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13 days - Journey of a lifetime to the North Pole

'We carefully navigate the icebreaker to precisely 90 degrees north for our champagne toast of this momentous accomplishment. We ceremoniously drop the anchor on a sturdy stretch of ice and disembark onto the frozen sea. You are now able to stand at the top of the world.'

This incredible adventure starts in Murmansk, Russia. There you embark the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy for a roundtrip voyage to the geographic North Pole. 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 the rarely visited Russian Arctic archipelago of Franz Josef Land. This is an extraordinary voyage on a one-of-a-kind ship, worthy of a true adventurer.

Day 1
Day 2
Murmansk embarkation
Day 3
The Barents Sea
Days 4 - 6
Voyage to the North Pole
Day 7
The North Pole
Days 8 - 10
The Islands and Archipelagos of the Russian Arctic
Days 11 - 12
Barents Sea Revisited
Day 13
Disembark in Murmansk
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Destinations Visited
13 Days
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Voyage aboard the icebreaker '50 Years of Victory'. The '50 Years of Victory' is the largest and most modern nuclear-powered icebreaker in the world. For those with an appreciation of such vessels, the 'Victory' is a new generation ship, an upgrade of the Arktika-class, the most powerful icebreakers in the world.

Among its state-of-the-arts features are:

  • a spoon-shaped bow designed for greater icebreaking ability,
  • an automated, digitalized control system,
  • the most up-to-date nuclear safeguards and protection systems.

NB. The '50 Years of Victory' is the property of the Russian Federation and has received maritime registration under the name '50 LET POBEDY'.

  • 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.
Not Included
  • Airfare to and from your hometown;
  • Helicopter flying time in excess of that offered for the group
  • Passport and visa expenses (if required); A Russian visa is required for this tour
  • State arrival and departure taxes (if levied)
  • Passport and visa expenses (if required); A Russian visa is required for this tour
  • Meals ashore and supplements in respect of single hotel accomodation (if required)
  • Excess luggage charges on international and local flights
  • Telecommunication services; laundry, bar and beverage charges aboard the vessel
  • Luggage, cancellation and medical insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Tips for stewards and other personal service aboard (at your discretion)


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.

Day 2 - Murmansk embarkation

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.

1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
The icebreaker '50 Years of Victory'. Twin cabins have two twin beds (200 x 80), one is a sofa bed, private facilities with a shower, TV set and DVD player, opening windows.

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 also have the opportunity to become familiar with the ship and learn 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!

1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
The icebreaker '50 Years of Victory'

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 ploughs 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.

3 Breakfasts
3 Lunches
3 Dinners
The icebreaker '50 Years of Victory'

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 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.

1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
The icebreaker '50 Years of Victory'

Days 8 - 10 - The Islands and Archipelagos of the Russian Arctic

Given favourable weather and ice conditions, exploration of the Franz Josef Land Archipelago is planned.

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.

3 Breakfasts
3 Lunches
3 Dinners
The icebreaker '50 Years of Victory'

Days 11 - 12 - Barents Sea Revisited

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.

2 Breakfasts
2 Lunches
2 Dinners
The icebreaker '50 Years of Victory'

Day 13 - Disembark 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.

1 Breakfast
Dates & Prices

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.

A reduced deposit of just 10% is required by the end of the seven-day option period to confirm the reservation. At any time 90 days before the cruise you can transfer your booking without any extra cost. Final payment isn’t due until 90 days prior to the departure.

Start Date
End Date
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10 Jul 2021
22 Jul 2021
10 Jul 2021
22 Jul 2021
AUD 48,589
On request
21 Jul 2021
2 Aug 2021
21 Jul 2021
2 Aug 2021
AUD 48,589
On request

Important Information

A helicopter aboard the 50 Years of Victory in our North Pole cruises lets our passengers be more than just spectators in this intrepid mission.

Time, weather and/or ice conditions permitting, you will experience breathtaking helicopter rides over the icebreaker as it ploughs its way through the ice. Just imagine how many amazing photo ops this adventure provides!

The helicopter is also used to land on wild Franz Josef Land islands where we cannot use Zodiacs. So our North Pole passengers are never far from the action.

The helicopter landings and rides during the North Pole cruise are included.


The Polar Regions are perhaps the most photogenic on earth, with countless beautiful scenes presenting themselves every day. Endless expanses of ice, beaches crowded with seals or penguins, sunsets over unbroken horizons, starlit skies, and even the majestic northern lights – they all present fantastic photographic opportunities – and in order to make sure that you come home with some spectacular images we offer you the chance to learn and practice your photography alongside an experienced professional.

Our expert Photographer will be on hand to answer your questions and give advice, both in the form of on-board lectures and workshops on shore. Explore the key elements of photography in a fun and relaxed setting, with plenty of opportunities for questions and feedback. Learn how to see light in a new way and experiment with the techniques of composition and framing.

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