We will also set up a way for ALL of you to come with us. You may be aware or unaware, that I and my constituents are planning an independent expedition to the roof of the world, the North Pole to independently verify and study the reports of an entrance into the Inner Earth. Wind was building. The Enquirer sponsored a expedition to the North Pole to find Santa Claus in 1934. Horn, 53, has two daughters who grew up accustomed to their father’s dangerous pursuits, but now they were desperate for him to be rescued. The perfect polar expedition doesn’t just happen. And the unyielding ice cap that has held the top of the planet in its frozen grip for 15 million years is melting. It is called the True North Pole to distinguish from the Magnetic North Pole.. After skiing all day, the men set up camp for the night, a lengthy process that involved setting up trip wires and flares to scare away polar bears. Wind and waves lashed the vessels; capsizing could be fatal. “I was surprised—the body remembers what it has done before.”. In extreme cold-weather environments, adventurers cite the maxim: Get wet, you die. But Ousland wanted no part of any rescue. Their spirits were high as they skied away from Pangaea, even as they strained to pull sleds more than twice their body weight. This provides us ample time to contact the more than 20 million of you who follow the expedition and provide a way for you to participate. But another storm was blowing in—Rotmo and Gamme couldn’t wait any longer. To their profound joy, they discovered a bag of dried salmon sticks given to them by a friend in Nome and devoured it in short order. But given the time needed for nightly tasks—melting snow for water, scraping ice off everything, and sleeping—there were no more hours to wring from the day. Norwegian authorities prepare a rescue operation for Børge Ousland.”, “After that,” Ebbesen says, “the whole thing detonated.”, Soon nearly every outlet in Norway, the BBC, and media across France, Germany, Switzerland, and much of Europe were reporting breathlessly on Ousland and Horn’s plight and imminent “rescue.”, Ousland, however, had other ideas. Horn’s hands began to break down. But it had come at a cost—he’d only slept two hours. If the infection infiltrated his bloodstream it would be more than just the expedition in jeopardy. It shows the light of two headlamps in the dark. Polar experts believe it's likely that within the next 20 years Septembers in the Arctic Ocean will be entirely devoid of ice, even at the North Pole. They’d been saved by blind luck: If they’d crossed open water that day, the sled would have filled, soaking Ousland’s sleeping bag and other essential gear. The Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC, / ˌməʊˈzɛɪɪk /) expedition is a one-year-long expedition into the Central Arctic, planned to take place from 2019 to 2020. “I want to be in the ice mentally ... it’s about safety.”, Yet it’s also something more, he admits. Their journey would take them from the tip of Siberia to the North Pole… Minutes later, Ousland texted Horn a two-word reply: “I’m in.”. With prices from £22,979pp, get in touch to start planning your expedition cruise to the North Pole today! Meanwhile, Lance, with Rotmo and Gamme aboard, was struggling to navigate the ice maze. For six hours they dried Horn’s pants, jacket, and boots while Ousland sewed up the sliced harness. There on the ice the polar hardman wept. During the trip you will get a chance to see polar bears and arctic foxes, you’ll get access to helicopter and air balloon tours, interesting lectures and most importantly you’ll stand at the very top of the world – 90° North. “If you just sit there, they will come and they will eat you. Besides the glorious food, perhaps nothing was as welcome as a shower. Meanwhile, two of Horn’s teeth broke when he bit into frozen chocolate, and Ousland, now forced into the role of emergency dentist, repaired them with temporary dental filling material he’d packed in his seemingly bottomless med kit. His favorite: “If you live to 82, you have 30,000 days, so you owe it to yourself to live each one to its fullest.”. Now their expedition manager, Lars Ebbesen, was on the phone from Norway with a lifeline. Horn spoke first, “In a couple of hours, our expedition is finished. If 100 thousand or more will subscribe to stream this amazing reality program LIVE, then the mission will succeed. Find the right Arctic / North Pole cruise for you. As Horn bobbed in half-frozen slush, Ousland—careful not to get his hands wet, which could flash-freeze them into uselessness—reached from the edge of the ice and desperately grasped his partner’s harness and pulled. Next stop, the North Pole: Northamptonshire schoolchildren smash 'expedition to Lapland' fundraiser goal in just two weeks By Alastair Ulke Monday, 23rd November 2020, 5:51 pm © 1996-2015 National Geographic Society, © 2015- Svalbard expedition in detail: Since 2000, the TOPtoTOP Expedition has covered 111,000 nautical miles and visited more than 100 countries. If too early, darkness and extremely cold temperatures prevail. It yanked the sled-raft which collided with Ousland’s ice-rimed boat, tipping him sideways. For the first time since records have been kept, temperatures reached 100 degrees this summer in the Siberian Arctic. The Norwegian’s hearing was damaged from his younger years working with heavy machinery as a cold-water diver. They watched in silence as it flew above the pole, turned back the way it had come, and disappeared into the night. So they changed the definition of a “day,” lengthening it to 30 hours. He called his Norwegian friend Bengt Rotmo, an experienced Arctic guide. He was on his second