Our journey starts in Helsinki where we spend the night at a centrally located hotel.
After the charter flight from Helsinki to Murmansk, Russia, we will be transferred to the quayside to embark 50 Years of Victory, the world's largest icebreaker.
Day 3 - 7
In 2008, 50 Years of Victory made the fastest ever surface crossing from Murmansk to the North Pole - 4.5 days. Arctic Ocean conditions are always unpredictable, so it could take as many as 8 days to reach our goal. Unpredictability heightens the sense of adventure that underlies all our expeditions. Watching Victory break through the formidable pack ice is a sight not soon forgotten. Crushing through ice metres thick with ease, Victory can sail in conditions that would defeat most other ships. Be sure to take one of the included helicopter flights for a fascinating aerial view of the icebreaker's progress.
Although the moment that we reach the top of the world is shared with others, the experience is as individual as you are. We will toast this moment with champagne on the ice. The rest of the day is then free for you to celebrate as you wish. There is the opportunity for a polar plunge for those who are brave enough!
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 10 - 12
These massive flat topped islands, with steep cliffs where seabirds nest, are often surrounded by fast ice. The onboard helicopter or Zodiacs will transfer us ashore to hike, beach-comb or to just sit quietly watching Snow Buntings feed. 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.
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.
Our adventure finishes after breakfast in Helsinki.