North Pole Deluxe takes you to the top of the world in style and comfort. Two jet flights, two helicopter flights and a night at Barneo Ice Camp give you the deluxe version of North Pole travel.
Meet in Longyearbyen and check in to hotel. Preparation, packing, equipment check. Formal expedition briefing.
Morning flight to Barneo Ice Camp. Orientation, settle in. Helicopter to North Pole, remain 2 hours. Return to Barneo, stay the night.
Breakfast, local tours, afternoon flight to Longyearbyen, transfer to hotel.
After supplying you with your Arctic clothing we depart Longyearbyen in Spitsbergen (Norway) on the 2.5 hour Antonov-74 jet flight to Barneo Ice Camp where you are welcomed by your Icetrek representative. Located at approximately 89.20 degrees north, Barneo is a temporary Russian station that caters for the exclusive band of travelers that visit the North Pole every year. It will be your home for the next two days.
You will be escorted to your heated accommodation tent where you can make yourself at home. The tent is expansive and equipped with bunks and mattresses – a warm and comfortable haven. At first opportunity we will fly in the Mi-8 helicopter 40 minutes to the North Pole. To stand at the apex of the earth is a unique opportunity and you have two hours to soak up the experience. This enigmatic region is like no other on our planet; a frozen ocean where pressured ice and leads of open water dominate the landscape; where the skies are graced with 24-hour daylight; the point at which so much exploration history rests. The North Pole has a rich history and your guide will be happy to relate stories of struggle and achievement from centuries of Arctic exploration. Your guide can also take you on a short walk or you can simply spend your time filming, photographing and soaking up the experience.
We return to Barneo for a celebratory dinner and evening of chatting with explorers, scientists, guides and pilots from all over the world. The communal mess tent is the hub of social activities. Music, conversation, lectures and a souvenir shop are all found in this cocoon of warmth.
The following day you can relax in the comforts of camp or go on a local walk with your guide. After lunch you can stand by the runway and watch the AN-74 arrive; a landing on ice is always a spectacle and a highlight of camp roiutine. The jet delivers a new band of adventurers and returns you to Longyearbyen.
North Pole Deluxe; the perfect tour for those short on time but high on adventure.
There are flights with SAS and Norwegian Air almost daily from Oslo to Longyearbyen.
Can I leave bags in Longyearbyen? Yes. We have a secure storage facility in Longyearbyen where you can leave bags.
What should I wear on the flight from Longyearbyen to Barneo Ice Camp? You will be briefed in Longyearbyen on exactly what to wear and bring on the flight to Barneo Ice Camp. Usual airline restrictions apply.
How long is the flight to Barneo? The flight from Longyearbyen to Barneo takes around 2.5 hours.
Should I take money and my passport to Barneo? Barneo sells alcohol and souvenirs in Euro. You do not need to bring your passport however there are often stamps available to add to your passport.
What will be the temperature on arrival at Barneo? The temperature at Barneo in April will be anywhere from -15 to -40C, 5 to -40F
What are the sleeping arrangements at Barneo? Large heated sleeping tents can accommodate 16 people each. Camp beds with sleeping bags and pillows are provided.
How long is the helicopter flight to the the North Pole? This depends on the location of Barneo which is a drift station. On average the flight from Barneo to 90° is 45 minutes.
How do we know when we are at the North Pole? The helicopter pilots use GPS to find the North Pole, exactly 90°.
What is the thickness of the Arctic Ocean ice? On average Barneo, situated on the frozen Arctic Ocean, is placed on ice 1.7 to 1.8 m thick.*
What food is served at Barneo? You can find our menu here
What if there is an emergency and how does Barneo communicate with the outside world? In the event of an emergency the Antonov plane based at Longyearbyen can be tasked at short notice to fly to Barneo. Two helicopters and a doctor are based at Barneo. Barneo uses Iridium satellite telephones to communicate daily with the outside world.