The North Pole ultimate Arctic adventure (by icebreaker)
| 14-15 days
We are delighted that 50 Years of Victory continues as an expedition vessel in 2016.
From Murmansk we cross the Barents Sea towards the relatively unexplored archipelago of Franz Josef Land, which was only discovered in the late 1800s. Shore landings are planned here and at 90 degrees North, the top of the world. Stand on the North Pole and enjoy a hike on the expansive ice before continuing to Franz Josef Land, keeping a watchful eye for polar bears en route. On Franz Josef Land’s stunning flat-topped islands you will encounter fascinating Arctic wildlife in its spectacular setting of snow and ice. Polar bears, walrus, arctic fox, seals and belugas all inhabit the region. Sightseeing by helicopter gives you an unforgettable aerial view of the ship crushing its way through the formidable Arctic Ocean pack ice on this most memorable of journeys.
Ship: 50 Years of Victory
Five departures between June and July 2017
Guide price:From £20,630 per person based on twin cabin (private facilities)
“I found the ‘adventure’ both rewarding and educational and also met some interesting people, especially among the English-speaking Chinese and Russian passengers. Once again thank you for putting the trip together for me and therefore making it a resounding success.”
Peter Wright, the North Pole (for Peter’s full account and more photos see trip reports )
“A brilliant holiday! Franz Josef Land must be the ultimate Arctic experience.”
Barbara Forrai and Margaret Dykes, Franz Josef Land, August 2012
“As Marion promised, I attach a copy of the log from our recent trip to Franz Josef Land. The photos in the log illustrate the quality of the polar bear encounters! Dense sea ice is definitely the place to see bears at close range, and we couldn’t have got into the middle of it without an icebreaker. In one twenty-four hour period we had fourteen bear encounters. Often with two in view at the same time. (That 14 count involved some repeat visits by the same bear, who seemed fascinated by the ship).”
Grant Hutchison and Marion McMurdo, Franz Josef Land, July 2011