Barneo Ice Camp

North Pole Express: Barneo Ice Camp

North Pole

The pinnacle of this expedition is spending the night at 89° North at Barneo Ice Camp. This unique polar experience is ideal for those seeking a short, but adventurous journey to the top of the world. You’ll be one of an exclusive group to land on the frozen runway and take up residence on this unequalled floating site on the icy sea of the North Polar Basin. Enjoy fully-guided adventures in the northernmost Arctic by helicopter, snowshoe and on foot, with lectures by the expedition team and resident scientists, only accessible from Krasnoyarsk and Khatanga, Russia

  • Fly-in to one of the most remote, extraordinary expedition base camps in the world
  • Reach the top of the world by Antonov AN-74 aircraft, Mi8 helicopter, and by foot
  • Learn first-hand about the scientific and research activities being conducted at this floating research station
  • Visit remote Krasnoyarsk and Khatanga, Russia, before and after the base camp

This unique program flies you to the very top of the world - reach the geographic North Pole, an achievement of the very few - and then spending an incredible night on the drifting Arctic ice!

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A truly amazing and new way to reach the Top of the World!

Overview

The pinnacle of this expedition is spending the night at 89° North at Barneo Ice Camp. This unique polar experience is ideal for those seeking a short, but adventurous journey to the top of the world. You’ll be one of an exclusive group to land on the frozen runway and take up residence on this unequalled floating site on the icy sea of the North Polar Basin. Enjoy fully-guided adventures in the northernmost Arctic by helicopter, snowshoe and on foot, with lectures by the expedition team and resident scientists, only accessible from Krasnoyarsk and Khatanga, Russia.

Established each year as a functioning science and logistics station, the site is operated by the Expedition Center for the Russian Geographical Society. Among your fellow guests and base staff, you’ll meet scientists, pilots, mechanics, engineers, and explorers. This expedition offers fully-guided opportunities for exploring the northernmost Arctic by helicopter as well as by snowshoe and on foot. Guests can take in lectures and presentations by the expedition team and resident scientists, and enjoy heated facilities and hearty meals.
Day 1 - Arrival in Krasnoyarsk (Russia). Upon arrival into Krasnoyarsk, we will transfer you to your hotel. You must arrive in Krasnoyarsk (Russia) at least one day before your flight to Khatanga and plan your flight home the day after your return from Khatanga. Our staff will brief you on the current situation at the ice base Barneo, inform you about departure time to Khatanga, and answer any questions you might have. Free time in Krasnoyarsk. Day 2 - Krasnoyarsk to Khatanga Transfer from your hotel to the airport. Flight from Krasnoyarsk to Khatanga by AN-74 aircraft (approx. flight duration: 3 hrs 30 min). Accommodation and meal in Khatanga (Hotel Mamont Inn). At the hotel you will receive the message, when and where our Information meeting will take place. Our staff will brief you on the current situation at the ice base Barneo, inform you about polar flight departure time, and answer any questions you might have. An Excursion will be offered to the Museum of Nature and Ethnography at the Taimyr Reserve and Visit to the Folk Art Center, acquaintance with everyday life and crafts of indigenous peoples. Also an Excursion to the Mammoth Ice Museum. Day 3 - Khatanga to Barneo Ice Camp Flight from Khatanga to Barneo by AN-74 aircraft (approx. flight duration: 5 hrs). One stop for refueling at Cape Baranova, Severnaya Zemlya archipelago. Arrival at Barneo, acquaintance with ice base Barneo, located at 89 degree North. Accommodation will be provided in the heated tents of the Ice Camp (each tent comfortably accommodates 10-12 persons). You will take an MI-8 helicopter to the geographic North Pole at the first opportunity, depending on weather and ice conditions (approx. flight duration: 40 min). Celebration of the arrival at the North Pole right on spot! You will have about 1 hour at the North Pole. Return to the ice base Barneo by MI-8 helicopter, approx. flight duration: 40 min. There is Full catering during your stay at ice base Barneo. The North Pole Certificate ceremony will take place at Barneo’s - the world's Northernmost - Polar Cafe. Free time on ice in the unmatched close distance to the North Pole. Sleeping is in the heated tents of Barneo Ice base. Day 4 - Barneo back to Khatanga Flight from Barneo to Khatanga by AN-74 aircraft (approx. flight duration: 5 hrs). Accommodation and meal in Khatanga where you spend the night at the hotel (Hotel Mamont Inn). Day 5 - Khatanga to Krasnoyarsk Breakfast at the hotel Mamont, then Flight from Khatanga to Krasnoyarsk by AN-74 aircraft (approx. flight duration: 3 hrs 30 min). Transfer to your hotel. End of the tour. Please note: Visiting Barneo via Russia requires a Russian visa. Barneo Camp will provide support for obtaining a Russian visa.  Changes and amendments may apply to the program, depending on the weather, ice or other conditions. It is important to consider possible delays or alterations, and take them with patience. We strongly recommend you to acquire insurance against full or partial cancellation of the expedition. Important: Each expedition to the North Pole is the ultimate adventure full of random factors. Though we are making all possible efforts to accomplish every expedition, BARNEO reserves the right to change or cancel an itinerary due to weather and / or ice conditions, group fitness, political situation, strikes, wars, revolutions, terrorism and / or other factors beyond its control. Such changes are to be made in the customers’ interests and with regards to safety.

