Photo by Hans Lagerweij

North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure

Duration 14 days
Departing from
  • Murmansk, Russia
Starting from $29,995
Adventure Options Hot Air Ballooning

Overview

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.

Special Guests

On the North Pole Departure of June 23, 2019, our photography experts will be available to help you with your camera, as well as your photography, both on and off the ship. In addition to hands-on help, guests can expect photography workshops.

Regardless of your skill level, Sue, Cindy, and Quark’s onboard team of expert photographers, will be able to assist photography enthusiasts, whether just starting out, or trying to go pro.

Cindy Miller Hopkins

Cindy Miller Hopkins Photo

Cindy Miller Hopkins is a full-time travel and wildlife photographer with thousands of publications to her credit. Her images can be seen on the pages of textbooks, travel brochures, calendars, and other consumer products, as well as U.S. and international magazines and newspapers.

Her freelance, workshop, teaching and assignment career has taken her to all seven continents and over 140 countries. Some of her recent clients include National Geographic Traveler, Wells Fargo Bank, American Express, Microsoft, AAA & Frommer’s travel guides, BING homepage images, most major cruise lines and TV’s Food Network. She has an image on permanent display at Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. She is a long time member of American Society of Picture Professionals and current Board Member, and Past President, of the North American Nature Photography Association Foundation.

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North Pole Destination Guide

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 Photo Series

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.

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Barneo Ice Camp

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.

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Highlights

  • 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

North Pole: At the Top of the World

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Itineraries

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 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.

Days 3 to 6 — Northbound in the Arctic Ocean

Being on board 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 the ice conditions. This means you’ll have plenty of time to get to know your shipmates and be treated to lectures and discussions by our Expedition Team while looking out for birdlife. There are also many wonderful amenities on board, such as the ship’s lap pool or basketball court.

Day 7 — 90° North

The anticipation reaches a climax as you arrive at 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 you enjoy your moment at the top! Later, everyone will celebrate with a champagne toast and a barbecue on the ice. If the opportunity allows, you 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 (this is highly weather dependent).

Day 8 — Southbound in the Arctic Ocean

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

Days 9 and 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 explore remote seabird colonies. The 50 Years of Victory helicopter will provide aerial sightseeing, and our Zodiacs will transfer you to seldom-visited landing sites.

Days 11 and 12 — Southbound at Sea

Enjoy your time on deck or reminisce with your shipmates and new friends as you cross the Arctic Ocean back to Murmansk. Expedition staff will be on hand to answer any remaining questions and point out wildlife during the return journey.

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

After breakfast, your official Quark Expeditions journey comes to an end. We do encourage you to spend some extra time exploring Helsinki, Tallinn (the capital of Estonia) and Saint Petersburg.

2019 MANDATORY TRANSFER PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • One night’s pre- and post-expedition hotel accommodation in Helsinki with breakfast
  • Round-trip flights from Helsinki to Murmansk
  • Transfer to and from the ship
  • Transfers between the airport and hotel in Helsinki

PACKAGE COST: $1,995

 

2020 MANDATORY TRANSFER PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • One night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Helsinki
  • Group transfer from hotel to charter flight in Helsinki on Day 2
  • Charter flight from Helsinki to Murmansk
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • Charter flight from Murmansk to Helsinki
  • Group transfer from charter flight to hotel in Helsinki on disembarkation day
  • One night’s post-expedition hotel accommodation in Helsinki 

PACKAGE PRICE: $1,995 USD

IMPORTANT: Russian visas are required for tourists from most countries. This voyage requires double-entry Russian visas. See your country’s Russian consulate or embassy for details.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

Dates and Rates

Departure
Days
Starting from
 
 
Jun 12 – Jun 25, 2019
14
Sold Out
Jun 23 – Jul 6, 2019
14
$29,995
Jun 17 – Jun 30, 2020
14
$30,995
Jun 28 – Jul 11, 2020
14
$30,995

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Reviews

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Can't say enough positive things about expedition to the North Pole

5

Best thing about the trip was the expedition team. ALL of them were enthusiastic, approachable, friendly, helpful, etc.

Loved the trip to the North Pole

5

The experience of visiting the North Pole and Franz Joseph Land was an extraordinary experience...made perfect by the amazing crew and staff that work very hard to assure a quality experience on every level. 30 polar bears !

Nothing will ever top this expedition!

5

Going on the North Pole Summit expedition was outstanding. The expedition crew were so knowledgable about the area, the animals, and we got to visit the islands in the Arctic. We also had the pleasure of having a Polar Summit team travel with us and taught us about the climate change. Best trip ever!!

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