Highlights
  • Venture with experts to the North Pole, reveling in helicopter trips, wildlife sightings, and dramatic light
  • Visit Franz Josef Land, an archipelago consisting of 190 islands
  • Stand on top of the world and celebrate with a glass of champagne

Essayist and Arctic poet, Gretel Ehrlich, describes the Arctic as a place where "the real and the imagined have long since fused." You can get there comfortably aboard the Russian nuclear icebreaker, the 50 Years of Victory. 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.”

Trip Description

Your jumping-off place is Murmansk, the largest city in the world beyond either the Arctic or the Antarctic Circle. As you head north, keep 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, you'll “dance a circle through twenty-four time zones and drink toasts,” reveling in the attainment of the top of the earth. Your return takes you back to Murmansk with a couple of days’ exploration in the spine-tinglingly distant Franz Josef islands, the Old World’s northernmost lands.

 
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Franz Josef islands
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Murmansk

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