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Barneo Ice Camp

North Pole Express: Barneo Ice Camp

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The highlight of this five-day expedition is spending two nights at 89° north at Barneo Ice Camp. This temporary, fly-in camp site is truly one of the most unique North Pole experiences and is ideal for adventurers seeking a short, but exciting journey to the top of the world. Be one member of an exclusive group to land on the frozen runway and take up temporary residence on this unequalled floating site on the icy sea of the North Polar Basin.

Established each year to be a functioning Russian science and logistics station, the site is operated by the Expedition Center for the Russian Geographical Society. Along with fellow guests and base staff, you have the opportunity to meet scientists, pilots, mechanics, engineers, and explorers.

This expedition offers fully-guided excursions to explore the northernmost Arctic by air via helicopter, as well as on land by snowshoe and on foot. Guests can engage in lectures and presentations led by the expedition team and resident scientists, and enjoy heated facilities and hearty meals, all accessible within a short flight from Longyearbyen, Svalbard (Norway.)

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Longyearbyen, Norway
Day 2 : Barneo Ice Camp
Day 3 : North Pole
Day 4 : Return to Longyearbyen
Day 5 : Departure Longyearbyen

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Day 1 Arrive Longyearbyen, Norway

  • 1 Dinner
Arrive in Longyearbyen, Svalbard a be greeted by a member of the Quark Expeditions team at the airport. After settling in to your hotel, there will be a briefing about Barneo Ice Camp. Be updated on expedition details, current camp conditions, and departure information for the next morning. This evening, the group will get together for a welcome dinner. Guests will receive a special edition Quark Expeditions parka (yours to keep) and will be outfitted with special cold weather boots, on loan for the expedition.

Day 2 Barneo Ice Camp

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Transfer to the airport and board the special Antonov AN-74 aircraft for the three hour flight to Barneo. One of the unique thrills of this expedition is landing on the ice runway at Barneo, a temporary 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, lunch will be served 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 dinner, relax in a well-heated tent in preparation for your exciting adventure ahead.

Day 3 North Pole

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Arrive in the North Pole today! 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. The crew will aim to land at 90° north. Once there, savor the moment – pose for pictures, enjoy a celebratory drink, walk around the world together, take it all in.

At the base, there will be lectures about polar exploration, North Pole expeditions and climate science. Later this evening, learn more about the history, geography and wildlife of the area. Presentation topics range from the first intentional drifting ice station, to arctic mammals including walrus, ringed seals, ribbon seals and polar bears. Tonight, you will also receive a certificate from the Russian Geographical Society Expedition Center, certifying you have reached the Geographic North Pole.

Day 4 Return to Longyearbyen

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, take time to wander around the camp and enjoy the pristine surroundings before returning to Longyearbyen. In Longyearbyen, you may wish to shop for souvenirs, visit the museum, or just walk through the town. A special farewell dinner is planned to swap stories and recount the details of your expedition to Barneo Ice Camp and the North Pole.

Day 5 Departure Longyearbyen

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, transfer to the airport today for your return flight home, or spend time exploring Longyearbyen.
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  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
    • 2 Nights Hotel
    • 2 Nights Lodge
  • 5 Days Guide Service
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are included.
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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