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North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure

North Pole Cruise Information

Summary : Few have ever reached 90°N—the ultimate travel goal that has stirred the hearts and minds of explorers and adventurers alike. Departing from Murmansk, Russia, your journey to the extreme north will be just as exciting as standing at the very top of the world. Imagine being aboard the most powerful nuclear icebreaker on the planet as it crushes through thick, multiyear pack ice. Achieving the absolute zenith of polar exploration, you’ll celebrate with a champagne toast, pose for the ultimate photo op and, if conditions permit, soar high above the Earth on an optional hot air balloon ride. Take in even more spectacular sights from a thrilling helicopter tour over the icy Arctic Ocean. On your return, visit Franz Josef Land to discover amazing historical sites and scout for the astonishing wildlife that call this fragile place home. As one of only 250 people privileged to voyage to the top of the world each year, you’ll be surrounded by dramatic, endless icescapes and the courage of those who came before you.

Read about ET traveler Giovanni Savaglio's North Pole expedition here

Activities : Birding, Hiking


Prices from
$30,995 to $45,095

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Day 1
Helsinki, Finland

Just six degrees south of the Arctic Circle is a sophisticated city with nightlife, green spaces and a breathtaking harbor—Helsinki, Finland. Your adventure begins with a one-night hotel stay* here.

*See Rate Notes for mandatory transfer package details)

Day 2
Helsinki, Finland / Murmansk, Russia

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 and get acquainted with 50 Years of Victory, the world’s largest and most powerful icebreaker.

*See Rate Notes for mandatory transfer package details)

Day 3 – 6
Arctic Ocean – Northbound

Watching 50 Years of Victory crush through the Arctic ice pack is an incredible sight, made even more memorable by taking a helicopter flight for a thrilling aerial view of the Victory and the expansive Arctic Ocean.

Expect variable sailing conditions this far north. The crossing from Murmansk to the North Pole can take anywhere from 4 to 6 days, depending on the ice conditions. Spend the time by getting to know your shipmates, attending lectures and discussions by your expedition team, going for a swim in the ship’s lap pool, or shooting some hoops on the basketball court.

Day 7
90° North

The anticipation reaches a climax as you arrive at the North Pole! Many travelers find themselves overcome with emotion, while others are in a festive and celebratory mood. Take photos, call your family, wave a flag—just be sure you enjoy your moment at the top!

Later, everyone will celebrate with a toast and a barbecue on the ice. If the opportunity allows, you might have the option of taking a polar plunge into the icy waters around the North Pole. You might also opt to take a hot air balloon ride high above the Pole to commemorate the moment (this is highly weather dependent).

Day 8
Arctic Ocean – Southbound

On your return voyage, you can sit back and relax. As you head farther south, you may get lucky and spot polar bears hunting for seals.

Day 9 – 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. It's so remote that Franz Josef Land was discovered after Antarctica. Explore Cape Flora and discover historic remains from three ill-fated Arctic expeditions. When conditions permit, Zodiac trips beneath towering cliffs will explore remote seabird colonies. The 50 Years of Victory helicopter will provide aerial sightseeing and her Zodiacs will transfer you to seldom-visited landing sites.

Day 11 – 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. Expedition staff will be on hand to answer any remaining questions and point out wildlife during the return journey.

Day 13
Murmansk, Russia / Disembarkation

Returning to Russia’s most northerly city, bid farewell to the expedition crew and ship. Transfer to the airport for your charter flight* to Helsinki and enjoy one final night* in this remarkable city.

*See Rate Notes for mandatory transfer package details)

Day 14
Helsinki, Finland

After breakfast, your journey comes to an end.


Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions—and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
Due to the remoteness of the areas in this itinerary, travelers must have a minimum $50,000 of emergency medical coverage. Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. The shipping company will not be held responsible for delays due to force majeure. Any additional costs accrued will be the responsibility of the traveler. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends that the travel insurance policy covers trip cancellation insurance, trip delay (interruption or after departure coverage), baggage and repatriation. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions.

Important Trip Information:
Russian visas are required for tourists from most countries. This voyage requires double-entry Russian visas.
There is a strict luggage limit of 44-lbs for checked luggage and 11-lbs for carry-on luggage on the flights between Helsinki and Murmansk. Additional luggage can be stored at the hotel in Helsinki as part of the mandatory transfer package. There is NO option to pay for additional luggage.

Hot Air Ballooning:
Not included in cruise rate. Pre-booked option for up to 50 guests. Hot air ballooning must be booked at time of reservation. Each tethered hot balloon flight will be about 15 minutes in duration. A certificate will be provided as a memento.

Luggage Weight Restriction: There is a strict luggage limit of 44 lbs checked luggage and 11 lbs cabin baggage on the flights between Helsinki and Murmansk. Should you have additional luggage, it can be stored at the hotel in Helsinki. There is no option to pay for additional luggage. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Shipboard accommodations; group helicopter flightseeing according to daily program; emergency evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $500,000 per person*; all shore landings per the daily program; Zodiac transfers and cruising; formal and informal presentations by expedition team and special guests as scheduled; an expedition parka (yours to keep); gear on loan (waterproof expedition boots and walking poles for shore landings; hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin); luggage handling aboard ship; daily housekeeping; all meals onboard the ship; beer and wine with dinner; coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock; miscellaneous service taxes and port charges; Russian invitation letter for visa application provided after final payment; gratuities for hotel and expedition staff. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; mandatory transfer package; additional overnight accommodations; transfer from hotel to airport on final day; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above; cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance; excess baggage charges; helicopter flights beyond those included; meals ashore unless otherwise specified; any beverages that are not in the complimentary selection; laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified; phone and internet charges; hot air balloon option; fuel surcharge may apply.

*Emergency Evacuation Insurance:
Emergency evacuation coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $500,000 is included in the cost of this expedition. Included coverage is applicable only while traveling with the shipping company between the first and last day of the expedition. Additional days of travel prior to the expedition and/or after the expedition, including pre- and post-packages/hotels/flights, purchased from the shipping company or from suppliers other than the shipping company, are not covered by the included emergency evacuation insurance. We strongly advise all passengers to purchase medical, cancellation and baggage insurance, and additional emergency evacuation coverage.

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