The team flew from Longyearbyen, Norway to 89 degrees, 30 minutes north. From there, they were helicoptered to the geographic North Pole, located at 90 degrees North. Pressure ridges and below zero temperatures did not stop Anna from braving one of the most extreme climates on Earth.
Anna commemorated the experience by taking a (chilly!) plunge into the Arctic Ocean wearing a specialized ‘dry suit’ for protection. Reaching the North Pole was a milestone for not only Anna, but her family, as well; she is the last of five to visit the destination. Her father, Rick Sweitzer, runs Wilmette-based Polar Explorers, the first company to lead an expedition to the North Pole (by dogsled) for amateur adventurers. Anna is already busy making plans to join her father again, as the company will travel to the South Pole later this year.
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