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.
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.
Sue Flood is a professional wildlife and travel photographer. Sue has been working in the Polar Regions since 1998, although her work increasingly takes her to warmer climates to thaw out.
Sue was an assistant producer on the award-winning BBC series The Blue Planet and also worked on Planet Earth and the Disney nature movie Earth. Her adventures on more than 30 trips to the Arctic and Antarctic have taken her from camping at -40°C, working on Russian icebreakers on trips to the North Pole and living with Inuit hunters on the floe edge, to diving with leopard seals in the Antarctic.
Cindy Miller Hopkins
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 text books, 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.
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.
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.