The North Pole is the world’s northernmost point and a prize still zealously pursued by adventurers and explorers today.

This incredible adventure starts in Murmansk, Russia. There you embark the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Years of Victory for a roundtrip voyage to the geographic North Pole. Anticipation heightens as the mighty ship takes us smashing through the frozen Arctic Ocean toward our goal.

In addition to the exhilaration of cruising aboard a state-of-the-art icebreaker and the thrill of standing at the top of the world, you also have the opportunity to explore the rarely visited Russian Arctic archipelago of Franz Josef Land. This is an extraordinary voyage on a one-of-a-kind ship, worthy of a true adventurer.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • The exhilaration of cruising aboard a 75,000 horsepower nuclear icebreaker
  • Dramatic landscapes, poignant historical remains and superb Arctic wildlife viewing in Russia’s remote Franz Josef Land
  • Freedom as you take to the skiers over the frozen Arctic Ocean on a helicopter tour
  • Undeniable bragging rights upon reaching the geographic North Pole – 90° North

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONMurmansk (Russia)
DEPARTURE DATES

12 July 2020 – 24 July 2020

23 July 2020 – 4 August 2020

3 August 2020 – 15 August 2020

DURATION13 days/12 nights
PRICES per person

Early Booking Discount ends 31 July 2019

AU$44,295 Standard Twin // NOW AU$42,080
AU$51,395  Mini Suite // NOW AU$48,825
AU$57,995  Junior Suite // NOW AU$55,095
AU$59,395  Grand Suite // NOW AU$56,425
AU$62,995  Victory Suite // NOW AU$59,845
AU$64,395 Arktika Suite // NOW AU$61,175

Single supplement: 1.7 x for Standard Twin, 2 x for the Suites, Sharing is possible only in Standard Twin cabins

GROUP SIZE124 Guests
INCLUDED
Group transfers from the airport to the hotel on the day prior to departure
Group transfer to ship on day of embarkation
Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation
Shipboard accommodation
All scheduled landings/excursions
Leadership throughout the voyage by our Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
All meals on board throughout the voyage
Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
Branded Poseidon Expeditions Parka
Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise
Welcome and Farewell cocktails
All port fees
Pre-departure materials
Digital Voyage Log
NOT INCLUDED
International air-tickets and taxes
Helicopter flying time in excess of that offered for the group
Pre and Post land arrangements
State arrival and departure taxes (if levied)
Excess baggage on any flight
Vaccination costs
Passport or Visa fees
Travel Insurance
Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry
Any other meals or sightseeing not specified in the detailed itinerary

Additional information

DestinationNorth Pole
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Day 1

Murmansk – Russia

Welcome to the city of Murmansk on Russia’s Kola Peninsula, starting point of our adventure. Upon your arrival at the airport we provide a transfer to your hotel, which has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the voyage. 

Murmansk is easy to reach by regular flights with stopovers in Moscow or Saint Petersburg. You may wish to extend your stop in Moscow.

Here is our suggestions on pre-post trip options in Moscow.

 
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Day 2

Embark in Murmansk

Today we provide a group transfer to the port where we welcome you aboard the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy. Explore the ship and get orientated as we slip our moorings and sail north out of Kola Bay.

 
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Days 3-6

The Voyage North

Nowhere can it be more truly said that “getting there is half the fun”. As we cruise northward through the Barents Sea there is always the possibility of seeing whales. Meanwhile, you have the opportunity to learn about the unique icebreaking capabilities of the ship. You are also treated to a tour of the engine room.
As we make our way across the ice cap, you witness firsthand the ship’s awesome power as massive ice blocks give way under the enormous bulk of the spoon-shaped bow. The sensation of being on deck at this time is surreal and unforgettable.
We also take advantage of 24-hour daylight to offer helicopter flightseeing tours. From the air you can observe the ship crushing a path through the ice. You also have a unique vantage point from which to witness the stunning beauty of this vast polar icescape

 
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Day 7

North Pole

Welcome to the geographic North Pole! After carefully navigating to 90 degrees North, we ceremoniously drop the anchor on a sturdy stretch of ice and disembark onto the frozen sea.
Now is the time to experiencing the long-anticipated thrill of standing at the top of the world. Join hands with your fellow passengers and literally walk around the world during our special International Round Dance. You are also treated to a barbeque meal on the ice. You may even have the chance to take a plunge into the icy water!
After our memorable time at the North Pole we turn around and head south. But the adventure is not over yet. The High Arctic archipelago of Franz Josef Land is still to come!

 
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Days 8-10

Exploration of Franz Josef Land

The Franz Josef Land archipelago, part of the Russian Arctic National Park since 2012, is a nature sanctuary. Polar bears and other quintessential High Arctic wildlife—such as walruses and some rare whale species—can be spotted anytime, anywhere in and around Franz Josef Land. Scree slopes and cliffs around the islands host enormous nesting colonies of migratory seabirds such as guillemots, dovekies, and ivory gulls. We take advantage of 24-hour daylight to exploit every opportunity for wildlife viewing and excursions via Zodiac and helicopter.
Franz Josef Land is home to some interesting geological features, such as the mysterious stone spheres on Champ Island. Collectors of geographical extremes may take note that Cape Fligely on Rudolf Island is the northernmost point of land in the Eastern Hemisphere.
Franz Josef Land also offers visitors the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of famous polar explorers at well-preserved historical sites. The journals of explorers such as Julius von Payer, Benjamin Leigh Smith, Frederick George Jackson, and Fridtjof Nansen come alive at Cape Norway, Cape Flora, Eira Harbour, and Cape Tegetthoff. Memorials, monuments, crosses, and the remains of dwellings are testimony to incredible historical events that are further illuminated by our expert lecturers.
Tikhaya Bukhta is currently a Russian Arctic National Park ranger station occupying Soviet-era research buildings and was also a major base for polar expeditions. Nearby, the fascinating columnar basalt cliffs of Rubini Rock are home to thousands of nesting seabirds.

