North Pole Express - Barneo Ice Camp

North Pole Express - Barneo Ice Camp

3 Days/2 Nights Roundtrip Longyearbyen, Norway

Price fromUSD$20,995

• Fly-in to one of the most remote and extraordinary expedition base camps in the world • Reach the top of the world by Antonov AN-74 aircraft and Mi8 helicopter • Learn first hand about the scientific and research activities being conducted at this research station • Explore the unique culture of Longyearbyen, Norway before the base camp

The pinnacle of this three-day expedition is spending one night at 89 degrees north at Barneo Ice Camp. This seasonal, fly-in base camp is truly a unique North Pole experience and ideal for those seeking a short, but adventurous journey to the top of the world. You'll be one of a limited group to land on a runway made of ice, and take up temporary residence at this unequalled base camp on the frozen Arctic Ocean.

Established each year to be a functioning Russian science and logistics station, the site is operated by the Expeditionary Center for the Russian Geographical Society. Among your fellow guests and base staff, you may meet scientists, pilots, mechanics, engineers, and explorers.

This expedition offers a fully-guided opportunity to achieve the North Pole by helicopter. Guests will enjoy heated facilities and hearty meals, all accessible within an approx. 2.5 hour flight from Longyearbyen, Svalbard (Norway).

Day 1: Arrive Longyearbyen, Norway Upon arrival in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, you will be met at the airport by a member of the Quark Expeditions® team. After settling in to your hotel, there will be a briefing about Barneo Ice Camp. You will be updated on current camp conditions, expedition details, and your departure the following day to 89° north. This evening the group will get together for a welcome dinner.

Day 2: Barneo Ice Camp and North Pole Accompanied by a member of the Quark Expeditions® team, we'll transfer to the airport and board the special Antonov AN-74 aircraft for the approximately 2.5 hour flight to Barneo. One of the unique thrills of this expedition is landing on the ice runway at Barneo, a seasonal air strip constructed on the polar ice cap each year, and the only facility that allows external access to the base. Shortly after arriving at camp, we'll have lunch and an introductory briefing will be conducted. Barneo is a functioning research base for scientists and adventurers from around the world, and it's always a hive of activity.

After lunch, it's destination "“ North Pole! The excitement mounts as you prepare for your Mi8 helicopter flight to the northernmost point on earth. Here there is only ice, and the Arctic Ocean is approximately 2.5 miles (4 km) deep at this point. Weather conditions are closely monitored, and the flight will be scheduled accordingly. We'll aim to land at 90° north. Once there, savor the moment "“ pose for pictures, walk around the world together, take it all in. You'll spend about an hour here "“ walking, celebrating, and capturing those moments on camera "“ before the approximately 30-minute helicopter flight back to camp.

Tonight, following dinner, you'll rest up in your heated tent. Each co-ed tent houses 10-12 guests and is equipped with camp beds.

Day 3: Return to Longyearbyen After breakfast, you'll have some time to wander around the camp and take in the last moments of your pristine surroundings before you bid farewell to Barneo Ice Camp and return to Longyearbyen. In Longyearbyen you may wish to visit the museum, shop for souvenirs, or just walk through the town, before you depart.

Please note: Dates of operation may be altered due to weather and ice conditions. Please be aware of this when making international flight arrangements. Consider purchasing flexible, changeable airline tickets, or booking a one-way flight home after completing the expedition, to help reduce ticket change fees. These delays may not be covered by travel insurance.

Important Reminder Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy"”and excitement"”of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you'll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

• One night hotel accommodation based on double occupancy with breakfast in Longyearbyen • Welcome dinner in Longyearbyen • All transfers and flights per the daily program • Shared tent accommodation at Barneo Ice Camp • Group helicopter excursion to the North Pole (weather dependent) • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks at Barneo Ice Camp • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock • All activities per the daily programme • Leadership throughout the expedition by our experienced Expedition Leader • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader • All miscellaneous service taxes throughout the programme • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person

Pricing (per person) $USD

Type TWIN

2018

Apr 13

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$20,995

Departs

2018 Apr 13

Booking conditions

• Baggage allowance on charter flight is 33 lbs (15 kg) carry-on. Checked luggage is not permitted. • Dates of operation may be altered due to weather and ice conditions. Please be aware of this when making international flight arrangements. Consider purchasing flexible, changeable airline tickets, or booking a one-way flight home after completing the expedition, to help reduce ticket change fees. These delays may not be covered by travel insurance. • Please contact World Journeys for the updated US exchange rate.

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

Not included

• International airfare • Passport and applicable visa expenses • Government arrival and departure taxes • Meals unless otherwise specified • Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance - strongly recommended • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified • Phone and Internet charges (Longyearbyen only) • Additional overnight accommodation • Additional expenses (meals, accommodation, international flight change fees, etc.) incurred by delay or cancellation of activities due to sub-optimal weather

Gratuity

• Gratuities are voluntary and can be given at the end of your cruise. We recommend that you budget US$10 to US$15 per person per day, if you are pleased with the service on board.