The Geographic North Pole and Franz Josef Land on the worlds most powerful nuclear Icebreaker

The North Pole is an ultimate destination, to be on the top of the world with every other human further south than you is a unique feeling. The geology of the North Pole and the Russian Franz Josef Land is also unique. Sea ice at any one time covers a staggering 7% of the planet's surface yet very few people ever get to see it. On this voyage you will see it in all its forms as we break our way to the Pole. Also the voyage overs a rare opportunity to visit the isolated Russian islands of Franz Josef Land, where the amazing concretions of Champa Island and columnar basalt of Rubini rock can be seen.

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GeoWorld Travel Director, James Cresswell, guided on to the North Pole 6 times.
James Cresswell
James  at the North Pole.
North Pole Ceremony, North Pole
North Pole Ceremony
Nuclear Icebreaker, Ship, North Pole
The '50 Years of Victory', the world's most powerful nuclear icebreaker
Helicopter, Franz Josef Land, Russia
Helicopter excursions in Franz Josef Land, Russia
Basaltic Dykes, Tegethoff, Franz Josef Land, Russia
Basaltic Dykes, Cape Tegethoff, Franz Josef Land, Russia
Champa Island, Franz Josef Land, Russia
Giant concretions, Champa Island, Franz Josef Land, Russia
North Pole
Polar Bear watching en-route to the North Pole
Polar Bear, North Pole
A Polar Bear viewed from the ship, walking on sea ice
Walrus, Franz Josef Land, Russia
Walrus near Franz Josef Land

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY Please keep in mind that this is a unique expedition to a remote and very little explored part of the globe. Our sample itinerary should therefore be considered as a guide only, as it is heavily dependent on both weather and ice conditions.

Day 1.
Welcome to Helsinki, the cozy Finnish Capital. Following your arrival in Helsinki and subsequent transfer to your hotel, you will be greeted by our representative in the lobby of your hotel.

Day 2.
Helsinki-Murmansk flight and embarkation. Following a short tour of Helsinki, you will board a chartered plane for the short two hour flight to Murmansk. There, you will board “50 Years of Victory”, one of the most powerful icebreakers in the world, after which time you will depart Murmansk and start your journey north via Kola Bay.

Day 3.
The Barents Sea. While continuing your journey north across the Barents Sea, you will be introduced to the safety instructions which have been put in place to ensure your complete protection - while aboard the “50 years of Victory”, - during our expedition in the higher arctic altitudes.You will likewise have the opportunity to become familiar with the ship and larn all about its unique icebreaking capabilities and how ice fields are negotiated. One of the highlights of this day will be a tour of the engine room- amazing! All this and more are on the day’s agenda!

Days 4-6.
Voyage to the North Pole. As exciting as reaching the North Pole will be, the three days voyage there will leave you feeling no less so. Adrenaline and awe await you as you go up on deck and witness first-hand the sheer power of our ship as it battles its way through the mighty ice fields that separate you from your arrival at the top of the world. No less inspiring will be the views and panoramas of the astonishing arctic landscape. Off-deck adventure also awaits you on your way north. Time, weather and/or ice conditions permitting, you will experience breathtaking helicopter rides over the icebreaker as it plows its way through the ice. For those wishing to take some time away from their new-found sea legs, a walk on the ice pack will do the trick.

Day 7.
The North Pole. Seven is more than just a lucky number; it’s the day we expect to reach the North Pole. With heart-pounding anticipation, the “Victory” will be slowly maneuvered into position at exactly 90◦ N. Welcome to the Geographical North Pole.

But this is only the start of your adventure. Disembarking from the ship, you will experience the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of standing on the top of the world. To celebrate this victory, you will join hands with the other passengers while everyone literally walks around the world during our special International Round Dance.

Topping off the day will be our North Pole barbecue and, for the more daring and adventurous, a plunge into the Arctic Ocean.

Day 8-10.
The Islands and Archipelagos of the Russian Arctic. During the many years that we have been operating in the Russian Arctic, we have gained a truly unique experience exploring the many arctic lands in this region, one of the most remote in the world. It is truly our pleasure to share it and our love for these vast lands with you.

Given favorable weather and ice conditions, exploration of the Franz Josef Land Archipelago is in the offering.

The Franz Josef Land Archipelago can be described as,

- consisting of about 190 islands most of which are reminiscent of moon craters thus accounting for its more common name the ‘Moon Archipelago’,

- home to polar bears, walruses and many species of arctic birds,

- the location of Champ Island with its mysterious round boulders found no where else on earth,

- a unique and possibly never-to-be-had-again opportunity to explore this vast landscape and photograph its natural beauty

Days 11-13.
Barents Sea Revisited. During the three day journey back to Murmansk, you will have ample opportunity to relive your arctic adventure sharing your favorite memories of all that has befallen you while on this voyage. And if you didn’t do so before, then take some time out to really enjoy the facilities and amenities that have been provided for your onboard comfort- a game of volleyball, a visit to the gym, a dip in the pool and a sauna followed by a massage. Or simply relax in the ship’s lounge, bar or library.

After disembarking in Murmansk, you will be returned to Helsinki where you will spend a last evening in the Finnish capital.

Day 14.
Farewell to Helsinki. Following breakfast, you will depart for the airport and your journey home.

Mission accomplished!


If you book this Expedition Cruise through us we will pay your Carbon Offset for you and will provide you a Certificate on completion of your expedition.


 = 0.15 T

(calculated at
Footprint = Return Flight Helsinki - Murmansk. The voyage is nuclear so emits no carbon.

It is your responsibility to book your travel to and from the start and finish of the expedition. This is normally a flight. If you would like to carbon offset this cost please use our carbon offset calculator here.


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