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North Pole Night on the Ice / Vicaarnor

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North Pole Night on the Ice / Vicaarnor Photo: Vicaarnor AS
North Pole Night on the Ice / Vicaarnor Photo: Vicaarnor AS
North Pole Night on the Ice / Vicaarnor Photo: Vicaarnor AS
North Pole Night on the Ice / Vicaarnor Photo: Vicaarnor AS
North Pole Night on the Ice / Vicaarnor Photo: Vicaarnor AS
North Pole Night on the Ice / Vicaarnor Photo: Vicaarnor AS

Hike facts

Duration
  • 2 days
Season:
April

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Description

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.

Categories

  • Guided tours Guided tours
  • Winter without skis Winter without skis
  • Hiking Hiking

Hours

Where:Longyearbyen
4/13/2012 - 4/14/2012
Fri and Sat

Transportation


With ”North Pole Night on the Ice” tour you will stay for two days at BARNEO base camp, in one of those days there will be a helicopter tour to 90ºN. 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 call to you family or friend via satellite phone (2 min), take innumerous number of pictures, and even be able to feel alone in the universe, to think about something personal… At BARNEO base camp you will not have time to be bored neither. Russian hospitality is world known and it is always present here. Accommodation is organized in comfortable living tents. Hot meals (Russian cuisine) are served in the mess-tent, which is also the main place for meetings and briefings (English-speaking guides give lectures on Polar pioneers and their expeditions to the Arctic). All tents are heated and the temperature inside is kept between 15 and 18ºC. 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 Night on the Ice / Vicaarnor - Photo: Vicaarnor AS

North Pole Night on the Ice / 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 Night on the Ice / Vicaarnor

Source: Visitnorway

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