North Pole Flights / Night at the North Pole

We have been organizing and guiding North Pole Flights for over 20 years and the best part is that it's never the same experience twice!

Following in the footsteps of aviation's greatest pioneers you'll embark on an incredible journey by air to the North Pole. Your adventure begins in the bustling Arctic village of Longyearbyen, Norway. Located well above the Arctic Circle, Longyearbyen is a delightful village with all the comforts of home. Our dash to the North Pole starts with a charter flight to the floating Barneo Ice Station, located roughly 20-60 miles from the North Pole (flight time approximately 2.5 hours from Longyearbyen).

From Barneo you'll board a helicopter for the final leg to the top of the world. Once at the North Pole we'll celebrate with photos to document your arrival, champagne toasts and a call home from the top of the world. You never know what might be going on at the North Pole during your visit. It could be quiet, with nothing to look at but the sculpted snow and ice of the Polar Sea or there may be sky divers landing, expedition teams arriving, or a couple getting married. Depending on the itinerary you choose you may opt to return to Longyearbyen, spend the Night at the North Pole or spend a night at the Barneo Ice Station. Whatever itinerary you choose we'll help you make the most of your visit to the top of the world. Ask our knowledgeable guides about this trip here.

 

  • Itinerary
  • Equipment List
  • Qualifications
  • Dates & Rates
  • Trip Insurance
  • Testimonials
  • Blogs

North Pole Flight Itinerary

Pre-expedition
Arrive in Longyearbyen
Day 1
The morning is yours to explore the village or participate in one of the many guided snowmobile or dogsled tours that depart daily. We can make recommendations for dining and activities to maximize your free time in town. A pre-flight briefing is scheduled for the afternoon.
Day 2
Weather permitting, you'll fly to 89 degrees North and touchdown at the Barneo Ice Camp. You'll be invited into the heated tents and welcomed to Barneo. This is one of the most unusual basecamps in the world.
Your trip to the North Pole will take place via MI-8 helicopter that is stationed at Barneo. The 20-40 minute flight will land you as close as possible to the geographic North Pole, where all time zones converge and every direction is south. A grand celebration will take place, including champagne toasts, dozens of photographs to document your arrival and a call home from the top of the world. The duration of our visit is largely determined by weather conditions and will likely last between 45 minutes to 2 hours.
Participants on our North Pole Flight with Overnight at Barneo will settle in for a cozy "night" on the ice. Of course "night-time" is only a word at this time of year you will actually be sleeping under the 24 hour sunlight of the polar spring.  Darkened sleeping tents aid with your sleeping. Around the camp expeditioners from around the world may be preparing for their attempts to reach the North Pole by ski, dogsled, parachute, or scuba. And researchers from all corners of the globe may be conducting research. There is never a dull moment at Barneo! All meals will be provided during your stay at Barneo.
Participants on the North Pole Same Day Flight will return to Longyearbyen and be transferred to their hotel. This is the official end of the expedition.
Day 3
Participants on our North Pole Flight with Overnight at Barneo will wake up and dress in warm clothing for the short walk across camp to the mess tent for breakfast. You will spend the morning at Barneo, preparing for your departure and saying good-bye to new friends. You may want to take one more trek around to photograph this historically significant basecamp, and to soak up the sites and sounds of the polar pack ice. The return flight to Longyearbyen usually gets you back in time for an evening meal and festivities. This is the official end of the expedition.

***Flight itinerary availability varies year to year. We organize and guide flight expeditions every year, but each itinerary is not always available every year. Please check with us for additional details.

North Pole Flight: Equipment List

Upon registration, you will receive a PolarExplorers comprehensive gear guide that explains the importance of each item as well as gear recommendations from our past participants.

  • 1 insulated parka with hood
  • 1 pair insulated pants
  • 1 pair snow pack ski boots (bring your own or rent this item from PolarExplorers)
  • 1 pair wool, silk, or synthetic long underwear tops and bottoms. NO COTTON!
  • 2 pair heavy wool or synthetic socks
  • 1 wool or fleece sweater (mid weight)
  • 1 wool or fleece sweater (heavy weight)
  • 1 wool or fleece hat (provided by PolarExplorers - yours to keep!)
  • 1 neck gaiter
  • 1 pair wool or synthetic gloves
  • 1 pair wool or fleece mittens
  • 1 pair sunglasses or snow goggles
  • Casual clothing for lodge (shirt, pants, socks, pajamas, underwear, etc.)
  • Casual but sturdy shoes for lodge and wearing around Longyearbyen
  • 1 pair slippers for inside buildings in Longyearbyen
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, etc.)
  • Personal medications (with prescription for customs!)
  • Luggage locks

North Pole Flight Qualifications

Our North Pole Flights are for people who want to experience the North Pole, but don't have the time, energy or funding to do a full expedition.

People on our flights have ranged in age from 1 to 81 years! All of these trips require that you can climb several stairs into and out of the plane as well as being able to walk across the uneven terrain of the pack ice. We can assist you as necessary.

Contact us for more information on this fabulous trip of a lifetime here.

North Pole Flight Dates & Rates

Tentative 2018 Dates

April 12-15, 2018

2018 pricing:

€ 17,900

A 25% deposit will hold your space. Payment in full is due by December 1, 2017. Lodging and meals in Longyearbyen are not included. Must arrive in Longyearbyen at least one full day prior to the first expedition activities.

Expedition Trip Insurance

Trip cancellation insurance is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for every PolarExplorers expedition.

Medical Evacuation insurance with a minimum coverage of $300,000 USD is REQUIRED on every PolarExplorers expedition.

Ensure that your policy covers your activity, destination and any pre-existing medical conditions (to cover pre-existing medical conditions you may need to purchase your policy within 14 days or less of your initial deposit).

If you are mountaineering check that the policy covers roped technical mountain travel and the elevation limit that you will have.

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Ripcord Insurance (For non-US residents use the Offer Code "ripcordintl" which will enable you to receive quotes and/or purchase policies.) If your expedition is more than USD $30,000 you may need to send an email to: ClientServices@redpointresolutions.com or call them at +1 617-307-4636

If you live in the USA you have additional options. 

Travelex Insurance - Choose the TRAVEL SELECT policy and add the ADVENTURE PLUS PAK to receive appropriate medical evacuation coverage.

Travel Guard has comprehensive policies that include trip cancellation or you can purchase a Single Trip Medical Evacuation Important! You must include the optional Adventure Sports coverage upgrade if you are climbing any mountains or traveling in rope teams. (Pre-existing medical coverage is not available with this policy.)

PolarExplorers North Pole Flights Testimonials

Larry KoplinI also appreciate all the "extra" touches you used to make us much more entertained, comfortable and happy; especially the golf, dogsledding, skiing, treats, cheeses, and of course the wine and Grand Khaan vodka. The stories are fun to tell and it was all made so much better due to your wonderful organization and cheerful leadership. I had the best time....ever!

Larry Koplan

We had a GREAT time. Thank you for offering such an opportunity. Not only going to the North Pole but the activities in beautiful Svalbard were top drawer. We have no complaints and many thanks.

Bonnie Wade

Bob SpeharThis was a great experience. Outstanding leadership & travel companions. I was totally satisfied.

Bob Spehar

  • Vatnajökull Expedition - A final farewell from Reykjavik!

    The team arrived back in Reykjavik this afternoon, looking forward to their final celebration dinner.  More showers ("hand sanitizer only goes so far" was overheard from one of the group), drying out clothing and gear, sleeping on a mattress, eating real food... all most appreciated and very well deserved.  Huge congratulations to all team members!!  We'll let them speak for themselves on their accomplishments and wish everyone safe travels home, till their next adventure!  Thanks to all for following along and we look forward to seeing you on another expedition! If you think you might enjoy this expedition for yourself why not join our 2018 team? Read more here

     

    Written on Tuesday, 23 May 2017 23:21 in 2017 Vatnajökull Expedition
  • Vatnajökull Expedition - A Challenging but satisfying last day

    The team awoke to hard driving rain which started around 4 AM and did not let up all day.  They broke camp around 8 AM and had an extremely challenging day descending the glacier in the driving rain.  They were only able to ski for the first 200 metres, then had to switch to walking.  The first 2 hours they had snow, then it changed to bare ice for the remainder of the descent.  The conditions were such that their sleds were either sliding ahead of them or hitting them in the ankles.  If they put the brake on the sled, it would get stuck in the ice or cause so much friction that it was nearly impossible to maneuver.  They were able to enjoy some incredible landscape, having a lateral moraine on their right for much of the descent and seeing a number of moulins (a moulin or glacier mill is a roughly circular, vertical to nearly vertical well-like shaft within a glacier or ice sheet which water enters from the surface. The term is derived from the French word for mill, per Wikipedia)  Everything and everyone was soaking wet- whenever the sleds tipped over, water poured out.  Imagine trying to control a water filled sled on solid ice on a steep descent while trying to maintain one's own balance...   Needless to say, when they reached the bottom, everyone was absolutely elated- as well they should be!!  

    They were picked up near the bottom of the glacier and had a spectacular 4 wheel drive from the edge of the glacier onto Highway 1.  When they reached their lodging, everyone thoroughly enjoyed a hot shower and a celebratory dinner.  Their rooms are draped with soaking wet clothing on every available surface and hanging area.  The theme for the day was "wet, slippery and exciting"!  They were too tired to call in an audio update for the blog but promise that they will leave a group update tomorrow so be sure to check back.

    The forecast for tomorrow is for more rain...  But they'll be getting a protected ride to Reykjavik for their final night of well deserved celebration before heading home.

    The last day of our ski trek across Vatnajökull

    The photo does not capture the driving sheets of rain but does give a sense of the challenging conditions

    Skiing down the last bit of Vatnajokull Glacier

    Eric Rutherford's smile definitely captures the sense of accomplishment!

    Want to join our 2018 Vatnajökull Expedition? Read more about it here.

    Written on Monday, 22 May 2017 22:47 in 2017 Vatnajökull Expedition
  • Vatnajökull Expedition - Smooth descent despite lack of visibility

    The team called in from N 64° 08.243, W 016° 27.158.  They are hanging out in their tents, having just finished dinner and a poetry reading session (Robert Service always a favorite on all PolarExplorers expeditions!).  They are around 10 km from the edge of the glacier.  They had a fairly leisurely morning, starting on trail around 10 AM.   Overnight the winds were quite strong as had been forecast but they were comfortable in the protected campsite they had chosen with their wind walls. 

    In the morning, the weather was beautiful with bright sun but they could see the weather moving in over the mountains.  They passed some beautiful ice falls and saw some lenticular cloud patterns that were stunning (see photo below) Around mid-day the clouds moved in to fully envelope them, they had 20' visibility at times and the snow became soft and wet as they were going down some steep inclines.  They alternated between skis and boots.  They stayed roped together all day as they were in crevasse territory.  They could see some crevasses in the distance but fortunately did not have any close encounters.  The temperature was around 20° F in the morning, increasing throughout the day to above freezing.  They did find that they had to shed some layers in order avoid over-heating.

    They plan to get an early start in the morning and will get picked up around mid-day at the edge of the glacier.  All are looking forward to eating real food tomorrow!  They did express concern that the blog may be making this expedition sound too easy so be sure to listen to (or read the transcription) of Eric's audio update belowLaughing...

    Beautiful clouds on our Ski traverse of Vatnajökull

    Hello friends, family and followers.  This is Eric calling in from another day on the Vatnajokull Glacier here in Iceland.  It’s our second to last day actually.  We had a beautiful start to the day- bright and sunny as we started to descend down from the top of the glacier.  About halfway down, the clouds moved in and visibility went to almost nothing.  We traveled for about 7 hours, roped up the entire way, covering something like 15 kilometers, and now we are in our tents, and we're close enough to the road where we got a few bars of cell reception and were able to read the blog updates and heard how easy our expedition has been, but I just want to set the record straight.  This has been incredibly challenging and we have each saved each other's lives at least 5 times.  And it's been perhaps the hardest thing that all of us have ever done.  The weather has been trying, and this has just been an epic expedition all around.  So I know it sounds like we've been having fun, but it's really just been brutal and epic and challenging.  And Annie says fun, but for me just epic and brutal and challenging.  So we'll be back in civilization tomorrow if all goes according to plan.  So we will touch base then and thanks for following along.

    Does this expedition sound fun to you? Want to join our 2018 Vatnajökull Expedition? Read more about it here.

    Written on Sunday, 21 May 2017 21:12 in 2017 Vatnajökull Expedition
  • Vatnajökull Expedition - Great day, beautiful campsite

    The team just called in from N 64° 07.548, W 016° 40.767.  They woke up to a nice cool morning and had a fairly relaxed start, waking at 7 AM, then snoozing till 7:30.   They had a nice ski and traveled about 19 km.  At the last stop, they put on their harnesses and roped up as they were heading into crevasse territory.  They will remain roped up for the remainder of the expedition.

    They found a beautiful spot to camp, looking out across a glacial valley with mountains all around.  They had an outdoor kitchen and dinner again tonight.  There was rather a smorgasbord for dinner tonight with fried bread with butter and cheese and soups for appetizers, entrees ranged from spaghetti to pepper steak to chicken teriyaki.

    The forecast is for strong winds tonight but they should be in a protected area and built some good wind walls.  Rob built an absolutely spectacular loo for the night- truly a work of modern art per Annie.  Hoping they may send some pictures...

    All are in very good spirits, despite a few sunburned lips.  But that is the extent of the discomfort so all good!  They are looking forward to another good day tomorrow as they continue their descent.

    On the way down...

    Transcription of audio update for those following on mobile devices:

    Hello, this is Annie calling from Vatnajokull where we have a beautiful campsite tonight overlooking a glacial valley with spectacular views.  Everybody's doing really good. We are tired after a really nice day. Everybody else is in bed actually, enjoying the comfort of their sleeping bags. We had a nice outdoor kitchen again tonight where we had dinner looking out over the glacier and over the mountains. We covered some good mileage and the exciting thing is that we put on all of our glacial travel kit, our harnesses and used the ropes and we'll be using those, we’ll be roped up for the rest of the trip. We're looking forward to a good day tomorrow, and we will be reporting in tomorrow night, so I hope you're enjoying following our expedition, and we look forward to talking to you soon. Bye-bye.

    Want to join our 2018 Vatnajökull Expedition? Read more about it here.

    Written on Saturday, 20 May 2017 21:31 in 2017 Vatnajökull Expedition
  • Vatnajökull Expedition - Awesome day with some sledding

    The team's current location is N 64° 14.737, W 016° 53.195. They had great weather today with minimal wind in the morning, then calm the remainder of the day. The temperature was around 20° F (by the way, yesterday's "below zero" temp was Celcius- it was around -10°C (14° F) whereas today was -6.7° C, 20° F). A lot of the day was downhill with areas large enough to sled down on their sleds (a bit of team competition arose per Eric Rutherford's audio update below...). They traveled 28 km in total. They enjoyed their dinner outside and had a fabulous evening. They reported clear skies with sunny views. They are well rested and ready for tomorrow.

