North Pole with Helicopter and Balloon 14 days
Arctic

The North Pole

JOIN 'THE URBAN BIRDER' David Lindo IN ANTARCTICA!

JOIN 'THE URBAN BIRDER' David Lindo IN ANTARCTICA!

North Pole with Helicopter and Balloon 14 days aboard 50 Years of Victory

Your powerful icebreaker ship will take you as far north as you can go on this exciting expedition - the ultimate tick-box! Also visit the remote Franz Josef Land archipelago and look out for polar bears and other wildlife to complete an unforgettable experience.

Note: there is a mandatory £1500 transfer package applicable to this itinerary

Highlights

  • Set foot at the North Pole
  • Ice-breaker experience
  • Spectacular helicopter flights
  • Ballooning option
  • Marine mammals
  • Visit Franz Josef Land
  • Polar Bears

What's Included

  • One night's hotel pre and post voyage
  • Group transfers to and from ship
  • Full board accommodation on ship
  • All zodiac landings and excursions
  • Helicopter excursions
  • Programme of lectures by expert guides
  • Expedition parka
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • All port fees
13 nights 24/06/2018 - 07/07/2018
From Only £22,900pp
John Swindell
John Swindell
Arctic Specialist

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ITINERARY

13 Nights   14 Days

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1   | Helsinki
  • Day 2   | Murmansk
  • Days 3-6 | Arctic Ocean northbound
  • Day 7   | North Pole
  • Day 8   | Arctic Ocean southbound
  • Days 9-10 | Franz Josef Land
  • Days 11-12 | At sea
  • Day 13 | Murmansk
  • Day 14 | Helsinki
Helsinki
1Day

Helsinki

Your adventure begins with a one-night stay in Helsinki, Finland's capital

Murmansk
2Day

Murmansk

From Helsinki, a charter flight will take you to Murmansk, Russia, where you'll embark on  50 Years of Victory, the world's largest and most powerful icebreaker for your voyage to the North Pole

Northbound in the Arctic Ocean
3-6Days

Northbound in the Arctic Ocean

Watching, feeling and hearing the Victory crush through the Arctic ice pack is an unforgettable experience, made even more memorable by taking a helicopter flight for a thrilling aerial view of the Victory and expansive Arctic Ocean.  Depending on ice and weather conditions, the crossing from Murmansk to the North Pole can take us anywhere from 5 to 8 days. Lots of time to meet fellow travellers and enjoy the on-board facilities and hospitality.

90° North
7Day

90° North

All the anticipation of the prior days reaches a climax as you reach the North Pole! Many travellers find themselves overcome with emotion, while others are in a festive and celebratory mood. Take photos, wave a flag, enjoy your moment! Later, everyone enjoys a champagne toast and a BBQ on the ice.  

Southbound in the Arctic Ocean
8Day

Southbound in the Arctic Ocean

Look out for wildlife, maybe even polar bears hunting seals on the ice, as you head back south.

Franz Josef Land and the Arctic Ocean
9-10Days

Franz Josef Land and the Arctic Ocean

This group of 191 islands forms the most northerly archipelago in Eurasia, and lies entirely within the Arctic Circle. Here you'll explore Cape Flora, and discover historic remains from three ill-fated Arctic expeditions. When conditions permit, Zodiac trips beneath towering cliffs will explore remote seabird rookeries. Onboard helicopters again provide aerial sightseeing, and transfer you to otherwise inaccessible landing sites. This part of the Arctic Ocean is so remote that Franz Josef Land was discovered after Antarctica. Walrus and polar bear are numerous on these islands, along with whales and myriad birdlife.

Southbound at Sea
11 - 12Days

Southbound at Sea

Crossing the Arctic Ocean back to Murmansk

Murmansk
13Day

Murmansk

Disembarkation in Russia's most northerly city, it will be time to bid farewell to your ship, 50 years of Victory and transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Helsinki, Finland to enjoy one final night with friends.

