Sunrise Near the Top of the World
Arriving on Ward Hunt Island
Challenging Terrain
Preparation
On the move
helicopter pick up at the pole

Ski to The North Pole, All the Way, 59 Days, North Pole Expedition

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Ski to the North Pole on this polar expedition, supported by professional Arctic expedition leaders. Arctic survival training pre-expedition. Charter flights in and out of the pack ice. Achieve the extraordinary.

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All about the Ski to The North Pole, All the Way, 59 Days, North Pole Expedition.

Ski to The North Pole

 

Overview

  • 60 Days

  • Complete One of the Greatest Journeys on Earth

  • Pull Your Own Sled

  • Meet and Train Outside Resolute Bay, Canada

  • Charter Flights on to the Pack Ice

  • Ski to the Pole

  • Helicopter from North Pole to Borneo Ice Station

  • Visit a Place Few Will Experience

Why Do We Recommend It?

Because this is one of the greatest journeys on Earth.

You have to achieve this through determination and persistence. Therefore, it’s a moving and character building experience.

Experienced and trusted tour operator with a record of success.

Is It Right for Me?

We will need to have some serious conversations to make sure that you are both physically and mentally ready for this expedition. It’s important to have experience in cold weather environments and cross country ski ability. We can help you with training courses in preparation.

You will need to be a strong team player as this is crucial in such harsh conditions.

As soon as you get in touch with us, we can begin the process of determining your suitability and preparedness for the expedition and will consult with you closely.

Once it is decided that the trip is right for you, you should be working on training, especially your core body. Ideally, you will train for 3 to 6 months in preparation for the expedition.

Can I Go Anytime?

No, this is a major expedition and requires meticulous planning. Dates are subject to change but at the moment, the date listed is our target date.

 

Itsy Bitsy Details

  • Where: 90° North (The North Pole)
  • Duration: 60 Days
  • Tour Starts: Resolute Bay, Canada
  • Tour Ends: Longyearbyen, Norway
  • Fly To: Resolute Bay Airport, YRB
  • Fly From: Svalbard Airport, LYR
  • Group Size: 4 to 8
  • Age: 18+
  • Operated By: Adventure Consultants
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Expert polar guide(s)
  • All North Pole Skiing expedition organisational requirements
  • Polar Training
  • Advice on personal clothing & equipment
  • Transfer from Resolute airport to hotel
  • All chartered air transportation from Resolute and return
  • Sleds, Tents & all group camping gear
  • All food while on the ice
  • Regular written and photo internet dispatches for families and friends to watch your progress
  • Access to our satellite phone facilities
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Round trip airfare to Resolute, Canada, and from Longyearbyen, Norway
  • Hotels and meals in Resolute and/or Eureka
  • Personal clothing and some equipment
  • Full medical, baggage, trip cancellation and evacuation insurance (required)
  • Excess baggage costs and costs for shipping bags to Longyearbyen
  • Costs of satellite phone calls
  • Extended stay fees associated with weather delays
  • Gratuity
  1. Day 1 Day 1

    Meet in Resolute Bay, Canada. Transfer from airport to hotel. Evening orientation and welcome reception. Gear check and team briefing

  2. Days 2 to 5 Days 2 to 5

    Team training outside Resolute Bay

  3. Day 6 Day 6

    Charter flight to Eureka weather station and then on to Ward Hunt Island

  4. Day 7 Day 7

    Depart Ward Hunt Island onto the pack ice. Begin skiing towards North Pole

  5. Days 8 to 57 Days 8 to 57

    Ski across the dynamic pack ice of the Arctic Ocean towards the North Pole

  6. Day 58 Day 58

    Upon reaching the North Pole you’ll have time to celebrate this monumental achievement!. Helicopter from North Pole to Borneo Ice Station

  7. Day 59 Day 59

    Fly via charter air to Longyearbyen, Norway

  8. Day 60 Day 60

    Breakfast at Longyearbyen Lodge. Depart for flights home

  9. Getting Started Getting Started

    Our North Pole expedition starts in Resolute, Northern Canada with a training trip to build the team as well as test clothing and equipment. From Resolute we fly north by Twin Otter to Ward Hunt Island, a small island just off northern Ellesmere Island. From Ward Hunt to the Geographic North Pole is 416 nautical miles (770 km) of arctic pack ice.  Once the North Pole is reached we fly back to Longyearbyen, Norway and the expedition concludes here.

    This ice is always shifting; leads crack open and pressure ridges build into massive walls of ice chunks. To add to the challenge of it all is the extreme cold temperatures, often as cold as -40 ºC.

    On this expedition we are stepping into the ski tracks left by the legendary arctic explorers! It will be the same landscapes, the same wind that will push you forward or on the contrary, will hamper your movement northwards. The same ice hummocks will block your way and you will have to negotiate them. Drifting ice fields will not respect the hard work or the tremendous effort required to move forward, but challenges aside, with a lot of hard work, and after almost 60 days, you’ll reach the top of the planet.

  10. The Daily Routine The Daily Routine

    We share tents and the chores of cooking. The coldest part of the day will be in the breakdown of the camp as we pack sleds and begin the daily trek. Each day we will move for 8-10 hours with regular rests for food and fluid intake. Once we reach our camping destination for the day we set up the tents and build snow walls to protect the tents from wind.

Tour Details

North Pole Skiing Expedition

The North Pole is the ‘test piece’ of polar expeditions and a serious undertaking. Surrounded by sea ice and in total darkness for half the year, the North Pole skiing is attainable only during a short ‘window’ of time. If too early, darkness and extremely cold temperatures prevail. If too late, the frozen Arctic Ocean melts into drifting pack ice enshrouded by water.