 
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Days 11-12

The Voyage South 

After our amazing time in Franz Josef Land we cross back south through the bountiful waters of the Barents Sea. Presentations and workshops by our expert staff ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. You may also take advantage of onboard facilities and amenities such as a polar library, volleyball court, gym, two saunas, warm seawater pool, gift shop, and massage treatments. Seabird viewing and whale sightings can be enjoyed from panoramic open decks as well as exterior stateroom windows.

 
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Day 13

Disembarkation in Murmansk

Our once-in-a-lifetime journey comes to an end. After breakfast we say farewell in Murmansk. We provide you with a transfer to the airport for your flight home.

 

ADVENTURE OPTIONS

HELICOPTER TOURS –FREE OPTION

We take advantage of continuous daylight to offer flightseeing tours with the icebreaker’s onboard helicopter. From aloft you have a unique and exciting perspective from which to witness the ship plowing its way through the ice and to experience the surreal beauty of the vast frozen ocean.

We also use the helicopter to achieve landings in Franz Josef Land when conditions prevent landings by Zodiac, giving you unparalleled access to this remote and hard-to-reach Arctic wilderness. Weather permitting, flightseeing tours and landings by helicopter are included free on all North Pole voyages.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY – FREE OPTION

The vast, intricate, and ever-changing icescape of the Arctic Ocean offers a unique and challenging world of subjects for photographers of all backgrounds. Our free photography program gives you the chance to learn and practice your photography skills alongside an expert photographer.

Primeval landscapes, intriguing geological features, poignant historical remains, and charismatic Arctic wildlife in Russia’s Franz Josef Land also provide a wealth of inspiration for the photographer. Our expert will be available to help you make the most of this bounty in your viewfinder.

 

 

 

I/B 50 Years of Victory

We don’t have the heart to use she when we talk about i/b 50 Years of Victory — it’s not ladylike at all. Elegance doesn’t matter when it comes to the right vessel to take you to the top of the world. The most powerful icebreaker ever built generates 75,000 horsepower and crushes multi-year ice layers three meters thick. After a few days aboard, you’ll feel her (or him?) sharing power as you together battle your way through the Arctic icecap to 90º north.

I/b 50 Years of Victory is not a tourist ship. Rather, the icebreaker was purpose-built to pilot scientific and cargo ships to hard-to-reach areas of the Arctic and along the Northeast Passage. It is just during the short summer months when adventurers get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to travel aboard this real working icebreaker to the geographic North Pole.

Length160 meters (525 ft.)
Beam30meters (98 ft.)
Speed21 Knots
Passengers124
Crew140

Cabins

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214 M² (151 FT²)OPENING WINDOWS
One lower berth, one sofa bed, private facilities with a shower, TV set and DVD player, opening windows.
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222 M² (237 FT²)OPENING WINDOWS
Sitting area with sofa bed, sleeping bed separated from the sitting area, private facilities with a shower, TV set and DVD player, refrigerator, opening windows.
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224 M² (258 FT²)OPENING WINDOWS
Sitting area with sofa bed, sleeping bed separated from the sitting area, private facilities with a shower, TV set and DVD player, refrigerator, opening windows.
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226 M² (280 FT²)OPENING WINDOWS
Sitting area with sofa bed, sleeping bed separated from the sitting area, private facilities with a shower, TV set and DVD player, refrigerator, opening windows.
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228 M² (301 FT²)OPENING WINDOWS
Large bedroom and sitting room, sofa bed in sitting room, private facilities with a bathtub, refrigerator, tv set and dvd player, opening windows.
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233 M² (355 FT²)OPENING WINDOWS
Very spacious bedroom and sitting room, sofa bed in sitting room, private facilities with a bathtub, refrigerator, TV set and DVD player, coffee maker, opening windows.

How to Book

To ensure your place on this exciting adventure, please contact us to reserve a place 02 6355 2022 or mail@adventureassociates.com, then complete the Adventure Associates Booking Form and return to us with your AUD per person deposit.

Deposit required per person:20% in AU$ per person
Balance due:90 days prior to departure
If booking within 89 days of departure:Full payment must be made.

Reservations are established when you receive written confirmation and acceptance of the deposit and Booking Form. Travel insurance is strongly recommended at the time of booking.

Cancellations

Cancellations must be advised in writing to Adventure Associates. Cancellation charges are subject to regulations of airlines, coach and tour operators, hotels and other principals involved. If it is necessary to cancel your arrangements, the following non-refundable charges will apply.

More than 150 days prior to departureAU$ 1000 per person
Between 149 and 90 days prior to departureFull loss of deposit per person
Between 89 and 76 days prior to departure75% of tour cost per person
On or within 75 days prior to departureNo Refund

If the cancellation charge is more than your advance payment you remain liable for the difference. For these and other reasons mentioned above you are strongly recommended to take out Travel Insurance. Once the tour has departed there will be no refund for any unused portions of the trip.

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