Imagine standing at the top of the Earth, glass of champagne in hand, and everywhere you look is south. That is the essence of the 14-day North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure aboard the ship 50 Years of Victory. It is the most powerful nuclear icebreaker in the world perfect for crushing through multiyear ice on the Arctic Ocean. Sightsee the North Pole by helicopter on the lookout for walruses, seals, whales, and polar bears. Travelers may have the chance to take a tethered hot-air balloon ride at 90 degrees N, weather permitting. Possible stops at the island of Franz Josef Land will have you in awe of the flora and fauna. As you explore, watch for seabird colonies and retrace the footsteps of early explorers. Ask the Polar Holidays team about helicopter rides if you would like to see this region from the air – weather permitting.
Wildlife in the North Pole
While not many animals live at the North Pole itself, travelers may still see many animals on their cruise to the pole! Cruise guests should keep an eye out for polar bears walking along the ice, seals and walrus lounging about, and whales navigating the icy waters. Look through out Arctic Wildlife Guide for more information!
Led by William Edward Parry, a British Admiral, in 1827 the first exploration to the North Pole was launched. The first expedition to actually reach the region was led by Frederick Albert Cook in 1908. This American explorer did not supply any records to indicate that he and his team really did reach the pole, and his crew later stated that they fell short of reaching the pole. This expedition is controversial for this reason. The next year, Robert Peary who was backed by the National Geographic Society, claimed that he had reached the pole. His crew didn’t include anyone trained in navigational skills and therefore his claim has also been disputed. In 1926 the first legitimized expedition to the North Pole was led by Roald Amundsen of Norway. Using the airship Norge, the explorer and his crew were able to fly over the North Pole.
North Pole Weather
During summer months the average temperature remains around 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Always bringing layers is the best preparation for this region. The weather can change quickly and having options guarantees that you will have the best experience possible.