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North Pole Half-Degree Ski Expedition

7 days with PolarExplorers   Rating: Budget

Itinerary
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Arrive at Longyearbyen, transfer to hotel, evening welcome reception & dinner. Review of clothing and equipment. 

Day 2
Final equipment review, warm-up ski in Spitsbergen. Pre-flight briefing and transfer of all kit to the airport for weigh-in and pre loading.

Day 3
Charter flight to 89 degrees north. Once at the ice station we will have time to make final preparations. We may spend the night at the ice station or we may head out directly for the North Pole.

Day 4
Depending on the ice conditions and the location of the ice camp we will fly to within 20-30 miles from the Pole where we'll start skiing to the North Pole. The shorter duration of this expedition means that sleds are very light and relatively easy to pull! We'll spend this night camping on the pack ice in expedition tents and polar-worthy sleeping bags.

Day 5
Continuing our trek north to the Pole, we'll navigate over pressure ridges and around open water leads. Arriving at the Pole we'll have a grand celebration! Celebratory toasts, calls home and plenty of photos will be a part of the party. We'll either get picked up by helicopter and transported back to Barneo for the night or we may spend the night camping near the Pole. 

Day 6
After our return to the ice station, we'll board the return flight to Longyearbyen, where hot showers, and a final celebration await us at our hotel.

Day 7
Optional breakfast, departure for Longyearbyen airport and flights home.

All This Included
You love adventure. The idea of skiing to the North Pole gives you goose bumps. It would be a dream come true. BUT... you don’t have enough time, or for other reasons our longer Last Degree expedition is not an option. Enter our Half Degree North Pole Expedition. Skiing the “Half Degree” you will experience all the rigors of a polar expedition with the benefit of a shorter time away from home. This expedition starts around 89’30” North and traverses the last half degree to the top of the world. That’s over 50 kilometers or 30 nautical miles. In no way does the shorter duration effect the difficulty of any given day. You will face the same extreme temperatures, pressure ridges, open water leads, and shifting ice that make the North Pole the most unusual destination for expeditions on the planet.
  • All group equipment
  • Ski system, sleeping system, team anorak, guide(s)
  • Communication & safety gear
  • North Pole certificate
  • Special polar gift
Accommodations
Expedition tents
Notes
  • The itinerary above is subject to change. When traveling to remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the ice, weather and other factors to determine the itinerary.
  • The prices shown above are subject to change and may fluctuate based on the current currency exchange rate.
  • Your level of skill and physical conditioning must be high as you may encounter adverse conditions that will test your abilities. You’ll spend both days and nights in some of the most extreme conditions the planet has to offer. You will test all your limits. Trip specific preparation is required, and you must obtain the consent of the trip leader to participate.
  • PolarExplorers five day Polar Shakedown Training is required for all participants on this expedition. Choose from two dates and locations; the first in Ely, Minnesota in late January; the second in April, just prior to the expedition in Longyearbyen, Norway.
  • Travel in the Polar regions requires flexibility. Delays are often the rule rather than the exception. PolarExplorers recommends that you get the most flexible air tickets that allow for changes.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.