round of doxycycline and barely had the dexterity to clip into his harness each day. But Ousland wasn’t done. August 20, 2020 at 4:04 a.m. BERLIN — A German icebreaker carrying scientists on a yearlong international expedition in the high Arctic has reached the North Pole… “It is as if all of the odds are against us,” he wrote. Helicopter expedition is the fastest and the most affordable way to get to the North pole. The ONLY challenge left, is the voyage to Arctic to see if the opening exists. Unsurprisingly The North Pole Expedition Season is in Jeopardy Due to Coronavirus Posted on March 19, 2020 March 19, 2020 by Kraig Becker As the world continues to struggle with containing the still quickly-spreading coronavirus, another staple of the spring expedition and exploration season seems likely to be cancelled. Horn’s frostbitten hands, virtually useless in the cold, were dangerously infected. But the lead was longer than their 350 feet of rope, forcing them to cross simultaneously, a much more precarious maneuver. Horn was first to paddle across to Rotmo and Gamme. We need you to SUBSCRIBE to Hollow Earth TV, so you can go with us wherever we go in search of the truth about this legend. Special Annoucement: Due to the economic effects of Operation COVID-19, the North Pole Inner Earth Expedition is being repositioned to August of 2022.. Along the way he hunted snakes and caiman for food. Soon the men were polar machines, pushing forward into the teeth of the Arctic. Pick a few Antarctica or Arctic vacations that appeal to you. “We can’t stop here,” he told Ebbesen, dismissing the notion of helicopters out of hand. Photo / Mario Hoppmann . They did not celebrate. They’d been vulnerable ever since. He and Horn carry bear spray and flare guns, which typically scare them off. Some inner resolve in the men had now slackened. When the clouds cleared, the icy world was revealed in starlight. Though they were halfway from the pole to their hoped-for pickup latitude, people back home were alarmed. “The disappointment of actually falling into the water and that it could cost me my life,” he says. Over his storied career, his expeditions have been chronicled in magazines, television, and film, and he’s celebrated as a national hero on his return. The Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC, / ˌ m ə ʊ ˈ z ɛ ɪ ɪ k /) expedition was a one-year-long expedition into the Central Arctic (September 2019 - October 2020). The amount of data gathered by the experts. Scientists use an array of satellites and sensors to feed computer models that provide a picture of this changing realm. The moon rose and cast a cold glow across an empty world. No one does.”. Each man had lost more than 20 pounds. Polar Cruises is located in Bend, Oregon USA – Hours of operation: 9am-5pm M-Th & 9am-4pm Fri Pacific time. We’re going to make it.’”. "Typically we avoid that region because it's typically covered by thick sea ice. A mother with cubs. “Who else brings the nail? On August 28 of last year, with little fanfare or media hype, Ousland, Horn, and their crew set sail from Nome, Alaska, in Horn’s 115-foot sailboat Pangaea and headed north into the Arctic Ocean. You can find us just behind the University building (UNIS), near the fjord. They weren’t performing,” Ebbesen says. Pushing the hot nail through plastic, he created hundreds of holes along the sled’s crack. Welcome to the greatest expedition in history. The North Pole cruise expedition starts in Murmansk and lasts 13 days. Poseidon Expeditions plans to operate three trips to 90º north latitude at the height of the 2020 summer season, according to a statement, with departures scheduled for July 12, July 23 and Aug. 3. We've got 149 tours going to Arctic / North Pole, starting from just 3 days in length, and the longest tour is 33 days. (Twitter pic/MOSAiC Expedition) BERLIN: Researchers on the world’s biggest mission to the North Pole … Then he crouched naked over the stoves, steam rising from his skin. I'm a dedicated skier and will be the first blind man to ski to the North Pole. If we find it, the whole world will change. Horn broke out tiny bottles of Armagnac and “Mike Horn Cake,” a rum-soaked fruit cake created for him by an admiring three-star Michelin chef. Norwegian journalists were on board to cover the story that seemingly half of Europe was now following, and Rotmo and Gamme were feeling the strain. We are 100% dedicated to the awareness of all people about the possibility that planet Earth is far more than a ball of crusted lava floating through space. From the tent, Ousland messaged Rotmo, who used his deep network of Arctic connections to secure a former polar research vessel named Lance. But then his thoughts shifted to possible solutions—what he calls “moving up that ladder from the basement”—energized the Norwegian, renowned for his skill and ingenuity in field repair. Icetrek is the leading company for air-supported adventures onto the Arctic Ocean. ... Polar bears had been very interested in the expedition's equipment. The expedition is now entering its final stage, during which researchers will study the last piece of the Arctic puzzle: the growth of new sea ice marking the end of the summer season. Soon, the ocean began to freeze. Journalists rushed onto the ice as the adventurers emerged from the polar night with cold-scarred faces and ice beards. They’re referring to sweat, which can freeze to skin, or perhaps to a spill from a water bottle, which can cause flesh-killing frostbite. The MOSAiC expedition — the biggest and most complex expedition ever attempted in the central Arctic by researchers from several nations — arrived to the North Pole in just six days this