Your Chance To Circumnavigate The Arctic
What’s better than one icebreaker ship? Well, obviously it’s two icebreaker ships. And that’s exactly what Quark Expeditions are able to offer.
Joining the fleet, and complementing ‘50 Years of Victory’, will be a legendary polar vessel known as Kapitan Khlebnikov. This fabled ship has been part of the Quark family in the past when it sailed for the polar operator for twenty years, between 1992 and 2012. Over this time, it became a favourite with passengers due to its ability to travel to the farthest reaches of the planet and break through thick sea-ice.
Kapitan Khlebnikov is a Russian ship that was built in 1981 at a shipyard in Finland. After serving as a full-time icebreaker for smaller vessels until 1990, it was refitted so that it could serve as a passenger ship for intrepid explorers wanting to travel into icy waters. Since retiring from passenger duties in 2012, Kapitan Khlebnikov has been guiding other ships through the Russian Arctic. However, following a second refurbishment to bring her in line with Quark’s requirements, she will be back in service to carry guests in style.
Going one better than ‘50 Years of Victory’, Kapitan Khlebnikov has the ability to carry two helicopters on board. This means there are sure to be even more chances for you to view these remarkable landscapes from the air during your Arctic expedition. There’s also room for 51 cabins, a dining room, a lounge and bar, heated indoor plunge pool, sauna, theatre and a Polar Boutique where you can buy any essentials you need. Furthermore, all beverages (including alcohol) will be part of an all-inclusive package offered by Quark.
Amongst its fantastic achievements, Kapitan Khlebnikov can list the fact that it was the first vessel to circumnavigate Antarctica with passengers onboard and the only ship to do this twice. It also equalled a record set by heroic explorer Roald Amundsen by reaching 78° south at the Bay of Whales and has traversed the Northwest Passage more times than any other ship.
The expedition would take 75 days in total and would give you a unique opportunity to witness everything that makes this part of the world so amazing. There will be plenty of wildlife, from polar bears to seabirds, reindeer and whales; endless stunning landscapes that disappear into the distance; the chance to interact with various different indigenous communities, such as Canadian Inuit and Russian Yupik people; and the opportunity to take part in a range of Arctic activates like snowshoeing and zodiac cruising.
If you would like to book your place on this once in a lifetime expedition cruise, or any of the individual legs, call us today. Alternatively, you can submit your enquiry via our online contact form.