barneo ice camp north pole expedition

North Pole Express: Barneo Ice Camp

  • Overview
    The pinnacle of this three-day expedition is spending one night at 89° 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’ll be one of a limited group to land on a runway made of ice, and take up temporary residence at this unequalled base camp on the frozen Arctic Ocean. Established each year to be a functioning Russian science and logistics station, the site is operated by the Expeditionary Center for the Russian Geographical Society. Among your fellow guests and base staff, you may meet scientists, pilots, mechanics, engineers, and explorers. This expedition offers a fully-guided opportunity to achieve the North Pole by helicopter. Guests will enjoy heated facilities and hearty meals, all accessible within an approx. 2.5 hour flight from Longyearbyen, Svalbard (Norway). Expedition Highlights: • Fly-in to one of the most remote and extraordinary expedition base camps in the world • Reach the top of the world by Antonov AN-74 aircraft and Mi8 helicopter • Learn first hand about the scientific and research activities being conducted at this research station • Explore the unique culture of Longyearbyen, Norway before the base camp
    Duration: 3 days
    Passengers: 28 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
    Disembarkation Point: Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
    Physical rating: Expedition
    Fly/Cruise: Mandatory extra flight
    Single Supplement: 0.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Arrive Longyearbyen, Svalbard

      The itinerary outlined below is only a sample of a typical expedition to Barneo Ice Camp. Day-to-day activities may vary and are also weather dependent. Please note that all flights in the itinerary may be earlier or later than scheduled, depending on weather conditions.

      Upon arrival in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, you will be met at the airport by a member of the Quark Expeditions team. After settling in to your hotel, there will be a briefing about Barneo Ice Camp. You will be updated on current camp conditions, expedition details, and your departure the following day to 89° north. This evening the group will get together for a welcome dinner.

    • Day 2 - Barneo Ice Camp and North Pole

      Accompanied by a member of the expedition team, we’ll transfer to the airport and board 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 air strip 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’ll 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 (4 km) deep at this point. Weather conditions are closely monitored, and the flight will be scheduled accordingly. We’ll aim to land at 90° north. Once there, savor the moment – pose for pictures, walk around the world together, take it all in. You’ll spend about an hour here – walking, celebrating, and capturing those moments on camera – before the approximately 30-minute helicopter flight back to camp.

      Tonight, following dinner, you’ll rest up in your heated tent. Each co-ed tent houses 10-12 guests and is equipped with camp beds.

    • Day 3 - Return to Longyearbyen

      After breakfast, you’ll have some time to wander around the camp and take in the last moments of your pristine surroundings before you bid farewell to Barneo Ice Camp and return to Longyearbyen. In Longyearbyen you may wish to visit the museum, shop for souvenirs, or just walk through the town, before you depart.

      The itinerary outlined above is only a sample of a typical expedition to Barneo Ice Camp. Day-to-day activities may vary and are also weather-dependent. Please note that all flights in the itinerary may be earlier or later than scheduled, depending on weather conditions.

      IMPORTANT REMINDER: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

      PLEASE NOTE: Dates of operation may be altered due to weather and ice conditions. Please be aware of this when making international flight arrangements. Consider purchasing flexible, changeable airline tickets, or booking a one-way flight home after completing the expedition, to help reduce ticket change fees. These delays may not be covered by travel insurance.

      TRIP INTERRUPTION AND CANCELLATION INSURANCE IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.

    Please consider that our voyages are expeditionary in nature. This means, that there are no concrete itineraries, your captain and expedition leader will utilise their vast experience to chart the best course for your expedition depending on the climatic and environmental conditions. Mentioned highlights and wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

  • Highlights & Activities

    North Pole highlight: You can only go South

    Imagine standing on the only spot on the planet where no matter which direction you step it will always be South. The North Pole is the northernmost point on Earth. It is the exact point of the intersection of the Earth’s axis and its surface.

    At 90 degrees north, it’s only possible to travel south and all lines of longitude meet there. With Polaris, the North Star directly overhead of the North Pole it has been a central navigation point throughout the centuries. Lying in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean the North Pole is usually covered with ice making landing possible.

    Antonov AN-74 aircraft

    You will board the special Antonov AN-74 aircraft in Longyearbyen for the 2.5 flight to the Barneo Ice Camp. One of the unique thrills of this expedition is landing on the ice runway at Barneo, a seasonal air strip constructed on the polar ice cap each year, and the only facility that allows external access to the base.

    Mi8 Helicopter Flight to the North Pole!

    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 (4 km) deep at this point. Weather conditions are closely monitored, and the flight
    will be scheduled accordingly. We’ll aim to land at 90° north. Once there, savor the moment – pose for pictures, walk around the world together, take it all in. You’ll spend about an hour here – walking, celebrating, and capturing those moments on camera – before the approximately 30-minute helicopter flight back to camp.

  • Inclusions

    Charter Flight to Barneo Ice Camp

    Your return charter flights on board a AN-74 aircraft are included in your itinerary.

    Flights are heavily dependent on weather conditions and are subject to change.

    Flight to North Pole

    The excitement mounts as you prepare for your Mi8 helicopter flight to the northernmost point on earth.

    Return North Pole flights are part of this itinerary.

    Flights are heavily dependent on weather conditions and are subject to change.

    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - One night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Longyearbyen
    - Welcome dinner in Longyearbyen
    - All transfers and flights per the daily program
    - Shared tent accommodation at Barneo Ice Camp
    - Group helicopter excursion to the North Pole (weather dependent)
    - All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks at Barneo Ice Camp
    - All activities per the daily program
    - Leadership throughout the expedition by our experienced Expedition Leader
    - Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader
    - All miscellaneous service taxes throughout the program
    - Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person

    Not included in your Expedition

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    BARNEO ICE CAMP

    The pinnacle of this three-day expedition is spending one night at 89° 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’ll be one of a limited group to land on a runway made of ice, and take up temporary residence at this unequalled base camp on the frozenArctic Ocean. Established each year to be a functioning Russian science and logistics station, the site is operated by the Expeditionary Center for the Russian Geographical Society. Among your fellow guests and base staff, you may meet scientists, pilots, mechanics, engineers, and explorers. This expedition offers a fully-guided opportunity to achieve the North Pole by helicopter. Guests will enjoy heated facilities and hearty meals, all accessible within an approx. 2.5 hour flight from Longyearbyen, Svalbard (Norway). Expedition Highlights: • Fly-in to one of the most remote and extraordinary expedition base camps in the world • Reach the top of the world by Antonov AN-74 aircraft and Mi8 helicopter • Learn first hand about the scientific and research activities being conducted at this research station • Explore the unique culture of Longyearbyen, Norway before the base camp.

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bareno ice camp tent

Barneo Camp Tent

13 Apr 2019 - 15 Apr 2019
Tonight you will sleep in a co-ed tent house which sleeps 10-12 guests and is equipped with camp beds and is well heated. On day 1, you will stay at the group hotel in Longyearbyen.
AUD 30,900pp
AUD 30,900pp
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