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North Pole - Helicopter to 90 degrees North

4 days

from $16,700pp (excluding flights)

Lying 89 degrees north, Barneo Ice Camp is one of the most unique North Pole experiences available.

For those wanting a short but spectacular travel experience, this is it. Fly to the North Pole by a Mi8 helicopter and celebrate with a glass of champagne and a satellite phone call to anywhere in the world you choose. You have just one hour to capture it all.

The Barneo Ice Camp was originally built as a drifting polar bear research station, but it is often used by scientists, adventurers and extreme sports enthusiasts so rest assure you will have some interesting dinner companions.   Accommodation is in dormitory style tents, sleeping up to 12 people in each. The maximum number of guests on the camp is 28.  Despite temperatures outside being as low as minus 30 C, the tents are heated to 18 C.

Lectures on polar exploration and presentations on the history, geography and wildlife of the Arctic will be also be given. 

2017 Departures

13 – 15 April

2018 DEPARTURES

13 – 15 April

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights $Flight cost from 
$ 22545 $ 675
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

PLEASE NOTE THE COST SHOWN INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK, BASED ON AN APPROXIMATE AIR FARE. PLEASE ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT FOR AN ACCURATE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT QUOTE. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Oslo

Fly Oslo to Longyearbyen


The former mining town of Longyearbyen offers the Svalbard Museum and the North Pole Expedition Museum, both located close to The University Centre. The nearby Svalbard Gallery houses an interesting collection of artwork, maps, books and notes. Keen birders can make their way to the bay, a wonderful place to look for waders. A short stroll away is the infamous polar bear warning sign, while the tiny Svalbard Church is located on the far side of the valley.


Arrival
Upon arrival in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. After settling in to your hotel, there will be a briefing about Barneo Ice Camp. You will be updated on current camp conditions, expedition details, and your departure the following day to 89° north.

This evening there will be a welcome dinner and afterwards guests will be supplied with additional kit for the expedition (boots, parka).


You will be staying at Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Barneo Ice Camp & the North Pole
This morning transfer to the airport and board the special Antonov AN-74 aircraft for a two an a half hour flight to Barneo. One of the unique thrills of this expedition is landing on the ice runway at Barneo, a temporary air strip constructed on the polar ice cap each year, and the only facility that allows external access to the base. Barneo is a functioning research base for scientists and it's always a hive of activity with fascinating guests. Shortly after arriving at camp, lunch will be served.

After lunch it is destination - North Pole. Prepare for the 30 minute Mi8 helicopter flight to the northernmost point on earth. At the North Pole there is only ice, the Arctic Ocean is approximately two and a half miles deep at this point. Weather conditions are closely monitored and the flight will be scheduled accordingly, the aim will be to land at 90° north. Once there, it is time to savour the moment, you will have approximately an hour for a celebratory drink, walk around the world, and take photos before returning to camp.

Day 3

Return to Longyearbyen
After a relaxing breakfast, there will be a little time to wander around the camp and take in the last moments of the pristine surroundings before bidding farewell to Barneo Ice Camp and returning to Longyearbyen. In Longyearbyen you may wish to visit the museum, shop for souvenirs, or just walk through the town.


You will be staying at Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Fly Longyearbyen to Oslo

Fly Oslo to London

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