Journey to the North Pole

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5.0 Based on 3 Reviews
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  • Polar expeditions and cruise
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  • duration 14 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 18+ yrs
  • max group size 128
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Helsinki, Finland
  • Ends Helsinki, Finland
  • +2
Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Circumnavigate the globe and reach 90° North 'the top of the world'Discover the remote archipelago of Franz Josef Land with its 191 islands
  • Travel aboard the world's largest and most powerful icebreaker
  • View the icy wilderness from the ship's helicopter
  • Accompanied by extremely qualified Expedition Staff
The tour "Journey To The North Pole " starts and ends in Helsinki. This is a polar expeditions and cruise trip that takes 14 days taking you through Helsinki, Murmansk, Arctic Ocean and Franz Josef Land in Finland and Russia. This is a guided group tour that includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others.

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.
5 - Excellent
Based on 3 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Jul 03 2019
5 - Excellent
Nothing like it
“Such a privilege, travelling on a nuclear-powered Russian icebreaker which spends most of the year keeping the northern Russian seaways clear for cargo ships: a brilliant job was due to convert it temporarily for tourists. The dour Heroes of the Motherland were retained to crew the vessel which made it all the more atmospheric, but they couldnt compete for character with the polar bears, especially the one who was so co-operative for photos despite us having distracted him from his kill.The only downside was that we werent warned how hot the boat is: future travellers need to take some light clothing for indoors.”
Journey to the North Pole
5 - Excellent
  • On Apr 16 2017
“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!”
  • Anonymous
  • On Jul 04 2016
5 - Excellent
Journey to the North Pole
“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!”
  • Day 1: Start Helsinki, overnight in hotel.
  • Day 2: Charter flight to Murmansk, Russia; board ship and embark.
  • Day 3-6: Travel north in the Arctic Ocean, with the ship breaking through the formidable pack ice.
  • Day 7: 90° North, with time to celebrate reaching the top of the world.
  • Day 8: Travel south in the Arctic Ocean.
  • Day 9-10: Visit Franz Josef Land; helicopters and zodiacs are used to transfer ashore for landings.
  • Day 11-12: Southbound at Sea.
  • Day 13: Disembark in Murmansk; charter flight to Helsinki, night in hotel.
  • Day 14: End Helsinki.
  • Gratuities for hotel and expedition staff (2019 departures)All accommodation
  • Beer and wine with dinner
  • All transport and listed activities
  • We can include flights from the UK.  Please contact us for a quote.
  • All meals while on the ship
  • Full complement of qualified Expedition Staff
  • 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 is not included in this Journey to the North Pole tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Journey to the North Pole tour. You can cancel the tour up to 133 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 132 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 06 February 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 06 February 2022, a deposit of 20% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 132 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

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.


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.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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