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North Pole Dogsled & Ski Two-Degree Expedition

19 days with PolarExplorers   Rating: Budget

Click for Dates and Prices Day 1: Longyearbyen, Norway
Your PolarExplorers guide will set up a time to check your personal kit mid-day. Our expedition officially kicks off with our evening welcome reception followed by a group dinner.

Day 2: Longyearbyen, Norway
A busy day as we ready our kits, review expedition expectations & procedures, and spend some time with the dogs (time permitting). This is the last chance to work out any kinks before we take to the ice! We will pack and prepare all our equipment for the flight. The late afternoon and evening are your final opportunity to grab last-minute necessities in town.

Day 3: Longyearbyen, Norway - Barneo Ice Camp
From Longyearbyen we will travel by charter aircraft to the eclectic “Barneo” Ice Camp located between 89-90 degrees north. This flight takes approximately 2.5 hours. Upon arriving at Barneo we will unload our gear and organize the sleds and dog teams. Depending on the time of day and weather conditions we may depart for our starting location or me may make camp and depart the following morning. Barneo lies on the floating pack ice and its precise location varies on a daily basis. Our guides will review ice conditions and recent drift to determine the best departure point.

Days 4-17: Dogsled and ski to the North Pole!
These days are spent dogsleding and skiing north maneuvering our way around open water leads and over pressure ridges. In general we will be on the move between 7-9 hours each day (actual length depends on weather and ice conditions and could be longer). At night we look for solid “old” ice to camp on and we cook meals in our tents. Everyone is expected to participate in all aspects of camp life including making and breaking camp, collecting snow for making water, helping with cooking, etc. Your family and friends will be able to follow your daily progress and share messages via the Expedition Blog.

On a personal level, the extreme conditions of the Polar environment demand that each person is well organized and able to maintain both an appropriate body temperature and adequate reserves of energy. This is where all of your physical training, mental preparation, and time spent acquiring the best clothing and equipment will pay off. Your participation in our Polar Shakedown Training will help you tremendously as you learn what to expect and how to deal with the adverse conditions. Once you are on the ice & in the extreme cold everything becomes much more difficult!

The One Degree dogsled expedition will meet up with the Two Degree expedition at or near 89 degrees. The One Degree team will bring vitally fresh energy and supplies (including dog food!) that will help to ensure a successful expedition. From this day on both expeditions will travel together negotiating the remaining miles to the North Pole.

The North Pole: Upon reaching the North Pole, our extended celebration begins. Standing at the top of the world, where everything on Earth lies south of your location we will celebrate our accomplishment. Don’t forget your banners, flags and signs for our photo session. You’ll also have the opportunity to call home to a family member or friend. Weather depending, we will either spend the night at the North Pole or get picked up that same day before returning to Barneo and then onto Longyearbyen.

Day 18: Longyearbyen, Norway
Back in Longyearbyen you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy hot showers, fine cuisine, access to phones and internet. A farewell dinner and a comfortable bed will top off the day.

Day 19: Longyearbyen, Norway
The expedition officially ends after breakfast. We recommend staying in town an extra day or two and we can assist you in booking wonderful activities that will maximize your time in the Arctic.

All This Included
What makes this expedition the ultimate adventure? It starts with the dozen plus Greenland huskies who will impress and inspire you with each passing mile. Add the beauty and unpredictability of the shifting pack ice, the sub zero temperatures and cap it off with standing at the top of the world - the Geographic North Pole. This expedition is often rigorous and difficult. The dogsledding can be “graduate level” and the skiing demands excellent balance and cardiovascular endurance. A positive attitude, supportive team spirit and some good old fashioned tenacity will serve you well. At any moment you may find yourself feeling exhilarated and accomplished or tired and frustrated by difficult ice. It’s all in a day’s work on this classic expedition.
  • 5 day USA-based Polar Shakedown Training
  • All group equipment
  • Ski system, sleeping system, team anorak, guide(s)
  • Communication & safety gear
  • 3 nights accommodations & dinners in Longyearbyen
Expedition tents
Pre and Post Add-ons
Longyearbyen Pre-Expedition
Upon arriving in Longyearbyen, you will be met by your PolarExplorers guide at the airport. A short transfer takes you to your hotel in the beautiful mountain village of Longyearbyen. It has all the amenities of home including first class hotels and restaurants, internet access and cell phone coverage.

Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for pricing information.  
  • 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 and is included in the cost of PolarExplorers' complete expedition package.
  • 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.
  • If the Borneo Ice Camp is more than 60 nautical miles from the North Pole a surcharge may apply.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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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.