Going to the North Pole was once an elusive aim that took the lives of many people that tried to explore this region.
Nowadays, due to modern aviation and achievements in other technologies, journeys to the North Pole by air or by icebreaker have almost become routine; this kind of expedition has been, in recent years, available to groups of tourists through adventure holiday companies.
The fact that journeys to the North Pole are now available to many people doesn’t mean that camping in the North Pole is just a regular adventure, as a matter of fact; it can be the adventure of a lifetime.
It is much easier and cheaper to take the plane and fly to Europe but then you will miss the excitement of taking a voyage in one of the most remote regions on the planet.
I must say when I first contemplated the decision I was not very fond of the idea, maybe because my imagination associated camping with tents lying in the middle of a green forest not very far from civilization.
Moreover, camping at the North Pole is a statement of courage for anyone who wants to venture in this wild, untamed land, a heart-opening experience.
It is probably the most extreme challenge ever because one has to deal with life-threatening situations. Such an expedition implies hard work; it is a journey for fit people, people ready to deal with many challenges that could scare even the most experienced explorer. It is surprising how ordinary people like me, are tempted to try on such an adventure.
The reason can be that life as fragile as it is can survive in the most unwelcoming places of the world, and that is why, the nature in its raw form is so seductive for the adventurers.
Furthermore, camping at the North Pole is a hard mission and a good physical and psychological preparation is absolutely necessary. At the end of the day, campers are obliged to have the necessary energy reserves to set up the camp and prepare dinner.
The most important thing, and the one that makes this trip so difficult, is that campers at the North Pole have to be able to regulate their body temperatures, so that they won’t get cold or too hot when they are moving.
This trip will encounter temperatures that barely register on the thermometer, between -20° C and -35°C, which means extremely cold conditions. Living in such cold conditions 7 days or more must be very challenging.
The North Pole can only be reached on journeys specifically set up for the purpose and the campers must have prior experience of the ascents and winter camping.
Reaching the North Pole is the perfect way to state that everything in life is possible and achievable. It is probably the most rewarding, enriching adventure, an experience that touches the very soul of any person that takes a plunge into this marvelous arctic landscape.