Day 1: Meeting with a guide, check your individual and group gear, general instruction. Preparation for the training trip and packing the sleds. At 19:00 Introductory dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: 10:00 Training trip in the Longyearbyen surrounding. Overnight at the hotel
Day 3: 16:00-18:00. Information meeting, where our staff will brief you on the situation at the Barneo region, planned departure time, and answer your questions. Packing and weighing the expedition sleds. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Transfer to the airport, security check, boarding. Flight from Longyearbyen to Barneo (approx. flight duration: 2 hrs 30 min). Acquaintance with Barneo Ice Camp, located at approximately 89 degrees North. Meeting with Expedition Leader, getting information about the place of start, fixing schedule for communication. Filling bottles with fuel for stoves. Snacks, tea, and coffee are served in Barneo mess-tent. Boarding helicopter and loading sleds. Taking off for place of start. Usually, it takes up to 2 hours between arriving at Barneo by plane and taking off by helicopter
Day 5 – 13: Ski trek to the North Pole, overnight sleeping in the expedition tents on the drifting ice. The start point will be decided depending upon the ice and prevailing ice drift conditions.
Day 14: On arrival at the top of the globe, we will celebrate it. We will spend a few hours nearby the Pole before helicopter takes us back to Barneo Ice Camp. Coffee, tea, and snacks for free and strong drinks for sale will be available in Barneo mess room while waiting for the plane from Longyearbyen. Usually, depending on the weather, it takes a couple of hours. Flight from Barneo to Longyearbyen on the AN-74 aircraft (approx. flight duration 2 h 30 min). Transfer to your hotel. Night at the hotel.
Day 15: The North Pole Certificate ceremony. Time and place are to be discussed with expedition participants and announced in advance. Night at the hotel.
Day 16: Free time. You have a chance to take part in Svalbard entertainment programs (for additional costs, booking required).
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Each expedition to the North Pole is the ultimate adventure full of random factors. Though we are making all possible efforts to accomplish every expedition, tour operator VICAAR reserves the right to change or cancel an itinerary due to weather and/or ice conditions, group fitness, political situation, strikes, wars, revolutions, terrorism and/or other factors beyond its control. Such changes are to be made in our customers’ interests and with regard to their safety.