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 multiyear pack ice, the journey can take as long as a week, which only helps 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.
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.