A day before: meeting at Longyearbyen airport, transfer to guesthouse.
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.
10:00 Training trip in the Longyearbyen surrounding. Overnight at the guesthouse.
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.
Transfer to the airport, custom duties, 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. Dinner. Overnight at the expedition tents (1 tent accommodates 2 persons).
days 5th to 11th
Ski trek to the North Pole, overnight sleeping in the expedition tents on the drifting ice. The start point will be decided in dependence 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!
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.
The North Pole Certificate ceremony. Time and place are to be discussed with expedition participants and announced in advance. Night at the hotel.
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.