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  • Probably the ultimate Polar voyage: sail to 90º north aboard the world's largest nuclear-powered icebreaker.
The Journey to the North Pole tour starts and ends in Helsinki. The Journey to the North Pole is a Polar tour that takes 14 days taking you through Helsinki, Finland and other destinations in Finland.

This journey combines the raw power of the ship with the use of helicopter flights for aerial viewing. Crushing through pack ice that is metres thick, the 'Victory' can sail in conditions that would defeat any other ship. Reaching the ‘top of the world’, the experience of standing where all directions are south, is incomparable. There will be time to perform the shortest possible circumnavigation of the globe before heading south to explore the remote Franz Josef Land. With its massive flat-topped islands and steep basalt cliffs, this archipelago is a birdwatcher's paradise. This is quite simply a voyage without comparison.
Day 1 Start Helsinki, overnight in hotel.

Our journey starts in Helsinki where we spend the night at a centrally located hotel.

Day 2 Charter flight to Murmansk, Russia; board ship and embark.

From Helsinki, a charter flight will take you to Murmansk, Russia, where you’ll embark on the voyage to the North Pole and get acquainted with 50 Years of Victory, the world’s largest and most powerful icebreaker.

Day 3 Travel north in the Arctic Ocean, with the ship breaking through the formidable pack ice.

Watching Victory crush through the Arctic pack-ice is a sight you’ll never forget, made even more memorable by taking a helicopter flight for a thrilling aerial view of Victory and expansive Arctic Ocean.
You can expect the days, and hours, to present variable sailing conditions this far north. The crossing from Murmansk to the North Pole can take us anywhere from 5 to 8 days.

Day 4 Continue travelling north in the Arctic Ocean.

Continue travelling north in the Arctic Ocean.

Day 5 Continue travelling north in the Arctic Ocean.

Continue travelling north in the Arctic Ocean.

Day 6 Continue travelling north in the Arctic Ocean.

Continue travelling north in the Arctic Ocean.

Day 7 90° North, with time to celebrate reaching the top of the world.

All the anticipation of the prior days reaches a climax as we reach the North Pole! Many travelers find themselves overcome with emotion, while others are in a festive and celebratory mood.Take photos, wave a flag, enjoy the moment! Later, everyone enjoys a champagne toast and a BBQ on the ice. Take a Polar Plunge into the icy waters marking the North pole. Add an exclamation to your success by rising high in a hot air balloon to commemorate this great moment (weather dependent).

Day 8 Travel south in the Arctic Ocean.

As 50 Years of Victory makes her way back through the churning pack ice, we may spot Polar bears on the hunt with Ivory gulls following close behind - eager to dine on leftovers.

Day 9 Visit Franz Josef Land; helicopters and zodiacs are used to transfer ashore for landings.

This group of 191 islands forms the most northerly archipelago in Eurasia, and lies entirely within the Arctic Circle. Here we'll 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 rookeries. Onboard helicopters again provide aerial sightseeing and our Zodiacs transferyou to seldom visited landing sites.
This part of the Arctic Ocean is so remote that Franz Josef Land was discovered after Antarctica. It is the most northerly archipelago in Eurasia and lies entirely within the Arctic Circle. We may see walrus and Polar bears on these islands, which we'lll explore on Zodiac excursions and helicopter sightseeing rides.

Day 10 Second day visiting Franz Josef Land.

Second day visiting Franz Josef Land.

Day 11 Southbound at Sea.

During our southbound journey, as it was on our journey north, we keep a vigil for Polar bears on ice. No two Polar bear sightings or North Pole voyages are the same.

Day 12 Southbound at Sea.

Southbound at Sea.

Day 13 Disembark in Murmansk; charter flight to Helsinki, night in hotel.

The return to Helsinki requires a charter flight from Murmansk and just the right tide conditions for docking the ship. Overnight in Helsinki, in a centrally located hotel.

Day 14 End Helsinki.

Our adventure finishes after breakfast in Helsinki.

what’s included
  • All meals while on the ship
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Full complement of qualified Expedition Staff
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to/from Helsinki are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Journey to the North Pole tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 14 days
Tour Type Group Tour  
Age Requirement 18+ yrs
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
Starts/Ends Helsinki, Finland/Helsinki, Finland
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5.0 - Excellent Based on 1 review
Journey to the North Pole
5 - Excellent
“Great trip!
Our first sighting of a polar bear was amazing.
Watching the icebreaker ship going through the dense pack ice was awesome.
Standing and spending several hours on the North Pole was a wonderful experience made more special as we reached the North Pole on the day of the summer solstice. We stayed overnight at the Pole on the icebreaker and spent several hours the following day on the north pole.
Once in a life time experience!”
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Good to know Payment

A deposit of 191 USD is required to confirm this tour. For any departures within 19 August 2017 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Journey to the North Pole tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Journey to the North Pole tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Cancellation No additional cancellation fees apply for this Journey to the North Pole tour. You can cancel the tour up to 57 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 56 days of departure.
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