PolarExplorers North Pole 10K Expedition
If you are interested in skiing to the North Pole, but don't want to spend more than a few days on the ice, this is your best bet! Departing from Longyearbyen, Norway, you'll board a charter flight to the Barneo ice station located at approximately 89 degrees north. We'll spend one night at the Barneo ice station before taking a helicopter to within striking distance of the North Pole. Skiing the last 5-10 kilometers to the North Pole, you'll experience many of the challenges of a longer expedition. Pressure ridges of broken ice, "leads" of open water and extreme cold temperatures are all in this day's work. When we reach the North Pole we'll set up our camp and celebrate our arrival with photos and then call home from the top of the world! A helicopter pick-up the following morning will take us back to the Barneo ice camp where we'll catch our charter flight back to Longyearbyen and all the comforts of home. This short expedition includes a day of training in Longyearbyen.
As with all of our other expeditions this is a "hands-on" experience. Your participation will be expected in all aspects of the expedition, including setting up camp. Give us a call and let us tell you more about what skills you should have prior to the expedition, and what skills we will be teaching you prior to our departure.
- Equipment List
- Dates & Rates
- Trip Insurance
North Pole 3-Day Expedition: Daily Itinerary
- Day 1
- Arrive at Longyearbyen, transfer to hotel, evening welcome reception. Review of clothing and equipment. Night at hotel.
- Day 2
- A day in Longyearbyen to practice skiing, review expedition procedures and take care of last minute details. Night at hotel.
- Day 3
- Charter flight to approximately 89 degrees north, where there is an ice runway and the small Barneo basecamp. Once at the basecamp we'll take a ski tour of the surrounding ice and practice pulling our sleds and negotiating the rubble and pressure ridges while skiing. Night spent at Barneo Basecamp in heated tents
- Day 4
- Helicopter flight to within striking distance of the North Pole. We'll get dropped off on the ice with our skis and sleds for the final push to the North Pole. The actual distance that we cover will be determined by ice conditions and drift trends, but will likely be between 5-10 kilometers. Upon reaching the North Pole we will celebrate with photographs, toasts and calls home. The celebration will extend into the night, which we spend AT the North Pole in expedition tents (sleeping systems provided).
- Day 5
- Helicopter pick-up flight will return us to the basecamp where we'll board our return flight to Longyearbyen. A celebratory dinner and a comfortable night indoors complete the expedition.
- Day 6
- Optional breakfast, departure for Longyearbyen airport and flights home.
This itinerary is highly dependent on a number of factors and is subject to change. Contact us for a more detailed itinerary!
PolarExplorers North Pole 3-Day Expedition: Equipment List
Upon registration, you will receive a comprehensive gear guide that explains the importance of each item as well as gear recommendations from our past participants.
- 1 pair skis and ski poles (supplied by PolarExplorers)
- 1 pair skins (supplied by PolarExplorers)
- 1 pair snow pack ski boots
- 1 pair extra boot liners
- Sleeping bag rated to at least -35° Celsius (bring your own or let PolarExplorers supply this item)
- Bivy sack (bring your own or let PolarExplorers supply this item)
- 2 sleeping pads (bring your own or let PolarExplorers supply this item)
- 1 wind anorak (supplied by PolarExplorers - yours to keep)
- 1 wind pants
- 1 insulated parka with hood
- 1 warm fleece jacket and pants
- 2 sets wool or synthetic underwear, medium weight top and bottom- 2nd set optional
- 3 sets mitts: 1 regular, 1 overmitts, 1 spare regular mitts or gloves
- 2 pair working gloves
- 2 hats: 1 lightweight balaclava, 1 ski type
- 2 neck gaiters
- 3 pair socks and sock liners
- 1 face mask
- Several small stuff sacks
- Sun glasses and/ or mountain ski glasses
- 2 pr. anti-fog goggles
- 1 sturdy small backpack with waist belt and sternum strap
- 2 Thermos bottles or insulated water bottles
- 1 set eating utensils with bowl
- Pocket knife / multi-tool
- Personal toiletries
- 1 pee bottle (small plastic bottle)
- Face cream, lip protection
- 4 carabiners
- Luggage locks
3-Day North Pole Expedition Qualifications
This expedition is for people who are in good shape, and are eager to push themselves physically and mentally. Though the skiing can be quite demanding, it does not require significant skill (it is very much like walking with skis on).
You will need to have very good cardiovascular endurance and the ability to pull a sled (between 15-20 kilos) for several hours at a time. Towards the end of the day when we stop skiing, it is critical that you have the energy reserves to help set up camp and keep yourself warm. Most importantly you need to be able to regulate your body temperature so that you do not get too cold, or too hot while you are on the move.
