North Pole Flight with Overnight at Barneo Ice Camp
3 days with PolarExplorers Rating:
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
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 and Post Add-ons
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.
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