Cruise the North Pole: The Ultimate Journey on Top of the World

Cruise the North Pole: The Ultimate Journey on Top of the World

For hundreds of years, travel to the North Pole represented the pinnacle of pioneering endeavors. This remote, icy realm on top of the world stirred the hearts and minds of countless adventurers, daring them to discover the vast wilderness of the Arctic North. Even today, many consider the chance to reach 90ºN as an astounding travel achievement worthy of adding to their bucket lists. 

Now you can be one of the few to experience life at its most mysterious on MIR’s once-in-a-lifetime voyage to the North Pole. Retrace the path of early polar explorers as you cruise aboard the world’s largest icebreaker, keeping a lookout for the astonishing array of wildlife in the Arctic and enjoying fantastic views of an endless, frozen icescape.

North Pole: Top of the World

Contact us today to join this one-time only 2020 special departure
to the North Pole — call 800-424-7289 or email us.
Space is filling fast!

50 Years of Victory icebreaker, North Pole. Photo: Dietmar Denger

The 50 Years of Victory, your specially appointed vessel on this voyage to the North Pole
Photo credit: Dietmar Denger

More Than Just Your Average Cruise ShipNot just any cruise ship can sail through the icy waters of the north. On this Arctic adventure, your moveable home base will be the I/B 50 Years of Victory, one of the world’s most powerful working vessels.

50 Years of Victory icebreaker, North Pole. Photo: Dietmar Denger

Feel what it’s like to be in the captain’s seat on a guided tour of the bridge
Photo credit: Dietmar Denger

More than just a means of transportation, the 50 Years offers a rare peek into the inner workings of a fully operational, real-life icebreaker.

Cabin aboard the 50 Years of Victory, North Pole. Photo: Poseidon Expeditions

When it gets chilly outside, head back in to enjoy the creature comforts of your cozy cabin aboard the 50 Years of Victory
Photo credit: Poseidon Expeditions


With comfortable accommodations and a wide range of amenities, the ship offers plenty for passengers to do as it makes its journey toward the North Pole. Take a guided tour of the ship’s massive engine room, warm up with a dip in the sauna, enjoy an expert lecture on polar conservation, or join newfound friends for a drink in the lounge.


Photographing icebergs, North Pole. Photo: Dietmar Denger

Traveling under the Midnight Sun offers spectacular lighting conditions for picture-perfect photography
Photo credit: Dietmar Denger

Marvel at the Midnight SunMost people have never experienced the Midnight Sun, the mysteriously beautiful phenomenon in which the sun never dips below the horizon line. Even in the darkest hours of night, the sky is filled with the luminous glow of sunset until the sunrise starts the process all over again. The only way to experience this unusual and fantastically photogenic sight is to be above the Arctic Circle.

Polar bears, North Pole. Photo: Poseidon Expeditions

A polar bear sighting from the 50 Years of Victory
Photo credit: Poseidon Expeditions

Where Polar Bears ReignMany passengers take advantage of the Arctic’s 24-hour daylight to scout for native wildlife. Enjoy multiple opportunities to make landfall by Zodiac or kayak to get an up-close and unfiltered view of the wild north.

See bearded seals on an excursion by Zodiac to explore Franz Josef Land. Photo credit: Jonathan Zaccaria

Lazy bearded seals pay no attention to travelers on an excursion by Zodiac
Photo credit: Jonathan Zaccaria


Bearded Seals in Franz Josef Land. Photo credit: Jonathan Zaccaria

A bearded — and mustachioed — seal
Photo credit: Jonathan Zaccaria


In these latitudes, it is possible to encounter a number of unique marine mammals that thrive in the frigid, yet surprisingly vibrant habitat. Keep an eye out for iconic animals such as walruses, bowhead whales, various Arctic seal species, and majestic polar bears, the mighty hunters of the north.

50 Years of Victory icebreaker, North Pole. Photo: Anthony Smith

Dropping anchor at 90ºN
Photo credit: Anthony Smith

The Ultimate Travel Destination: 90ºNThe ultimate highlight of the journey is spending a full day of celebration at the geographic North Pole.

International Round Dance, North Pole. Photo: Anthny Smith

Travelers show their love for the North Pole
Photo credit: Anthony Smith

Once the ship reaches 90ºN, hop out onto the solid ice and mark the occasion with a multicultural ceremony and the hoisting of international flags. Afterwards, gather around with your fellow travelers for a barbecue lunch with glasses of champagne to toast the incredible achievement of reaching a destination that few have had the chance to visit.


