The North Pole: 90 Degrees North

Extreme ice and wildlife cruise


Here is your chance to add your name to the short list of adventurers who have  journeyed to the top of the world! The Arctic’s harsh climate defeated many explorers in the past, but you’ll conquer the region’s dense pack ice aboard the Yamal, one of the world’s most powerful icebreakers. You’ll sail north from Murmansk across the Barents sea to reach the Geographic North Pole, then proceed south to the towering volcanic mountains, icebergs, and glaciers of Franz Josef Land. Your voyage will take you through an ever-changing panorama of wind-polished ice up to five meters thick, narrow channels of dark green water, and aquamarine pools scattered across the frozen sea. You will enjoy the immense polar landscapes both from the ship and from an expertly-piloted helicopter, and along the way you can expect to encounter a variety of Arctic wildlife such as polar bears, walruses, and ivory gulls. By the time you complete your trip and return to Murmansk you’ll have unforgettable memories of a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.



  • Days 1-2: Helsinki, Finland/Murmansk, Russia
    Helsinki Cathedral

    Travel over 400 years in one day. Your voyage starts with an overnight stay in the historic city of Helsinki, Finland, which was founded in 1550. The next day you'll take a charter flight from Helsinki to Murmansk, Russia, where you will be transferred to the quayside to board  50 Years of Victory, the world's largest icebreaker.


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  • Day 3: Magnificent Ice Breaker
    Ping pong onboard with your fellow passengers

    Sailing north, you'll be able to relax and get to know this legendary icebreaker. It’s as sophisticated as it is powerful: a 75,000 horsepower engine is the very latest in ice breaking technology. What a sight it is! As you cross the Barents Sea, you'll be engaged on board with presentations on everything Arctic from wildlife to history to geology. And of course, you'll have many opportunities to view the native seabirds and whales along the way.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 4-8: Crossing the Great White Expanse
    50 Years of Victory breaking the ice

    Watching 50 Years Of Victory break through the formidable pack ice is a sight you’ll never forget. Crashing through ice meters thick with a force reminiscent of a 9.0 earthquake, it can reach up to 12 knots in conditions that would defeat most other ships. It’s awe-inspiring. As you travel, take a flight on one of our helicopters for a fascinating aerial view of your progress.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 9: The North Pole
    The North Pole

    This is it. For the rest of your life, you’ll remember this moment as clearly as you do today. You’ve joined a rare and select group: those that can truly say they’ve stood at the top of the world. Reflect on the many adventurers that came before you, giving their lives for the moment you are now experiencing. You’ll have time for a hike around the expansive ice; you will be able to walk around the world in under a minute!  Enjoy a champagne toast and a BBQ on the ice.   How will you celebrate?

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 10: Just You & the Polar Bears
    Just you and your fellow passengers

    As 50 Years of Victory takes us back south, stand on the deck and survey the expanse of brilliant blue and white ice that stretches hundreds of kilometers in all directions. Keep an eye out for rare Arctic wildlife, particularly near Franz Josef Land, where polar bear sightings are possible.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 11-13: Franz Josef Land
    Cape Flora, Northbrook Island

    Franz Josef Land is one of the most recently discovered archipelagos in the world. It was only in the late 1800s that this remote and stunning world of jagged mountains and massive icebergs was found, and even today it remains mostly unexplored. There are 191 islands here, creating a naturalist’s paradise. Polar bears, arctic fox, seals, and belugas inhabit the region; walruses and vast colonies of seabirds abound. We’ll attempt to explore this fascinating coast in our zodiacs, and enjoy the spectacular glaciers and volcanic plateaus from our helicopters. But remember, this is a remote region. All landings are subject to the cooperation of the government and the weather.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 14: Barents Sea/Murmansk/Helsinki/Onward

    The journey ends, but the stories have just begun. You’ll cross the Barents Sea to Murmansk, where you’ll board your charter flight to Helsinki. At last you can cross the North Pole off your “things to do in my lifetime” list, and you’ll be glad you did. Your memories will last you a lifetime. And your stories will leave your children and grandchildren speechless. Back in Helsinki, you will catch your onward flight home.

Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Jun 3-16, 2015 aboard 50 Years of Victory
Jun 15-28, 2015 aboard 50 Years of Victory
Jun 26-Jul 9, 2015 aboard 50 Years of Victory
Land Cost:
- $40,995
charter flight additional see above for more details
Single Supplement:
twin cabin available at an additional 70% of cabin cost; no supplement if willing to share
Need to Know

Need to Know


2015 Expedition Rates:

Rates are per person in US Dollars. No single supplement if willing to share - single occupancy of a twin cabin is available for an additional 70% of the cabin cost. All cabins have private bathroom facilities.



Date                 Days Cabin
    Standard Twin     Mini Suite      Suite        Victory   Suite      Arktika Suite

June 3-17, 2015

14 $26,995 $30,595 $36,995  $39,995 $40,995
June 15-28, 2015   14   $25,995  $29,595  $35 ,995   $38,995   $39,995

When you book this expedition, we will automatically book a seat for you on our charter flight Helsinki to Murmansk and back. The cost of the charter flight is  $1750



The newest addition to the fleet is the largest, most sophisticated, and powerful icebreaker ever constructed. Twenty years in the making, 50 Years of Victory is the first Arktika-class icebreaker to have a spoon-shaped bow. Boosting the efficiency is the all-new automated digital control system. The ship, designed with a stainless steel ice belt 5 meters (18 feet) wide, breaks through ice up to 2.5 meters (9.2 feet) thick. The icebreaker is driven by 2 nuclear reactors that produce 75,000 horsepower. In open water, top speed can be as much as 21.4 knots.

Fuel Surcharge may apply

Arctic 2014 Icebreaker Adventures include:

  • 1 night pre & post expedition hotel accommodation in Helsinki, Finland
  • Day 2 group transfer from Helsinki hotel to airport
  • Day 2 group transfer from Murmansk airport to ship
  • Shipboard accommodation with housekeeping.
  • Shipboard breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
  • Shore landings included in daily program
  • Group helicopter transfers and sightseeing flights included in the daily program
  • Professional Expedition Leadership.
  • All Zodiac excursions and transfers.
  • Formal and informal educational presentations by the Expedition Team.
  • Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage.
  • The loan of a pair of waterproof boots for the duration of the voyage.
  • An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep.
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock.
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in each cabin.
  • Group transfer from the ship to the Murmansk airport.
  • Group transfer from Helsinki airport to the hotel.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure package including Quark's meticulously researched Arctic Reader and map
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
  • All shipboard luggage handling.
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person.
  • All Zodiac excursions and transfers included in the daily program
  • Complimentary wine, beer, liquor and soft drinks at the bar and with meals

This expedition excludes:

  • Airfare to and from your hometown
  • Mandatory charter flights from Helsinki to Murmansk and back again - cost per person $1,750.
  • Helicopter flying time in excess of that offered for the group.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Meals ashore, other than the breakfasts included with the hotel accommodation.
  • Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges.
  • Shipboard and land telecommunication fees.
  • Voyage-end gratuities for Crew, Hospitality and Expedition Team members



14 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
comfortable cabins
Group Size:
aboard the Icebreaker 50 Years of Victory
Activity Level:
comfortable cabins


Trip Extensions

Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.