North Pole Expedition
In the path of the Norge
On May 9, 1926, the first-ever flight over the North Pole was achieved by the airship, Norge. In the wake of this momentous occasion, we are bringing back the expeditionary spirit of the past with a refined level of comfort and luxury. Take in the breathtaking views of the stark landscape that the ice masses of the Earth’s northern-most point has to offer and relive the journey of Roald Amundsen and his crew.
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While travelling low and slow, you feel close to the migrations, nearly being a part of them from an unparalleled vantage point. With airship travel, we have the luxury of requiring little infrastructure which allows us to reach remote lands, preserving the environment with a minimal footprint.
Starting the journey
Our journey will begin at Longyearbyen on Svalbard, the planet’s northernmost city, with a tumultuous history of power exchange and coal mining, now finds itself on the edge of power over some of the world’s most untouched, diverse but still fragile arctic ecosystems.
You will join us on board alongside the guests filling our 8 onboard cabins where the first hours will undoubtably be taking in the nature as we sail by, polar bears, snow foxes and reindeer herds that live throughout the national parks and nature reserves that cover most of the island. Our first evening onboard will be filled with briefings, a cocktail hour, exquisite dinner, and conversation. Whales splashing along the glacial coastlines. After a lively evening, it will be time to retire to your cabin for a good sleep before an early morning arrival at the North Pole.
Standing on the Arctic Ocean
Much like Amundsen and the Norge, we will depart from Svalbard, but unlike that journey, our destination will be the North Pole. Desolate and out of reach for many, you will step into the vast snowy landscape as many explorers had only wished to do.
There is no land where you are so as you move across this windswept dry snowscape, you are actually walking on continental ice that we are increasingly losing each summer to climate change. The importance and historical significance of your steps as witness to the changes to the earth are immense and we hope to inspire our travellers to be advocates for the planet.
Estimated launch: no later than 2026**
*approximately $200,000 USD, but is variable per the exchange rate at the times of payment.
**According to the airship industry and our manufacturing partners, the first large-scale airships for commercial operations are estimated to be flown before 2026.
Airships To The North Pole
THE HISTORY OF THE NORTH POLE QUEST
Even today, we still don’t know exactly who first stepped on the geographic North Pole: Cook in 1908? Peary in 1909? Kuznetsov or Gordiyenko in 1948? Fletcher in 1952? Not to mention the expeditions of Parry, De Long, Nansen, Andrée and many others, who tried with ships, hot air balloons and airplanes.
It is not easy, today, in the age of satellites, GPS and Google Maps to imagine that only ninety years ago little or nothing was known about the morphology, climate and appearance of the Arctic. The romantic urge to venture into the unknown has given way to an ordinary habituation, which is fulfilled between online surfing and thousands of contrails crowding the sky….