month, making their way from near Greenland via an unusual route. Not long after leaving the sailboat, Pangaea, the men came to a channel of hissing green-black water, 100-feet wide. “It’s interesting, that progression we have in our mind," Horn says about facing intense bodily pain and staggering fatigue. They weren’t even setting up polar bear tripwires anymore. Its blob of light splintered into a constellation as they drew nearer, the obverse of how the lights from Pangaea had dwindled in their wake three months before. “That was one of the strongest moments I’ve ever experienced.”, Horn, however, kept to himself. Which raises a good question: Why were they doing this? In 2021, Quark Expeditions marks 30 years of taking passengers to this northernmost point on the globe, and on this amazing voyage, we enable you to join the privileged few who have set foot on the North Pole. With the ice sheet now even more riven with leads (some a quarter mile across and 40 miles long), Ousland needed a new strategy. Gamme suddenly regretted bringing fresh sausage. The perfect polar expedition doesn’t just happen. Their exhalations formed freezing mist and knotty horns of ice grew from their faces and beards. For ages, adventurers and explorers have tried to reach this point on a trip to the North Pole by dog sled, boat, plane, and even hot air balloon. Inspired by the accounts of polar explorers his father read to him as a child, Ousland has had a lifelong love affair with the Arctic and, in his words, “creating new history.” In 1990, at 28, he embarked on his first historic challenge, skiing unsupported to the North Pole. On 19 August 2020, the world’s largest and longest polar research expedition – known as MOSAiC – reached the North Pole after making an unplanned detour owing to lighter-than-usual sea ice conditions. In his overwhelming exhaustion, he began falling asleep and stumbling while skiing the next day. 50 Years of Victory’s dedicated helicopter enables North Pole visitors to soar above the vast icy landscapes and truly appreciate the magnitude of the seldom-visited North Pole. Horn struggles to make his way across a small crack in the ice, known as a lead. Round-trip from Helsinki, Finland, this expedition includes hotel nights and a charter flight to/from the ship in Murmansk, Russia, the … They needed to cross a degree of latitude every six days to reach the ice edge to meet Pangaea before they ran out of food and fuel. Temperatures were dropping. A few days later, Ousland’s sled became increasingly difficult to pull. The plastic pollution has increased extremely in the last 20 years. Our team has been working to discover the facts behind the legend that Earth may be hollow for more than 15 years. In 2017, after Horn completed a daring, 3,100-mile solo kite-ski crossing of Antarctica, Ousland called with congratulations. Horn promptly invited him on his next adventure: a traverse of the Arctic ice cap on skis. In line with what has become the most important theme of 2020, the entire North Pole workforce has transitioned to remote work. We knew we couldn't handle very much more at that moment.”. After finding a better lead, Lance lodged on ice 20 miles shy of its goal. In 2022, we are chartering one of these fine ships to take 125 intrepid explorers to the Arctic Region to search for an opening in the crust of the Earth. “That is the question I get most, but I can’t answer it myself,” Ousland says. Both men had made previous trips to the Arctic and were shocked at the number and size of the leads they encountered, a clear sign of the warming Arctic. The icebreaker research vessel Polastern during the largest polar expedition in history on Feb. 27, 2020. At 31, he river-boarded 4,000 miles down the Amazon (which involves lying prone atop something that resembles a boogie board and alternately paddling and riding the currents). In his journal, Gamme wrote facetiously, “Two ungrateful shit sacks, here we drag lots of goodies! This is why he limits calls with his wife and daughter to once every couple weeks. Using his knife, Ousland sawed off Horn’s sled harness, which was encased in ice. Photo: Mike Horn. Photo / MOSAiC 2020. The Norwegian was struggling to sleep as he worked through strategies and scenarios and drift angles, trying to map every possible eventuality. And there was the matter of age, with both men now on the far side of 50. In the distance, Rotmo and Gamme could see the men’s lights. “But now we were skiing just a little crust basically, with 4,000 meters of sea underneath our feet.”, In places, the ice offered a gin-clear view into the void. After all, Ousland felt he’d solved the “running out of food and starving” thing. The year-long MOSAiC international science expedition traveled across the geographic North Pole just after midday on August 19, which the crew celebrated with a small gathering on the Polarstern ’s bridge.The Polarstern research icebreaker traveled along the Fram Strait on the North-east side of Greenland in a … It takes a team of talented, knowledgeable and experienced professionals to bring it all together. He yelled across to the other two men, who were now only 100 feet away. A day before, Horn had fallen through the ice, and had been saved by the two men's quick thinking. Heated disputes broke out between the adventurers and the boat’s crew over the best route. For 86 days we were fighting that specific moment.”. It takes a team of talented, knowledgeable and experienced professionals to bring it all together. In the last 20 years we have collected a total of 60’000 kg of plastic together with 140’000 students at “Beach Clean Ups”. 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