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Photography Series: North Pole

14 days

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.

Special Guests

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

Sue Flood Photo

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.

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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 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.

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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.

 

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

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.

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.

Day 7 — 90° North

All the anticipation of the prior days reaches a climax as you reach the North Pole!

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.

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.

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.

Day 14 — Helsinki, Finland

Spend some extra time exploring Helsinki, Tallinn (the capital of Estonia) and Saint Petersburg.
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Adventure Options Add an Extra Rush of Adrenaline to Your Expedition

Every Quark Antarctic voyage includes great daily outdoor activities including Zodiac cruises, hiking and some also offer snowshoeing. The more discerning adrenaline junkie can also choose from a range of optional adventure activities, with varying exertion levels, to experience the 7th continent in a more personal way. Contact a Quark Polar Travel Adviser to learn more about adventure options, including physical requirements.

(North Pole Voyages only)

To be booked onboard your North Pole voyage ($495 per person)

Experience the North Pole in a way few will ever experience – soaring above the Arctic in a hot air balloon! When weather permits, we'll take you up for a breathtaking bird's eye view of 90° North. Don't forget your camera!

(weather permitting)

Expedition Facts

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!”

Jean Rolles

North Pole, The Ultimate Arctic Adventure 2012

Onboard Lectures

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.

Packing Tips

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.