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...)
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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 here.
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.
Please contact our experienced PolarExplorers staff for more details.
Full North Pole Dates & Rates
2020 Tentative Dates
Please contact us for dates and availability.
Tiered Pricing – please contact 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: 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.)
Full North Pole Ski Testimonials
" 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