Highlights of the Tour
- A truly magnificent Polar Journey
- Ski the last degree
- Unique Experience as the Climate gets warmer and the ice is getting thinner each year
A truly magnificent polar travel
Icelandic Mountain Guides offer an exclusive cross country ski expedition to the North Pole, a truly magnificent polar journey, skiing the last degree. As the climate gets warmer, it will not be for long that a unique polar travel like this is possible since the floating sea ice is getting thinner every year.
To make the travel safer and more comfortable, one guide takes only two participants and we only offer four places each year.*
In the awesome and ever changing environment of this polar region we ski the last degree (111 km / 68 miles) right to the one and only North Pole. We go in April, the short window after the sun has gone above the horizon but before the ice has started to melt too much. Shadows from the broken surfaces of the ice are long and the light is beautiful.
The expedition starts on the island of Svalbard (formerly known as Spitsbergen). There are daily flights between Oslo and Longyerbyen. The guide will welcome you on arrival and take you to your preferred hotel where you will stay the first three nights.
The adventure begins with two days of polar travel training before we continue with our North Pole mission. We fly with a Russian cargo plane that lands on a blue ice runway made on the polar ice. From there a helicopter takes us further, to the point where we start our last degree journey.
The surface is often uneven and ever changing. It ranges from large old flat and snow covered ice sheets to newly broken surfaces. Pressure ridges form when the large ice sheets are pressed together and end up on top of each other. In some places we could find sections of open water or recently frozen see ice.
As the polar ice is drifting and open water can force us to take detours detours in order to find a safe way to continue, the time it takes to reach the North Pole can wary from six to nine days. Active walking time ranges from five to seven hours a day. The walking is strenuous and the terrain is demanding. This expedition is only for people in good mental and physical shape.
We walk on cross country skis with skins attached to them. For good down hill skiers, a cross country skiing experience is not required but for those with no skiing experience we recommend a two days preparation course before the expedition starts.
Choosing the right equipment and appropriate clothing is important. We supply you with detailed equipment list recommending what to get.
Cross contry skiing: 6-9 days polar expedition + 2 training days.
Total distance: One degree from 89°N to 90°N or 60 nautical miles / 111 km / 68 miles (+/- drifting of the sea ice).
Altitude: Sea level.
Max elevation one day: No elevation gain but uneven terrain.
Expedition leader: Leifur Örn Svavarsson
* For groups of more than two, arrangements can possibly be made for a private tour. Please contact us directly regarding that.
Included: Transfer from Longyearbyen airport to a hotel after arrival. Transport to airport when expedition starts and a flight to the blue ice runway followed by a helicopter transfer to 89°N. Experienced polar guide (guide/client ratio of only 1:2), all common camping equipment i.e. tents, stoves, fuel, food, sleds (pulkas). Helicopter transport from the geographical North Pole to the blue ice runway, flight to Longyearbyen, transfer to a hotel, where we stay for one night after the expedition.
Note: Because of some irregularities in flights to and from the North Pole, an extra day or two might be needed. Icelandic Mountain Guides can not be held responsible for extra costs cause of delays or other unexpected situations.
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