North Pole 2013

User: Prepare2go
Dates: 17 Apr 2013 - 20 Apr 2013
Duration: 3 days, 12 hours
URL: http://www.prepare2go.com/

Prepare2go's Flying Expedition to the Top of the World!

Saturday 20 Apr 2013 21:15

The successful crew!

Posted: April 20, 2013, 7:15 p.m.

Saturday 20 Apr 2013 18:47

Safely landed back in Svalbard!

Posted: April 20, 2013, 4:47 p.m.

Saturday 20 Apr 2013 18:43

Victory FlyBy!

Posted: April 20, 2013, 4:43 p.m.

Saturday 20 Apr 2013 18:37

Inbound to Svalbard, the end in sight...

Posted: April 20, 2013, 4:37 p.m.

Friday 19 Apr 2013 20:41

Landed at the airstrip! A great flight, perfect weather!

Now some time on the ice, then time to come home safely!

Posted: April 19, 2013, 6:41 p.m.

Friday 19 Apr 2013 17:43

Sea ice beginnning to break up in Longyear fjord. Now back to the OPS room to monitor their progress - 3 hours to landing, fingers crossed.

Posted: April 19, 2013, 3:43 p.m.

Friday 19 Apr 2013 17:07

North Pole airstrip support Antonov returns after delivering fuel to the Pole. They spoke to our team mid-air!

Posted: April 19, 2013, 3:07 p.m.

Friday 19 Apr 2013 15:54

They're off, a flight time of 4.5 hours to the pole, heading 357 degrees. I don't know if the support team can hold their breath that long!

Posted: April 19, 2013, 1:54 p.m.

Friday 19 Apr 2013 15:38

Um, perhaps a little tail-heavy?!

Posted: April 19, 2013, 1:38 p.m.

Friday 19 Apr 2013 15:31

Moments from departure, both happy and anxious...

Posted: April 19, 2013, 1:31 p.m.

Friday 19 Apr 2013 14:31

Repairs to the turbine by Stefan (who was happy at home in Germany just a few hours ago!). This is it, make or break for the expedition.

Posted: April 19, 2013, 12:31 p.m.

Friday 19 Apr 2013 9:06

Three saints above the engineer's station! So that's how they avoid technicial problems - a mandatory EASA requirement perhaps?

Posted: April 19, 2013, 7:06 a.m.

Friday 19 Apr 2013 9:05

Navigation - some maps and a large GPS - I think I know what they rely on more!

Posted: April 19, 2013, 7:05 a.m.

Friday 19 Apr 2013 9:03

Cockpit of Barneo support aircraft

Posted: April 19, 2013, 7:03 a.m.

Friday 19 Apr 2013 9:00

Barneo groundcrew do the pre-flight checks

Posted: April 19, 2013, 7 a.m.

Friday 19 Apr 2013 8:55

Beautiful DC3 at Longyear.

Posted: April 19, 2013, 6:55 a.m.

Friday 19 Apr 2013 8:47

Gone tech again, second occurence of the turbine problem. Time is running out: the weather is changing and the ice runway will shortly begin to break up.

Posted: April 19, 2013, 6:47 a.m.

Friday 19 Apr 2013 8:29

Turbine pre-heating

Posted: April 19, 2013, 6:29 a.m.

Friday 19 Apr 2013 8:11

View from the tower of last-minute packing and preparation.

Posted: April 19, 2013, 6:11 a.m.

Friday 19 Apr 2013 8:10

This is it, H Hour at Longyearbyen airport. Weather is good, time to go (now)...

Posted: April 19, 2013, 6:10 a.m.

Friday 19 Apr 2013 0:00

Midnight!

Posted: April 18, 2013, 10 p.m.

Thursday 18 Apr 2013 18:15

Just how much fuel can I get in one Cessna?!

Posted: April 18, 2013, 4:15 p.m.

Thursday 18 Apr 2013 17:59

Back on terra firma, goon suit still attached.

Posted: April 18, 2013, 3:59 p.m.

