Cruise on the I/B 50 Years of Victory

“NewJoin MIR on a once-in-a-lifetime voyage to the very top of the earth, experiencing life at its most remote and mysterious at 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.

16 Day Trip

  • Special Tour
    Minimum of 10 travelers
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  • Special Tour:
    Voyage to the North Pole and back

Overview Itinerary

MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • Experience the thrill of standing on top of the world
    Celebrate the ship's landing at 90°N, the geographic North Pole, with a champagne toast and a barbecue on the frozen ice....
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  • Witness the surreal beauty of the Arctic on a helicopter flightseeing tour
    Helicopter over the Arctic Ocean and witness the expedition ship crush through thick layers of sea ice on its northbound journey....
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  • Look for walrus, polar bears, whales, and seals under the Midnight Sun
    The experienced captain and expedition leader know where to look for the likely hangouts of marine and land mammals, and the cliffs where migratory birds nest....
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  • Walk in the footsteps of famous polar explorers at historical sites
    Memorials, monuments, crosses and the remains of dwellings can be found at Cape Norway, Cape Flora, Eira Harbor, and Cape Tegetthoff....
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • More than 30 years of travel experience in Russia
  • Travel programs such as Princeton and the Harvard Museum of Natural History have chosen MIR to guide them to Russia
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-2: Moscow

Gather in Moscow, capital city of Russia. Admire Red Square, the Kremlin, and the incredible treasures inside the Armory Museum, then descend more than 200 feet underground into Bunker 42, Stalin’s secret Cold War-era communications center.


  • Moscow’s 850-year-old Kremlin and Red Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • The Armory Museum, housing Russia’s national treasures
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Days 3-4: Murmansk

Fly to Murmansk, the largest city above the Arctic Circle. Get an introduction to the history of Arctic exploration at the Regional History Museum, and peruse the inner corridors of the world’s first nuclear-powered icebreaker, the Lenin.


  • Arctic port of Murmansk, Soviet “Hero City” in WWII
  • World's first nuclear-powered icebreaker, launched in 1957

Days 5-9: Voyage to the North Pole

Embark aboard the expedition ship, the icebreaker 50 Years of Victory, specially built to navigate the challenging northern reaches of the Arctic Ocean. Cruise north across the Barents Sea, keeping an eye out for ice-dependent marine mammals such as the bowhead whale, Arctic seal, and polar bear. Enjoy lectures and discussions by the expedition crew, and board the ship’s helicopter for a thrilling aerial view of the Arctic’s icy polar expanse.


  • Barents Sea, home to a huge diversity of organisms, due to the convergence of the warm Gulf Stream and the cold arctic waters
  • Possible sightings of sea ice and ice-dependent mammals, such as polar bears
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Day 10: 90°N

Disembark today at the North Pole, celebrating with a champagne toast and an unconventional barbecue on the frozen landscape. The surface of the pole is covered by a floating sheet of ice, which averages between 2 and 3 meters thick. Choose to take an optional polar plunge into the chilly waters surrounding the pole, or float high above the frigid ice on a tethered hot-air balloon ride.


  • Barbecue and champagne toast upon landing at 90°N
  • International Round Dance around the North Pole
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Days 11-13: Franz Josef Land

The ship continues to Franz Josef Land, a glaciated archipelago and nature sanctuary that’s been part of the Russian Arctic National Park since 2012. In the 24-hour daylight of the Arctic summer, trace the shores by helicopter and Zodiac in search of walrus and remote migratory seabird colonies, and land at various islands to explore the remnants of historic polar expeditions.


  • Landings and Zodiac cruises to points of interest
  • Mysterious stone spheres on Champ Island
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Days 14-16: Across the Barents Sea, Murmansk

Cross back across the Barents Sea, enjoying Arctic landscapes and wildlife sightings from the ship’s panoramic open decks. Disembark back in Murmansk as the extraordinary voyage comes to an end.

NOTE: Itinerary, landings, and all other activities during the cruise depend strongly on ice and weather conditions, and are subject to the decisions of the Expedition Leader and the captain of the vessel. Encounters with any mentioned wildlife cannot be guaranteed.


  • Ice floes and shore-fast ice support seals, whales, arctic fox and polar bears

See Dates & Prices for more details or to see suggested extensions.