    Inside the Grimsfjall Hut on Vatnajokull

    Cozy in the hut

    Our outdoor kitchen on Vatnajokull

    Eric sitting in the outdoor kitchen

    Eric Rutherford's audio update for those following on mobile devices:
    Hello, this is Eric Rutherford from the Polar Exploration Iceland Expedition. May 19th about 8:30. We left the Grimsfall Hut this morning around 9:45. We had a super fantastic day. This morning, I raced my friend Rob. We got on the sleds and were laughing like little kids. And then we had a beautiful day. We drank a lot and couldn't ask for a better time. May 19, 2017. We did about 28 km. Thank you\

    Want to join our 2018 Vatnajökull Expedition? Read more about it here.

     

    Written on Friday, 19 May 2017 21:03 in Expedition Updates
  • Vatnajökull Expedition - A well deserved layover day
    The team enjoyed a well deserved rest day in the hut.  They reviewed crevasse rescue and glacier travel technique.  They ate a lot and swapped stories (with this group of explorers, there are of course many amazing stories!)  They thoroughly enjoyed the sauna.  It was a very restorative day which they so deserved after the first two. 
    The weather was very windy, 50 mph at times, and partly cloudy.  The temperatures were below freezing but with the wind it felt a lot colder.
    They will be back on the trail tomorrow and are all really looking forward to it.
     

     
    Due to the quality of satellite reception and John's marvelous New Zealand accent, we regret that we're not able to provide a quality transcription.  We encourage you to look at this blog update from a PC vs. mobile device and it will come through clearly.
    Written on Thursday, 18 May 2017 21:41 in 2017 Vatnajökull Expedition
  • Vatnajökull Expedition - At Grimsfjall Hut!

    The team successfully reached the Grimsfall Hut today after 10 long hours of travel!  They started at 8:45 AM and arrived at 6:45 PM.  They traveled 28 km in a series of 6 pushes with 15 minute breaks in between each push.  Though a long day, they were on a mission to reach the hut.  Everyone is obviously very pumped and excited that they reached their goal!  (Click on today's blog title to see the full dispatch including audio update)

    Written on Wednesday, 17 May 2017 22:29 in 2017 Vatnajökull Expedition
  • Vatnajökull Expedition - On the glacier!
    The team just called in from location N 64° 21.364, W 17° 46.763.
     
    They reported that after a strong and wet storm last night, they started very early with an "Alpine start" at 3:30 AM. The plan was to spend the time while the glacier was still hard and compact to find a way across a glacier runoff river. After 5 hours of travel and only 4 km of distance, they were able to cross the running water without getting boots wet. They hit the glacier proper at 10:00 AM and spent the rest of the day covering 17 km. This was when the weather finally broke and they enjoyed a bright, sunny, and calm walk up the glacier. They are now in camp looking forward to a good night's rest with everyone feeling good.  They just finished with appetizers. They might try and reach the hut tomorrow.
     
    On the Vatnajokul Glacier ready to ski
     
     
    Transcript of audio update for those following on mobile devices:

    Hello, this is Annie calling from the Vatnajokull Expedition, calling on behalf of Rob and Eric and Eric Lillstrom and John Gluckman. We're having a good time up on the glacier. We are 17 kilometers onto the glacier. We had a long day today. Got up very early to try to take advantage of the cooler temperatures for a river crossing and it worked and but it took us the first 5 hours of the day just to get to the edge of the glacier, and then we were able to put in about 17 kilometers on to the glacier. It started off with some light mist and sometimes heavy mist, almost rain and some stronger winds, but now, and for the last few hours, it has been calm and sunny.  Every so often a few clouds roll and then sunny again, so we're really blessed by this good weather.  We had a big wind storm last night and our tents were fluttering around and so it makes us appreciate this nice calm weather even more. We're all doing good.  We hope you're enjoying following along, and we will report back in tomorrow. Thanks!  Bye-bye.

    Want to join our 2018 Vatnajökull Expedition? Read more about it here.

