How quickly time flies! It seems like just yesterday that this expedition was more than a year off. Now it is just around the corner!
Our 2014 Full South Pole Ski Expedition using the Messner Route will kick off in Punta Arenas on November 16. After several days of preparations the team will depart for Antarctica on November 21.
We invite you to follow their progress, hear about their triumphs and struggles and learn about Antarctica!
This blog will officially start on November 16, 2014, so check back soon!
Meet the hearty team members of our 2014 Full South Pole Ski Expedition.
PolarExplorers' North Pole 10 K Ski Expedition selected as one "The World's 50 Most Extraordinary and Memorable Travel Experiences"
By Chris Santella
Few travelers are prepared to mush 475 miles through temperatures of -35 degrees Fahrenheit (and colder) to reach the North Pole as explorer Robert Peary and his partner Matthew Henson did in 1909 - and as Rick Sweitzer did in 1992. Thanks to Sweitzer and the adventure travel company PolarExplorers, you can participate in a miniature North Pole expedition that distills the thrill of reaching the top of the world in the course of a 5-day adventure via jet, helicopter and cross country skis.
Your expedition begins in Oslo, Norway, with a reception at the Fram Museum, which is devoted to the history of polar exploration. After a night at the Hotel Continental, you'll rise early for a two-and-a-half hour flight to Longyearbyen, a selltement on the island of Spitsbergen. Spitsbergen is 400 miles north of the northernost point in Europe. Though isolated by anyone's standards (the island has been chosen by the Nowegian government to house a doomsday seed bank), Longyearbyen is surprisingly well appointed with fine lodging and eateries, thanks to the cola mining operations that were established here in the early twentieth century, and to the town's more recent emergence as the gateway to Arctic adventure.