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North Pole ski expedition “Challenge“
(11 days\10 nights)
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  • Reach the North Pole, the dream of generations of explorers!
  • Witness the abundant wildlife in stunning setting of snow and ice!
  • Fly over the icebound sea and enjoy the immense polar landscape!
  • Visit the historic sites of the first polar expeditions!
Dates: April 13-23. 2010

A day before: meeting at Longyearbyen airport, transfer to guesthouse.

Day 1.
Meeting with guide, collection of your expedition clothing kit, check-out your individual and group gear, general instruction.
Preparation to the training trip and packing the sledges.
19:00 Introductory dinner.
Overnight at the guesthouse.

Arctic tent  To feel Ice Ocean water

Day 2.
10:00 Training trip in the Longyearbyen surrounding.
Overnight at the guesthouse.

Checking GPS coordinates hummock

Day 3.
16:00 Information meeting, where our staff will brief you on the situation at the Barneo region, planned departure time and answer your questions.
Packing the expedition sledges.
Overnight at the guesthouse.

Day 4.
Transfer to the airport, security check, boarding.
Flight from Longyearbyen to Barneo (approx. flight duration: 2 hrs 30 min).
Acquaintance with Barneo Ice Camp, located at 89 degree North.
Lunch in Barneo mess-tent.
Pitching the expedition camp at Barneo site.
Overnight at the expedition tents (1 tent accommodates 2 persons).

Days 5-8.
Testing our endurance: Ski trek to the North Pole, overnights in the expedition tents on the drifting ice. The start point will be set at about 50 km from the North Pole, depending on the ice conditions.

The typical day of the ski expedition :

The key to just about everything on these expeditions is organization. You need a systemized way of packing, cooking, getting ready for bed - even dressing every morning! The morning usually begins around 7 AM as people wake up, shake off their drowziness, and start their stoves. Melting your day's supply of water and eating breakfast is the major event of the morning. When that's finished you begin the process of breaking camp and packing your sled. A couple of hours later, when camp is broken down and packed snugly in the sleds the real fun begins!
Setting a steady pace, the team will head towards their goal - the North or South Poles. Along the way they may encounter Polar challenges, such as pressure ridges or open water or relentless headwinds. Finding a way to rise above these challenges is all a part of the hard work and exhilaration of traveling in the Polar regions. Every hour or so the team will stop for a short break - a chance to dring some tea and eat on high calorie snacks. Staying hydrated and well fed is critical to maintaining your warmth and energy levels.
Under the 24 hour sunlight, we'll make camp after a full day of skiing. Once we've established camp, tents go up and the stoves are started for the ongoing job of melting water. Dinner is a well-earned opportunity to relax and socialize with other expedition members. The evening is also a good time to read or write in your journal about the days events (bring a pencil for this as pens often freeze!). To prepare for bed you need to go through your nighly ritual of ensuring important gear, such as your boot liners, are dry and placed somewhere warm (like in your sleeping bag). Once everything is appropriately stowed away and secure for the night, it's time to hit the sack!

Geografic point of the NP 

Day 9.
On the arrival at the top of the globe we will celebrate it, and you can make a short phone call to your friends or relatives via satellite phone. We will spend a few hours nearby the Pole before helicopter takes us back to Barneo Ice Camp.
Dinner in the Barneo mess-tent.
Flight from Barneo to Longyearbyen on the AN-74 aircraft (approx. flight duration 2 h 30 min). Transfer to your hotel. Night at the hotel.

Day 10.

The North Pole Certificate ceremony. Time and place are to be discussed with expedition participants and announced in advance. Night at the hotel.

Day 11.
Free time. You have a chance to take part in Svalbard entertainment programmes (for additional costs, advance booking required). Transfer to the airport for your flight home. End of our service.


EUR 22800,- p.p.

