Arctic Icebreaker Cruise

Reaching the North & South Poles is at the pinnacle of Polar exploration,  cruise through the Arctic pack ice on board the world’s largest and most powerful nuclear icebreaker.The 50 Years of Victory, a ship unlike any other, is capable of crushing through ice up to 2.5 metres thick and reaching areas other ships simply cannot.

As adventurous expeditions go this 14 day Arctic cruise to 90°N is up there with the best on earth; one of helicopter shore excursions, wildlife viewing, an optional hot air balloon ride and setting foot at the North Pole itself. Once in the high Russian Arctic, expect to land at the remote uninhabited archipelago of Franz Josef Land to admire the towering rock formations, vast glaciers and fauna including walrus, polar bears and Arctic seabirds. A unique experience given so few people have or ever will set foot at the most northerly point on earth, seize the opportunity to be one of the last to travel aboard such a unique ship.

Day 1: Arrival

Upon arrival into Helsinki, you will be transferred to your hotel, where a representative will greet you.

The rest of the day is at leisure for you to discover the Finnish capital.

Day 2: Helsinki – Murmansk

Today, you will board a chartered plane for your 2 hour flight to Murmansk. Once you arrive in Murmansk, you will embark on the 50 years of Victory, the most powerful icebreaker in the world. Your journey to the North Pole starts now!

Stay: 50 Years of Victory

Day 3: The Barents Sea

In order to have a pleasant and safe journey to the North Pole, you will be introduced to the safety instructions to ensure your protection aboard the 50 Years of Victory and during the expedition.

A tour of the engine room as well as learning more about the ships unique icebreaking capabilities is on the agenda of the day as well.

Stay: 50 Years of Victory

Day 4 - 6: Voyage to the North Pole

During the journey to the North Pole, you will not lack astounding views of the astonishing Arctic landscape.

You will also have the opportunity for off-deck adventures as you experience helicopter rides over the icebreaker (weather permitting) or walk on the ice pack.

Stay: 50 Years of Victory

Day 7: The North Pole

Wait in anticipation as the 50 Years of Victory maneuvers into position at exactly 90 degree N. Welcome to the North Pole!

Disembark from the ship and experience the thrilling moment of standing on the top of the world. A special International Round Dance will be organized with all passengers to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime moment.

In the evening, enjoy a North Pole BBQ and if you are feeling particularly daring, a dip in the Arctic Ocean.

Stay: 50 Years of Victory

Day 8 – 10: Touring the islands of the Russian Arctic

During these 3 days of touring, enjoy 24 hours daylight to truly explore the unique landscape in front of you.

Weather permitting, you will explore the Franz Josef Land archipelago, which consists of 190 islands reminiscent of moon craters and its mysterious round boulders, also home to Arctic wildlife (polar bears, walruses etc.).

Helicopter rides will also be available

Stay: 50 Years of Victory

Days 11 - 13: The Barents Sea

On your journey back to Murmansk, continue to admire the incredible landscape before you. If you had not had the chance, make the most of the vessels facilities and play a game of volleyball on deck or have a massage.

Upon arrival into Murmansk, you will fly back to Helsinki

Stay: 50 Years of Victory

Day 14: Departure

Following breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: Helsinki – Murmansk 50 Years of Victory
Day 3: The Barents Sea 50 Years of Victory
Day 4 - 6: Voyage to the North Pole 50 Years of Victory
Day 7: The North Pole 50 Years of Victory
Day 8 – 10: Touring the islands of the Russian Arctic 50 Years of Victory
Days 11 - 13: The Barents Sea 50 Years of Victory
Day 14: Departure

Inclusions

Included

  • 1 night pre- & 1 night post expedition hotel accommodation in Helsinki, Finland, with breakfast
  • Group transfers when embarking/disembarking your charter flight Helsinki – Murmansk – Helsinki
  • Shipboard accommodation with housekeeping
  • Shipboard breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by helicopter
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by zodiacs
  • Shore landings included in daily program
  • Program of lectures and informal discussions by experienced Expedition Team and guest lecturers
  • Professional Expedition Leadership
  • An expedition parka to keep
  • Waterproof boots for the duration of the cruise
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in each cabin
  • Informative pre-departure materials
  • Expedition log with picture album on DVD
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All shipboard luggage handling
  • Personalized medical insurance covering the risks of evacuation and repatriation. Coverage EUR 100,000. Duration: cruise days only

Not Included

  • Airfare to and from your home-town
  • Mandatory charter flights Helsinki – Murmansk – Helsinki – cost per person USD 1,750
  • Helicopter flying time in excess of that offered for the group
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • State arrival and departure taxes (if levied)
  • Meals ashore and supplements in respect of single hotel accommodation
  • Excess luggage charges on international and local flights
  • Telecommunication services; laundry, bar and beverage charges aboard the vessel
  • Luggage, cancellation insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Tips for stewards and other service personnel aboard (at your discretion)
  • Travel insurance (please note that travel insurance is mandatory for all Lightfoot Travel holidays)

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Helsinki Murmansk Barents Sea North Pole

From USD25 995 per person for a standard twin cabin (based on two people sharing)

Notes on our prices

  • This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
  • Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
  • Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
  • This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant