MCNP Expedition To The North Pole Tour
A Martin Charlton 25th Anniversary Expedition
Stand at the top of the world at 90°N; Experience the largest, most powerful nuclear icebreaker in the world, ‘50 Years of Victory’; Enjoy helicopter sightseeing above the Arctic Ocean; View polar bears, walrus, whales, seals and other arctic wildlife; Visit Franz Josef Land historical sites; Daily lectures with on-board experts, guides & scientists; Follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorers from centuries gone by.
- DATES & PRICES
- FULL ITINERARY
- MAP & HOTELS
- TRIP INFORMATION
Dates & Prices
Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to the entries under the blue box below.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Sat 27 Jun 2020||Sat 11 Jul 2020||$29500 USD|
$3000 PER PERSON DEPOSIT REQUIRED. An additional pre-payment is due 01 June 2019; if this tour is 'guaranteed' by 15 June 2019 and you pay in full at that time, a US$2200 discount can apply. Final payment is due 27 Jan 2020. Contrary to our usual terms & conditions governing payments, for this trip your deposit is 100% non-refundable non-transferable once the tour becomes 'guaranteed.' Single supplement shown is for Helsinki hotel nights only; single supplement quote for the ship upon request.
Final balance payments by cheque or wire deduct $125 USD per person!
Optional Single Supplement: $210 USD (number of singles limited).
This Expedition To The North Pole Tour will be led/hosted by senior Tour Leader, Martin Charlton who, in 2020, celebrates his 25th anniversary with Adventure Abroad. He invites you to join him on this once-in-a-lifetime journey:
"Imagine standing at the top of the Earth, glass of champagne in hand, and everywhere you look is south. That is the essence of this 15-day North Pole Arctic Adventure aboard 50 Years of Victory, the most powerful nuclear icebreaker in the world.
Crush through multiyear ice on the Arctic Ocean and sight-see by helicopter on the lookout for walruses, seals, whales, and polar bears. Possible stops at the islands of Franz Josef Land will have you in awe of the flora and fauna as you visit seabird colonies and retrace the footsteps of early explorers.
Some places on our planet are so out of reach that their very isolation has stirred generations of explorers into voyages of adventure and discovery. One such place is the North Pole. Join me on a historic voyage to 90° North - The Top of the World!"
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Hilton Helsinki Strand
This modern waterfront hotel is a 4-minute walk from the Hakaniemen metro station, and a 13-minute walk from Ateneum art ... Upscale rooms with stylish decor offer free Wi-Fi, plus desks, minibars, and tea and coffeemaking equipment; some have flat-screen TVs.
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Hilton Helsinki Airport
Connected to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport via a covered walkway, this contemporary hotel is 2.1 km from the Finnish Aviation Museum.
Refined ... with soundproof windows and wood floors offer flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and tea and coffeemaking facilities.
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Icebreaker '50 Years of Victory'
The 50 Years of Victory is one of only six nuclear-powered Arktika-class icebreakers built for civilian use in Russia. Despite ... its burliness, 50 Years of Victory is more comfortable than you’d expect, with amenities that include gourmet meals and cozy cabins. Passengers also get the opportunity to rub shoulders with onboard experts who happily share their knowledge throughout the trip, through one-on-one chats and formal lectures. A marine biologist, ornithologist, historian, glaciologist and geologist all lend context to off-ship excursions and the expedition in general.
Three nights hotel accommodation and sightseeing in Helsinki, including breakfasts and three dinners; all meals on the ship. Ship's passage on a twin-share cabin basis. Return flights Helsinki-Murmansk. Full-time Adventures Abroad Tour Leader services. Russian invitation letter for your visa application. We include gratuities for local guides, drivers, porters (if available), AND ship's crew (a US$150-200 value). Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.
Upon reservation, all participants will receive Russia visa application information and a detailed pre-departure guide booklet.
• Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
• Official expedition parka to keep
• All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board
• Beer & wine with dinner
• Coffee, tea and hot chocolate available around the clock
• Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
• All shore landings per the daily program
• All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
• Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled
• All luggage handling aboard the ship
• Group helicopter flight-seeing as part of the daily itinerary
• All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the itinerary
An Emergency Evacuation Insurance policy with a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per paying guest is included in the cost of your expedition. The included policy provides coverage only while traveling with Quark Expeditions, between the first and last day of the expedition (see also 'exclusions').
Airfare to/from Helsinki. Tour Leader gratuity, one lunch, drinks in Helsinki, personal items (phone, laundry, phone/wifi etc), optional activities on board,* premium liquors. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. We include your Russian visa invitation letter; actual visa fees are not included.
Optional (strongly recommended) trip cancellation/baggage insurance. Please note that medical insurance with a minimum of $50,000 of emergency medical coverage is MANDATORY for this tour.
