Some places on our planet are so out of reach that their very isolation has stirred generations of explorers into voyages of adventure and discovery. One such place is the North Pole. Join us on a historic voyage to 90° north - The Top of the World.

Sailing from Russia, we head north through dense, multi-year pack ice to the North Pole, a worthy goal for our amazing ship. Only very few vessels have the power to negotiate the challenging ice of the Arctic Basin. Navigating the polar pack at speeds up to 12 knots, we are enthralled by an ever-changing panorama of wind-polished ice, narrow channels of dark green water and aquamarine pools.

We also visit Franz Josef Land, a marvelous place of glaciers, volcanic mountains and wildlife. Here we call at historic sites of early exploration and hope to encounter walruses and polar bears on the ice. We return to Murmansk where our amazing journey comes to an end.

A new addition to the Arctic fleet, the 50 Years of Victory is the world's largest, most powerful and sophisticated icebreaker every constructed. With 75,000 total horsepower and an LL1 ice rating (the highest possible), the Victory is unmatched in it's ability to move through ice. The ship is a model of technology - and of passenger comfort.

Quality Accommodations

The vessel accommodates passengers in 64 first class outside cabins and suites, all with private facilities, large windows, desk, television and other comforts. Public areas include a large dining room (accommodating all passengers in one seating), library, lounge, theatre style auditorium, volleyball court and gymnasium, heated indoor swimming pool and sauna. Views are excellent from the navigation bridge (where we are almost always welcome) and the large open decks on several levels. The Victory has a good polar library and a small infirmary.

Excellent European Cuisine

European master chefs present an excellent, varied, international menu with fine provisions from around the world. A combination of European and experienced Russian staff will serve you aboard. The popular bar is stocked with your favorite spirits, wine and champagne.

Unique Helicopter Excursions

Essential for navigation in the ice, the Victory carries a helicopter for reconnaissance and passenger excursions. This versatile machine takes us to inland sites and otherwise inaccessible shores. The aerial views of polar landscapes and of our ship as it crashes through meters-thick ice are unique features of the expedition. In addition the Victory carries Zodiac landing craft which we may use if ice conditions allow.

Expedition Staff, Officers and Crew

Victory is staffed by an experienced crew, including 50 officers and engineers. With the world's largest and most modern fleet of icebreakers, the Russians are recognized experts in polar operations. The voyage is directed by an expedition leaders and staff chosen for their local knowledge and experience.

Technical Gear

With 75,000 horsepower, a thick armour of steel plate and specialized icebreaking design, the Victory is one of few surface ships capable of reaching the North Pole. Ice may be broken while moving ahead or astern.

The vessel is driven by three propellers, each with four seven-ton blades. Its two nuclear reactors, which provide the steam for propulsion, are encased in 160 tons of steel, high density concrete and water. Double vacuum stills produce five tons of fresh water per hour. The Victory is equipped with the latest satellite navigation and communication equipment, including telephone, telex and fax.

Ship Specifications

Staff & Crew: 140
Guests: 128
Length: 1117.84 m
Breadth: 30 m
Draft: 11.08 m
Propulsion: 2 nuclear-powered steam turbines - 75,000 total horsepower
Ice Class: LL1 (The highest possible rating)
Cruising Speed: 21.4 knots in open water

Cabins and Amenties:

All cabins have exterior views
All cabins have private facilities
One dining room with unreserved seating
Aft Saloon for presentations and socializing
Forward Lounge
Massage service
Gym, two saunas, pool
Clinic with licensed doctor
One passenger elevator