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North Pole Express: Barneo Ice Camp

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Spitsbergen, Norway is the ideal starting point for this expedition, as you fly to Barneo Ice Camp at approximately 89N. Built as a drifting polar research facility, but used by adventurers and extreme sports enthusiasts alike, an expedition to Barneo has you mingling with scientists, skiers, and explorers from around the world. The highlight of the trip is reaching the North Pole, and we employ the power and Arctic-tested ruggedness of Mi8 helicopters to do just that. Celebrate your achievement with a champagne toast and a satellite phone call to anywhere in the world.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Longyearbyen, Norway
Day 2 : Barneo Ice Camp | North Pole
Day 3 : Return to Longyearbyen, Norway


  • Land on a seasonal airstrip constructed on a polar ice cap
  • Ride in a Mi8 helicopter to 90°N, the North Pole
  • Spend the night at Barneo Ice Camp, a functioning research base

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  • Small Group

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Day 1 Arrive Longyearbyen, Norway

Upon arrival in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, you are met at the airport by a member of the expedition team. After settling in to your hotel, there is a briefing about Barneo Ice Camp. You are updated on current camp conditions, expedition details, and your departure the following day to 89° north. This evening the group gets together for a welcome dinner.

Day 2 Barneo Ice Camp | North Pole

Accompanied by a member of your expedition team, transfer to the airport and board the special Antonov AN-74 aircraft for the approx. 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, have lunch and attend an introductory briefing. 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 is scheduled accordingly. Aim to land at 90° north. Once there, savor the moment – pose for pictures, walk around the world together, take it all in. Spend about an hour here – walking, celebrating, and capturing those moments on camera – before the approx. 30-minute helicopter flight back to camp.

Tonight, following dinner, 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, Norway

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, you 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, visit the museum, shop for souvenirs, or walk through the town, before you depart.

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IMPORTANT REMINDER: When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. The above is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this expedition – please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

PLEASE NOTE: Dates of operation may be altered due to weather and ice conditions. Please bear this in mind when making international flight arrangements.


  • 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners
  • 2 Nights Accommodations
    • 1 Night Hotel
    • 1 Night Camping
  • 3 Days Guide Service
  • International Arrival Transfers are included.
  • 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)
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • All activities per the daily program
  • 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 program
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person
  • All gratuities


  • International Flights
  • Airport Departure Tax
  • Passport and applicable visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • 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 suboptimal weather
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This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).
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Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.

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