LAND PROGRAM: BARNEO ICE CAMP

Barneo Ice Camp, North Pole

Barneo Ice Camp is constructed every year through a complex series of logistics incorporating Ilyushin-76, Antonov-74 and Mi-8 flights from Moscow and Siberia, parachute and skydiver drops, specialist advisers and temporary camps on the Arctic Ocean.

The northerly Russian town of Krasnoyarsk is the starting point for this expedition, from there 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 will have you mingling with scientists, skiers, and explorers from around the world.

Accommodations are in dormitory style tents which sleep 10 to 12 people, and because your comfort is a priority, the tents are heated to 60 F to 65 F (15 C to 18 C). The relaxed atmosphere at the camp, and the friendly staff will make you feel right at home. The expedition staff will be happy to show you around and answer any questions you may have.

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.

Outside temperatures can range from minus 4 F to minus 25 F (minus 20 C to minus 30 C), so once you’ve taken some photographs and reveled in triumph, head back to camp and swap stories with your fellow travellers.

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Included
  • Transfers airport-hotel-airport in Krasnoyarsk before/after Barneo program
  • Flight Krasnoyarsk - Khatanga - Krasnoyarsk;
  • Accommodation and meal in Khatanga;
  • Flight Khatanga – Barneo - Khatanga
  • Helicopter flight Barneo - North Pole - Barneo;
  • Stay at ice camp Barneo as described in the program;
  • Catering at ice camp Barneo;
  • Certificate of the North Pole achievement;
  • Polar Guides at Barneo;
  • 15 kg of luggage on Barneo flight.
Excluded
  • Any airfares to/from Krasnoyarsk (Russia);
  • Accommodation in Krasnoyarsk;
  • Catering in Krasnoyarsk;
  • Activities in Krasnoyarsk;
  • Alcoholic beverages;
  • Insurance against full or partial cancellation of the expedition, luggage insurance, life insurance (strongly recommended);
  • All unforeseen costs related to the flight delays;
  • Souvenirs and postal expenses;
  • Overweight luggage at the cost of 40 Euro/kg
Deposits Reservations require a deposit of USD/€ 5000 per person or equivalent currency at the time you receive a booking confirmation from Expeditions Online. A payment link will be sent to you and this may be paid by major credit card. Final Payments Final Balances are due 90 days prior to departure and may be paid by bank transfer only or credit card subject to 2% surcharge. Cancellations All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Cancellations received Before December 10th, 2023, are refunded less a fee of USD/€ 1000 per person. After December 5th there is a 100% cancellation fee. We strongly recommend that you obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance. Booking Terms Please read carefully the Terms and Conditions for Expeditions Online (link at the bottom of this page). This expedition is operated by VICAAR Expeditions and you additionally travel under their terms and conditions as the operator. Details will be forwarded to you at the time of booking.
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