Project Description

Poseidon Expeditions – Top of the World

Voyage On Top of the World

The geographic North Pole is the northern most point on our planet and the first time anyone stood there was in 1948. Since then only a handful of travellers have set foot on the shifting pack ice at 90° North, and remains an expedition pursued by intrepid travellers each year.

This once-in-a-lifetime voyage aboard the 50 Years of Victory, the most powerful ice-breaker ever built, departs from Murmansk in Russia only three times per year.

The ship accommodates only 124 passengers, meaning that less than 370 passengers get to experience this incredibly unique voyage each year. The vessel itself is an engineering marvel. Throughout the voyage, explore the engine room, stand atop the bridge with the captain keeping an eye out for whales and other marine life and listen to countless lectures about the artic, its history and wildlife presented by expert guides.

Reaching 90° North is the ultimate highlight of the voyage. On arrival, take part in the unique ‘International Round Dance’ and enjoy a celebratory barbeque on top of the world.

Whilst the ultimate objective of the voyage is to reach the North Pole, spend 3 days exploring the breathtaking Franz Josef Archipelago by zodiac and helicopter, home to huge colonies of migratory seabird species such as guillemots and the rare ivory gull.

For further information, or to start planning your once-in-a-lifetime North Pole adventure call one of our Arctic specialists on 1300 363 302 or send us a message.

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Highlights

  • Stand on top of the world at 90° North
  • Take part in the ‘International Round Dance’
  • Explore Franz Josef Land and marvel at its unique wildlife
  • Sightsee by zodiac and helicopter (weather dependent)

Itinerary                          

Day 1 – Murmansk

On arrival in Murmansk, you will be met and transferred (shared) to your hotel.

Day 2 – Embarkation in Murmansk

Today transfer from your hotel (shared) to the port, where you will board the 50 Years of Victory. Explore the ship and get settled into your room as the vessel departs north out of Kola Bay.

Day 3-6 – Voyage North

The next few days are devoted to cruising north across the Barents Sea towards the ultimate destination – 90° North. During this time, learn about this unique ice-breaker, its capabilities and enjoy a tour of the engine room. Witness firsthand the ships awesome power, as it pushes through huge chunks of ice. Throughout the voyage there are also plenty of lectures and discussions presented by the experienced team on board as well as guest lecturers.

The long daylight hours allow for the perfect opportunity to take a unique helicopter flightseeing tour. This truly breathtaking experience allows you to see the ice-breaker from above as it ploughs through the ice – providing incredible photo opportunities.

Day 7 – North Pole

After carefully navigating to precisely 90° North enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime ceremony celebrating this incredible voyage. Drop anchor and disembark on the pack-ice. Join hands with your fellow travellers and participate in the special ‘International Round Dance’ as you walk around the top of the world. Enjoy a splendid barbeque on the ice, and depending on time and weather conditions, take the polar plunge!

Day 8 – Exploration of Franz Josef Land

This remote archipelago is part of the Russian Arctic National Park home to polar bears and other unique high arctic wildlife including walrus. Scree slopes and cliffs around the island provide perfect nesting grounds for vast colonies of numerous migratory seabird species; such as guillemots, dovekies and ivory gulls.

Due to the near 24 hour daylight, enjoy plenty of chances to see the amazing wildlife found around the archipelago by either zodiac or helicopter.

It’s not just the wildlife that is a highlight about the archipelago. The islands are also home to some interesting geological features, such as the curious stone spheres on Champ Island. There are also some fascinating memorials, monuments and dwellings of famous explorers to be seen, that are brought alive by expert lecturers.

Day 11-12 – The Voyage South

After an incredible time exploring the Franz Josef Archipelago, it’s time to once more cross the Barents See and return to Murmansk. Presentations and workshops will be held throughout the days, whilst you can also take advantage of the excellent amenities onboard. These include the library, gym, seawater pool, volleyball court and sauna.

Day 13 – Disembark in Murmansk

After breakfast it’s time to disembark and say farewell to lifelong friends made. Transfer to the airport or your hotel in Murmansk (shared).

13 days /12 nights ex Murmansk
Prices from $42,080* per person twin share

Save $4,430 per couple!

Inclusions:

1 night pre-cruise hotel accommodation in Murmansk with breakfast

All road transfers as mentioned in itinerary

All shipboard accommodation, meals, sightseeing and activities as specified in itinerary.

All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by helicopter

All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by zodiacs

Shore landings included in daily program

Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka

All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program

Exclusions: Airfares, pre and post land arrangements and transfers (other than mentioned above), gratuities or any personal expenses

*Conditions apply. Price based on twin share cabins.

Single travellers on request. Accommodation subject to availability.

^Group shore excursions and activities by helicopter (weather & ice conditions permitting) are included