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North Pole Express: Barneo Ice Camp

3 days

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).

Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief

  • 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

Day 1 — Arrive Longyearbyen, Norway

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.

Day 2 — Barneo Ice Camp and North Pole

Accompanied by a member of the Quark Expeditions 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.

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.
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