North Pole Express: Barneo Ice Camp | 6 days
The pinnacle of this five-day expedition is spending one night at 89° north at Barneo Ice Camp. This seasonal, fly-in campsite is truly one of the most unique North Pole experiences on offer and ideal for those seeking a short, adventurous journey to the top of the world. You’ll be one of an exclusive group to land on the frozen runway and take up temporary residence on this unequalled floating site in the icy North Polar Basin.
Established each year to be a functioning Russian science and logistics station, the site is operated by the Expedition Centre for the Russian Geographical Society. Among your fellow guests and base staff will be scientists, pilots, mechanics, engineers and explorers.
This expedition offers fully-guided opportunities for exploring the northernmost Arctic by helicopter as well as on foot and by snowshoe. Guests can take in lectures and presentations by the expedition team and resident scientists and enjoy hearty meals, just a short flight from Longyearbyen, Arctic Norway.
Land-based programme, 12-17 April 2017
Guide price:£15,495 per person based on twin room (shared facilities)
“I came home deeply satisfied with this trip - despite delays due to weather and cracks in the ice runways. We snowmobiled, dog sledged, visited fascinating Arctic museums and explored caves under glaciers. I fell in love with Svalbard. Again I am reminded that it’s the wonderful characters you meet that make these adventures so memorable. ”
Clewin Hughes, North Pole express – Barneo Ice Camp, April 2016
“I found the ‘adventure’ both rewarding and educational and also met some interesting people, especially among the English-speaking Chinese and Russian passengers. Once again thank you for putting the trip together for me and therefore making it a resounding success.”
Peter Wright, the North Pole (for Peter’s full account and more photos see trip reports )
“A brilliant holiday! Franz Josef Land must be the ultimate Arctic experience.”
Barbara Forrai and Margaret Dykes, Franz Josef Land, August 2012
“As Marion promised, I attach a copy of the log from our recent trip to Franz Josef Land. The photos in the log illustrate the quality of the polar bear encounters! Dense sea ice is definitely the place to see bears at close range, and we couldn’t have got into the middle of it without an icebreaker. In one twenty-four hour period we had fourteen bear encounters. Often with two in view at the same time. (That 14 count involved some repeat visits by the same bear, who seemed fascinated by the ship).”
Grant Hutchison and Marion McMurdo, Franz Josef Land, July 2011