia’s frozen Northern Sea Route open for shipping in the winter months. This incredible ship can generate 75,000 horsepower and stay at sea for up to 4 years, she can travel through open water at over 20 knots and is the largest icebreaker ever built, the first of a new class. Sail north illuminated by the 24-hour sun; thrill at the experience of your powerful icebreaker tackling the pressure ridges, hummocks and ice floes of this northern world; land by expertly-piloted helicopter in areas inaccessible by Zodiac. For this expedition the vessel will plough due north through the high Arctic pack ice to the Pole itself, 90 degrees north. Stand on the ice at the top of the world and, for the very brave, join the North Pole Swimming Club! The return journey is planned to include Franz Joseph Land, for scenery and wildlife such as Polar Bears, seals and seabirds. A totally unique voyage and travel experience.
Day 1: Embark vessel at Murmansk and sail.
Days 2-6 : At sea, heading north into pack ice.
Day 7: The North Pole
Days: 8-9 At sea, pack ice heading south
Days: 10-11 Franz Josef Land, landings planned.
Day 12: Disembark Murmansk.
Itinerary subject to weather and ice-conditions.
Dates: 3rd – 17th June and 15th – 28th June
Cost: Twin share from £15,765 per person. Single cabins on request.
Charter flights to Murmansk, from and to Helsinki £1059. (£1=US$1.65)
Prices include a pre and post cruise hotel stay for one night with breakfast, group transfers to/from vessel, comprehensive pre-trip information, all meals aboard ship, free tea/coffee/bottled water aboard ship, services of expedition team, Zodiac and helicopter excursions and landings, group charter flights (from and to cities indicated), voyage certificate, boot loan service, complimentary parka coat and post-trip CD with photos and video.
Prices exclude: International flights to and from indicated gateway cities, gratuities (suggested US$20 pp per day aboard vessel), airport transfers, travel insurance and other drinks and items of a personal nature.
These are guide prices only, please contact us for the best prices in the UK for these voyages!
The icebreaker, although a working ship, has a bar and lounge, library, gift shop, lecture auditorium, pool, exercise room and sauna. All cabins are outside with window and private facilities (the stunning views will be free) and food onboard happens to be superb. World-class expedition teams, including naturalists and professional photographers, will accompany you on your voyage. Single cabins are available on request but bookings can happily be accepted on a share basis.
More detailed information and a full colour brochure for these voyages is available from us.