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At home in the most extreme of polar environments the ship, also known under the Russian name, 50 Let Pobedy, was originally built to pilot cargo and research ships through heavy ice. However, it also contains an accommodation deck for intrepid travellers, who during the short summer season can board the ship on their quest for the North Pole. In contrast to its industrial, blunt appearance it is complete with comfortable accommodation, a gym, bar, dining room, a swimming pool containing heated sea water and two saunas!
Built to crush through multi-year ice up to three metres thick, this impressive ship is powered by two nuclear reactors that generate 75,000 horsepower. It is the most powerful icebreaker ever built and on a journey north you will feel and hear the immense power.
Construction began on the ship in what is now Saint Petersburg in 1989 and was not completed until 2007, where it was moved to its current residence of Murmansk. The construction was somewhat of an experimental project as it was built with a spoon-shaped bow to increase the efficiency of efforts in breaking ice. As the engineers expected it excelled in initial sea trails and showed exceptional speed and maneuverability for an icebreaker.