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Conquer the North Pole

  • Day 1 - Murmansk
  • Day 2 - Murmansk embarkation
  • Day 3 - The Barents Sea
  • Days 4 - 6 - Voyage to the North Pole
  • Day 7 - The North Pole
  • Days 8 - 10 - The Islands and Archipelagos of the Russian Arctic
  • Days 11 - 12 - Barents Sea Revisited
  • Day 13 - Disembark in Murmansk

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Departure Information

Journey beginning and ending at Murmansk,

Available: 2019-07-18 to 2019-07-30 starting from $37494 AUD

Overview

‘We carefully navigate the icebreaker to precisely 90 degrees north for our champagne toast of this momentous accomplishment. We ceremoniously drop the anchor on a sturdy stretch of ice and disembark onto the frozen sea. You are now able to stand at the top of the world.’

This incredible adventure starts in Murmansk, Russia. There you embark the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy 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.

Day 1 – Murmansk

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.

Day 2 – Murmansk embarkation

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.

Day 3 – The Barents Sea

While continuing your journey north across the Barents Sea, you will be introduced to the safety instructions which have been put in place to ensure your complete protection while aboard the ’50 years of Victory’, during our expedition in the higher arctic altitudes.

You will also have the opportunity to become familiar with the ship and learn all about its unique icebreaking capabilities and how ice fields are negotiated. One of the highlights of this day will be a tour of the engine room – amazing! All this and more are on the day’s agenda!

Days 4 – 6 – Voyage to the North Pole

As exciting as reaching the North Pole will be, the three days’ voyage there will leave you feeling no less so. Adrenaline and awe await you as you go up on deck and witness first-hand the sheer power of our ship as it battles its way through the mighty ice fields that separate you from your arrival at the top of the world. No less inspiring will be the views and panoramas of the astonishing arctic landscape.

Off-deck adventure also awaits you on your way north. Time, weather and/or ice conditions permitting, you will experience breathtaking helicopter rides over the icebreaker as it ploughs its way through the ice. For those wishing to take some time away from their new-found sea legs, a walk on the ice pack will do the trick.

Day 7 – The North Pole

Seven is more than just a lucky number; it’s the day we expect to reach the North Pole. With heart-pounding anticipation, the ‘Victory’ will be slowly maneuvered into position at exactly 90′ N. Welcome to the Geographical North Pole.

But this is only the start of your adventure. Disembarking from the ship, you will experience the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of standing on top of the world. To celebrate this victory, you will join hands with the other passengers while everyone literally walks around the world during our special International Round Dance.

Topping off the day will be our North Pole barbecue and, for the more daring and adventurous, a plunge into the Arctic Ocean.

Days 8 – 10 – The Islands and Archipelagos of the Russian Arctic

Given favourable weather and ice conditions, exploration of the Franz Josef Land Archipelago is planned.

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.

Days 11 – 12 – Barents Sea Revisited

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.

Day 13 – Disembark 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.

Inclusions:

  • 1 night pre-cruise hotel accommodation in Murmansk, Russia, with breakfast;
  • Transfer from airport to the hotel in Murmansk 1 day prior to departure;
  • Transfer from hotel to the port in Murmansk on embarkation day;
  • Transfer from the port to the airport or central location in Murmansk upon disembarkation;
  • 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;
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka;
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in each cabin;
  • Informative pre-departure materials;
  • Digital Voyage Log;
  • 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: 100,000 EUR. Duration: cruise days only. This is only for passengers under 85 years old.

Exclusions:

  • Airfare to and from your hometown;
  • Helicopter flying time in excess of that offered for the group
  • Passport and visa expenses (if required); A Russian visa is required for this tour
  • State arrival and departure taxes (if levied)
  • Passport and visa expenses (if required); A Russian visa is required for this tour
  • Meals ashore and supplements in respect of single hotel accomodation (if required)
  • Excess luggage charges on international and local flights
  • Telecommunication services; laundry, bar and beverage charges aboard the vessel
  • Luggage, cancellation and medical insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Tips for stewards and other personal service aboard (at your discretion)

Enquiries

To enquire, feel free to contact Globetrotter via the following link and we will be sure get back to you as soon as possible!

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