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May 8, 2017

The North Pole: The Ultimate High Arctic Adventure

By Lauren Jade Hill

Very few people have reached 90 degrees North to stand on top of the world. Even fewer have done so aboard a nuclear icebreaker, with a glass of champagne in hand.

Following in the footsteps of the early explorers to reach the North Pole is the pinnacle of adventure expeditions, and modern explorers can get there aboard the world’s most powerful nuclear icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory. Equipped with onboard helicopter for sightseeing, a gym, two saunas and a swimming pool, a bar offering the best view of your voyage, and so much more, this North Pole expedition is the ultimate arctic adventure.

An Expedition of a Lifetime

50 Years of Victory is one of only six nuclear-powered Arktika-class icebreakers built for civilian use. Two nuclear reactor thrusters generate up to 74,000 horsepower to muscle the ship through ice that’s two to three meters thick. Despite its burliness, this vessel offers comfortable amenities that include gourmet, chef-prepared meals and cozy cabins with views of the incredible, frozen Arctic Ocean.

Passengers voyaging to the North Pole also have the opportunity to connect with experts in various fields aboard the ship, who happily share their knowledge of Arctic history, culture, wildlife and more through formal lectures and intimate conversations. A marine biologist, ornithologist, historian, glaciologist and geologist—not to mention a hot air balloon pilot — lend context to the expedition and off-ship excursions.

Customize Your Adventure

Experience the North Pole in a way few ever will – soaring above the Arctic in a hot air balloon for a breathtaking bird’s eye view of 90° North. A flight on the ship’s helicopter offers a thrilling view of the icebreaker and the expansive Arctic Ocean, where you might spot iconic arctic wildlife like walruses, seals, whales, and polar bears.

Cruise off-ship on a Zodiac, giving you an up-close, intimate experience of the Arctic. Hike on Franz Josef Land, where you’ll find unique flora and fauna as you visit seabird colonies and retrace the footsteps of early explorers.

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Refresh Your Perspective

Amazing things can happen when you invest in your personal growth, push boundaries and prioritize the experiences that are most important to you. Travel with Quark Expeditions, the leader in polar adventures, for an enhanced perspective of the Arctic — the sea, the land, the history — a journey that will stay with you long after the return home.

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