Spend a night in an operational research station and land on the North Pole in a helicopter
Go where very few have ventured before on this short but unforgettable journey to the top of the world. Departing from Longyearbyen, Norway, fly into Barneo, landing on a frosty runway constructed each year on the polar icecap. Spend a night in a heated tent at Barneo Ice Camp, an operational science and research station located on the frozen Arctic Ocean. Among your fellow guests and base staff may be scientists, pilots, mechanics, engineers, and explorers. If you think things couldn’t get more adventurous, just wait until your fully guided helicopter flight to the North Pole, where, weather permitting, we land at 90° north.
- Physical rating
- Min 8
- Group size
- Min 1, Max 28
Why we love this trip
Spend a night at Barneo Ice Camp, one of the most remote scientific research stations on the planet
Mingle with scientists, engineers and explorers, learning first-hand about the research activities being conducted at the camp
Weather permitting, enjoy a fully-guided helicopter flight to the North Pole, landing on top of the world at 90° north. Very few people have set foot here before
Enjoy hearty meals and accommodation in comfortable, heated tents
Explore the unique and quirky culture of Longyearbyen, Norway
Is this trip right for you?
In the great white world of the Arctic, we are at the mercy of extreme weather. 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. This itinerary is a sample of a typical expedition to Barneo Ice Camp. Day-to-day activities may vary and are thoroughly weather dependent, and flights may leave earlier or later than scheduled, especially the helicopter flight to the North Pole. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially to such a remote area. Whatever happens, your expedition team will ensure you have an unforgettable journey.
Please note that this itinerary is merely a sample of a typical expedition to Barneo Ice Camp. Day-to-day activities may vary and are thoroughly weather dependent. Flights may leave earlier or later than scheduled, depending on weather conditions.
After lunch, it’s time to head to the North Pole! As you prepare for your Mi8 helicopter flight to the northernmost point on earth, the excitement builds. Weather conditions are closely monitored, and the flight will be scheduled accordingly. We’ll aim to land at 90° north, where there is only ice, and the Arctic Ocean is approximately four kilometres (2.5 miles) deep. You’ll spend about an hour there – walking, celebrating, taking photographs – before the approximate 30-minute helicopter flight back to camp.
Tonight after dinner, rest up in your heated tent. Each co-ed tent houses 10-12 guests and is equipped with camp beds.
Meals2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
AccommodationMultishare cabin, hotel
Arctic and Antarctic bookings have an increased deposit requirement of 20% of the full voyage cost (before any discount). The balance is due 120 days before departure.
If a booking is cancelled 120 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 119 days and departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a Polar voyage.
Your trip is operated by our sister company, Quark Expeditions. All accommodation and transfer arrangements as listed in the itinerary are also operated by Quark Expeditions or their local representatives.