Photo by Hans Lagerweij

North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure

Duration 14 days
Departing from
  • Murmansk, Russia
Starting from $30,995
Adventure Options Hot Air Ballooning

Overview

A magical destination for travelers everywhere, the North Pole is special not only because of the unique geographical spot it occupies but also because it remains a domain that, for most, exists only in the imagination—fewer people have stood at the North Pole than have attempted to climb Mount Everest. Difficult to reach and singular in its impact, the North Pole transforms the perspectives of everyone fortunate enough to reach it. In 2021, Quark Expeditions marks 30 years of taking passengers to this northernmost point on the globe, and on this amazing voyage, we enable you to join the privileged few who have set foot on the North Pole.

Experience the thrill of the most powerful nuclear icebreaker on the planet crushing through thick, multi-year pack ice as it pushes toward 90° North. Enjoy a riveting helicopter tour over the icy Arctic Ocean; discover the remarkable sights of Franz Josef Land; observe the majestic creatures who make their home in this breathtaking yet fragile land; and experience a dreamlike hot air balloon ride over the surreal Arctic landscape, an activity offered by no other polar operator. Join us on this exhilarating journey, venture to a part of the globe few have ever seen, and come to understand why the North Pole has, for centuries, stirred the minds and hearts of explorers and adventurers alike.

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.

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 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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