North Pole Last-Degree Ski Expedition
14 days with PolarExplorers Rating:
Day 1: Longyearbyen, Norway
Your PolarExplorers guide will set up a time to check your gear 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. This is the last chance to work out any kinks before we take to the ice! We will prepare all our kit for the flight and deliver it to the airport. 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 reorganized our kit and prepare for the transfer to our starting location, usually by helicopter. Barneo is located 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.
Day 4-12: Ski to the North Pole!
For the next 8-10 days we will ski north maneuvering our way around open water leads and over pressure ridges. In general we will ski between seven and nine 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 to melt into 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. It is critical to learn these important skills prior to the expedition. Once you are on the ice & in the extreme cold everything becomes much more difficult!
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 13: Longyearbyen, Norway
Back in Longyearbyen you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy hot showers, fine cuisine, access to phones and internet, and time to meander through town. A farewell dinner and a comfortable bed will top off the day.
Day 14: Longyearbyen, Norway
The expedition officially ends after breakfast but some people may opt to leave on the pre-dawn flight to Oslo (to make same-day international connections). If you have time to stay in town an extra day or two we can assist you in booking wonderful activities that will maximize your time in the Arctic.
All This Included
Long days, arduous conditions and difficult terrain. Sound like fun? We think so! Each team member pulls his or her own sled weighing between 30-40 kilo (60-80 pounds). The skiing, though not technically difficult, is very rigorous and it requires excellent cardio vascular endurance and muscular strength. But the pulling is not the hardest part of this expedition. That honor goes to keeping yourself warm, hydrated and energized 24 hours a day in sub zero temperatures. You must be fully selfaware and proactive to keep yourself safe, healthy, and happy. That may sound easy but it’s not. At any given moment you may feel exhilarated and accomplished or overwhelmed by difficult ice conditions. It’s all in a day’s work on this classic expedition that is truly a once-in-alifetime adventure.
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