the Route via Longyearbyen, Svalbard
The Expedition begins in
Longyearbyen, Svalbard, (The Arctic Islands North of
the Norwegian mainland).
Participants will arrive in
Longyearbyen, Svalbard via Oslo, Norway. There are flights arriving daily
are scheduled to depart on April 14, 2006.
(Actual departure dates may
Suggested Schedule for Participants
February to April,
Preparations for the expedition.
- Day One
- All expedition members are encouraged to arrive in Longyearbyen, Svalbard
about 2 days before we shove off to the Drifting Ice Base.You will be shuttled from the airport to the hotel of your
April 2006 - Day Two - The group in Svalbard may take tours
to see the polar bear and national wildlife park. A
festive celebration evening dinner to
unite the expedition and announce guidelines for the expedition logistics.
- Day Three - Expedition members embark from hotel to airport
for Antonov-74 for jet aircraft flight to the North Pole drifting ice base
called Borneo. Approximately 3 hours flight time. We will land on the "Blue Ice
Runway" a short distance from the Geographic North Pole. Arrival at Borneo and acclimatization at the base camp.
Two MI-8 helicopters will be poised to fly us to the pole. We will be supplied tents, food, heaters, radio communication, a “blue
ice runway” for landing of supplies and equipment and our jet planes fly away.
A tractor will maintain the “blue ice runway” for landing capability,
barring weather elements that may require any alterations to ensure
April 2006 Depending
on your particular program,(General Tourist, SKI Expedition, skydiving, Scuba
Diving, etc.), you will be able
to tour outside the North Pole Base Camp to
view pressure ridges and leads (water/cracks in the ice), as well as adventure
and exploration of the Arctic Ice Floes.
base camp will be located on the largest, safest, most solid pack ice nearest to
the Pole. Since we are on the Polar Ice Flow, the base camp may be within 20 miles
of the North Pole, and moves on average of 5 to 16 kilometers per day .
Then we will fly to the exact
North Pole by MI-8 helicopters and truly celebrate this occasion with champagne
and several traditional Russian traditions, including good Russian Vodka ! The
parachute group will jump. Anyone that wishes to parachute over the North Pole
may arrange this with me in advance. Celebration and Russian Traditional "Meridian Dance Around the
World"......Champagne toasts at the "Top of the World"...Return
flight by helicopter back to Borneo Base Camp.
Keep in mind that the polar ice cap is
roughly two meters thick and the Arctic Ocean underneath is 4,200 meters deep!
The ice cap is constantly moving due to the wind and ocean current, so bring
your GPS and watch the base camp migrate up to one or two kilometers per hour,
on the 1,600 kilometer polar ice cap. The North Pole is more of a GPS location
when you are on the ice cap because it is not constant, as on the South pole (a
continent, which doesn't move).
Expedition group may stay on for a few more days or
may catch the flight back to Longyearbyen, Svalbard. A possible option. Most of
the group will return to Svalbard. Those few adventurers, may stay on for 1-2
more days weather permitting and flights of arrival planned. Most of the group
will arrive back at Svalbard, and shuttles to the hotel.
Group in Svalbard may take group tours to see the
polar bear and national wildlife park. Most adventurers take their return
flights back to Oslo, Norway or other commercial flight cities of destinations.
2006 Group arrives home, or may take optional add on
Prices for the North Pole Expedition via Svalbard, Norway (Longyearbyen).
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