North Pole: Journey to the Top of the World

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Small Group Tour
Embark on a journey to the North Pole, including Franz Josef Land, on this two-week expedition. Fly from Helsinki to Arctic Russia and board the 50 Years of Victory icebreaker, a nuclear-powered expedition vessel with an onboard helicopter, a lap pool and a sauna. Smash through multi-year pack ice on this incredible vessel until you reach 90° Enjoy a barbecue...


Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Very Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule


    • Travel to the earth’s northernmost point and feel the rush of standing on top of the world – 90 degrees north.
    • Explore franz josef land on your return journey. cruise past icebergs, discover remote seabird colonies and see the historic remains of ill-fated arctic expeditions.
    • Get a bird-eye-view of the arctic with included excursions on the onboard helicopter or an optional hot air balloon ride over the north pole.
    • Travelling in one of the earth’s most remote reaches offers the chance to spot rare wildlife like polar bears, walruses, minke and humpback whales.
    • Travel on legendary nuclear-powered icebreaker the 50 years of victory with a full expedition crew and onboard staff to look after your every need.

What's this trip about?

    Embark on a journey to the North Pole, including Franz Josef Land, on this two-week expedition. Fly from Helsinki to Arctic Russia and board the 50 Years of Victory icebreaker, a nuclear-powered expedition vessel with an onboard helicopter, a lap pool and a sauna. Smash through multi-year pack ice on this incredible vessel until you reach 90° Enjoy a barbecue and a glass of champagne on the North Pole before returning to Russia via the Franz Josef Land archipelago, investigating the rugged islands on Zodiac excursions in search of polar bears and whales of all varieties.


Itinerary focusOff the Beaten Path
Group sizeGroup - max of 48 people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityHelsinki
End CityHelsinki

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Small Ship Cruise


  • Europe
  • Finland
  • Russia


  • Helsinki


  • Culture
  • Wildlife viewing

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Travel Map
Day 1 Helsinki
Your adventure begins with a night of pre-trip accommodation in Helsinki. You can arrive at any time today as there are on activities planned. You will be given an envelope with the details of tomorrow’s departure. A Quark representative will be on hand tonight to answer questions in person.

Day 2 Murmansk – Embarkation Day
Take an included charter flight to Murmansk, Russia. Transfer to port and board the 50 Years of Victory. Settle into your cabin and meet you crew and expedition team. Let the journey begin!

Day 3-6 Arctic Ocean
Spend the next few days cruising towards the North Pole. This part of the journey can take anywhere from four to six days, depending on ice conditions. Your time on board will be occupied with a mixture of activities. There will be lectures from your expedition crew, wil...
Day 7 North Pole – 90° North
The day has finally come! Upon reaching the North Pole, disembark the ship for a barbecue and glass o bubbles on the ice. Many travellers find themselves overcome with emotion, while others are in a festive and celebratory mood. If you have organised them in advance (and if conditions allow) this is your chance to enjoy your polar plunge or hot air balloon ride.

Day 8 Arctic Ocean
Begin the return voyage and enjoy your time at sea with more lectures and wildlife-spotting options.

Day 9-10 Franz Josef Land
Spend a few days exploring some of the 191 islands that form Franz Josef Land. While landing sites can’t be confirmed in advance, each day will bring a form of polar adventure. One day you might pay your respect at the graves of explorers of old on Cape Flora, the next y...
Day 11-12 Arctic Ocean
Enjoy your time out on deck or reminisce with your shipmates and new friends as you cross the Arctic Ocean back to Murmansk.

Day 13 Disembarkation Day – Murmansk
Disembark the 50 Years of Victory. Transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Helsinki, Finland. 

Day 14 Helsinki
Your trip comes to an end after breakfast.

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Last Updated: 2/16/2023

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Travel Insurance
Your voyage fare includes Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person. However, it is essential that you have comprehensive personal travel insurance in addition to this to cover all other eventualities.
Visa requirements
All travellers to Russia (regardless of nationality) will require a visa, obtained in advance of travel with a letter of invitation from the Russian authorities. In order for Peregrine to arrange this letter you must provide your full passport details at time of booking. Please note that Russian visas are date specific and cannot be extended once issued. This itinerary requires a double entry Russian Visa. Please note that once you have left Murmansk at the end of the trip, no further entries into Russia are possible.
Age Requirements
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