* ie, helicopter flying time in excess of that offered for the group; hot air ballooning at the North Pole. Your pre-departure expedition guide provided upon reservation will provide more information.
Seasonality and Weather
Our early-mid July timing coincides with the best time to see ice and snow. The midnight sun has not yet melted the ice, so polar bears and walrus will be hunting on the ice edge. Birds are returning to breed.
With the exception of the Denmark Sea, the Arctic waters are relatively calm. However, bad weather can cause rough water. That said, of the two polar regions, smooth sailing is most frequently experienced in the Arctic.
Weather encountered can vary tremendously, but very generally, you must be prepared for cold conditions. To that end, for your safety and comfort, it is essential that you be fully-prepared -- our pre-trip Expedition Guide (sent at the time of reservation) provides full details on clothing and other recommended necessities.
Transport and Travel Conditions
As your voyage will be operating in remote parts of the world, it is essential that you be in good health and enjoy a high degree of mobility. You must be able to complete the on board safety drills and emergency evacuation procedures without the assistance of others. While you do not need to be super fit, you must be stable on your feet, especially when walking on slippery decks or up and down the steep gangway to your Zodiac for shore excursions. Crew are always on hand to assist you in and out of the Zodiacs; the procedure becomes progressively easier with each new landing.
On any expedition, you are welcome to remain on board or return to the ship if a Zodiac is available. Wherever possible, we provide several levels of activity, offering options of shorter or longer stays ashore.
Overall, you must be in good general health be fully responsible for your physical self. Remember, you are travelling to remote areas without access to sophisticated medical facilities.
Please refer to the detailed day-by-day account of each days' activities available for viewing on this page. As you will see, this journey is more than just the North Pole, and many past travellers have counted our other shore excursions among the greatest highlights of their overall experience. Before we're able to reach the North Pole and take a symbolic "walk around the world", you’ll be invited to participate in a few Arctic expedition rites of passage, including Neptune’s Ceremony. You may also seize the opportunity to take a polar plunge at the North Pole or test your strength by trying to pull the ship through the Arctic ice!
Remember that our planned excursions are highly dependent on weather, especially sea and ice conditions. We treat every day as a new opportunity for discovery and we’re sure your expedition to 90° North will be unlike any travel experience you’ve had before.
We will have three hotel nights in Helsinki pre/post our cruising expedition. Please click on "Map & Hotels" elsewhere on your screen for full details.
Our Expedition Cruise: '50 Years of Victory'
Twenty years in the making, 50 Years of Victory is the first Arktika-class icebreaker to have a spoon-shaped bow, capable of breaking through ice up to 2.5 meters (9.2 feet) thick! This is one of the world’s largest, most-powerful nuclear icebreakers. Complete with a helicopter for shore excursions, Victory is a ship unlike any other, with the ability to go where other ships cannot.
Being able to say you’re on a trip to the North Pole is something very few people can lay claim to! As with any expedition, your voyage will be more unpredictable than a common cruise, so we encourage you to board the ship with a sense of adventure. Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel.
The vessel accommodates passengers in first class outside cabins, all with private facilities, large windows, desk, television and other comforts such as hair dryers, tv’s and dvd players. Each room has one double bed and one comfortable sofa bed.
Staff and Crew: 140
Guests: Max 128
Length: 150.7 meters
Breadth: 30 meters
Draft: 11.00 meters
Propulsion: 2 nuclear reactors 74,000 horsepower
Ice Class: LL1 (the highest rating possible)
Cruising Speed: 18 knots in open water
Registration: In Russia by Rosatomflot
Lifeboats: 4 fully-enclosed
ABOARD THE SHIP:
All-inclusive bar and beverages
Chef prepared meals (all included)
One dining room
Aft Saloon for presentations and socializing
Victory Bar with exterior views, open from afternoon to late evening
Gym, two saunas, and small swimming pool
On-board helicopter landing pad
Clinic with licensed doctor
SINGLE TRAVELLERS: Our single supplement rate listed is for the Helsinki hotel nights only; single supplements for the ship are available but are very costly (ie US$17,000). We will try to pair singles with another same-gender traveller in our group; if this is not possible, the ship will try to pair you with another single on the ship at large. If, at the closure of the passenger list, there is not another single-share partner, you may default to your own cabin at no added charge.
Staff and Support
This journey will be led/hosted by Senior Tour Leader, Martin Charlton, who in 2020 celebrates his 25th year with Adventures Abroad.
Our shipboard expedition is fully-staffed and crewed and provide a level of service and comfort that belies our remote setting. The Expedition Team is carefully chosen for their combined experience, knowledge and passion for the Polar Regions. Through formal illustrated presentations, as well as informal briefings, the team will cover a range of topics including ornithology, marine biology, glaciology, geography, geology, history and the environment.
In Helsinki we will be joined by a local Finnish guide for our sightseeing program.
Maximum 14 plus Tour Leader
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