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Sochi 2014 Games: Olympic torch visits the North Pole


For the first time in history the Olympic flame was brought to the North Pole, on board Quark's nuclear-powered icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory, as part of the torch relay to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. The icebreaker, which departed from Russia's Arctic port of Murmansk, made the journey in about 91 hours, the quickest trip ever - 50 Years of Victory can take up to eight days to travel north. Once the ship reached 90 degrees North, expedition members performed a torch relay both aboard the icebreaker and on the sea ice.

Olympic Torch Council

Torch bearers were selected from the eight member countries of the Arctic Council – Russia, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Canada, the US, Iceland and Denmark – to symbolize international unity in the region.

90 degrees North Pole

This is what polar dreams are made of and bucket lists are made for: join the world's most exclusive club located at 90 degrees North and celebrate at the top of the world! How exclusive are we talking about? Very few people can say they stood at the one earthly spot where every direction is south. In fact, only 250 people every year are able to set foot on this pristine polar ice with Quark Expeditions.

"My experience of being on the voyage to the North Pole was nothing short of a dream." ~ Rahul Manjar, Quark Passenger

The added excitement of helicopter excursions at the top of the world make this Quark Expeditions' adventure a true once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Expedition in Brief:

  • Top of the World 90° N
  • Nuclear-powered icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory
  • Zodiac cruising
  • Franz Josef Land wildlife and wildflower

For more details on this life changing expedition visit North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure 2014




Quark Expeditions’ at the top of the World with 50 Years of Victory


Ship will carry Sochi Olympic Flame to the North Pole.

[Waterbury, VT] – July 2, 2013 – Quark Expeditions, the leader in polar adventures, has just successfully reached the geographic North Pole for the 46th time as part of its first voyage of the 2013 Arctic season. It took only four days from Murmansk, Russia, to the North Pole. The 50 Years of Victory can take up to eight days to travel north, making this Quark’s fastest voyage to date.
Since 1991, Quark has operated voyages to the North Pole via icebreaker in June and/or July each year. Quark operates two departures of its signature North Pole voyage, taking a lucky 250 people in total each season to the top of the world aboard the powerful nuclear icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory.


Quark Expeditions passengers with Russian Ice Breaker 50 Years Of Victory at the North Pole in July 2012. Quark Expeditions passengers with Russian Ice Breaker 50 Years Of Victory at the North Pole in July 2012.


This fall, in honor of the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, the 50 Years of Victory will be participating in the Olympic flame relay, carrying the flame to the North Pole. After the official lighting ceremony in Greece, the flame will travel through all Russia’s nine time zones and even to the International Space Station on board the Soyuz TMA‐11M manned spaceship, completing its route in Sochi in early February 2014.


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