This expedition will encounter extremely cold conditions, and living in such cold conditions 24 hours a day can be very challenging. You do not have to be a world class athlete to participate in and enjoy this expedition, but every ounce of training and preparation will help to make the expedition more enjoyable and safer.
Please contact us with further questions here.
North Pole 10K Ski Expedition Dates & Rates
Tentative 2019 Dates
April 11-17, 2019
Please contact us for price
All group equipment, ski system, sleeping system, team anorak (yours to keep), guide(s), communication & safety gear, North Pole certificate, special polar gift.
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.
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 3-Day Expedition Testimonials
I am eternally grateful and impressed. I felt safe and in good hands the entire time. I had a great time. Thank you for the great job that you do every day...Gus Martinez
Anna and I are sitting here on this bank holiday weekend reminiscing over the fabulous adventure that we had in your company at the Pole. We learnt so much in such a short time and we both said that arriving in the UK was when it hit us how incredibly privileged we are to have been to such an inaccessible, yet unbelievably awe inspiring place. We would both like to thank you all and the guides Lonnie and Dirk for their time with us, their positivity and advice. Rick, thank you for coordinating things for us and allowing us a glimpse of what it must be like to be a true explorer... although we still have no idea of how hard it must be to do the last degree let alone anything more tricky!Karine Hauser
It truly was an exceptional experience - thank you for talking me into doing it! Besides the amazing landscape it is always the company that makes the journey even more memorable - and I was lucky enough to have wonderful team mates and great guides. The expedition left me with a thought of either going there again, or trying the South Pole. But first I have to get over my dislike for sleeping bags!!Sari Kantola
It's a wrap!
Your well wishes and crossed fingers worked! The weather cleared and our team departed from Kulusuk this afternoon, saying their final farewell's to Greenland. It was a fitting end to a trip filled with weather delays, storms, & holding patterns, but also plenty of good times and rewarding days and above all a brilliant team.
Thanks to everyone who followed this blog, and thanks to our amazing Greenland team. Heather, Dale, Ian, John, Eric, Taylor, Salo and Julius, you had us wondering how it would all end and we are delighted to have been a part of your adventure.
Until next time!
Greenland Weather Strikes Again!
The team left Tasiilaq this morning on a short helicopter flight to the airport at Kulusuk. They were scheduled to fly to Reykjavik, Iceland a couple hours later.
Photos From Yesterday
We received these photos late last night. Looks like a GREAT end to the expedition! Check back again today for more...
A huge CONGRATULATIONS is in order for our team who reached their final waypoint at approximately 11:30 AM Greenland time and successfully finished their crossing of the Greenland icecap, woohoo!!!!
The Day Described With Four W's
The team could describe today using four words that start with W: wind, whiteout, warm and wet.
Chicken Strips and French Fries!
What does it say when the blog title is about food? Well, for starters food is in the top three things people think about while skiing all day every day...
Better Than Yesterday, But Still Hard
It was another tough day on the Greenland icecap. It was made that way mostly by the fresh, deep snow. The visibility was terrible again but towards the afternoon they got some breaks with a little sunshine. Oh what a sight!
Skiing in a Whiteout
Tough day today. The visibility was nil, there was absolutely no contrast, there was wind in the face, and snow. A whole lot of nothing to look at but the backs of team mates and the butts of dogs.
Getting It Done
This team is getting it done, one day at a time. Today another 37 km are behind them. They are tired but satisfied and the end of the expedition is not too far beyond the horizon.
Making Progress - Another 37 km
The team made great progress today, putting 37 km behind them. The weather was a little of everything. Cloudy, snowy, a little sun, always the wind.
On The Move Again
A day after being tent bound by strong winds the team was back at it. They made 32 kilometers in a slightly modified way of travel.
Another Day, Another Storm
We thought this might happen, but it's not all bad. Another storm day. Strong winds, cold temperatures and low visibility all combine to keep out teams in their tents today.
Shortened Day Due To Wind
It was a beautiful day today, but it was also a cold day and the wind just kept coming and coming (almost a direct headwind). It all started out OK with clear skies but as the wind picked up the ground visibility went down, and with temperatures hovering around 0° F the windchill was REALLY cold.
Cold and Windy But Good
Welcome to another day on the Greenland icecap, where today the wind and the cold were on the minds of our team. They did a great job, putting almost 30km behind them.
Another 30 km Day
Actually it was 30.2 km - a seemingly small difference, but not if you are the person who did all the skiing! They'll take every tenth of a kilometer that they can get!