North Pole Destination Guide
Our North Pole destination guide is your best resource for learning everything there is to know about one of the rarest and most exclusive travel destinations on Earth. Visitors to 90° North belong to a very exclusive club of adventurers, and can further expect to enjoy an unforgettable experience in the wilds of Franz Josef Land, and aboard the legendary nuclear icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory.
The guide features details about what you can experience on our expeditions, useful travel tips and even a packing checklist.
Other Ways to See North Pole
The North Pole is the world's most exclusive travel destination, but that doesn't mean you don't have options. We offer several North Pole itineraries that that fit different schedules, passions, and travel styles.
North Pole Photography Series
Reaching the North Pole is one of the rarest milestones imaginable, so it deserves to be immortalized on film. Our 14-day North Pole photography series puts you on board the powerful nuclear icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory, with a team of expert photographers ready to coach you to the perfect Arctic snapshot. Perfect your skills through special workshops and lectures, so you too can capture fantastic polar photographs just like a pro.
North Pole Express: Barneo Ice Camp
The pinnacle of this three-day expedition is spending one night at 89° north at Barneo Ice Camp. This seasonal, fly-in base camp is truly a unique North Pole experience and ideal for those seeking a short, but adventurous journey to the top of the world. You’ll be one of a limited group to land on a runway made of ice, and take up temporary residence at this unequalled base camp on the frozen Arctic Ocean.
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.