Any trip to the North Pole is an exciting and challenging endeavor. In addition to the experienced, Kenn Borek aircrews, we are delighted to have as our escort, Bryan Alexander, a UK-based photographer and writer with over forty years of experience working with Arctic peoples. He has written widely, and with his wife Cherry operate a unique photographic library that specialises in the Arctic.
His publications include Forty Below, a fascinating retrospective of forty years working with Arctic peoples, and many more books and magazine articles. His insight into the remarkable people and culture of the north will add immeasurably to this epic journey to the North Pole.
Day 1: OTTAWA
You will meet at the Ottawa airport in the morning and fly north via Iqaluit to Resolute Bay where we will overnight.
Day 2: EUREKA
Our two chartered Twin Otter aircraft will head north to the Canadian government weather station at Eureka, our staging post for the journey to the pole.
Day 3: THE NORTH POLE
The aircraft will depart in the early morning, one for passengers and the other with fuel. We land at Discovery Bay for refuelling before heading north to 86N where we again refuel. Then we head the final 276 miles to the North Pole where we will land, weather permitting, to record this unique journey. Finally south via 86N and Discovery Bay to Eureka where we will overnight.
Day 4: EUREKA
We build a spare day into the itinerary at Eureka to offer some buffer against poor weather, always an issue in the Arctic. Depending on conditions and the groups wishes, we may be able to continue to Greenland one day earlier.
Day 5: QAANAQ
Only 280 miles away from Eureka lies the Greenlandic hamlet of Qaanaq where we will spend two days and a night staying at the lovely Hotel Qaanaq. Our guide Bryan Alexander has spent over two years in this part of North Greenland and his familiarity with it will bring your journey to this beautiful and isolated Inuit community to life.
Day 6: GRISE FJORD
Back to Canada today, and time to explore the remote and lovely community of Grise Fjord lying on the southern shores of Ellesmere Island.
Day 7: RESOLUTE BAY
The final leg on board our twin otter aircraft as we head back to Resolute Bay for the final overnight of the trip.
Day 8: OTTAWA
A long haul south as we cover the 2,289 miles from Resolute Bay to Canada's capital city of Ottawa where our tour ends.