To reach the North Pole is the pinnacle of Arctic expedition endeavors. Few people can say they stood at the one earthly spot where every direction is south. Crushing through the ice, admiring soaring seabirds and visiting Franz Josef Land, your voyage will be one that you won’t soon forget. The added excitement of helicopter excursions and an optional hot air balloon ride at the top of the world make this Quark Expeditions adventure a true once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief
- Top of the World 90° N
- Nuclear-powered icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory
- Optional aerial sightseeing by hot air balloon
- Zodiac cruising
- Franz Josef Land 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.