Helsinki
14Day

Helsinki

Return home or take tour extension

50 Years of Victory

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What Our Customers
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Ann Macleod, Scotland Sarah & David, Portsmouth James and Pamela Chapman, Halifax Geoff & Magda, Adelaide, Australia Ann & Paul, East Grinstead, Sussex Chris Janner, Manchester Gavin Burnett Stirling, United Kingdom Chris Pye, North Wales Chris Pye, North Wales Chris Conlan, Manchester, UK Boyan Todorov, Holland Karen Worton, Suffolk,UK Malcolm Green , UK Malcolm Green , UK Frances Hadfield, East Sussex, UK Mike Unwin, Brighton, UK Christine Matthews, London, UK
Superlatives abound – a truly amazing experience...awesome. Thanks to all for making it such a memorable experience.
We have just returned from our Spitsbergen trip with Wildfoot and had to tell you what an amazing time we had! We saw 6 polar bears including a mother with 2 cubs as well as whales, walruses and lots of birds. The ship (Expedition) was really comfortable and the guides were so helpful and friendly. Thank you so much for making it all so easy.
I came to Wildfoot because a friend had booked with you when you were Antarctica Bound and they were right. Everything went perfectly, even when our flight was cancelled, you made sure we still made it to the ship with time to spare. L’Austral is a beautiful ship with first class service and food and the guides looked after us well. Very happy to recommend Wildfoot and L’Austral...
We had always wanted to see the Arctic and travelling all the way from Australia needed lots of information. After getting nowhere, we came across Wildfoot and found people who knew what they were talking about! Sara and John were so helpful and made the process easy, suggesting Iceland Greenland and Spitsbergen. This was perfect for us – amazing scenery and lots of wildlife, especially the polar bears in Spitsbergen. Thanks for everything. Ps, the ship was great too!
Just wanted to say thank you for suggesting a trip to Franz Josef Land as something different for the Arctic. We had a super trip and really enjoyed the Sea Spirit. Galapagos next!
Standing on the North Pole has been an ambition of mine since childhood and now I have done it! Thank you for making the process so easy - seeing polar bears and whales too was a real bonus.
The Sea Spirit expedition was excellent and the team organising it all were extremely good. 10 out of 10. Everything went very smoothly. The Iceland extension worked perfectly, all the organisation, connections etc. were excellent
The cruise was beyond my expectations. Got to see everything the captain wanted, even a polar bear mother with three cubs. Coal Miners Cabins were smashing. I did loads of birding and exploring over three days. All the people were great from the expedition leaders down to the passengers. So glad to have achieved my ambition of some 50 years standing and got amongst the ice of the Arctic, walked amongst it’s islands and witnessed the antics of its wonderful wildlife. What’s next??? I’ll need to speak with Sara again.
Thanks so much for enabling me to get to places I had always wanted to see from a very young age. “Ace” as my boys used to say!
Just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you very much for all your help in arranging our recent trip to Svalbard. Everything ran smoothly and the trip was a great success. Unfortunately I had to flew back a few days early and missed out on Isfjord Radio, which the rest of the team said was a brilliant place with amazing food, still the Basecamp Hotel and Nordenskiold Lodge were pretty amazing places, so I’m not complaining!
Writing back to tell you that the trip to the Arctic was all that it promised and more. It was a great wild-life sightseeing opportunity and the staff were really good.I had an excellent trip and have thousands of photos to go through.
I had an absolutely fabulous time won the Sergey Vavilov, it is an excellent ship. Sara was indeed right in her recommendation that they would be the most likely to push north into the ice to find the polar bears. We even circumnavigated Spitsbergen which was awesome and not o n the itinerary.It is such a wonderful way to take a trip when you are on your own – so if any of your potential single clients are unsure, definitely recommend it – I didn’t feel alone from the moment I stepped on board. I will be at the Birdfair next weekend and so will catch up with whoever is there – regarding this trip, and potentially my next!
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
We had a wonderful time, even though we didn't do all the places we were supposed to but we all felt were we went instead couldn't beaten. Saw animals I wanted to see. Bit worried what the food was like as some of the ships cooking leaves something to be desired, but food was very good. We thought all the guides were brilliant and informative, friendly and knowledgeable It was far better than we expected and even my husband thoroughly enjoyed it!
I wanted to let you know that I had a wonderful cruise in the Russian Far East. The landscape and destination were inspiring, we had some excellent wildlife sightings (sea otter, grey whale, Steller's sea eagle, snowy owl and Arctic fox were all firsts for me), and the Heritage team were superb. Rough seas forced a few changes to the itinerary but we also had some fabulous weather. All in all, a thrilling travel experience.Thanks once again for all your efforts
I thought you might like to know that this was an excellent holiday. Our guide, Brad, was absolutely wonderful, his enthusiasm and knowledge made the holiday even better. All in all the whole trip was excellent and we saw lots of bears, 24 on the first day. Fewer on the second and third days but still plenty, as well as arctic foxes,silver foxes and snowy owls. Even on the last day near the town we saw a bear on rocks by the beach.

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