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North Pole Joy / Vicaarnor

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North Pole Joy / Vicaarnor Photo: Vicaarnor AS
North Pole Joy / Vicaarnor Photo: Vicaarnor AS
North Pole Joy / Vicaarnor Photo: Vicaarnor AS
North Pole Joy / Vicaarnor Photo: Vicaarnor AS
North Pole Joy / Vicaarnor Photo: Vicaarnor AS
North Pole Joy / Vicaarnor Photo: Vicaarnor AS

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The sun has just appeared above the horizon, but it’s the beginning of April. How could it be? Here is the North Pole. And the following month (April) gives you a unique chance to visit the very top of our planet – either with a helicopter tour or as a member of ski expedition.

Situated so far north, Svalbard was often chosen as starting point of North Pole expeditions (S.A.Andree, 1897, R.Byrd, 1926, R.Amundsen, 1926, U.Nobile, 1928). Today, thanks to BARNEO ice base, you can add your name to this list and join a very short group of about 15 thousand people who have already been to the North Pole.


BARNEO ice base consists of ice runway and ice camp. The ice runway is an airstrip of about 1200x60 meters size, is built at the end of March on the drifting ice of the Arctic Ocean in the area about 89ºN. This is a fully functional runway, capable of landing the Antonov-74 aircraft. The ice camp is a unique complex for hosting both passengers and staff. It consists of specially designed tents with rigid frames. There are living tents, mess-tents, a kitchen, different technical tents. All tents are heated and the temperature inside is kept between 15 and 18ºC. Since it’s impossible to keep the runway on drifting ice for more than one season, BARNEO has to be reconstructed from the scratch every year.

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  • Sightseeing Sightseeing
  • Guided tours Guided tours
  • Winter without skis Winter without skis

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Where:Longyearbyen
4/10/2012
Tue

Transportation


“North Pole Joy” tour takes you from Longyearbyen to the ice-camp BARNEO with an aircraft Antonov-74 (about 2.5 hours). From the sky you will see the landscape of winter Svalbard, its peaky mountains and wide valleys. On arrival at BARNEO you will get acquainted with the camp and have a hot lunch, before we continue to the North Pole with a helicopter (MI-8). We are going to spend about 2 hours there, to celebrate this event of a lifetime (hot wine, sandwiches, playing ”ice-football”, making round the world tour in 1 minute). You will share this unforgettable moment with your family via a satellite phone, take innumerous number of pictures, and even be able to feel alone in the universe, to think about something personal… The helicopter is leaving from the Pole; you are sitting inside and looking through the window to that point, where all meridians meet. Antonov-74 flight from BARNEO to Longyearbyen will bring you to Svalbard in the late evening. We strongly recommend not planning any important events just after the tour, to secure the time in connection with possible delays. This allows for greater flexibility in your time control.

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North Pole Joy / Vicaarnor

The sun has just appeared above the horizon, but it’s the beginning of April. How could it be? Here is the North Pole. And the following month (April)...

North Pole Joy / Vicaarnor

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