Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- 3 days in length
- Only 1 departure per year (April)
- Starts and finishes in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, only 2.5 hours north by plane to Barneo Camp
- Travel from Svalbard to Barneo by Antonov AN-74 aircraft and then Mi8 helicopter to the North Pole
- Includes an overnight stay at Barneo Ice Camp, one of the trip’s main highlights
- Loan of cold-weather gear and boots during your trip
Day 1 - Arrive Longyearbyen, Norway
Welcome to Longyearbyen, Svalbard! 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 degrees north. This evening the group will get together for a welcome dinner.
Day 2 - Barneo Ice Camp and North Pole
Transfer to the airport and board the special Antonov AN-74 aircraft for the approximately 2.5 hour flight to Barneo. One of the unique thrills of this expedition is landing on the ice runway at Barneo, a seasonal air strip constructed on the polar ice cap each year, and the only facility that allows external access to the base. Shortly after arriving at camp, you'll have lunch and an introductory briefing will be conducted. Barneo is a functioning research base for scientists and adventurers from around the world, and it's always a hive of activity.
After lunch, it's destination - North Pole! The excitement mounts as you prepare for your Mi8 helicopter flight to the northernmost point on earth. Here there is only ice, and the Arctic Ocean is approximately 2.5 miles (4 km) deep at this point. Weather conditions are closely monitored, and the flight will be scheduled accordingly. The flight will aim to land at 90 degrees north. Once there, savour the moment - pose for pictures, walk around the world together, take it all in. You'll spend about an hour here - walking, celebrating, and capturing those moments on camera - before the approx. 30 minute helicopter flight back to camp.
Tonight, following dinner, you'll rest up in your heated tent. Each co-ed tent houses 10-12 guests and is equipped with camp beds.
Day 3 - Return to Longyearbyen
After breakfast, you'll have some time to wander around the camp and take in the last moments of your pristine surroundings before you bid farewell to Barneo Ice Camp and return to Longyearbyen. In Longyearbyen you may wish to visit the museum, shop for souvenirs, or just walk through the town, before you depart.
NOTE: Please be aware that this itinerary is for guidance only and that a flexible approach is required due to local weather and/ or ice conditions.
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.
This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $13,800 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.
The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.
Dates of operation may be altered due to weather and ice conditions. Please bear this in mind when making international flight arrangements. Consider purchasing flexible, changeable airline tickets, or booking a one-way flight home after completing the expedition, to help reduce ticket change fees. These delays may not be covered by travel insurance.
Trip interruption and cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.
At date of embarkation, the minimum age restriction of 8 years and a minimum height and weight requirement of 64 lbs or 29kg and 48" or 1.2 meters must be met.
- Flight Longyearbyen/ Barneo camp return
- Helicopter flights Barneo/ North Pole return
- Accommodation at Barneo based on full board
- Guided throughout by an Expedition staff
- Complimentary parka jacket & loan of insulated boots
- Air travel to and from Longyearbyen, Svalbard
- Any trip pre/ post extensions or late departure transfers
- Items of a personal nature, e.g. laundry & communications
- Staff gratuities
- Travel insurance
- Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses
- Airport arrival or departure taxes