Best Time To Visit The North Pole

The North Pole is the most northerly point on Earth, located in the Arctic Ocean, and it experiences freezing temperatures throughout the year. During the winter, the average temperature at the North Pole plummets to -40 ° F (-40 ° C), complemented by milder temperatures of 32° F (0° C) during the summer.

There is total darkness for six months during the winter, reversed with 24 hours of daylight during the summer. Visiting the North Pole during the winter is considered an extreme expedition only occasionally undertaken by scientists with highly specialised equipment and training. As you can imagine, visiting the North Pole in the winter is not something most people would want to experience with its blasting winds and total blackout.

When is The Best Time to Take a North Pole Cruise?

Reaching the North Pole is possible on an icebreaker cruise between July and September. The ice pack ice is considered more challenging to navigate earlier than this and reduces the chances of reaching the North Pole. After September, the conditions become more extreme as the onset of winter starts in the Arctic. So, the window for getting to the North Pole on a cruise is quite limited.

Due to the short season only a limited number of North Pole Cruises take place each year, so booking in advance is essential. 

Top Tip: If you want the best chances of seeing the Northern Lights, consider a North Pole cruise in September. Whilst you won't see the Northern Lights at the North Pole itself, it may be possible to witness the fantastic display of the Aurora Borealis further south in East Greenland.

When is The Best Time to Fly To The North Pole?

It is possible to fly to the North Pole by taking a charter flight to the Barneo ice camp and then a short helicopter flight to the North Pole.

This expedition is only possible when the runway carved into the ice at Barneo is open during April.

When is The Best Time to reach the North Pole via an expedition?

Dogsledding and skiing expeditions are reliant on the right sea ice conditions. Early in the year, it is still winter, and the conditions are too extreme due to the darkness and wind. Later in the summer, the ice begins to break up and melt, making it impassable. April is the best month as the ice is thickest after the winter freeze, and there is daylight as the Arctic heads towards the summer.

Would you like to visit the North Pole?

If you are interested in visiting the North Pole our knowledgeable Travel Experience Team with first-hand experience are here to help you plan your North Pole visit. 

We will assist you with choosing your preferred option, whether a cruise or flight, clarify the differences between voyages, and help you make your cabin selection based on your preference. We can describe what is included along with any optional activities. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have. 

All bookings made through us at the North Pole include 100% financial protection for your peace of mind. We include supplier failure insurance free of charge to ensure you are fully protected. We also guarantee the best price from the operator when your reservation is made.

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Thanks for reading and happy exploring.

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