North Pole Expeditions
The top of the world. It’s a place very few people can say they’ve visited. With Poseidon Expeditions, you can be one of the rare explorers to venture to the northernmost spot on Earth — the geographic North Pole.
Stories about the “Heroic Era” explorers attempts to reach to the North Pole 120 years ago are fascinating, but the magic is something that truly needs to be personally experienced to be believed. On your Poseidon Expeditions cruise to the top of the world, you’ll crush through three-meter-thick ice aboard our nuclear-powered, 75,000-horsepower vessel, 50 Let Pobedy (which means 50 Years of Victory in Russian). The journey aboard this tenacious vessel is just the beginning of the adventure.
As you head north, pause in Franz Josef Land Archipelago, where cliffs with thousands of nesting seabirds present a photographer’s dream, as do the polar bears hunting on the ice.
Upon arrival at 90 degrees north, a full day of fun and excitement is in store. On the fast ice surrounding the ship, take photos of family and new-found friends; take a hike of the frozen Arctic Ocean, cluttered with pressure ridges and snow banks; take a Polar Plunge into the icy waters; and enjoy a festive barbecue and circle dance with fellow travelers from all over the world.
There will be opportunities to climb aboard the ship’s helicopter to admire from above the beauty of the frozen expanse and the powerful vessel plowing through the ice. You'll surely take a lot of photos, because a North Pole adventure is an experience that’s difficult to put into words.
What to Expect
The summer months are the only time of year to embark on a North Pole cruise, but this doesn’t mean bathing suit weather – unless you want to take a dip in the ship’s heated pool or go for our popular Polar Plunge. Seasonal temperatures average about 0 degrees Celsius and ice ranges between two and three meters thick. Upon arrival at 90 degrees north, adventurers enjoy a champagne toast and a celebration of the feat of making it to the top of the world.
As the ship heads south, you’ll likely see more High Arctic wildlife such as polar bears, walruses, seals and bowhead whales. Surprisingly, a number of historic sites — including makeshift huts created by early explorers — still exist in Franz Josef Land, giving visitors a chance to take photos or walk in the footsteps of Fridtjof Nansen and other legendary explorers.
Amenities Aboard the Ship
I/B 50 Years of Victory is not your average cruise ship. It was specifically built to pilot cargo and scientific ships to places that are extremely challenging to reach. Despite its workhorse profile, this vessel is equipped with all the features you’ll need to make the most of your North Pole expedition.
Equipped with cabins ranging from standard twins to the spacious Arktika Suites, this vessel offers surprising comfort and a variety of public rooms. These include a large dining room that accommodates all guests in one sitting; the Victory Bar, featuring live music; the Aft Saloon, where Poseidon’s expedition team provide informative presentations; and a fully equipped gym, swimming pool and sauna. Passengers can even take a guided tour through the engine room and converse with the captain and crew on the bridge.
Book Your Cruise Today
At Poseidon Expeditions, we don’t just offer cruises. We take our passengers on epic adventures to the farthest reaches of the earth.
Let your curiosity run free and join us for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to the top of the world.