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, RussiaHelsinki 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.
- Day 3: Magnificent Ice BreakerPing 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 Expanse50 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
- Day 9: The North PoleThe 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
- Day 10: Just You & the Polar BearsJust 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
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.
Aboard 50 YEARS OF VICTORY
|Standard Twin||Mini Suite||Suite||Victory Suite||Arktika Suite|
June 3-17, 2015
|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
NUCLEAR ICEBREAKER 50 YEARS OF VICTORY
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
Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our Terms and Conditions as noted in our Global Expedition Catalog, on our website and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.
Insurance: All travelers must be covered by comprehensive medical, repatriation, travel, trip delay, baggage, and trip cancellation insurance in case of emergency situations, which should be purchased at the time of booking.You must have a minimum of $50,000 of emergency medical coverage. Proof of coverage is required at embarkation. Please contact us for a recommended policy.
Emergency Evacuation Insurance: Emergency evacuation insurance, to a maximum benefit per paying traveler of US $100,000 is included in the cost of Quark Expeditions voyages from TravelEx Insurance Company. Included coverage is applicable only to travel occurring between the first and last day of the expedition purchased from Quark Expeditions. Due to the remoteness of the areas in which you will travel, an adequate medical facility could be up to 72 hours away or more, dependent on weather. Additional days of travel prior to the expedition and/or after the expedition, including pre- and post- packages/hotels/flights, are not covered by the included emergency evacuation insurance.
Airfares: JOURNEYS can make complete air arrangements applicable to your trip as noted in this itinerary. If you wish to redeem frequent flyer mileage or arrange flights directly with the airline, you may do so on your own at no penalty. If you do, please consult with us on exact arrival and departure dates and times before having your tickets issued to avoid errors. For scheduled flights, the fare rules of the airline carrier, including payment and cancellation conditions apply.
Included in costs: Shipboard accommodation, highly experienced expedition leader, crew and lecturers, all meals including tea/coffee 24 hours a day, complimentary parka, boot loan on all departures, access to public viewing areas, shore excursions by Zodiac boat, on-board lectures, videos, slide and film shows, on-board medical officer, port taxes, comprehensive pre-departure information.
Not included in costs: Visa and passport fees, international airfare, charter flights, airport departure taxes, any pre-trip or post-trip hotel accommodation not indicated on the itinerary, laundry, postage, telephone calls, medical expenses, travel insurance, helicopter flights, gratuities to staff and crew, changes to the itinerary after confirmation, changes to itinerary after arrival at destination, or other costs as are more fully described in JOURNEYS Terms & Conditions.
Rates: Rates for voyages, flights, and pre-expedition and post-expedition extensions are based on tariffs and exchange rates in effect at the time of printing and are subject to change prior to departure. Substantial changes in tariffs, exchange rates and the price of fuel, services and labor sometimes increase the cost of expedition arrangements significantly, and we reserve the right to alter our prices or introduce surcharges accordingly, even if payment has been received in full.
Trip-specific payment & cancellation schedule: A deposit of 25% of the product cost (minimum $1,300) per person is required to confirm a reservation. You may sign up on-line and make your deposit at our secure website: http://www.journeys.travel/info/sign_up/. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card or Discover. If you prefer, a Reservation Form may be submitted by fax, or mail, and payment may also be made by check. Final payment is due 120 days prior to departure and can be made by Visa, Master Card, or check. All prices and payments are in US Dollars and no other currencies can be accepted. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. Cancellations must be made in writing. Cancellations made up to 180 days prior to departure will be refunded less an administrative fee of $1300 per person. Cancellations made 179 to 120 days prior to departure forfeit the full deposit. Cancellations made less than 120 days prior to departure are subject to cancellation fee of 100% of the trip cost; if full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and unpaid monies are due immediately. It is understood that refunds cannot be made to passengers who do not complete the tour for any reason whatsoever. Prices quoted are based on group participation and no refunds will be made for any part of the program in which you choose not to participate, including any helicopter flying time (if applicable and which, at the discretion of the Captain and Expedition Leader, may or may not be utilized).
Cancellation by Quark Expeditions: Quark Expeditions begins planning voyages many months in advance of departure. Occasionally changes may be made before and after bookings have been confirmed. Quark reserves the right to cancel any service prior to departure, in which case payent will be refunded without further obligation on our part. Please note that in the event of cancellation, Quark Expeditions will not be responsible for the cost of any additiona travel arrangements beyond the voyge or other items not purchase through Quark Expeditions. Due to the nature of some of Quark's Antarctic programs, QUARK EXPEDITIONS WILL NOT OFFER PASSENGERS A REFUND IN THE EVENT OF TRIP CANCELLATION IF THE CHARTER FLIGHT IS NOT ABLE TO TAKE OFF BY 1400 HOURS ON DAY OF DEPARTURE. Travel Insurance is STRONGLY recommended. Be sure that if your expedition includes an Antarctic charter flight, that your policy includes a cancellation due to weather on the charter flight.
Quark Expeditions will not be held responsible for any change/cancellation fees due to weather related delays or any other delays arising from force majeure.
Photography: Passengers extend permission to the operator of the trip to take their photograph during the voyage, and release all rights over those images. Passengers who do not wish to be photographed during the voyage must inform the operator in writing prior to the voyage.
Itinerary Change Fee: There will be a $300 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Changes must be made in writing and submitted a minimum of 120 days prior to departure. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.
Transfers of Deposits or Payments to Alternate Voyages: Should travelers be unable to take the expediton they originally booked but would like to travel on an alternate date, it may be possible to transfer deposits or payments from the original booking, subject to the following conditions: The new expedition must occur within one year of the original expediton date and a request to transfer must be made in writing to Quark Expeditons more than 120 days prior to the departure of the orginal voyage. Quarke Expeditions reserves the right to prohibit transfers on any of its vayages. Should a transfer request be granted, a fee of minimum US $1,000 will be charged.
Adventure Options: Prices quoted are based on group participation and no refunds will be made for any part of the program in which you choose not to participate, including kayaking, camping, skiing, mountaineering or ballooning (if applicable, and which, at the discretion of the Captain and Expedition Leader, may or may not be used.) It is understood that refunds cannot be made to travelers who do not complete the services for any reason whatsoever. All adventure options require a signed Adventure Option Waiver, which must be signed prior to your taking part in the adventure option. The Expedition staff reserve the right to deny participation to any client who has not signed the waiver, does not follow the rules set out be the expediton staff or is not medically or physically able to participate safely.
Medical Forms: Will be sent via an email link, once you have made a deposit. You must review, complete and submit the forms as soon as possibe. Questions that related to your physical or mental suitability must be completed by a medical practioner. Medical forms must be filled out in full, honestly and accurately and disclose all medical history and information. Should your medical situation change after submitting the medical forms, ti si your responsiblity to advise us immediately. Quark Expeditions reserves the right to deny passage to any traveerl on reaonable medical grounds.
There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.