Full North: Ski To The North Pole

One of the Greatest Challenges on Earth

To ski from the Canadian coast to the North Pole is one of the greatest challenges on Earth. From temperatures that barely register on the thermometer (-40 to -60 is possible!), to the constant struggle of moving across ice that is constantly in motion - everything about this expedition is tremendously difficult. At first, your progress may seem imperceptible. Yet each step forward is progress - unless, that is, the ice is drifting south as you head north.

This expedition has monumental behind-the-scenes logistics that make it almost impossible to pull off. To succeed you need more than loads of experience (think previous pack ice experience and several long distance cold weather expeditions under your belt). You also need the right personality, the right team mates, the right conditions, good weather and a whole lot of luck (not to mention significant funding...)

If you are interested in joining this expedition contact us for the latest details. You may also enjoy watching this video shot on day 52 of this expedition, about what it takes to get to that point.

Looking for more options? Click here for a quick glance of all our other North Pole expeditions.

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

Full North Pole Daily Itinerary with PolarExplorers

Day 1
Meet in Resolute Bay, Canada. Transfer from airport to hotel. Evening orientation and welcome reception. Start checking gear and reviewing expedition logistics after dinner.
Day 2-5
Team training and shakedown outside of Resolute Bay.
Day 6
Charter flight to Eureka weather station, then on to Ward Hunt Island.
Day 7
Depart Ward Hunt Island onto the pack ice. Begin skiing towards North Pole
Day 8-57
Ski across the dynamic pack ice of the Arctic Ocean towards the North Pole. Each day will present its own challenges such as endless pressure ridges, open water leads, and negative drift. You will test your body and mind everyday. As you approach the last few degrees your sleds will be lighter and the race will be on to reach the North Pole.
Day 58
Upon reaching the North Pole you'll have time to celebrate this monumental achievement before being picked up by helicopter and flown to the Barneo Ice Station. Time permitting we'll spend the night at the North Pole, or possibly the Barneo Ice Station.
Day 59
From the pack ice we'll fly via charter air to Longyearbyen, Norway. Back in civilization, you'll have a chance to shower, eat hearty meals prepared by some of the finest chefs in the high Arctic, and enjoy this wonderful town that is rich in Arctic history, yet has all the comforts of home. The team will take this day to wrap-up loose ends and ease their way back into regular life.
Day 60
Breakfast at Longyearbyen lodge. Transport to airport. Flights home!

 This itinerary is highly dependent on a number of factors and is subject to change. Contact us at PolarExplorers for a more detailed itinerary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Full North Pole 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 PolarExplorer past participants.

  • 2 pair liner gloves
  • 2 hats: 1 lightweight balaclava, 1 ski type
  • 2 neck gaiters
  • 3 pair socks and sock liners
  • 1 face mask
  • 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

Qualifications for Full North Pole Expedition

This is an extremely challenging expedition designed for people looking for, and prepared for, the ultimate adventure. A resume of your previous expedition experience is required and approval of the guide is required for your participation. Full medical evacuation insurance is required.

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Full North Pole Dates & Rates

Please contact us for dates and availability.


Tiered Pricing – please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. PolarExplorers for details


Includes all group equipment, sled, guides, communication & safety gear.

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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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.)

Full North Pole Ski Testimonials

Stuart Smith" Organizing and leading a full North Pole trip are monumental tasks, and it is essential that the trip be well organized and expertly led to have a chance at success. Because of the great job that the Polar Explorers team did in organizing and outfitting our trip, and because of Lonnie Dupre's expert leadership, we were able to achieve the Pole. Polar Explorers is among the very few outfitters who can pull off such a trip. "

Stuart Smith



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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