Aboard I/B 50 Years of Victory with James Balog

Poseidon Expeditions offers North Pole expedition cruises aboard a state-of-the-art icebreaker. The Russian name of the vessel "50 Let Pobedy" means "50 Years of Victory". Powered by two nuclear reactors generating 75000 horsepower and capable of crushing a clear path through multi-year ice up to three meters thick, she is the largest and most powerful icebreaker ever built.

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Reaching The North Pole with Dr. Huw Lewis-Jones


Reaching the North Pole for the first time is overwhelming: you will literally be standing at the top of the world, and everywhere you look is south. This glorious moment will be shared with other like-minded passengers and our team of polar experts. On this North Pole voyage, we were lucky to have Huw Lewis-Jones on board. He is a renowned historian and polar author, formerly a Curator of Art at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge. Huw says that the ever-changing Arctic never ceases to amaze no matter how many times you visit.

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A Memorable Expedition to the North Pole


Each year, Poseidon Expeditions takes the legendary icebreaker “50 Years of Victory” on a polar expedition cruise to the North Pole. This iconic Arctic destination can be considered an ultimate polar achievement. You will literally be standing at the top of the world!

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Franz Josef Land Revealed


Secrets of the Russian High Arctic

The 191 islands of the Franz Josef Land Archipelago have long been shrouded in mystery and secrecy. These remote islands, located northeast of Svalbard and between the Russian mainland and the North Pole, are notoriously inaccessible due to heavy sea-ice conditions and severe weather for a good portion of the year. During the Soviet era, travel restrictions imposed by Russian authorities made these islands almost completely off limits to tourists. Even now, independent travel to the Franz Josef Land Archipelago is nearly impossible. Access is permitted only with an expedition cruise ship or icebreaker. For the few visitors who make the journey to these enigmatic islands of the Russian High Arctic, the sense of remoteness in place and time is an undeniable attraction. Even more compelling are the secrets that seem to reveal themselves as if coming back from the depths of history. Here are a few of the astonishing highlights of a Franz Josef Land cruise.

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Mysteries of the Polar Circles


What’s Inside the Arctic and Antarctic Circles?

Maps of the world show many lines that seem to have nothing to do with the world itself. What’s more, the crossing of these geographical lines is often accompanied by a good deal of ceremony and celebration on cruise ships. Special significance is often attached to the crossing of the so-called Polar Circles. You might be asking, what are these circles? Where are they and why do they exist? And most importantly, how can I cross them and what will I find on the other side?

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The Best Experiences on a Trip to the North Pole



The Best Things to Discover on a North Pole Cruise

A trip to the North Pole on a nuclear-powered icebreaker is an incredible experience and truly one of the world’s most memorable voyages. Don’t simply imagine two weeks of smashing through ice to the pole and back. On this voyage, the North Pole is only one of the amazing discoveries you'll make.

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The Best Times (And Places) To See the Northern Lights


Seeing the Northern Lights – also known as Aurora Borealis – is a bucket-list item for many people. And no wonder: The naturally occurring phenomenon completely transforms the Arctic sky.

Fantastic shades of green and blue, and sometimes even yellows, pinks, and reds, create giant, illuminated ribbons that dance across the sky.

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Slideshow: 50 Years of Victory Journeys to the North Pole


Each Summer during June or July, Poseidon Expeditions begins its North Pole season. The international expedition team leads three voyages a year to the geographic North Pole, hosting travelers from across the globe.

Passengers board the 75,000-horsepower, nuclear-powered icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory, in Murmansk, Russia, and crush their way through the Barents Sea, where whales are a common sight, and Arctic ice as they head toward 90° North Latitude.

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7 Common Misconceptions About The Arctic


What thoughts come to mind when you think of the Arctic?

Cold. Bare. Gray.

While the northernmost parts of our planet are cold, many of the other common beliefs about the region are often quite far from the facts.

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Meet Jan Bryde: The Man Who Summers at the North Pole


When summer arrives in the Northern Hemisphere, there's only one place Jan Bryde wants to be: In the middle of the Arctic Ocean, high atop the world at the North Pole.

Send Bryde an email in July or August and you'll be greeted with the charming and mysterious auto-response "Dear Friends, same as every year: summertime = North Pole time!".

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