Next year, you can now go glamping at the North Pole, provided the pockets in your down jacket are deep enough.
For $105,217.25 per person, travelers can stay at the North Pole Igloos, which their founder is billing as the northernmost hotel on the face of the planet.
The package includes:
- 2 nights in Svalbard Islands, Norway
- Flights between Svalbard and the North Pole
- 1 night at the North Pole
- Chef-prepared meals
- Arctic wilderness guide
The igloos, which have been tested in all types of extreme weather, are heated and have their own toilets, saving guests from making bathroom trips in subzero temperatures. They also feature a glass ceiling and wall so that guest can fully experience the northern lights.
But because the weather only allows safe travel for a short window of time, the igloos will only be positioned at the North Pole during the month of April 2020.
The igloos are the brainchild of Luxury Action, a 10-year-old Finnish private-travel company specializing in the Arctic and other Nordic regions.
“I decided this will be most experimental and best way to show our clients,” founder Janne Honkanen tells USA TODAY. He says it’s time to give tourists the opportunity to experience the North Pole with along with scientists and arctic explorers and do so in a safe way.
The concept, he says, is movable and sustainable but “still a little extreme.” (The team will move the igloos to the safest places around the Arctic glacier depending on weather conditions.)
For the remainder of the year, travelers can spend three nights in the igloos in Lapland, Finland, or Svalbard for about half the price: $53,166.96.
Honkanen’s mission for the North Pole Igloos is twofold. In addition to giving eager explorers access to the North Pole, he wants visitors to witness the effects of climate change firsthand and spread the word when they return home.
In the Arctic, he explains, the impact of climate change is clear to both year-round inhabitants and visitors. And it is particularly evident the North Pole.
In fact, the situation in the North Pole is rapidly quickly enough that Luxury Action will decide whether to operate the hotel in the North Pole during April on a year-to-year basis.
“The weather is warmer and warmer every year,” Honkanen explains. “We don’t know how many years we will be able to operate at the North Pole.”
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