What's an intrepid adventure traveler to do when they've already visited all seven continents, climbed Kilimanjaro, hiked the Inca Trail, and sailed the Galapagos Islands? Why, visit the North Pole of course!
Not many people realize that it is actually possible to make the journey to the very top of the world, but for those who are adventurous enough – and have plenty of cash – it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit a place that few other people ever get to see. It isn't easy of course, but the end result is an exciting adventure to one of the most remote places on the planet. A place that is quickly being altered by the effects of climate change.
North Pole Express - Polar Cruises (5 days)
Want to visit the top of the world in as short of a timespan as possible? Then this is the trip for you. Hosted by Polar Cruises, a company that specializes in polar travel, this five-day trip departs from Longyearbyen, Svalbard in Norway with a flight directly to the Barneo Ice Camp. Travelers spend the first night at the base located at approximately 89ºN before flying by helicopter to the Pole the following day.
Expedition to the Top of the World - Poseidon Expeditions (13 days)
Arctic adventure travel company Poseidon Expeditions hosts several adventurous cruise to the North Pole each year. Those journeys begin and ends in the Russian port city of Murmansk. From there, travelers set sail aboard the 50 Years of Victory, the largest and most sophisticated commercial icebreaker ever built. Driven by two nuclear reactors, it is capable of slicing through ice 3 meters thick, while carrying 128 passengers safely across the frozen Arctic Ocean.
Ski the Last Degree to the North Pole - Adventure Consultants (15-19 days)
Want to try something really adventurous? Why not travel to the North Pole on foot rather than by air or boat? A company called the Adventure Consultants offers Last Degree ski expedition to the North Pole, which takes a team of skiers across the frozen expanse of the Arctic Ocean. The journey covers approximately 60 miles (96 km) over a two week period starting at 89ºN and ending at the top of the world.