North Pole:The Ultimate Arctic Adventure (14 Days)

Your icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory, will take you to a part of the world more commonly associated with fairy tales and folklore — the North Pole. Crushing through multi-year pack ice, the journey can take as long as a week, which only helps to heighten the level of excitement.

Celebrate with champagne upon your arrival and if conditions permit, soar above the Earth on an optional hot air balloon ride.

NOTE: The June 3, 2015 departure will be 15 days (one day longer) in length due to anticipated ice conditions.

  • Zodiac cruising
  • Possible polar bears, walrus and other Arctic wildlife sightings
  • The largest, most powerful nuclear icebreaker in the world,50 Years of Victory
  • Stand at the Top of the World 90° N
  • Helicopter sightseeing above the Arctic Ocean
  • Optional aerial flight by hot air balloon (weather permitting)
  • Franz Josef Land polar history, wildlife and wildflowers

Day 1

Helsinki, Finland

Your adventure begins with a one-night stay in Helsinki, Finland’s capital.

Day 2

Embarkation Day in Murmansk

From Helsinki, you’ll join your fellow passengers on the charter flight that will take you to Murmansk, Russia, where you’ll embark on your voyage to the North Pole and get acquainted with 50 Years of Victory, the world’s largest and most powerful icebreaker.

Day 3 - 6

Northbound in the Arctic Ocean

Being onboard Victory and feeling the icebreaker as it crushes through the Arctic pack-ice is an experience you’ll never forget. Just as memorable is boarding the ship’s helicopter for a thrilling aerial view over the ship and the expansive Arctic Ocean.

You can expect variable sailing conditions this far north. The crossing from Murmansk to the North Pole can take us anywhere from four to six days depending on ice conditions. This means you’ll have plenty of time to get to know your shipmates, be treated to lectures and discussions by our expedition team while keeping a lookout for bird life. There are also many wonderful amenities to take advantage of onboard, such as the ship’s lap pool or basketball court.

Day 7

Northbound in the Arctic Ocean

All the anticipation reaches a climax as you reach the North Pole! Many travelers find themselves overcome with emotion, while others are in a festive and celebratory mood. Take photos, call your family, wave a flag; just be sure to enjoy your moment at the top!

Later, everyone will celebrate with a champagne toast and a BBQ on the ice. If the opportunity allows, you also have the option of taking a Polar plunge into the icy waters around the North Pole.
We’ll also attempt to launch passengers high above the pole in our hot air balloon to commemorate this great moment (highly weather dependent).

Day 8

Southbound in the Arctic Ocean

On our return voyage you can sit back and relax. As you head further south, you may get lucky and spot polar bears hunting for seals.

Day 9 - 10

Franz Josef Land and the Arctic Ocean

This group of 191 islands forms the most northerly archipelago in Eurasia and lies entirely within the Arctic Circle. Here you’ll explore Cape Flora and discover historic remains from three ill-fated Arctic expeditions.

When conditions permit, we’ll launch the Zodiacs and cruise beneath towering cliffs to allow you to explore remote seabird colonies.

The 50 Years of Victory helicopter again will provide aerial sightseeing and our Zodiacs will be used to transfer you to seldom-visited landing sites.

Day 11 - 12

Southbound at Sea

Enjoy your time out on deck or reminisce with your shipmates and new friends as you cross the Arctic Ocean back to Murmansk.

Day 13

Disembarkation in Murmansk

Returning to Russia’s most northerly city, it will be time to bid farewell to your ship, 50 Years of Victory. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your charter flight to Helsinki, Finland, to enjoy one final night with your newfound friends.

Day 14

Helsinki, Finland

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Edward C.

The Akademic Ioffe was the perfect ship for my Antarctica expedition. I feel very fortunate to have been put in contact with you to find One Ocean Expeditions, and to get the extra push to do the Kayaking option.

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Happy New Year to you and Gunnar.Yes life has been hectic since we returned from our marvellous Dec 1st trip on the Sea Spirit. 

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Lance and family

Antartica and the Cruise were  beyond our wildest imaginations!! The weather was great and we saw tons of penguins, whales and even orcas. I think I saw five whales breaching. The girls had a blast in the snow. I will always remember having a snowball fight with my girls in Antarctica. We've recomended you and the ship to some friends. Here are some pictures from our adventures.

Lance and family, on board the M/V Ushuaia DEC 31,2017

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