Thursday 18 Apr 2013 17:41

Moment of landing at Longyearbyen.

Posted: April 18, 2013, 3:41 p.m.

Thursday 18 Apr 2013 17:26

Dornier departs Longyear after dropping off cargo.

Posted: April 18, 2013, 3:26 p.m.

Thursday 18 Apr 2013 17:18

Tom films a DC3 landing - magic!

Posted: April 18, 2013, 3:18 p.m.

Thursday 18 Apr 2013 17:04

Longyear fjord seen from the runway as we wait for our arrivals...

Posted: April 18, 2013, 3:04 p.m.

Thursday 18 Apr 2013 15:56

1309km to the North Pole. Does that count as 'nearly there'?

Posted: April 18, 2013, 1:56 p.m.

Thursday 18 Apr 2013 15:45

A mother seal and two cubs sun themselves on a small ice floe.

Posted: April 18, 2013, 1:45 p.m.

Thursday 18 Apr 2013 15:44

It's just beautiful here - savage, but beautiful.

Posted: April 18, 2013, 1:44 p.m.

Thursday 18 Apr 2013 13:19

View from my 'office' whilst waiting for the Cessna to come back online. Tense times, the weather won't stay like this forever!

Posted: April 18, 2013, 11:19 a.m.

Thursday 18 Apr 2013 8:49

Longyear City high street

Posted: April 18, 2013, 6:49 a.m.

Thursday 18 Apr 2013 0:56

Sunset at Longyearbyen fjord. The sun will rise again in just over an hour and then stay up for four months!

The next sunset is on the 25th August!

Posted: April 17, 2013, 10:56 p.m.

Wednesday 17 Apr 2013 19:24

Our hardy film crew, Tom and Laura

Posted: April 17, 2013, 5:24 p.m.

Wednesday 17 Apr 2013 14:19

Longyearbyen, 78deg North - Advance Base Camp (in beautiful weather)

Posted: April 17, 2013, 12:19 p.m.

Wednesday 17 Apr 2013 13:39

Bjornoya island

Posted: April 17, 2013, 11:39 a.m.

Wednesday 17 Apr 2013 10:26

Aircraft gone tech!

If there is any good news, better here than at the Pole. Engineer and new injector box coming up from Stuttgart. Fingers crossed for a speedy repair before the weather changes...

Posted: April 17, 2013, 8:26 a.m.

Wednesday 17 Apr 2013 9:58

Tromso fjord

Posted: April 17, 2013, 7:58 a.m.

Wednesday 17 Apr 2013 8:43

Tromso, about to leave mainland Europe.

Posted: April 17, 2013, 6:43 a.m.

North Pole 2013

User: Prepare2go
Dates: 17 Apr 2013 - 20 Apr 2013
Duration: 3 days, 12 hours
URL: http://www.prepare2go.com/

Prepare2go's Flying Expedition to the Top of the World!

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Ciao,

my congratulations!

I'm ws user Italia in Calabria. You are welcome here!

Salvatore

Well done! Congradulations Sam and all crews!

They did well, particularly fighting cold and dehydration on the return south.

Interesting to see that they've 'broken' Track My Tour by going so far north!

It'll be good to get home to the warmth, -26C before windchill is pretty impressive.

What an experience! Congratulations to everyone concerned. An awesome tick in the box for you all!!

Well done Helmut, Sam and the team...the stuff of legends!

Polar bear egg and chips for dinner to celebrate, i guess. Congratulationd

Congratulations on reaching the top of the world.

It is cold!

Wow! Great tour! I see the TrackMyTour app is having problems rendering your map. It seems your location is pushing the limits! I'll try to get this fixed soon! Chris (from TrackMyTour)

Wow! Is this the top of the world? It must be the most amazing feeling!! Congratulations to all concerned! What an awesome tick in the box!

The very best of luck guys. It looks cold especially as I sit on a balcony in California! Safe flying & hope the tech problems improve.

Cool! What an ice place to chill out. ;)

Fingers crossed - is Helmut ready to go direct!

What a great flight! Amazing views.