Price includes:

•  Meeting at the Longyearbyen airport (Spitsbergen, Norway);
•  2 transfers airport-hotel-airport;
•  Introductory dinner in Longyearbyen;
•  Training tour in the Longyearbyen surrounding;
•  Aircraft flights Longyearbyen – Barneo – Longyearbyen;
•  Helicopter flights according to the programme;
•  Using Barneo facilities;
•  Full catering at Barneo Ice Camp and on the trek;
•  Disposable plates, spoons, forks and cups at Barneo (2 sets per visiting a mess-tent per person);
•  Personal polar expedition clothes kit (please, see Equipment check-list);
•  Rent of the safety equipment (communication, navigation aid, weapon);
•  Rent of the skis with binding and ski poles;
•  Rent of the cargo sledge and tent;
•  Rent of the other group gear;
•  Stove fuel;
•  1 satellite phone call from the North Pole (2 min maximum, if battery capacity is sufficient);
•  Certificate of the North Pole visit;
•  Festive ceremony at Longyearbyen;
•  Guides;
•  Accommodation in the heated tents at Barneo and full catering at Barneo Camp before departure to Longyearbyen (in case the group completed expedition before the time;
•  50 kilos of luggage.

Price does not include:

•  Travel costs from your place of residence to Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen, Norway) and back;
•  Accommodation in Longyearbyen;
•  Catering in Longyearbyen;
•  Transfers in Longyearbyen (excl. airport-hotel-airport for travel home and hotel-airport-hotel for travel to the North Pole);
•  Activities in Longyearbyen (dog-sledge rides, tours to the glacier, excursion to the coal mine, depending on the weather);
•  Alcohol drinks;
•  Full medical-evacuation insurance with minimum coverage for evacuation – 50,000 Euro, required;
•  Insurance against full or partial cancellation of the expedition, luggage insurance, life insurance (strongly recommended);
•  Private belongings;
•  All the unforeseen costs related to the flights delays;
•  Souvenirs and postal expenses;
•  Overweight luggage – 20 Euro/kilo.

Outdoor equipment for NP ski expedition

You should bring your own:

•  Plastic mug with press-on cap : 1

•  Strong plastic spoon :1

•  Plastic bowl of 2-3 cups capacity :1

•  Knife :1

•  Carabiners : 2 standard

•  Sunglasses or goggles 100% UV & IR :1

•  Sun cream: SPF 40 large tube

•  Hygienic lipstick: SPF 40, at least 2 pieces

•  Personal medical kit: medicine, you normally take, along with aspirin, plaster, bandage, etc.

•  Personal hygienic kit incl. toilet paper, toothbrush, etc.

•  Wide-mouthed plastic bottle for using as an urinal in the night: 1

•  Large bag or rucksack for your gear: 1 or 2

•  Casual look garment for civilized places


Received from us and becomes your property:

•  Thin underwear made of Polycolon: 2 sets

•  Expedition thermal underwear made of Power Stretch: 1 set

•  Polartec 200 jacket and trousers: 1 set

•  Storm shell jacket and pants: 1 set

•  Warm coat and trousers with Thinsulate insulation: 1 set

•  Light hat with Windstopper membrane: 1

•  Hat for sleeping: 1

•  Windstopper pile hat: 1

•  Polycolon balaclava: 1

•  Thick expedition socks: 2 pairs

•  Expedition footwear: 1 pair

•  Thinsulate shoes for using in tent: 1 pair

•  Expedition mittens: 1 pair

•  Thinsulate mittens: 1 pair

•  WindPro gloves: 1 pair

•  Individual sleeping bag liner: 1

•  40 L backpack: 1

•  6 mm rope: 10 m


Free rented from us :

•  Expedition tent: 1 for two persons

•  Ski with binding: 1 pair

•  Ski poles: 1 pair

•  Cargo sledge: 1

•  Expedition class (-30 C°) sleeping bag

•  Sleeping mats 40 mm

•  Cooking stove with fuel, cooking utensils

•  Litter bags


Other useful things you might bring:

•  Chemical hand- and foot-warmer bags

•  Neoprene face mask

•  Compression stuff bags

•  Photo and video equipment



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