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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 16 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person

2021 Dates

  • July 7-22
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Trip Length: 16 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person 
based on double occupancy

  Standard, twin share $29,995
  Standard, single $50,990
  Mini Suite, twin share $33,495
  Mini Suite, single $66,990
  Junior Suite, twin share $39,995
  Junior Suite, single $79,990
  Grand Suite, twin share $41,095
  Grand Suite, single $82,190
  Victory Suite, twin share $43,695
  Victory Suite, single $87,390
  Arkitka Suite, twin share $44,695
  Arkitka Suite, single $89,390


About the I/B 50 Years of Victory:

Built in 2007, the 128-passenger I/B 50 Years of Victory is one of the most powerful and sophisticated vessels of its kind, ideally suited to explore the challenging northern reaches of the Arctic Ocean while providing her guests with cozy and comfortable accommodations and amenities. Combining advanced technology with modern conveniences, this state-of-the art icebreaker has been equipped with heavy-duty Zodiac landing crafts and its own helicopter for shore excursions and sightseeing, and features the latest in navigation and communications systems, including telephone and e-mail (Immarsat and Irridium).

Travelers should take note that this is a real working icebreaker, and was not originally intended for touristic purposes; therefore, it is important to keep in mind that the accommodations may not be up to the standards North American travelers expect.


What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Accommodation and housekeeping services aboard the I/B 50 Years of Victory.
  • Per the itinerary, 4 nights shared accommodations in best available hotels in Moscow and Murmansk.
  • Meals per the itinerary, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily while on board the expedition ship. Some meals in Moscow and Murmansk may be left independent so that you may experiment on your own.
  • Restaurant tips for included meals.
  • Bottled water at group meals throughout the land program.
  • Complimentary coffee, tea, and cocoa around the clock while on board the ship.
  • All shore landings, helicopter sightseeing, and guided Zodiac excursions/activities including entrance fees as outlined in itinerary.
  • Special events, excursions, and cultural performances per the itinerary.
  • Guiding and enrichment presentations by experienced expedition staff. (Lectures/presentations are done on board the expedition ship in the Aft Saloon.)
  • Tour Leader/Expedition Manager throughout the land program.
  • Ground transportation throughout the land program by private vehicle. (Type of vehicle depends on group size and terrain.)
  • Arrival/departure transfers. MIR will arrange for all travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure whether we make your airfare arrangements or not, provided you arrive and depart on the tour start/end dates in the tour start/end cities.
  • Expedition parka to keep (1 per passenger).
  • A pair of rubber boats on loan for shore landings.
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port fees.
  • Baggage handling aboard the expedition ship.
  • Digital Voyage log.
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US $100,000 per person (for those 85 years of age and younger).
  • Destination preparation information packet.
  • Gratuities to local guides, drivers, porters, and other service personnel throughout the land program.
  • Gratuities to the onboard expedition ship staff.

Before Your Tour

  • Personalized pre-departure support from one of our knowledgeable Tour Specialists.
  • Complete pre-departure information including detailed packing list and reading list.
  • Pre-departure destination preparation information and travel tips.
  • Customized visa application instruction kit (please note, visa fees are not included in the tour price).
  • Final document packet including luggage tags, final updates, and more.
  • Assistance booking your custom flight arrangements (on request; please note that international airfare is not included in the land tour cost).
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Prepare for Your Trip

International Airfare

MIR's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

MIR recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Most MIR programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Stay a Little Longer…

Extend your Arctic adventure with an optional post-tour to St. Petersburg. Visit the renowned Hermitage Museum, admire the glistening marble and granite fountains at Peter the Great’s summer palace, Peterhof, and explore lavish Catherine’s Palace. Please contact MIR for more details about exciting options for extended travel.

Or, choose from one of our private travel suggested itineraries:

Is this Trip Right for You?

This trip is active, and rated rigorous touring due to the northern climate and possibility of rough weather. While the planned hotels to be used are chosen with your comfort in mind, please keep in mind that aside from the limited creature comforts of the vessel you’ll be on, there is no tourism infrastructure to speak of once you sail out of Murmansk. In general, you should expect expedition-style travel with the rigors that entails. To reap the full rewards of this adventure, travelers must be able to walk at least two miles a day, keeping up with fellow travelers, and be prepared for the northern waters. 

A full list of details about the rigors of this tour are explained in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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