"The experience was really well organized! Despite all the adaptations due to covid I felt like everyday was well structured."

Evan B.

"Absolutely would recommend their training to anyone interested in polar travel or anyone trying to build up a tolerance to the cold."

Tony R.

Our History

We've been at this a long time. We take pride in our unrivaled experience and long history of helping people from across the globe achieve their polar adventure dreams. It was way back in 1992 that we conceived of and started planning the first-ever dogsled and ski expedition to the North Pole for amateur adventurers. That was before satellite phones and GPS units were just emerging (they were the size of books!) Since then we've guided over 500 people on polar expeditions and trainings and we've continued to develop our passion for sharing the polar regions with individuals and groups from around the world. Below is a brief outline of our history. If you'd like to know more about us feel free to give us a call or send us a message. 

2020 – We're thrilled to kick off the year with our 100th polar expedition, a South Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition followed by an ascent of Mt. Vinson. That's 100 opportunities we've had to share the polar regions with intrepid travelers and 100 times we've been the luckiest people in the world. In January and February we manage to squeeze in two polar trainings before the Coronavirus closes everything down. What a disappointment! Especially for our 2019 North Pole teams who have been waiting a full year for the chance to go north. We know from polar history that sometimes there's nothing to do but wait; whether it's waiting for the ice to open, or close, or for the weather to clear, or for the logistics to get sorted out, or for so many other reasons - waiting is a part of expedition life; and as full time adventurers we are good at waiting. During our lockdown we create a full line-up of virtual events, from our popular Polar Opposites episodes to our Armchair Expeditions, to the Top Five Arctic Exploration Book Reviews. Check them all out on our YouTube channel

2019 – As usual we beging the season down South at the Geographic South Pole followed by Mt. Vinson. Several Polar Trainings get our North Pole teams (five of them!) ready for the top of the world. Then global politics get in the way, followed by some bad weather, which ultimately ends the North Pole season before it even started. A frustration for all, but the show goes on. Since we are already in the Arctic in beautiful Svalbard, those team members that can stay on for a ski tour of Svalbard. It's the best way to make the most of a disappointing time. Plans to return to the Pole in 2020 get underway immediately. 

2018 – Our 25th Anniversary Season! We start the year off with two South Pole Last Degree Expeditions followed by an ascent of Mt. Vinson. Mid winter saw us teaching people polar skills on our Polar Shakedown Training. The North Pole season kicked off in early April with a second Polar Shakedown Training, a North Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition and a North Pole Flight. North Pole season was quickly followed by a Svalbard Ski Expedition and our Greenland Icecap Crossing

2017 – We start the year off with a South Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition and a South Pole Last Degree Ski / Mount Vinson Combo expedition. For the latter we partner with our friend and associate Garrett Madison of Madison Mountaineering. South Pole season is followed by two separate Polar Shakedown Trainings, one in Ely, Minnesota (USA) and one in Longyearbyen, Norway. Our North Pole season included 5 separate expeditions: three last degree ski expeditions, one 10 km ski expedition and one North Pole Flight. All teams successfully reached the North Pole despite some challenges including a visit from a polar bear and a cracked runway at the Barneo Basecamp. Shortly after the North Pole season we guided a ski traverse of the Vatnajökull Glacier in Iceland. As we head into our 25th anniversary year we are looking forward to some new itineraries and more adventures to come!

2016 – The year starts with a group flight to the South Pole via Chile and ends with a second custom group flight to the South Pole via South Africa. In between is a last degree ski expedition to the North Pole, a ski traverse of the Vatnajökull Glacier in Iceland, a Mount Vinson training on Mt. Baker in Washington (USA) and several other adventures. 

2015 – We kick off the year with our Full South Pole team (who departed in November 2014) arriving at the South Pole, followed by our South Pole Last Degree Ski team. After two Polar Shakedown Trainings we head up to the North Pole where we have five various expeditions (two dogsled expeditions, two ski expeditions and a North Pole Flight). The year continues with a Shackleton Crossing of South Georgia Island in November. 

2014A fabulous year of adventure including two North Pole dogsled expeditions, two North Pole ski expeditions, a North Pole Fight, our first crossing of the Vatnajokull Glacier (Europe's largest glacier) in Iceland, our first Polar Shakedown Training in Iceland, and a Full South Pole Ski Expedition using the Messner Route. Fabulous team members and a lot of good times help to make this a wonderful year adventure.

2013 – Our year starts out with a South Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition followed by a successful summit of Vinson Massif. On the expedition is the first-ever heart transplant recipient to ski to both the North and South Poles, along with a team of remarkable cardiologists from Canada who are doing amazing work in the field of cardiac transplantation. A very inspiring crew! We continue the adventures in April with five North Pole expeditions including a North Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition, a North Pole Last Degree Dogsled expedition, a North Pole Half Degree Ski Expedition, a North Pole 10k Ski Expedition and a North Pole Flight with two nights at the Barneo Ice Station. Among the team members is an artist from the Bahamas who successfully transports a block of ice from the North Pole to to an exhibition at the 55th annual Venice Biennale as well as a five year old boy who skis "most" of the last 10k to the North Pole.

