North Pole expedition cruise
Description of North Pole expedition cruise
A once-in-a-lifetime trip to the very top of the world, this two-week expedition cruise north through the Arctic Circle will give you the chance to become a real life Arctic explorer.
Your journey begins in Murmansk, Russia where you’ll join the ice-breaker ship “50 Years of Victory”. Depending on conditions your voyage to the North Pole can take anything up to a week as the “Victory” slowly makes its way through the shifting pack-ice on its journey north.
This is a tremendously exciting trip and the anticipation on board builds as you travel closer and closer to a part of the world that very few people have had the privilege to visit. Your arrival at 90 degrees north calls for a celebratory champagne toast and a barbeque on the ice, and plenty of time for you to simply enjoy your moment at the North Pole.
But stepping foot at the North Pole isn’t the only highlight of this expedition; you’ll also enjoy a helicopter sightseeing ride, or on certain departures a hot air balloon ride, over the icy Arctic Ocean as well as exploring the wildlife of the remote Franz Josef Land archipelago on your journey home.
The itinerary below is for a 13-day trip starting and finishing in Murmansk. 14-day itineraries are also available, but some will start in Helsinki and require a mandatory transfer package as part of your trip. Please enquire for further details.
PlanetTravelling to the very ends of the earth requires a company who are not only dedicated to getting you there safely, but who are also dedicated to getting you there in a conscientious and responsible manner that causes the very minimum effects to the areas you will be visiting. That’s why, as part of our commitment to providing our customers with responsible ways of discovering the ultimate tick-list destinations, we only work with partners who are members of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO). This means that they adhere to strict guidelines which have been designed to ensure that the Polar Regions remain pristine for generations to come.
The operators of this tour have a renowned commitment to ensuring that all aspects of their operations go above and beyond the responsible travel obligations of Arctic tour providers. As part of this commitment, initiatives in place include conforming to all international regulations and policies governing disposal of waste at sea, solely serving sustainable seafood, the use of eco-friendly cabin toiletries and cleaning products and the use of recycled paper in all onboard and pre-departure literature. Another initiative is the use of clean burning fuels with low emission factors in all of their vessels. The particular vessel used for this North Pole adventure is a world-class ice-breaker ship which features 2 nuclear reactors which significantly lower the amount of fuel that needs to be carried. The use of nuclear reactors in ships has also been proven to offer significant environmentally friendly advantages as the reactors release zero greenhouse gasses.
Throughout your tour your experienced expedition crew will provide constant advice on how to travel in an environmentally responsible way, including appropriate recycling, use of energy and waste disposal. The ultimate necessity is to leave the Arctic as untouched as it was before you set foot on it and there will be ample information provided to help you to ensure you uphold your end of the responsible tourism agreement. Whilst on your tour you will also receive a free reusable water bottle, ensuring that the use of plastic is kept to the very minimum. As a company we firmly believe that environmental responsibility starts at home. We encourage recycling of waste as a company and as individuals. Where possible for business use we use public transport. We are also heavily involved with a project to recycle used or damaged binoculars, which are then sent to conservation projects across the world.
As well as protecting the pristine and remote environments that you will be visiting your operators and expedition crew also follow stringent guidelines for protecting the wildlife that call the Arctic their home. You will be briefed before every landing to ensure that you are aware of how to act around the wildlife, and that you don’t encroach upon the habitats of the fascinating wildlife and birdlife that you will encounter. Your tour operators have strict policies in place for ensuring that their tours not only cause zero impact, but actually commit to helping to ensure the ongoing survival of the wildlife of the area. Along with collaborating with many scientific research projects across the world which aim to reduce the environmental impacts on the wildlife of some of the planet’s most remote wildlife areas, the operators of your tour support numerous wildlife charities worldwide. This includes Polar Bears International which is dedicated to the worldwide conservation of polar bears and their sea-ice homes, and Clean Up Svalbard.
Throughout your tour your expert lecturers will deliver a number of presentations aimed at highlighting the conservation efforts that are currently ongoing in the Arctic region. As team of passionate wildlife enthusiasts ourselves, conservation efforts are at the forefront of everything we do. We find that our clients generally come back from our wildlife expeditions with a higher degree of environmental awareness which naturally results in a better understanding and usually a more effective call to action with their own general environmental habits at home and away, often becoming advocates and becoming much more supportive of wildlife and environmental issues. As a company we support many wildlife organisations worldwide including Save the Albatross and Wader Quest, and in an effort to further enhance the positive effects of our tours on the wildlife of The Arctic we actively encourage our customers upon return to donate to charities such as these.
PeopleAs a company we are proud of our principle based values which our community can always depend on. We support several home and overseas charities, organisations and campaigns including AfriCat, Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), Save the Albatross, South Georgia Habitat Restoration Project, Wader Trust, Wildlife SOS India and sponsorship of individual and underprivileged children in many countries. We are committed to ethically working with overseas partners who employ and support local communities and local guides who know and love their region like no other, delighted to share knowledge and are dedicated to looking after our valued passengers.
As you journey to some of the world’s most remote destinations the only interaction you are likely to have with anyone other than your shipmates will be in Murmansk where your voyage will begin and end. On the first night of your tour you will be staying in locally-owned accommodation and consequently the proceeds of your stay will be filtered straight through to the local community. With first-hand experience of the areas we visit we have up to date local information and can therefore provide the most relevant information in our pre-departure literature. This includes information on on-going initiatives and community efforts that we actively encourage our customers to become involved in, cultural etiquette and advice on how to engage with and help the local communities. We can suggest local areas and communities to visit gaining cultural insights along the way, along with advice on where to buy souvenirs (to ensure the proceeds are going directly to the vendors) & locally owned restaurants & bars.
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