Antarctica & Arctic
A once-in-a-lifetime journey for the true adventurists, this voyage is bound to be unforgettable.
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11 nights cruise and one night hotel accommodation, meals as indicated, sightseeing and transportation as specified and expedition parka.
14 & 25 Jun '17
Explore the Russian Arctic, one of the most remote regions of the world, observe the vast ice coverage on breathtaking helicopter flights, and be one of the few to dance around the top of the world!
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A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stand at the top of the world.
Explore the vast landscape of the Russian Arctic and photograph its natural beauty.
Soar over your icebreaker on spectacular helicopter excursions.
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Welcome to the city of Murmansk on Russia's Kola Peninsula, the starting point for your adventure.
Board the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) and explore the ship as the voyage north begins. (B)(L)(D)
Nowhere can it be more truly said that "getting there is half the fun". As you cruise northward through the Barents Sea there is always the possibility of seeing whales. Meanwhile, you can learn about the unique icebreaking capabilities of the ship. (B)(L)(D)
See day 3 for today's itenerary.
Welcome to the geographic North Pole! After carefully navigating to 90 degrees north, the ship will ceremoniously drop the anchor on a sturdy stretch of ice and disembark onto the frozen sea. Now is the time to experience the long-anticipated thrill of standing at the top of the world. Join hands with your fellow passengers and literally walk around the world during the special International Round Dance. You are also treated to a barbeque meal on the ice. You may even have the chance to take a plunge into the icy water! After your memorable time at the North Pole turn around and head south. (B)(L)(D)
The Franz Joseph Land archipelago, part of the Russian Arctic National Park since 2012, is a nature sancturary. Polar bears and other quintessential High Arctic wildlife, including walrus and rare whale species, can be spotted anytime, anywhere in and around Franz Joseph Land. Scree slopes and cliffs around the islands host enormous nesting colonies of migratory seabirds such as guillemots, dovekies and ivory gulls. Take advantage of 24 hour daylight to exploit every opportunity for wildlife viewing and excursions via Zodiac and helicopter.
Franz Joseph Land is home to some interesting geological features, such as the mysterious stone spheres on Champ Island. Cape Fligely on Rudolf Island is the northernmost point of land in the Eastern Hemisphere. Franz Joseph Land also offers visitors the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of famous polar explorers at well-preserved historical sites, Memorials, monuments, crosses and the remains of dwellings are testimony to incredible historical events that are further illuminated by expert lecturers.
Tikhaya Bukhta is currently a Russian Arctic National Park ranger station occupying Soviet-era research buildings and was also a major base for polar expeditions. Nearby the fascinating columnar basalt cliffs of Rubini Rock are home to thousands of nesting seabirds. (B)(L)(D)
See day 8 for today's itenerary.
As you sail back south through the bountiful waters of the Barents Sea, presentations and workshops by expert staff ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. Seabird viewing and whale sightings can be enjoyed from panoramic open decks. (B)(L)(D)
See day 11 for today's itenerary.
After breakfast on board, say farewell in Murmansk.
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