Strap yourself in for a voyage to one of the earth’s most remote frontiers aboard a nuclear-powered Russian icebreaker. Hear metres of ice explode around you and feel the deck tremble as the ship closes in on the North Pole.
This voyage operates twice a year in the northern summer, when the icebreaker is temporarily relived of duties clearing Russian shipping lanes. Powered by two nuclear reactors, the 50 Years of Victory can go where few boats would dare. The ship is the world’s largest nuclear-powered icebreaker and is capable of crunching through ice up to three metres thick. Not that its atomic might has compromised the experience on board, which is replete with a dining room, bar, library, gym and swimming pool.
Travel is always more about the journey than the destination, but a voyage to the North Pole is possibly the exception. After eight days ploughing through ice-encrusted seas you arrive at latitude 90 degrees north. Here you can literally stand on top of the world and walk cross every time zone.
The 50 Years of Victory cruise departs from Finland each June and includes scenic helicopter flights and Zodiac landings for up-close encounters with polar bears and other wildlife.
Best of all, it comes with serious bragging rights. Who else do you know who has been to the North Pole?
Make your way to Helsinki, Finland, where your trip begins.
Only a measly US$27,325 needs to be dished out for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
You’re going out into a cold, harsh environment. Be prepared for deep snow and slippery and rough terrain.
Dish out a bit extra and you’ll be able to go on a tethered hot air balloon flight from the boat.