The North Pole & Franz Josef Land

END OF AN ERA! The 50 Years Victory will retire as a passenger ship in 2015.

  • An exquisite two-week expeditionary voyage that culminates on top of the world
  • Embark on a helicopter ride from the deck of a nuclear-powered icebreaker
  • Dramatic ice and light, plus ample wildlife, provide endless photo opportunities
North Pole & Franz Josef Land with GeoEx
Trip Type: Scheduled Departure
Trip Length: 14 Days
Activity type(s): Cruises
Trip Extensions: Call 888-570-7108 for custom extension options

Essayist and Arctic poet, Gretel Ehrlich, describes the Arctic as a place where "the real and the imagined have long since fused." We make our voyage there in the 50-Year Victory, an ultra-spiffy Russian ship. In his book Poles Apart, Galen Rowell described life aboard one of these comfortable icebreakers: “As multicourse meals were served on white linen, house-sized blocks of ice split off the bow with the sound of thunder and the shaking of a 9.0 earthquake.” Our jumping-off place is Murmansk, the largest city in the world beyond either the Arctic or the Antarctic Circle. As we head north, we’re kept busy with on-board lectures, helicopter trips, visits to the bridge, wildlife sightings, and the drama of ice and light that makes the Arctic so fiercely compelling. And then the Pole. Like Galen and his wife, Barbara, we’ll “dance a circle through twenty-four time zones and drink toasts,” reveling in the attainment of the top of the earth.

Our return takes us back to Murmansk with a couple of days’ exploration in the spine-tinglingly distant Franz Josef islands, the Old World’s northernmost lands.

North Pole

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Note: For additional details on this Arctic voyage, please call 1-888-570-7108.