Can you go to the North Pole?
A journey to the North Pole is more accessible than ever. Let Expeditions Online show you how to get to the North Pole and the best ways to explore once you’re there.
For travellers who spend their time exploring all corners of the globe, a trip to the extreme ends of the Earth is often high on the agenda. The poles have long been reserved for experienced expedition teams spending weeks hiking to the summits, but thanks to modern ice-breaker ships and light aircraft flights, a journey to the North Pole is more accessible than ever. Let us show you how to get to the North Pole and the best ways to explore once you’re there.
An expedition team stand at the North Pole ma
How do you get to the North Pole?
The style of your Arctic adventures will depend on your budget, length of time available and journey preferences. Whether you want to fly and camp, or would prefer to board a powerful expedition ship to reach the pole, there is a North Pole expedition for you. Whichever voyage you choose, you are sure to be awe-inspired by the immensity of this breathtaking landscape that so few are able to experience.
Getting to the North Pole begins in the Arctic, either from the stunning Spitsbergen Archipelago in Arctic Norway or the Russian city of Murmansk, the jetting off point for the remote reaches of Franz Josef Land. How to get to the Arctic in the first place depends on your original destination, but many airlines offer flights to Spitsbergen via Oslo or Bergen and you can reach Murmansk via Helsinki in Finland.
North Pole Adventures
If you opt for an on-board expedition to the North Pole, your Russian Arctic Cruise will venture northbound through the Arctic Ocean seeking out whales in the Barents Sea before crossing the boundary of the North Pole, 90 degrees North, so you can literally walk around the world crossing the various lines of longitude while standing on an immense chunk of pack ice.
Ice breaker vessel '50 Years of Victory' on a Russian Arctic cruise
If you’re short on time but still want to reach the pinnacle, the North Pole Express enables you to catch a light aircraft flight from Longyearbyen in Svalbard to the remote, icy runway at the Barneo Base Camp, a floating, frozen research station lying at 89 degrees North. Watching the magical glacial landscape fly by below will build your anticipation for your journey to the pole. Make yourself at home in the camp before boarding your helicopter flight to the North Pole itself for what will be a truly momentous occasion.
Best time to visit the North Pole
With the poles experiencing such extreme changes in temperature, daylight hours and pack ice conditions, there is a short window of opportunity within which to explore this icy wonderland. The Arctic is plunged into darkness throughout the northern hemisphere winter making travel impossible, but as the sun begins to rise in spring, exploration is achievable once more. The North Pole boasts the unique phenomenon of the midnight sun throughout the summer, with the peak of 24-hour daylight falling between June and July. These months are therefore the best time to visit the Arctic by ship as you can spend all hours of the day looking out for distinctive Arctic wildlife such as walrus, whales, seals, Arctic foxes and both resident and migratory bird species.
So, if you want to visit the North Pole it is most definitely possible and with our combined years of knowledge and experience we’ll ensure you have the perfect journey to the end of the Earth.
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