    Written on Tuesday, 16 May 2017 20:59 in 2017 Vatnajökull Expedition
  • Vatnajökull Expedition - Near the glacier, waiting out a storm

    The team was picked up at their hotel in Reykjavik at 5 AM today to drive to the glacier.  They traveled for about 6 hours to Jokulheimar where they ran into a river that they weren't able to cross due to high water levels.  They found a protected spot to camp about 1.5-2 km from the edge of the glacier.  They were glad to find a protected area as the forecast is for gale force winds tonight.  (Click on today's blog title to see the full dispatch including audio update)

    Written on Monday, 15 May 2017 18:37 in 2017 Vatnajökull Expedition
  • Vatnajökull Expedition - Team gathers in Reykjavik

    The expedition begins!  The team met in Reykjavik and spent the day reviewing their kit, practicing making camp, discussing their daily itinerary and getting to know one another.   When they phoned in, they were getting ready to head out for dinner and their official welcome festivities.  They are excited to be heading out early in the morning for Jokulheimar on the western edge of Vatnajökull.

    Stay tuned for updates from the trail.

    Want to join our 2018 Vatnajökull Expedition? Read more about it here.

    Written on Monday, 15 May 2017 01:53 in 2017 Vatnajökull Expedition
  • Vatnajökull Expedition - Off to Iceland!

    Our guide team of Annie and Eric are off to Iceland to prepare for our crossing of the Vatnajökull Icecap.

    The team will be on the trail for nine days, giving regular updates along the way. Follow along for stories and pictures from the land of fire and ice!

    Camping on Vatnajokull

    Want to join our 2018 Vatnajökull Expedition? Read more about it here.

    Written on Tuesday, 09 May 2017 15:44 in 2017 Vatnajökull Expedition
  • March for Science in Longyearbyen and reflections from the guides

    Our guides are busy cleaning, sorting and organizing gear for next year.  And there is a LOT of gear!  Not to mention catching up on sleep as especially the last few days of their expedition were anything but restful!

    The highlight of the day was participating in the March for Science in Longyearbyen.  They joined with the Norwegian Polar Institute, UNIS (the University Centre of Svalbard), local residents of Longyearbyen and others to march down the main street of Longyearbyen and through the pedestrian mall to a gathering where they listened to presentations on the importance of science in our lives and policy.  It was dramatic to take part in this event in an area that has been so dramatically altered by climate change.  The landscape and polar pack ice are changing significantly and it is important for science to tell us why.  Our teams experienced significant changes this year.  One example was having to use ice screws to set up their camps each night whereas in the past they were able to use ice stakes and skis.  There was not enough snow pack this year which is an indication that they were on much younger ice.  There is less and less multi-year ice so it is more susceptible to disappear each summer.  Tom Skilling, THE weather guru in Chicago, has called the Arctic our "canary in the coal mine".

    Written on Saturday, 22 April 2017 17:18 in 2017 North Pole Expeditions
  • North Pole Last Degree - All teams back in Longyearbyen

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    Welcome back to Terra Firma!!!  Wish we had been able to be there at the Longyearbyen airport as official welcoming committee for our most amazing North Pole team members and guides!  We (representing all of us around the globe following your epic exploits) are so extremely proud of each and every one of you!!!  Hoping you felt all the positive Polar energy that has been coming at you for the last week, getting stronger in the last few as you faced your biggest challenges.  Absolutely amazing that you flew from Longyearbyen late on 14 April, encountered polar bear in your camps, found a way around that massive lead, kept spirits up for everyone all through the day and night as you persevered to find a way North, reached your goal and arrived back in Longyearbyen around 1:00 AM on 21 April local time.

    All have beds and showers awaiting themSmile.  Some may be imbibing a bit after their showers... Definitely they deserve a huge celebration!!!

    WAY TO GO!!  WHAT AN INSPIRATION TO ALL!!!

    Written on Thursday, 20 April 2017 23:22 in 2017 North Pole Expeditions
  • North Pole Last Degree - All teams at North Pole!

    HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO SUPER COMBINED TEAM (aka Team Cool Running/Team Polaris/Maniacs/Car Ramrod) made up of Qobin, Shahrom, Boiy, Dexter, Jim, Dean, Pia, Tamas, Mike & Joel led by super guides Annie, Eric, CP and Taylor!!!  They reached the Pole at 5:15 PM Norwegian time after an epic journey.  What an awesome birthday present to Qobin turning 35 today and to Mike's daughter Lauren turning 5 today!!  They displayed amazing determination and drive to not be thwarted by the massive open water, putting one ski in front of the other all night and all day till they reached their goal.  They are obviously exhausted but elated!

    The helicopters will be picking all the teams up in about 1.5 hours and shuttling them back to Barneo.  They will then board the Antonov straight away and head back to Longyearbyen, anticipating arriving around midnight tonight.

    Major kudos to all team members!! 

    Listen to the audio updates below (transcriptions to be added shortly)

    Hi, it's Niall from Team Yellow reporting in from the North Pole.  Whee!!  So it's been 2 days since our last update and yesterday we did 16 nautical miles in pretty poor visibility and conditions. We came across an open water lead at 58 minutes North so only two miles from the Pole.  A massive sense of deja vu from the last time when I did it with my other son James where we hit an open water lead at the same spot and never got across it. We camped at midnight after walking for 12 hours and got up at 5:00 and started skiing by 7:00.  After a bit of walking down the open water lead, we found a way across it and made the North Pole at 1:00 this afternoon so great news!  The team, all 6 of us have done extremely well, and hats off to Keith and Andrew, our guides, who put in the extra effort to make sure we got here.   So all good, a very good story and delighted that we made it to the North Pole and extra special to have made it with my son Patrick. Thanks so much. Bye.

    This is Eric calling in from the Super Combined Ultra Special Team, and I'm happy to report that about 15 minutes ago 5:15 Norwegian time, we arrived at the North Pole. It was a tough day going.  Yesterday we ran into a big open lead of water 2 miles away from the North Pole, and there was no visible way around it. We had already been skiing for upwards of 15 hours with only a few hours’ sleep, and so we decided to camp for just a couple hours to get some rest, eat some food and then our last push of the day was another 6 hours of skiing and it paid off!  We managed to find a way around the lead and now we're standing at the North Pole and we couldn't be happier!! So thank you guys for following along. I know that we're all looking forward to seeing you guys in person when we get home and until then, thanks for following.

    Written on Thursday, 20 April 2017 15:36 in 2017 North Pole Expeditions
  • North Pole Last Degree - Team Yellow reaches the Pole!

    TEAM YELLOW JUST CALLED IN FROM THE NORTH POLE!!!!

    A very hard won victory, making the prize that much sweeter.  The team of Niall, Patrick (Patch), Henry, Martin, Lindsay, Mark, Keith and Andrew is knackered but very, very happy!  They traveled for 7.5 hours, searching and searching for a way to get around this massive lead which was more like a lake.  They finally found a small pinch area and guides Keith Heger and Andrew Leary built an ice bridge.  They carefully assisted each team member cross to solid enough ice to finally head North to the Pole.  The accomplishment is especially appreciated by team member Niall Carton from the UK traveling with his 15 y.o. son Patrick.  In 2014, Niall skied with his other son James and they were blocked at 88° North, never ultimately able to reach the Pole.  As one can imagine, this year's conditions led to a dreaded sense of deja vu.  But success is theirs now!  The team is resting comfortably in their tents, anticipating a helicopter pick up to Barneo in a couple of hours.

    Super Combined Team are still plugging away, following the trail of Team Yellow, searching for their magic spot to cross.  The ice is drifting South, making for even more of a challenge.  But they are equally determined and we have faith that their golden opportunity will come.  Keep that positive Polar energy flowing!

    Congratulations to all team members for their determination, perseverance, strength and fortitude!!  All should be very proud of themselves!

    Written on Thursday, 20 April 2017 12:46 in 2017 North Pole Expeditions

 

 


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