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North Pole: Journey to the top of the World

14 days with Intrepid Travel   Rating: First Class

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Itinerary
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Day 1: Helsinki
Your adventure begins with one-night in magical Helsinki, Finland's capital. Staying up to the wee hours is easy in here, as daylight fades to twilight for only a few hours during summer.
 
Day 2: Embarkation in Murmansk, Russia
From Helsinki, you’ll join your fellow passengers on the charter flight that will take you 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. (Breakfast, Dinner)
 
Days 3-6: 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 ice conditions. This means you’ll have plenty of time to get to know your shipmates, be treated to lectures and discussions by our expedition team while keeping a lookout for bird life. There are also many wonderful amenities to take advantage of on board, such as the ship’s lap pool or basketball court. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner - daily)
 
Day 7: The North Pole - 90° North
All the anticipation reaches a climax as you reach the North Pole! Many travellers 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 to enjoy your moment at the top! Later, everyone will celebrate with a champagne toast and a BBQ on the ice. If the opportunity allows, you also 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 (highly weather dependent). (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 8: Southbound in the Arctic Ocean
On our return voyage you can sit back and relax. As you head further south, you may get lucky and spot polar bears hunting for seals. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Days 9-10: 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 allow you to explore remote seabird colonies. The 50 Years of Victory helicopter again will provide aerial sightseeing and our Zodiacs will be used to transfer you to seldom-visited landing sites. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner - daily)
 
Days 11-12: Southbound at Sea
Enjoy your time out on deck or reminisce with your shipmates and new friends as you cross the Arctic Ocean back to Murmansk. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner - daily)
 
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. (Breakfast)
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All This Included
If there’s one place you can really feel on top of the world, the North Pole is it. Few people ever have the surreal experience of seeing the world from its northernmost point. This is one trip with a distinct goal, and the feeling of accomplishing such a rare feat is a huge rush. Witness slow-moving ice, silent, white landscapes and marvel at the heroism of those who came before you. It’s a tough voyage, but your transport is well equipped for the mission – 50 Years of Victory is the most powerful icebreaker ship in the world. Be awed as the mighty vessel crushes through ice three m thick, paving your way through the most northern reaches of the Arctic Ocean. And when it’s time to head back home, wind down with a visit to Franz Joseph Land, where a bounty of wildlife and striking natural scenery awaits.
  • Meals - 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Transport - Ship, Zodiac
Highlights
  • Feel on Top of the World and literally stand on it – reach the pinnacle of Arctic endeavours and the Earth with an expedition to 90 degrees North
  • Climb aboard a ship that can go where others cannot – crush through metres of ice on the world’s largest, most-powerful nuclear icebreaker, ‘50 Years of Victory’
  • Float high above the Pole on a unique, optional sightseeing hot air balloon ride
  • Cruise in Zodiacs to explore remote seabird colonies, seldom-visited landing sites, and to discover historic remains from three ill-fated arctic expeditions
  • Discover the Arctic Circle’s wildlife and wildflowers on Franz Josef Land
Accommodations
Cruise ship (12 nts)
Notes
  • Ages: Min 8
  • Group size: Min 1, Max 128
  • As you’d expect, temperatures in the Arctic are very cold. A warm parka will be provided along with waterproof boots and unlimited hot drinks, but you should also bring base layers and lots of warm clothing.
  • Weather depending, you will be making regular excursions in a Zodiac boat to explore the local area and look for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy sea legs are needed as you make wet and dry landings from the boat, and on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. Some ships have a lot of stairs, so please hold on to the handrails if seas are rough.
  • The weather plays a pivotal part in this adventure and although there’s an itinerary in place, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to do everything that is planned for. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially to such a remote area.
  • This trip takes places during the time of year that Spitsbergen enjoys 24-hour daylight. Just one of the benefits of this is that incredible wildlife can be seen at any time of the day – be prepared to be woken at any time so as to not miss out on exciting animal sightings.
  • Polar bears are one of the most incredible and appealing animals on the planet, but they are also powerful predators with little fear of humans. Therefore it’s necessary to be aware of the guidelines surrounding any contact with Polar bears. Follow your leader’s instructions and do not stray from your group – your leader carries equipment to protect you.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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