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13 Days from $29,735 p/p in USD Departures: Jul, Aug
 

The North Pole is the world’s northernmost point and a prize still zealously pursued by adventurers and explorers today. This incredible adventure starts in Murmansk, Russia and anticipation heightens as the mighty ship takes us smashing through the frozen Arctic Ocean toward our goal. In addition to the exhilaration of cruising aboard a state-of-the-art icebreaker and the thrill of standing at the top of the world, you also have the opportunity to explore Franz Josef Land. This remote wilderness is home to a variety of iconic High Arctic wildlife, including polar bears. In the surrounding icy waters it is possible to spot seals, walrus, and the elusive bowhead whale. The archipelago also hosts an abundance of nesting Arctic seabirds such as the rare ivory gull.

Overview

  • Country:
    Russia
  • You will visit:
    Murmansk, North Pole, Franz Josef Land
  • Tour type:
    guided, large group
  • Safari standard:
    luxury
  • Wildlife:
    Polar bears, seals, walrus, whales; wealth of seabirds including guillemots, dovekies, ivory gulls
  • Viewing by:
    Helicopter, Zodiac, walks
  • Getting around:
    Icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy
  • Arrive/Depart:
    Start/end in Murmansk

Photography - free option

The vast, intricate, and ever-changing icescape of the Arctic Ocean offers a unique and challenging world of subjects for photographers of all backgrounds. Our free photography program gives you the chance to learn and practice your photography skills alongside an expert photographer.

Primeval landscapes, intriguing geological features, poignant historical remains, and charismatic Arctic wildlife in Russia’s Franz Josef Land also provide a wealth of inspiration for the photographer. Our expert will be available to help you make the most of this bounty in your viewfinder.

Helicopter Tours - free option

We take advantage of continuous daylight to offer flightseeing tours with the icebreaker’s onboard helicopter. From aloft you have a unique and exciting perspective from which to witness the ship plowing its way through the ice and to experience the surreal beauty of the vast frozen ocean.

We also use the helicopter to achieve landings in Franz Josef Land when conditions prevent landings by Zodiac, giving you unparalleled access to this remote and hard-to-reach Arctic wilderness. Weather permitting, flightseeing tours and landings by helicopter are included free on all North Pole voyages.

Pre/Post Moscow City Tour option

Duration : from 3 days

Moscow is the most popular stop over city on your way to/ fr om Murmansk. You may wish to stay here for some days.

Sightseeing tour is a great chance to see the best sights of the Russian capital. Feel the exciting atmosphere of Moscow in the city centre, which is Red Square, Christ the Savior Cathedral, Novodevichy convent, Bow and Sparrow Hills, Tverskaya Street, the Boulevard Ring. Learn the history of the world-known Exhibition of Economic Achievements, where each pavilion is a unique monument of architecture. Meet amazing architecture and friendly atmosphere of the Russian monastery in the unique center "Kremlin in Izmailovo".

And when it seems you’ve got sigths of all the attractions, immerse yourself in a wonderful underground world of Moscow Metro, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world! 44 of its stations are recognized as objects of cultural heritage.

Day by Day

Day 1:  Murmansk

Welcome to the city of Murmansk on Russia’s Kola Peninsula, starting point of our adventure. Upon your arrival at the airport we provide a transfer to your hotel, which has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the voyage. Murmansk is easy to reach by regular flights with stopovers in Moscow or Saint Petersburg. You may wish to extend your stop in Moscow (see Departures tab for more details).

Day 2:  Embarkation in Murmansk

Today we provide a group transfer to the port where we welcome you aboard the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy. Explore the ship and get orientated as we slip our moorings and sail north out of Kola Bay.

Days 3-6:  The Voyage North

Nowhere can it be more truly said that “getting there is half the fun”. As we cruise northward through the Barents Sea there is always the possibility of seeing whales. Meanwhile, you have the opportunity to learn about the unique icebreaking capabilities of the ship. You are also treated to a tour of the engine room. As we make our way across the ice cap, you witness firsthand the ship’s awesome power as massive ice blocks give way under the enormous bulk of the spoon-shaped bow. The sensation of being on deck at this time is surreal and unforgettable. We also take advantage of 24-hour daylight to offer helicopter flightseeing tours. From the air you can observe the ship crushing a path through the ice. You also have a unique vantage point from which to witness the stunning beauty of this vast polar icescape.

