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North Pole Flight with Overnight at Barneo Ice Camp

3 days with PolarExplorers   Rating: Budget

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Morning free and afternoon briefing
Your morning is free to explore Longyearbyen or participate in one of the many guided tours of the area. A late afternoon pre-flight briefing provides information about the Barneo Ice Camp, the flight to the North Pole and a tentative departure time for the following day. A welcome reception after the briefing provides an opportunity to get to know the other people in the team. Dinner is on your own but we are happy to make recommendations.

Day 2 Charter flight from Longyearbyen to the Barneo Ice Camp & overnight at Barneo
The timing of the flight to Barneo will be determined by weather and various other logistics. We will provide a transfer from your hotel to the airport. The flight takes approximately 2.5 hours. The Barneo Ice Camp, the only one of its kind in the world, lies near the North Pole though its exact whereabouts vary daily as it drifts with the ice. The basecamp consists of a heated recreational / dining tent, several heated sleeping tents (with 10-12 sleeping cots per tent), primitive rest rooms, and support / staff quarters. Depending on timing and weather conditions the helicopter flight to the North Pole will likely occur shortly after we arrive. The duration of the helicopter flight to the North Pole is approximately 20-45 minutes. The short flight takes us over the frozen pack ice of the Polar Sea. A look out the window will reveal a landscape unlike
anything you’ve ever seen with beautiful frozen pressure ridges and open water leads created by the wind and current-driven movements of the ice.

The North Pole: 
When the helicopter lands you will experience first-hand the incredible and delicate polar environment. You will be standing at the top of the world where everything on Earth lies south of your location. It is an amazing experience and somewhat surreal. Don’t forget your banners, flags and signs for our photo session. You’ll also get the chance to call home to a family member or friend. The amount of time we spend at the North Pole is dependent upon the weather but you can expect anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours.
 
Back at Barneo you’ll have a chance to participate in the goings-on of the base camp. Enjoy the camaraderie in the
dining / social tent, or participate in one of the special activities organized by your guide.

Day 3 Return to Longyearbyen, Norway
After breakfast at Barneo you’ll have some time in camp prior to the return flight to Longyearbyen. The exact timing of the flight depends on weather and various logistics. Back in Longyearbyen you will be able to enjoy hot showers, fine cuisine, access to phones and internet, and a comfortable night at the hotel. This is the official end of the expedition. Consider spending an extra day or two in Longyearbyen to join one of the many guided tours that explore Spitsbergen. We are happy to make recommendations and help you book your trip. Your final transfer to the Longyearbyen Airport on your departure day is not included. Both Taxi and Flybussen pick-ups can be arranged at the front desk of your hotel or guesthouse.

All This Included
Few places have captured the imagination of the world more than the North Pole. It is both mysterious and magical with its ever-changing appearance and extreme conditions. You will stand at the Geographic North Pole and experience it all, from the sub zero temperatures to the 24 hour sunlight of the Arctic spring. The constant movement of the ice, called drift, can make the exact location of the North Pole hard to pinpoint. With a GPS in hand you can try to “find” 90 degrees north. Even within a 10 foot radius it can be elusive. But you will be AT the North Pole with plenty of time to celebrate. After the North Pole you’ll head back to the Barneo Ice Camp, where expedition teams and researchers may be passing through. This eclectic camp will be home for one and a half days as you experience life on the frozen Arctic Ocean.
  • Pre-expedition assistance with all your Longyearbyen bookings (accommodations, special activities, etc.)
  • Pick up at the Longyearbyen airport and transfer to hotel
  • One night hotel (double occupancy)
  • Guided driving tour of Longyearbyen (including a visit to the entrance of the Global Seed Vault) 
  • North Pole Flight
  • Accommodations and meals at the Barneo Basecamp
  • Use of our Satellite phone to call make a call from the North Pole
  • Custom North Pole certificate and award
  • "Ready-to-give" North Pole Powerpoint presentation for your personal use. 
Accommodations
Expedition tents
Pre and Post Add-ons
Longyearbyen Pre-Expedition
Arrive in Longyearbyen. PolarExplorers will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your lodging (not included in the price). Longyearbyen is a beautiful mountain village in the Svalbard Archipelago located at 78 degrees north latitude, well above the Arctic Circle. It has all the amenities of home including first class hotels and restaurants, internet access and cell phone coverage. Your PolarExplorers guide will set up a time to check your gear and answer your questions about the upcoming itinerary.

Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for pricing information.  
Notes
  • You must arrive in Longyearbyen at least two days prior to scheduled North Pole flight.
  • A 25% deposit will hold your space. Payment in full is due by December 1, 2018.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • No outdoor experience is necessary for this trip. An eager spirit and sense of adventure will get you through! You will be required to climb several stairs into and out of aircraft and you will need to walk across the uneven terrain of the ice.
  • 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.