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Cruise the North Pole Quark Expedition

North Pole & Franz Josef Land, Arctic Ocean

Best time to travel
Jun – Aug
Ideal length
14 nights
Perfect for
From (incl flights)
€28,499 pp

At a glance

  • Direct return flights from Dublin to Helsinki.
  • All private and shared transfers as well as your return charter flights to Murmansk.
  • 14 nights’ accommodation in Helsinki and aboard Quark’s M/V 50 Years of Victory during your expedition cruise.
  • Exclusive experiences including flightseeing aboard Quark’s helicopter, shore landings, photographic excursions and guided polar Zodiac expeditions.
  • Adrenaline-filled opportunities like polar plunging and hot air ballooning over the Arctic.
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50 Years of Victory Quark Expeditions ship
50 Years of Victory, which has a guest capacity of 160, is one of the world’s most powerful nuclear icebreakers. As an Arktika-class icebreaker, this vessel is capable of crushing through ice up to 9.2 feet thick.
50 Years of Victory helicopter
A helicopter for shore excursions and flight-seeing make 50 Years of Victory a ship unlike any other, with the ability to go where other ships cannot.
Multi-purpose Sports Court
A multi-purpose sports court is available for all guests to use during their cruise.
50 Years of Victory Bridge
During your voyage you may be given access to the Bridge, where you can observe how the Captain and officers sail and navigate the ship.
50 Years of Victory bar
The well-stocked bar on the ship is open to enjoy with your fellow shipmates in the late morning, afternoon and evening.
50 Years of Victory pool
50 Years of Victory features a small, heated saltwater plunge pool for guests to enjoy.
Enjoy a library of polar books, reference and general reading materials in multiple languages covering subjects like wildlife, history, marine biology, ecology and geology. The library is open 24 hours a day and also includes a selection of games for your entertainment.


Venture into the unknown as you set out on the ultimate Arctic adventure in partnership with Quark. The land of mighty polar bear and beloved orca, witness unique geographical scenes and experience adventures some will only dream of. This suggested itinerary is packed with adrenaline-filled moments, where you’ll soar above the fragile lands on helicopter expeditions, explore the remote lands of Franz Josef and discover the incredible wildlife of the North Pole on guided Zodiac expeditions. If you’re truly up for adventure, you can even choose to polar plunge or soar above the Arctic on a hot air balloon ride.

Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Helsinki, the capital of Finland

Your private driver will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel for your one-night stay. In the morning, you will take a charter flight to Murmansk, Russia.

Cross the Arctic Ocean aboard the world’s largest and most powerful nuclear icebreakers.

Step aboard Quark’s M/V 50 Years of Victory and explore the various facilities and expansive viewing deck. Start your 12 night adventure with an insightful presentation from polar guides as you set off across the ocean.

Quark’s M/V 50 Years of Victory
Witness the North Pole, by land and by air.

Combine the thrill of witnessing the icebreaker crush through the icy seas before boarding Quark’s helicopter for a flightseeing cruise over the Arctic Ocean. Keep an eye out for walrus colonies, humpbacks, orca and the iconic polar bear.

Embark on a flightseeing cruise over the Arctic Ocean
Reach 90° North, a celebratory moment.

Salute your arrival at the top of the world. Celebrate and toast with fellow guests while enjoying a barbeque on the ice. If the opportunity allows, commemorate this great moment with a polar plunge into the icy waters of the North Pole.

North Pole
Soar high above the icy landscape on an incredible hot air balloon experience.

An optional activity, capture some outstanding photographs as you take to the skies, looking out for puffin, walrus, polar bears and breaching whale.

Take to the skies on a hot air balloon ride
Witness polar bears hunting in the Arctic.

The Arctic’s most iconic animal, it truly is spectacular to witness polar bears in action. As you venture southbound, this will be one of the best times to spot them hunting. Expert guides will be on hand to help you capture the best photographs.

Witness polar bears hunting in the Arctic
Anchor at Russia’s archipelago of Franz Josef Land.

Setting out with expedition guides on Zodiac excursions, cruise beneath towering cliffs and witness the remote seabird colonies of the archipelago. You may also choose to set out on a flightseeing expedition by helicopter.

Franz Josef Land
Set out for Murmansk, spotting wildlife with expedition guides on deck.

Return to Russia’s most northerly city, where you’ll bid farewell to the mighty vessel and expeditions team. Board your charter flight and fly to Helsinki.

Arrive in Helsinki as your adventure comes to an end.

We’ve arranged a one night stay so that you can spend time exploring the city. Wander through Helsinki’s charming streets and enjoy a refreshing pint at a microbrewery, admire its architectural highlights and visit some of the many art galleries.

Tour Helsinki with your private guide
Transfer to the international airport for your flight home.

Arrive in Dublin.

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50 Years of Victory Quark Expeditions ship

50 Years of Victory

50 Years of Victory is one of the world’s largest and most powerful nuclear icebreakers. Quark’s first Arktika-class icebreaker vessel is capable of crushing through ice up to 2.5 metres thick.

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What people are saying

In summary, it was a first class trip which we truly enjoyed. We have not one single complaint and in fact we tip our hats to OROKO, you exceeded our expectations. It is a great feeling when you just know everything is organised.

Rose & John – Sorrento, May 2019


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