Day 7:  North Pole

Welcome to the geographic North Pole! After carefully navigating to 90 degrees North, we ceremoniously drop the anchor on a sturdy stretch of ice and disembark onto the frozen sea. Now is the time to experiencing 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 our 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 our memorable time at the North Pole we turn around and head south. But the adventure is not over yet. The High Arctic archipelago of Franz Josef Land is still to come!

Day 8-10:  Exploration of Franz Josef Land

The Franz Josef Land archipelago, part of the Russian Arctic National Park since 2012, is a nature sanctuary. Polar bears and other quintessential High Arctic wildlife—such as walruses and some rare whale species—can be spotted anytime, anywhere in and around Franz Josef Land. Scree slopes and cliffs around the islands host enormous nesting colonies of migratory seabirds such as guillemots, dovekies, and ivory gulls. We take advantage of 24-hour daylight to exploit every opportunity for wildlife viewing and excursions via Zodiac and helicopter.

Franz Josef Land is home to some interesting geological features, such as the mysterious stone spheres on Champ Island. Collectors of geographical extremes may take note that Cape Fligely on Rudolf Island is the northernmost point of land in the Eastern Hemisphere.

Franz Josef Land also offers visitors the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of famous polar explorers at well-preserved historical sites. The journals of explorers such as Julius von Payer, Benjamin Leigh Smith, Frederick George Jackson, and Fridtjof Nansen come alive at Cape Norway, Cape Flora, Eira Harbour, and Cape Tegetthoff. Memorials, monuments, crosses, and the remains of dwellings are testimony to incredible historical events that are further illuminated by our 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.

Day 11-12:  The Voyage South

After our amazing time in Franz Josef Land we cross back south through the bountiful waters of the Barents Sea. Presentations and workshops by our expert staff ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. You may also take advantage of onboard facilities and amenities such as a polar library, volleyball court, gym, two saunas, warm seawater pool, gift shop, and massage treatments. Seabird viewing and whale sightings can be enjoyed from panoramic open decks as well as exterior stateroom windows.

Day 13:  Disembarkation in Murmansk

Our once-in-a-lifetime journey comes to an end. After breakfast we say farewell in Murmansk. We provide you with a transfer to the airport for your flight home.


Important:
Itinerary, landings and all other activities during the cruise depend strongly on ice and weather conditions and are subject to the decisions of the Expedition Leader and the Captain of the vessel. Encounters with any mentioned wildlife cannot be guaranteed

Rates

RATES - PER PERSON GBP


From GBP 23,095 per person

  • Standard Twin £23,095
  • Mini Suite £25,295
  • Junior Suite £30,795
  • Grand Suite £31,595
  • Victory Suite £33,995
  • Arktika Suite £34,695


Includes

  • 1 night pre-cruise hotel accommodation in Murmansk, Russia, with breakfast
  • Transfer from airport to the hotel in Murmansk 1 day prior to departure
  • Transfer from hotel to the port in Murmansk on embarkation day
  • Transfer from the port to the airport or central location in Murmansk upon disembarkation
  • Shipboard accommodation with housekeeping
  • Shipboard breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • 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
  • Program of lectures and informal discussions by experienced Expedition Team and guest lecturers
  • Professional Expedition Leadership
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in each cabin
  • Informative pre-departure materials
  • Digital Voyage Log
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All shipboard luggage handling
  • Personalized medical insurance covering the risks of evacuation and repatriation. Coverage: 100,000 EUR. Duration: cruise days only. This is only for passengers under 85 years old


Excludes

  • Airfare to and from your hometown to Murmansk
  • Helicopter flying time in excess of that offered for the group
  • Passport and visa expenses (if required); a Russian visa is required for the trip. The visa must be obtained by the customer and is at his or her expense. Please, contact your local Russian Consulate to learn more about the procedure for obtaining a Visa
  • State arrival and departure taxes (if levied)
  • Meals ashore and supplements in respect of single hotel accommodation (if required)
  • Excess luggage charges on international and local flights
  • Telecommunication services; laundry, bar and beverage charges aboard the vessel
  • Luggage, cancellation insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Tips for stewards and other service personnel aboard (at your discretion)


Cruise rates are quoted per person and based on passengers sharing a cabin. Single supplement: 1.7 for Standard cabin; 2 for Mini Suite, Junior Suite, Grand Suite, Victory Suite and Arktika Suite.

 


Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by 'Poseidon Expeditions'
  • All prices are 'From' and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • 'Poseidon Expeditions' reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Departures

DEPARTURE DATES

  • 07-19 July 2019 - from £23,095 pp
  • 18-30 July 2019 - from £23,095 pp
  • 29 Jul-10 Aug 2019 - from £23,095 pp

 

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