Polar plunge, North Pole. Photo: Poseidon Expeditions

Taking the plunge at the North Pole
Photo credit: Poseidon Expeditions

Polar plunge, North Pole. Photo: Poseidon Expeditions

Seawater doesn’t fully freeze this far north, but it’s temperature will leave a chilling impression in your memory
Photo credit: Poseidon Expeditions

There will be plenty of free time to walk across the North Pole and photograph it in all its natural beauty and isolation. For the brave souls, there’ll be an option to take a “polar plunge” into the frigid waters of the Arctic Ocean. Seawater around the pole doesn’t completely freeze due to its natural salinity, but you’ll still feel its chill at a cool 29°F! After the plunge, crew members will be on hand to warm you up with a towel and a shot of vodka.

Travel pioneers travel from the cruise ship aboard Zodiac to explore the nooks and crannies of Franz Josef Land. Photo credit: Jonathan Zaccaria

Travel pioneers travel from the cruise ship aboard Zodiac to explore the nooks and crannies of Franz Josef Land
Photo credit: Jonathan Zaccaria

Fantastic Views & Fjords in Franz Josef LandThis voyage to the North Pole also takes travelers to fascinating Franz Josef Land, a collection of 191 secluded islands in the Russian Arctic. Discovered only 150 years ago, the glaciated archipelago was once an important stopping point for famous polar explorers making the dangerous, death-defying passage to the North Pole.


Enjoy fantastic views of rugged icebergs and glacier-capped peaks, which are often covered beneath sea ice much of the year. Like polar expeditions of the past, excursions in Franz Josef Land are highly dependent on ice and weather conditions. You might make landfall on historic Cape Fligely, search for nesting colonies of auks and other birdlife near Tikhaya Bay, or explore Champ Island and its mysterious stone spheres.

Franz Josef Land. Photo: Lauren Farmer

This North Pole adventure will also take travelers to historic points of interest in Franz Josef Land, where famous polar explorers used to tread
Photo credit: Lauren Farmer

Walk in the Footsteps of Famous Polar ExplorersCruising Franz Josef Land and the remote stretches of the Arctic also offers visitors the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of famous polar explorers at well-preserved historical sites. Expert lecturers help you imagine the unimaginable at far-flung monuments, crosses, and the lonely remains of emergency dwellings.


Helicopter excursion, North Pole. Photo: Poseidon Expeditions

The 50 Years of Victory is equipped with its very own Mi2 helicopter for taking travelers high in the sky
Photo credit: Poseidon Expeditions

“Flightseeing” From Sky-HighThroughout the expedition, there will be special opportunities for sightseeing tours aboard the ship’s dedicated Mi2 helicopter. Flying high above the frozen landscape, travelers will enjoy unmatched aerial views and can gain a better perspective on the polar region and its remarkable, awe-inspiring expanse.


Depending on weather conditions, travelers may also have an opportunity to take a tethered hot-air balloon ride at the North Pole. Soaring to a height of 30 meters, this exclusive excursion offers a unique vantage point from which to admire the Arctic’s snow-capped ice ridges and stunning cerulean waters. It’s a thrilling way to cap off an unforgettable visit to the very top of the world.

 

Travel to the Very Top of the World with MIR
The I/B 50 Years of Victory sailing to the North Pole. Photo: Dietmar Denger

The I/B 50 Years of Victory slices through sea ice en route to the North Pole
Photo credit: Dietmar Denger

MIR has more than 30 years of travel experience to Russia, with affiliate offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Siberia offering on-the-ground support and tour managers that clients rave about. MIR’s full service, dedication, commitment to quality, and destination expertise have twice earned us a place on National Geographic Adventure’s list of “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”

MIR makes it easy to discover incredible destinations aboard the 128-passenger I/B 50 Years of Victory, which is ideally suited to explore the challenging northern reaches of the Arctic Ocean while providing her guests with comfortable accommodations and amenities.

North Pole: Top of the World

Contact us today to join this one-time only 2020 special departure
to the North Pole — call 800-424-7289 or email us.
Space is filling fast!

(Top photo: A traveler poses for the ultimate photo op at the North Pole. Photo credit: Dietmar Denger.)

PUBLISHED: June 28, 2019

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