North Pole Express: Barneo Ice Camp

The pinnacle of this three day expedition is spending one night at 89 Degrees North at Barneo Ice Camp. This seasonal, fly-in base camp is truly a unique North Pole experience and ideal for those seeking a short, but adventurous journey to the top of the world. You will be one of a limited group to land on a runway made of ice, but take up temporary residence at this unequalled base camp. 

HIGHLIGHTS

Fly in to one of the most remote expedition base camps in the world

Reach the top of the world by Antonov AN-74 aircraft & Mi8 helicopter

Learn about the research activities conducted at this research station

ITINERARY

DAY 1: ARRIVE LONGYEARBYEN

Upon arrival in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, you will be met at the airport by a representative and thereafter, transfer to your hotel for check in, where a briefing will be conducted about Barneo Ice Camp. 

Overnight: Basecamp Hotel, Longyearbyen

Meals: NIL

DAY 2: LONGYEARBYEN / BARNEO

Today, you will be met and accompanied by your representative, followed by a transfer to the airport for boarding of the special Antonov AN-74 aircraft for the approximately 2.5 hour flight to Barneo. One of the unique thrills of this expedition is landing on the ice runway at Barneo, a seasonal airstrip constructed on the polar ice cap each year, and the only facility that allows external access to the base. Shortly after arriving at camp, we will have lunch and an introductory briefing will be conducted. Barneo is a functioning research base for scientists and adventurers from around the world, and it's always a hive of activity. After lunch, it's Destination North Pole! The excitement mounts as you prepare for your Mi8 helicopter flight to the northernmost point on Earth. Here, there is only ice, and the Arctic Ocean is approximately 2.5 miles deep at this point. Weather conditions are closely monitored, and the flight will be scheduled accordingly. We aim to land at 90 Degrees North. Once there, savour the moment, pose for pictures, walk around the world together, take it all in. You will spend an hour there - walking, celebrating, and capturing those moments on camera - before the approximately 30min helicopter flight back to camp. Tonight, following dinner, you will rest up in your heated tent. Each co-ed tent houses 10-12 guests and is equipped with camp beds. 

Overnight: Barneo Ice Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 3: BARNEO / LONGYEARBYEN

After breakfast, you have some time to wander around the camp and take in the last moments of your pristine surroundings before bidding farewell to Barneo Ice Camp and return to Longyearbyen. On arrival in Longyearbyen Airport, continue your onward journey home or an adventure of the Svalbard Archipelago or Norway. 

Meals: Breakfast

HOTELS

Basecamp Hotel, Longyearbyen

Basecamp Hotel is located at the heart of Longyearbyen and is one of Longyearbyen's most unique hotel, decorated in a traditional trapper style with driftwood, sealskin and slate. Despite its rusticity, it is a high quality accommodation with comfortable beds and hot showers in all the rooms. 

Barneo Ice Camp

Barneo Ice Camp is a private Russian temporary ice base, established since 2002 on an ice floe at 89 Degrees North for scientific and adventure expeditions. The ice camp works under the patronage of the Russian Geographical Society and is only made available for travellers in April. Beds are in a co-ed tent style. 

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