2012 – PolarExplorers kicks off the the year by standing at the South Pole on the centennial anniversary of Robert Falcon Scott's arrival at the South Pole. Soon after our Full South Pole Ski team arrives at the South Pole after skiing more than 1,100 km from the coast of Antarctica. North Pole season sees PolarExplorers guiding a Last Degree Ski team and a North Pole Flight with an overnight at Barneo basecamp. During the flight an American becomes the youngest person to do the adventure grand slam and commemorates the event by skydiving at the Pole. In October PolarExplorers crosses South Georgia Island in the footsteps of Shackleton. As 2012 comes to a close, PolarExplorers prepares for South Pole Ski expeditions in the new year.

2011 – PolarExplorers guides two North Pole Last Degree Expeditions and a Two Degree Dogsled expedition as well as several North Pole flights, on which there were not one but two proposals for marriage! Following the North Pole season, PolarExplorers guides a Greenland Icecap Crossing. A father and daughter team becomes the first Indians to make the crossing. PolarExplorers also guides several South Pole expeditions commemorating the centennial anniversary of the South Pole's discovery by Roald Amundsen (and team) and Robert Falcon Scott (and team). Among these expeditions are a Full Ski Expedition from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole, a Last Degree Ski Expedition, two 20 Kilometer Ski Expeditions and two South Pole Flights. Additionally PolarExplorers organizes a special trip to a remote emperor penguin colony. PolarExplorers is proud to have teams at the South Pole on both centennial anniversaries (December 14 for Amundsen and January 17 for Scott).

2010 – PolarExplorers guides the first heart transplant recipient to ski the last degree to the North Pole. Following this expedition, PolarExplorers guides another Last Degree Expedition, on which a team member becomes the first Arab woman to ski to the Pole. Another team member becomes the youngest person (15 years old) to ski the last degree. PolarExplorers also guides a 3-Day North Pole Expedition.

2009 – PolarExplorers starts the year by guiding a South Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition as well as a Vinson Massif Mountaineering Expedition. Following the Antarctic season, PolarExplorers guides six different North Pole expeditions including a Full Expedition from Ward Hunt Island to the North Pole and a Five Degree Ski Expedition. Other teams include a Two Degree Dogsled Expedition, Last Degree Ski Expedition and a very special Peary-Henson Centennial group that celebrates the historic moment at the Pole exactly 100 years after Peary's 1909 expedition.

2008 – PolarExplorers celebrates the International Polar Year with several North Pole expeditions including a Last Degree Ski Expedition and a Two Degree Dogsled Expedition. PolarExplorers also guides a Greenland Icecap Crossing Expedition with a team of ten representing seven different countries.

2007 – PolarExplorers kicks off the year by guiding a Last Degree and a Two Degree South Pole Ski Expedition followed by four North Pole expeditions in April.

2006 –PolarExplorers guides 25 people to the North Pole on two Dogsled Expeditions, a Last Degree Ski Expedition and two North Pole Flights.

2005 – PolarExplorers successfully guides 25 people to the North Pole on two ski expeditions and three flights.

2004 – PolarExplorers celebrates its 20th anniversary by guiding a group to the North Pole for the 10th time.

2003 – PolarExplorers celebrates a decade of polar expeditions by skiing to the South Pole and climbing Vinson Massif (the highest peak in Antarctica). PolarExplorers also guides North Pole teams that include an 11 and a 12 year-old.

2002 – PolarExplorers guides a North Pole Last Degree Ski team via Siberia. Other PolarExplorers team members fly to the Pole via Spitsbergen, Norway.

2001 – PolarExplorers returns to Russia for a second North Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition via Siberia. Among participants is the first United Arab Emirates citizen to reach the North Pole. A second PolarExplorers team reaches the Magnetic North Pole in the Canadian Arctic.

2000 –PolarExplorers sends two expeditions to the North Pole. The first skis the last degree via Siberia. The second dogsleds the last two degrees via Canada. A third PolarExplorers team attempts to the reach the Pole by plane but is held back by foul weather.

1999 – A PolarExplorers teams stands atop the world for the fourth time.

1997 – PolarExplorers completes a third dogsled expedition to the North Pole from 88 degrees north latitude. Two of Admiral Peary's great-grandsons join the team and recreate their ancestor's final dash to the Pole.

1995 –PolarExplorers completes its second dogsled expedition to the North Pole departing from 88 degrees north latitude.. Participating in the expedition are the youngest and oldest individuals to stand at the Pole. The first citizens from the People's Republic of China also reach the Pole on this expedition.

1993 – PolarExplorers creates, produces and co-guides the first ever North Pole Dogsled Expedition for amateur adventurers. The expedition departs 88 degrees north latitude. This successful expedition is the genesis of a new polar exploration and adventure travel era.

1992 – PolarExplorers creates and co-guides its Polar Shakedown Training Trip for prospective polar team members. The Shakedown sets the adventure industry standard for polar expedition training.


Are you ready to join us on a polar expedition?

Here are links to your PolarExplorers Forms. To register please complete and return the PolarExplorers Application. We will send you an invoice for your deposit.

PolarExplorers Application

PolarExplorers Med Form & Waiver

PolarExplorers Insurance Form

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