The North Pole Skiing expedition will travel and live on the polar pack ice. Each day will be an adventure as we navigate over pressure ridges, search for routes around open leads of water, and set camp on multi-year pans of ice. We all owe it to ourselves to express our true spirit of adventure, now you can achieve it on this amazing journey.

 

ABOUT THE EXPEDITION

Our North Pole expedition starts in Resolute, Canada, with a training trip to build the team and test clothing and equipment. From Resolute, we fly north by Twin Otter to Ward Hunt Island, a small island just north of Ellesmere Island. From Ward Hunt to the Geographic North Pole is 770km/416 nautical miles of Arctic pack ice.

 

EXPEDITION DETAILS

Dates: February 26 to April 25, 2020 Duration: 60 days Departure: ex Resolute Bay, Canada Price: Price on Application

 

NORTH POLE ALL THE WAY EXPEDITION NOTES

Once the North Pole is reached we fly onwards to Longyearbyen in Norway and the conclusion of the expedition. This ice is always shifting; fractures crack open and pressure ridges build into massive walls of ice chunks. To add to the challenge of it all are the extremely cold temperatures, often down as low as -40ºC/-40°F. On this expedition, we are stepping into the ski tracks left by the legendary Arctic explorers! It will be the same landscapes we will see and the same wind that will push us forward or, on the contrary, will hamper our movement northwards. The same ice hummocks will block our way and we will have to negotiate them. Drifting ice fields will not respect the hard work or the tremendous effort required to move forward. But challenges aside, with a lot of hard work, and after almost 60 days, we’ll reach the top of the planet.

 

DAILY ROUTINE ON THE EXPEDITION

We share tents and the chores of cooking. The coldest part of the day will be in the breakdown of the camp as we pack sleds and begin the daily trek. Each day we will move for 8–10 hours with regular rests for food and fluid intake. Once we reach our camping destination for the day we set up the tents and build snow walls to protect the tents from wind.

 

TEMPERATURE

The effective temperature is defined by the strength of the wind and will be in the range of 0°C/32°F to -40°C/-40°F. As the team nears the pole and spring sets in, temperatures will rise and the ice will constantly break, making forward progress sometimes agonizingly slow. Ultimately, a lot will depend on the season and the general weather patterns. Weather analysis will be provided by experts in polar meteorology which will assist us in being forewarned of major weather systems.

 

TEAM SIZE

The team will have a minimum size of 4 members and 1 guide and a maximum size of 8 members and 2 guides.

 

SAFETY & COMMUNICATIONS

We carry the latest in satellite communication equipment on our expeditions, facilitating good contact with the outside world. This also improves safety, as we have instant communications with rescue services in the unlikely event an evacuation is required. It is possible for you to utilize our equipment or you may bring your own, but we request you confirm with us to establish power requirements can be met.

 

RESCUE CONSIDERATIONS

It is sometimes possible for evacuations to take place along the route if necessary. Expedition members need to fully understand that evacuation is not an ‘on demand’ service and weather conditions can preclude flights for days or even weeks at a time. The best way to protect oneself against problems of this nature is to be fully prepared, both physically and mentally for an adventure of this magnitude. Additionally, rescue can be very expensive and we require expedition members to be fully insured against this possibility

 

EQUIPMENT

EQUIPMENT LIST

We supply all team equipment, including sleds, tents, stoves, pots, food and fuel, ropes and sled harnesses, GPS and telecommunication equipment. You will need to supply all your own personal equipment, including clothing, sleeping gear, and ski equipment. If you wish, we can assist with the purchase of equipment and clothing suitable for the expedition. A full equipment list will be sent to you upon confirmation of booking.

CLOTHING

For most of the trek, members need only be clad in fleece clothing with windproof shells. Warm expedition mittens and hats will be necessary in addition to a facemask to keep wind and blowing snow at bay. Lightweight down clothing will help members endure the cold starts and provide additional warmth as required in the sleeping bag.

WHAT WILL I CARRY?

Each team member will have a high-tech sled built specifically for polar use. These will be loaded with personal gear as well as a share of the expedition equipment. Each sled is estimated to weigh around 90-100kg/200-220lb at the beginning of the trek and will reduce by 40kg/90lb over the duration of each leg as food and fuel are consumed. Most Arctic travelers prefer to carry their complete load on the sled rather than carry a backpack.

 

MEDICAL EXAMINATION

Expedition members will be provided with pre-trip medical advice and a medical questionnaire. You will be asked to visit your family physician and receive a full medical examination. This information will be sighted only by the Expedition Leader and our medical adviser and treated with full confidentiality

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
  • Expert polar guide(s)
  • All North Pole Skiing expedition organizational requirements
  • Polar Training
  • Advice on personal clothing & equipment
  • Transfer from Resolute airport to hotel
  • All chartered air transportation from Resolute and return
  • Sleds, Tents & all group camping gear
  • All food while on the ice
  • Regular written and photo internet dispatches for families and friends to watch your progress
  • Access to our satellite phone facilities
  • Round trip airfare to Resolute, Canada, and from Longyearbyen, Norway
  • Hotels and meals in Resolute and/or Eureka
  • Personal clothing and some equipment
  • Full medical, baggage, trip cancellation and evacuation insurance (required)
  • Excess baggage costs and costs for shipping bags to Longyearbyen
  • Costs of satellite phone calls
  • Extended stay fees associated with weather delays
  • Gratuity

Activity Level: Challenging

You will need to extremely fit and should prepare in advance with fitness training. We will be happy to help with advice on this.

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