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50 Years of Victory <br> 13 Night North Pole : Photography Series <br> Helsinki Return

50 Years of Victory
13 Night North Pole : Photography Series
Helsinki Return

Ship: 50 Years of Victory Expedition Ship
Cruise Line: Quark Expeditions
Departures:  23 June 2019
Duration: 13 Nights
Ports: Murmansk, Franz Joseph Land, Murmansk
Airport gateway (Arrival) : Helsinki
Airport gateway (Departure) : Helsinki

Itinerary

Day 1 — Helsinki, Finland

Your adventure begins with a one-night stay in Helsinki, Finland’s capital.

Day 2 — Embarkation Day in Murmansk

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.

Days 3 to 6 — Northbound in the Arctic Ocean

Being on board Victory and feeling the icebreaker as it crushes through the arctic pack ice is an experience you’ll never forget. Just as memorable is boarding the ship’s helicopter for a thrilling aerial view over the ship and the expansive Arctic Ocean.

You can expect variable sailing conditions this far north. The crossing from Murmansk to the North Pole can take us anywhere from four to six days depending on the ice conditions. This means you’ll have plenty of time to get to know your shipmates and be treated to lectures and discussions by our Expedition Team while looking out for birdlife. There are also many wonderful amenities on board, such as the ship’s lap pool or 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 champagne toast and a barbecue on the ice. If the opportunity allows, you have the option of taking a polar plunge into the icy waters around the North Pole. We’ll also attempt to launch passengers high above the Pole in our hot air balloon to commemorate this great moment (this is highly weather dependent).

Day 8 — Southbound in the Arctic Ocean

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

Days 9 and 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. Here, you’ll explore Cape Flora and discover historic remains from three ill-fated arctic expeditions. When conditions permit, we’ll launch the Zodiacs and cruise beneath towering cliffs to explore remote seabird colonies. The 50 Years of Victory helicopter will provide aerial sightseeing, and our Zodiacs will transfer you to seldom-visited landing sites.

Days 11 and 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 — Disembarkation in Murmansk

Returning to Russia’s most northerly city, it will be time to bid farewell to your ship, 50 Years of Victory. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your charter flight to Helsinki, Finland to enjoy one final night with your newfound friends.

Day 14 — Helsinki, Finland

After breakfast, your official Quark Expeditions journey comes to an end. We do encourage you to spend some extra time exploring Helsinki, Tallinn (the capital of Estonia) and Saint Petersburg.

2019 MANDATORY TRANSFER PACKAGE INCLUDES

One night’s pre- and post-expedition hotel accommodation in Helsinki with breakfast
Round-trip flights from Helsinki to Murmansk
Transfer to and from the ship
Transfers between the airport and hotel in Helsinki

PACKAGE COST: $1,995

* Ports of call may vary based on itinerary and departure dates selected

 

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Murmansk

Murmansk is the world's biggest Arctic city. It will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2016.

Franz Joseph Land

Franz Josef Land is an archipelago located in the far north of Russia. The archipelago is volcanic, composed of Tertiary and Jurassic basalts, and though covered mostly by ice it does have outcrops covered with moss.

Native wildlife consists mostly of walrus, Arctic Foxes, polar bears and seals.Common birds include kittiwakes, fulmars, and gulls. Beluga whales are often spotted in the waters.


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Quark Expeditions

Quark Expeditions

Since 1991, we have specialised in polar expeditions. Our base camps are ships purpose-built for high latitude cruising. As the leader in polar expeditions, we offer unparalleled technical expertise, leadership and passion for polar adventure.  We have the largest and most diverse fleet of passengers ships in the Antarctica operated by one entity. We deliver more departures and a greater variety of itineraries than any other company. We have the only helicopter-equipped, polar-class icebreaker outfitted for expeditions in Antarctic waters - Kapitan Khlebnikov. Out travellers come from around the world - Europe, Asia, Oceania, North America and Africa. They share a preference for travel to remote wilderness areas.

Many of our Expedition Team members have decades of experience in the Arctic and Antarctica. They understand ice conditions and the impact of weather on ships and helicopters. They are experts in polar history, marine biology and glaciology. They drive the zodiacs for ocean-level cruising. Our Captains and their officers and crews are skilled at navigating through pack ice under extreme conditions. Our Hospitality Team can prepare meals and pour beverages during gale force winds. You will not find a more capable team.

From its launch in 1991, the people who are Quark Expeditions have combined the spirit of adventure with a deep sense of environmental responsibility and a strong desire to educate others about the wonders of the polar regions. Making the Arctic and Antarctic accessible to people who previously could only dream of setting foot there is our pleasure and passion.

 

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50 Years of Victory Expedition Ship

50 Years of Victory Expedition Ship

• Comfortable, friendly atmosphere just 128 guests
• Icebreaking capabilities to the top of the world where regular ships cannot go
• 74,000 hp generated by 2 nuclear reactors get you where few have ever been
• Helicopter for aerial sightseeing
• 4 fully enclosed lifeboats ensure your safety in all conditions
• Onboard helicopters allow spectacular aerial sightseeing
• Fleet of Zodiacs bring you up close and personal with Arctic wildlife, icebergs and more
• Every cabin has exterior views and private facilities, for your comfort and enjoyment
• Onboard gym, two saunas, small swimming pool, and library allow you to relax between shore visits
 

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