Things to know about the North Pole

  • When you get to 90 degrees north you will be standing on ice 6-10 feet thick, at the point at which all lines of longitude converge, above an ocean 13,000 feet deep
  • Only around 1,000 people a year reach this point
  • You can get there on a nuclear powered ice-breaker
  • The Pole is around 700 miles from the nearest land
  • While there is not much wildlife at the Pole itself you are likely to see polar bears, seals, walrus, whales and plenty of birds along the way

How to get to the North Pole


Though inaccessible for most of the year, it is possible to travel to the North Pole to bag those sought-after bragging rights during June and July when the ice is thinner, or in April if travelling via helicopter. 

The start and end point for all North Pole voyages is Helsinki in Finland, from which you fly by charter plane to Murmansk, a city in Northwest Russia where the ship is based. Travelling via icebreaker ship from Murmansk is the favourite route for most visitors. Crush through multi-year ice to reach 90 degrees north where you can disembark, stand atop 13,000 ft of Arctic ocean and gaze at a mosaic of ice sheets. Find more on North Pole cruises here

For those who are don't have time to make this voyage, you can fly to Svalbard and travel to the North Pole via helicopter (in April only), an experience like no other. Witness the world of white below you and touch down where all lines of longitude come together. 

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