If you are going to travel into the wilderness of The North Pole then you are going to need a ship that is capable of getting you there with no trouble at all. A ship that is able to traverse the ice-laden waters that are a constant in this part of the world and a ship that is going to be able to take you way past the point at which other vessels would have to turn back. That ship is ‘50 Years of Victory’. The Victory is perfectly designed to power through ice chunks that are up to 2.5 metres thick; using its spoon-shaped bow to pierce through the ice as if it wasn’t there. If that wasn’t enough, it is also powered by two nuclear engines, which ensure safe passage through treacherous waters.
When it’s not transporting enthused tourists to and from The North Pole, ‘50 Let Pobedy’ (as it is known in Russian) is a real, working icebreaker tasked with guiding research and cargo ships to inaccessible areas of the Arctic.
After the summer season of 2015 she was due to be retired and solely used as a guide vessel for scientific and cargo ships as they make their way through the Arctic. After the summer season of 2015 she was due to be retired and solely used as a guide vessel for scientific and cargo ships as they make their way through the Arctic. However, renovations to another ship are due to be completed earlier than expected and so Victory will remain part of the fleet until at least 2018.