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North Pole The Ultimate Arctic Adventure

14 or 15 days

To reach the North Pole is the pinnacle of Arctic expedition endeavors. Few people can say they stood at the one earthly spot where every direction is south. Crushing through the ice, admiring soaring seabirds and visiting Franz Josef Land, your voyage will be one that you won’t soon forget. The added excitement of helicopter excursions and an optional hot air balloon ride at the top of the world make this Quark Expeditions adventure a true once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief

  • Top of the World 90° N
  • Nuclear-powered icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory
  • Optional aerial sightseeing by hot air balloon
  • Zodiac cruising
  • Franz Josef Land 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, your charter flight will take you to Murmansk, Russia, where you’ll embark on your voyage to the North Pole.

Days 3 to 6 — Northbound in the Arctic Ocean

Watching Victory crush through the Arctic ice pack is a sight you’ll never forget, made even more memorable by taking a helicopter flight for a thrilling aerial view of the ship and expansive Arctic Ocean.

Day 7 — 90° North

All the anticipation of the prior days reaches a climax as you reach the North Pole!

Day 8 — Southbound in the Arctic Ocean

Expect more great memories, as you head further south, you may get lucky and spot polar bears hunting for seals.

Days 9 and 10 — Franz Josef Land

This part of the Arctic Ocean is so remote that Franz Josef Land was discovered after Antarctica.

Days 11 and 12 — At Sea

Southbound at sea.

Day 13 — Disembarkation Day in Murmansk

Returning to Russia’s most northerly city, it will be time to bid farewell to your ship, 50 Years of Victory.

Day 14 — Helsinki, Finland

Spend some extra time exploring Helsinki, Tallinn (the capital of Estonia) and St. Petersburg.
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Adventure Options Introducción opción aventura

Todos los viajes al Ártico de Quark incluyen estupendas actividades diarias al aire libre como travesías en botes inflables, senderismo y recorridos con raquetas de nieve. También ofrecemos kayakismo en la mayoría de nuestros viajes. Se trata de una oportunidad estupenda de disfrutar de la belleza del Ártico de manera más personal. Contacte con un agente de viajes polares de Quark para conocer más detalles acerca de las opciones de viaje de aventuras, además de los requisitos físicos

If reaching the north Pole isn’t a big enough thrill, be one of a select group of Quark passengers to soar above the sea-ice in a hot air balloon, with a 360° view to all points south. This option brings you a whole new perspective on the North Pole!

Rising as high as 40 meters, your birds-eye view of the ship and Arctic will be something you’ll remember forever.

Expedition Facts

Spirit of Adventure

“Wonderful trip was outstanding staff. Ship extremely comfortable and delicious and imaginative menus. Especially like your spirit of adventure! You want us to experience all your “toys” like helicopter rides and zodiac rides. It has been a dream trip come true! Thank You!”

Jean Rolles

North Pole, The Ultimate Arctic Adventure 2012

Onboard Lectures

Presentations by Quark’s Expedition Team are included as part of your voyage. Through formal illustrated presentations, as well as informal briefings, the Quark Expeditions Team will cover a range of topics including ornithology, marine biology, glaciology, geography, geology, history and the environment.

Packing Tips

Pack to dress in layers so you are prepared for these rapid weather changes. Average daily temperatures in mid-season are between 25 and 35 Fahrenheit or -4 and +2 Celsius; however wind conditions can make it seem colder.

Be sure your base layers and mid layers are made from breathable fabrics and your outer layers are waterproof (not water resistant) and don't forget to pack a hat, neck warmer and sunscreen & sunglasses.

Visit the Quark online Gear Shop to help prepare for your expedition.