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The North Pole

Fly to the North Pole, the land of the midnight sun

The North Pole

Experience a remote and frozen wilderness, guarded by pressure ridges, extreme temperatures, and pack ice that drifts relentlessly southward

Picture yourself at the North Pole, one of the most exclusive and remarkable destinations on Earth. Our trips depart in April, when conditions are at their best, with 24 hour daylight and temperatures ranging from -25F to –4F (-30C to -20C). We fly from Spitsbergen to ice camp Barneo at approximately 89N, where you stay in heated tents, mingle with world-class skydivers, scuba divers and Arctic explorers and can enjoy ski tours in the vicinity of camp.

From Barneo you fly by helicopter to the North Pole, where we will celebrate our arrival at the top of the world! We then return to Barneo and the civilized world by helicopter and plane.

Accommodations

Barneo ice camp is a fully equipped cold-weather base-camp. Meals are served in a large comfortable tent, our North Polar Café. Our heated sleeping tents comfortably sleep 10-12 guests. Around camp there are gentle walks, including ice hummocks to explore, and the stark northern landscape provides unusual photographic opportunities. Our friendly, experienced guides will be happy to show you around and are always happy to help should you have any questions.

Activity Level

Easy
Easy

Easy trips offer comfortable adventure under normal polar conditions. They include gentle activities like scenic tours, short treks, talks and skills sessions. If you want more adventure, we can offer that too! You can participate at your own pace and to be as active or relaxed as you wish.

Dates & Rates Notes

This Experience is sold in combination with our South Pole Flights Experience.

Please contact us for dates, rates and other booking information.

Day 1 Spitsbergen, Norway

Arrive at Longyearbyen airport and transfer to hotel. Information meeting, where our staff will brief you on the current situation at the ice camp Barneo, your polar flight departure time, and answer any questions you might have. Collect polar clothing kit (if you select optional “Arctic Dressing Point” package). Free time in Longyearbyen, the capital of Spitsbergen.

Day 2 Flight from Longyearbyen to Barneo

Our flight to ice camp Barneo take approximately 2 ½ hours by AN-74 aircraft. On arrival we become acquainted with camp, then have free time to experience life on the ice at 89N. We stay in heated tents, each of which comfortably accommodates 10-12 people.

Day 3 The North Pole

We fly to the North Pole by MI-8 helicopter at the first opportunity, when weather and ice conditions allow. The flight takes approximately 40 minutes. Here at the axis of the Earth we’ll celebrate our achievement and contemplate the exploits of those who have come before us, hardy explorers who braved the harshest conditions in search of this ephemeral goal.

We’ll spend about 1-2 hours at the North Pole and celebrate our arrival. We then return to ice camp Barneo by MI-8 helicopter for the North Pole Certificate ceremony and a delicious meal at Barneo’s Northern Polar Café.

Day 4 Weather day

Additional day for possible weather changes and second chance to reach the North Pole. In the afternoon we return to Longyearbyen by AN-74 aircraft and transfer to our hotel. Evening on your own in Longyearbyen.

Day 5 Spitsbergen, Norway and Departure

Today you have free time to take part in Svalbard adventure activities (not included, advance booking required). Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Schedule and Itinerary

How is the North Pole different from the South Pole

The North Pole is different in almost every way from the South Pole, from its geography to its seasons. In fact you could say they are 'polar opposites'!

The South Pole lies on the continental landmass of Antarctica. The continent is covered by glacial ice miles deep and the South Pole is at an elevation of 9300ft (2835m). The best travel months are November, December and January - the austral summer - when temperatures are warmest and there is 24 hr daylight. South Pole Experiences depart from southern Chile, in South America.

In contrast, the North Pole lies in the middle of the frozen Arctic Ocean, amidst drifting pack ice. The ocean is about 13,000ft (4000m) deep at the North Pole and most areas are covered with 6-9ft (2-3m) thick ice floes. The best travel month is April - the boreal spring - when temperatures begin to warm, but the sea ice remains frozen. The lands surrounding the Arctic Ocean support human habitation and a vibrant northern culture.

Trip Planning

Can I fly my drone/UAV in Antarctica?

A number of requirements apply to the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)/drones in Antarctica, due to concerns about privacy, interference with scientific work, use in controlled airspace, and potential impacts if lost. ANI has developed UAV Guidelines to help our guests comply. Tell us if you plan to bring a UAV and be sure to review our UAV Guidelines.

Skills and Training

No special skills or training are required for this Experience. Just normal health and fitness. You should expect to walk on uneven snow and ice, with ice hummocks up to 3-6 ft (1-2m) high.

If you are able to fly on regular commercial flights, you should have no problems on any of the programmed flights. The AN-74 is a simple yet reliable and comfortable jet aircraft and the MI-8 helicopter, though plain inside, meets all safety requirements.

Challenges

  • Temperatures to -4F to -25F (-25 to -30C)
  • Uneven snow and ice surfaces

Forms

Please contact us for forms and other booking information.

Our Commitment to Safety

Your safety is very important to us and we work closely with you to make sure you are well prepared for your Antarctic Experience.

All our activities are subject to detailed risk management and contingency planning that allow for the remote and harsh Antarctic environment. Our preparations include detailed emergency planning and equipment to deal with all eventualities.

Our team are known for their experience and expertise and we encourage a culture of safety by providing training and support. Our Union Glacier camp has a basic medical clinic staffed by a doctor and medic who specialize in emergency and remote medicine. We keep a 24-hour watch during our operating season and are ready to respond - day or night - in case of emergency.

We maintain other camp facilities and pre-placed fuel caches in the interior of Antarctica to support our flights. Established procedures and communication protocols and continued investment in equipment and technology all contribute to safe and enjoyable Experiences.

Environmental Ethic

IAATO logoANI’s mission is to set the highest possible environmental standards and to use best practices. We believe in responsible and sustainable tourism where our guests leave Antarctica with a greater appreciation of its remarkable natural values.

We encourage a culture of environmental stewardship through training and our activities are planned to have the minimum effect on the environment.