The Polar Regions
The North Pole
Travel over frozen oceans and stand on top of the world
The North Pole – could there be a more enigmatic destination? Reaching this faraway point is as much about how you get there as it is about being one of the very few people to stand on top of the world. Before you reach the ice, there are opportunities to explore Arctic islands such as Franz Josef Land, Greenland and Svalbard, each of which offers different possibilities for wildlife encounters and landings – think polar bears hunting along the edge of the northern icefields and whales roaming the rich waters. This is another world, an icy desert of otherworldly structures, where the shifting of the frozen ocean provides a different icescape every day, meaning no two visits will ever be the same.
Until recently there were two ways to reach the North Pole: board a nuclear-powered Russian Arktika-class icebreaker, where relatively simple accommodation was part of the experience and charm or take a helicopter to the pole itself from Barneo Ice Camp. With a new, hybrid-powered icebreaker forging a route from Greenland to the pole, there now exists a more luxurious option, with all the toys.
Most exciting of all is arriving via airship. Drifting silently across the northern oceans and icefields before touching down at the North Pole is an experience that we think is worthy of a place on your bucket list.
North Pole Expeditions - Key features
Getting involved with scientific research and ice monitoring of the North Pole plays a part in all expeditions. Barneo Ice Camp is a research station that maps and measures the ice in extraordinary detail.
At the Geographic North Pole, the sun rises and sets just once a year: it is either bathed in 24-hour daylight or consumed by 24-hour darkness.
While Robert Peary announced that he had reached the pole in 1909, his claim has long been disputed. In 1926, Amundsen, on board the airship Norge, was part of the first confirmed expedition to reach the top of the world.
Snapshots from the North Pole
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If clients are interested, we are always keen to get them involved in local projects and conservation efforts. Whether it be whale counting in Antarctica or rhino relocation in Kenya, you will leave knowing your actions have made a difference.
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