Cruise Little-Known Russian Arctic
Those who think they’ve seen and done it all may want to consider a two-week voyage bound for the North Pole where guests stand on Arctic Ocean sea ice and search for polar bears in the Russian Arctic known as Franz Josef Land.
Poseidon Expeditions (http://poseidonexpeditions.com/), which focuses on polar cruise adventures north and south, offers savings of up to $2,000 per person and complimentary hotel nights and charter flights on bookings made before April 30, 2016, for either of two summer 2016 departures to the North Pole. Travel is aboard one of the most powerful icebreakers in the world, the nuclear-powered 50 Years of Victory.
The promotion that applies to two 2016 departures, July 10-23 and Aug. 1-14, includes complimentary accommodation with breakfast at a luxury hotel in Helsinki before and after the adventure, and complimentary airport transfers and roundtrip charter flights from Helsinki to Murmansk in northern Russia where the voyage begins. Guests receive $1,000 off per person for booking twin standard and mini suites and $2,000 off on upper cabins.
“Since 2001 our experience with voyages to 90º North aboard 50 Years of Victory has been an unqualified success and a great opportunity for intrepid travelers looking for the ultimate polar adventure,” said Nikolay Saveliev, President of Poseidon Expeditions.
From Murmansk the ship moves north via Kola Bay, a fjord in the Barents Sea, part of the Arctic Ocean that is off the coasts of Norway and Russia. This biologically diverse region is important for reserves of oil and gas, as well as cod and other fish populations.
As the ship approaches the high Arctic latitudes, it must often plow through thick fields of sea ice. Unlike other expedition vessels, the 50 Years of Victory – replete with helicopter for inclusive aerial sightseeing – offers its passengers rarely seen panoramas of the Arctic world. Guests are invited to disembark at the North Pole where they can straddle the Eastern and Western hemispheres, enjoy a 90º North barbecue and take a plunge into the Arctic Ocean.
The homeward voyage brings guests through Franz Josef Archipelago, a frozen necklace of some 190 islands in the Russian Arctic. Thanks to 24 hours of daylight, photographers are lured to the railing when not in Zodiacs spotting polar bears, walrus and immense sea bird colonies perched overhead on towering cliffs.
Being aboard the largest nuclear-powered icebreaker in the world, capable of forcefully driving through Arctic ice nearly 10 feet thick, sets these North Pole voyages apart from any other expedition ship adventure. The 525-foot 50 Years of Victory, a working vessel, carries 128 passengers in comfortable accommodations, all with exterior views and en suite facilities. Public spaces include a dining room; aft salon for lectures, presentations and socializing; a bow-facing bar and lounge; library; plus a gym, two saunas and swimming pool with heated seawater. The ship is equipped with a modern clinic and physician.
All departures feature a series of informative presentations by the multi-lingual, international expedition staff, excursions onto the sea ice and ashore via Zodiac landing craft in Franz Josef Land, helicopter flightseeing, and other special activities.
Since 2001, Poseidon Expeditions has been a leader in making the North Pole icebreaker program commercially available to travelers, operating 32 voyages and carrying more than 3,000 passengers to date aboard the nuclear-powered Yamal and 50 Years of Victory to 90º North.
Summer 2016 is the ninth consecutive year of tourism operation for 50 Years of Victory, which is otherwise employed during the year in assisting cargo and research vessels access hard-to-reach areas in the Russian High Arctic and along the Northern Sea Route between the Pacific Ocean and Northern Europe. Last October, Poseidon announced that passenger voyages to the North Pole would continue through summer 2018.
For more details please see http://poseidonexpeditions.com/northpole/north-pole-icebreaker-cruise/2016-07-10/.
Enjoy a five-minute trip to the North Pole and Franz Josef Land aboard 50 Years of Victory in this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1nQI7yKsKI
Full details for North Pole voyages and other polar cruise adventures, including for 2017 and 2018, can be found at www.poseidonexpeditions.com or by contacting the North American office at SalesUSA@poseidonexpeditions.com or by telephone at 347-801-2610. In Germany, Austria and Switzerland, contact Poseidon’s Hamburg office – Hamburg@poseidonexpeditions.com or telephone +49-40-7566-8555. In the UK and elsewhere on the globe, contact Sales@poseidonexpeditions.com or telephone +44-870-068-9142.