On this journey, we will ski the last 60 nautical miles to the geographic North Pole. The team will meet on the Norwegian Island of Svalbard for an orientation and gear check. There, we will also prepare meals and wait for a weather window for the flight to the Russian ice station, Barneo. We will then fly to the 89th parallel to begin our journey to the North Pole! It is important to note that the Arctic Ocean is an unstable body of moving ice and water. Depending on the winds and ocean currents, the team will have to cross a variety of shifting ice, thin ice, and even open water.

SUMMARY

TRIP TYPE: Trek

ACTIVITY LEVEL: WWTrek Supreme Challenge

TRIP LENGTH: 15 days /14 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE: 4 – 8

PRICE: Sliding Scale From $53,000

all prices based on double occupancy

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the Northern most point of the planet
  • Experience a place that few humans have ever seen
  • Benefit from consistent support and thorough preparation & training

VIDEOS

 NORTH POLE ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive in Svalbard Island

  • Welcome to Svalbard Island! A representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel
  • Trip orientation and gear check
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Overnight: Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen
  • Meals: D

Day 2: Training & Preparation Day

  • Equipment and food preparation
  • We review vital skills including packing our sleds, skiing with a sled, and camp set up
  • Overnight: Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 3: Training & Preparation Day

  • Final sled pack and ski practice
  • Loaded sleds will be transferred to the airport
  • Final ice briefing
  • Overnight: Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 4: Fly to Barneo

  • If weather allows, today we will fly to Barneo
  • Private transfer to the airport to board our AN-74 plane
  • Once we reach Barneo, we will transfer to a helicopter and fly to the 89th parallel
  • Spend the afternoon skiing
  • Overnight: Ice Camp
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 5: Ski to the North Pole

  • Ski 8 – 10 hours to our next camp
  • Once we finish skiing for the day the team will work together to set up camp
  • Overnight: Ice Camp
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 6: Ski to the North Pole

  • Ski 8 – 10 hours daily
  • Overnight: Ice Camp
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 7: Ski to the North Pole

  • Ski 8 – 10 hours daily
  • Overnight: Ice Camp
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 8: Ski to the North Pole

  • Ski 8 – 10 hours daily
  • Overnight: Ice Camp
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 9: Ski to the North Pole

  • Ski 8 – 10 hours daily
  • Overnight: Ice Camp
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 10: Ski to the North Pole

  • Ski 8 – 10 hours daily
  • Overnight: Ice Camp
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 11: Ski to the North Pole

  • Ski 8 – 10 hours daily
  • Overnight: Ice Camp
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 12: Ski to the North Pole

  • Ski 8 – 10 hours daily
  • Overnight: Ice Camp
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 13: Arrive at the North Pole!

  • Today we’ll reach the Northern most point of the world!
  • Overnight: Ice Camp
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 14: Fly to Longyearbyen

  • Helicopter transfer to Barneo
  • Fly to LYR
  • Transfer to hotel
  • Celebration Dinner!
  • Overnight: Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 15 - 17: (weather dependent) Departure

  • Final goodbyes and International departure
  • Meals: B

TRAVEL NOTES

Trip Description:

The Ski the Last Degree – North Pole Expedition begins and ends in Longyearbyen, Norway, where we prepare our expedition sleds, food, fuel, and supplies. We will take great care in our pre-trip planning to develop a strong and efficient team. It is crucial to have a well prepared, highly functioning group for travel in Norway. As we arrive high onto the polar plateau, we will encounter the effects of altitude. Everyone will be towing a sled loaded with personal and expedition equipment. There will be no rushing. It is vital that we avoid injury, stay together, and work as a team to finish the expedition.

Level of Experience Required:

To partake in the Ski the Last Degree Expedition you need to be physically fit, have strong mental stamina, and be capable of strenuous exercise at high altitudes for the duration of several days. You don’t necessarily need to be an experienced skier, as there is little technical requirement, and we will be traveling on flat terrain. However, the days will be extremely physically demanding, as we will experience extreme Arctic conditions. We will hike 8 – 10 hour days at a physiological altitude of 11,000’ while enduring extreme cold temperatures (-22°F), with wind-chill below -40°F. You must train for the mental and physical aspects of this expedition to ensure you have an enjoyable trip.

Distance Covered: 89º to the North Pole 90º

69 Miles | 60 Nautical Miles | 111 Kilometers

Personal Responsibility as a Team Member:

The survival and well being of each team member depends on their ability to manage themselves responsibly and be extremely vigilant in self-care. Each member is responsible for regulating and being aware of their food and hydration levels throughout the journey.

Travel Insurance:

We recommend purchasing travel insurance, which will protect you in the event of an unanticipated cancellation of your trip, and depending on the plan you choose, can refund all the costs already paid (including flights, trip costs, and your payment to us). Please note: you must purchase this plan within 14 days of your deposit payment. There are three plans that we recommend choosing from: Cavalry, Rip Cord or Harbor. Please send us a copy of your plan if you choose to purchase one.

Daily Routine and Team Travel:

Each day after breakfast and hydration we will break camp and pack our belongings. We will travel between 8 – 10 hours a day. We will move as a team, taking breaks every hour to hydrate & eat. It is critical that we don’t move to fast or too slow. If we move too quickly, we sweat and run the risk of hypothermia; if we move too slowly & get cold we burn too much energy. Everybody travels together at a slow & steady pace. Each day we will travel 6 to 10 miles to our next camp.

Setting Camp / Teamwork:

Upon arrival at camp, the group will set up tents, build protective snow walls & contribute to snow melting & meal preparations. Everyone is involved in setting up camp & preparing for the night. Doing so will keep everybody warm until our camp is ready for the night. We will follow this routine everyday as we journey to the North Pole.