By Land or Sea

North Pole by Land or Sea: Barneo Ice camp and Icebreaker Expedition Voyage

Quark Expeditions® Launches 2015.16 Epic North Pole Adventures

Quark Expeditions® will offer two exciting and diverse ways to explore the North Pole for 2015.16. For those seeking maximum adventure on a polar expedition, travellers can conquer 90° north from the remote base of Barneo Ice Camp, or from the bow of 50 Years of Victory, Quark’s legendary, mighty icebreaker.

Barneo Ice Camp North Pole Expedition

New to Quark, North Pole Express: Barneo Ice Camp is a high adventure fly-in base reached via Antonov AN-74 aircraft and ice runway, and is one of the most unique expedition camps in the world. Available for 2016 to a select group of just 56 Quark passengers, guests will experience a true scientific station in the middle of the pristine ice landscape of the Geographic North Pole.

The pinnacle of this five-day expedition is spending two nights at 89° north at Barneo Ice Camp. This seasonal, fly-in camp site is ideal for those seeking a short, but adventurous journey to the top of the world. Passengers will be some of a privileged few in the world to experience landing and taking-off from Barneo’s ice runway, one of several trip highlights on this unequalled site on the icy sea of the North Polar Basin.

This research station is available for only two departures and offers guests the opportunity to take in lectures and presentations by the expedition team and resident scientists, and enjoy heated facilities, hearty meals and 24 hours of daylight. During their stay, passengers will embark to the top of the world by Mi8 helicopter, and later, celebrate at the North Pole.

Pre- and post-Barneo, guests can explore Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, situated far above the Arctic Circle and offering an interesting museum, restaurants and a whiskey bar with the largest selection of whiskeys in Northern Europe. Optional Longyearbyen activities include dog-sledding and snowmobiling.

“Barneo is one of the most remarkable base camps we’ve ever experienced. We are thrilled to continue to expand Quark itineraries with the addition of such a once-in-lifetime, authentic polar destination,” said Andrew White, President of Quark Expeditions®. “As part of our commitment to product innovation, we couldn’t be happier to represent such an impressive expedition for travellers interested in true adventure.” Barneo marks the second land-based expedition Quark has added to its line-up, after the debut of Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge.

North Pole Icebreaker Expedition aboard 50 Years of Victory

For passengers preferring to reach the North Pole in the comfort of a ship, Quark’s signature expedition ship, 50 Years of Victory, offers The Ultimate Arctic Adventure, and is one of the largest and most powerful nuclear icebreakers ever constructed. Voyage dates are now available until 2017.

One of Quark’s most popular and iconic adventures, the 14-day expedition takes just 128 passengers to the top of the world, where they will experience Victory’s ice-class power as it cuts through virgin ice, enjoy helicopter excursions and champagne celebrations, and take an optional hot air balloon ride for an unequalled life experience. The excitement of traveling to the North Pole, and later celebrating at its apex with fellow guests, is captured on Quark’s North Pole video.

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