Rosatomflot opens the season of North Pole cruises on June 15 (photo)
FSUE Atomflot says its nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy with 125 tourists from Asia and Europe will leave for this year’s first North Pole cruise on June 15th. The Murmansk - North Pole - Murmansk cruise will last for 11 days.
“Arctic tourism is the best advertising for nuclear-powered icebreakers of Rosatomflot, - says Vyacheslav Ruksha, Director General of FSUE Atomflot. – Tourists from around the globe see the safety of nuclear power and reliability of nuclear-powered icebreakers with their own eyes. Running like clockwork, nuclear-powered icebreakers deliver tourists from all over the world to the North Pole, that once seemed unthinkable.”
The charterers of the expeditions are QuarkExpedition, PoseidonArcticVoyages and ZegrahmExpeditions. The organizers of the cruise have developed an educational programme covering the Arctic flora, fauna and climate. The tourists will see picturesque Arctic bays, polar barbecue and swimming in the Arctic Ocean.
In summer 2017, the 50 Let Pobedy icebreaker will make five tourist voyages to the North Pole. The cruises are scheduled for June 15 - June 26, June 26 - July 7, July 10 – July 21, July 21 – August 1, August 1 - August 12.
First tourists were delivered to the North Pole on 8 August 1990 by nuclear-powered icebreaker Rossiya with Anatoly Lamekhov as a captain. The icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy commissioned in 2007 is now the only Russian ship carrying tourists to the North Pole.