Quark Expeditions has three incredible trips to the North Pole in 2017 with limited availability. Three unforgettable chances to witness the beauty of the arctic and experience major adventure at every turn.
The Ultimate Arctic Adventure
Imagine standing at the top of the Earth, glass of champagne in hand – and everywhere you look is south. That is the essence of the 14-day North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure aboard 50 Years of Victory, the most powerful nuclear icebreaker in the world. Crush through multiyear ice on the Arctic Ocean, sightsee by helicopter on the lookout for walruses, seals, whales, and polar bears, or take a tethered hot-air balloon ride at 90º N, weather permitting. Possible stops at the island of Franz Josef Land will have you in awe of the flora and fauna as you visit seabird colonies and retrace the footsteps of early explorers.
North Pole Summit: Breaking Ice. Breaking Barriers.
On this exclusive 14-day sailing, you’ll experience everything on our Classic Expeditions checklist, plus one special addition: Seven international thought-leaders will be on board to share their unique perspectives on everything from facing environmental challenges to following your dreams. This meeting of minds – with adventurers, photographers, writers, scientists, researchers and educators – will reveal what truly defines Global Citizenship. Guests will discover first-hand what inspired these modern-day heroes to pursue the passions that have shaped their contributions to society. Availability is limited. More information, including a list of our special guests, will be available soon! Please check back here again!
Space is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact your Polar Travel Adviser for more details at 1.888.979.2061.
Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief
- Stand at the top of the world at 90°N
- Experience the largest, most powerful nuclear icebreaker in the world, 50 Years of Victory
- Enjoy helicopter sightseeing above the Arctic Ocean
- Possibly view polar bears, walrus and other arctic wildlife
- Take advantage of optional tethered flight by hot air balloon (weather permitting)
- Cruise in a zodiac
- Visit Franz Josef Land historical sites, wildlife and wildflowers
Day 1 — Helsinki, Finland
Day 2 — Embarkation Day in Murmansk
Days 3 to 6 — Northbound in the Arctic Ocean
Day 7 — 90° North
Day 8 — Southbound in the Arctic Ocean
Days 9 and 10 — Franz Josef Land and the Arctic Ocean
Days 11 and 12 — Southbound at Sea
Day 13 — Disembarkation in Murmansk
Day 14 — Helsinki, Finland
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!”
North Pole, The Ultimate Arctic Adventure 2012
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.
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.