“More than 50 guests aboard 50 Years of Victory participated in Quark’s first-ever hot air balloon ride on its North Pole voyage,” said Hans Lagerweij, president of Quark Expeditions. “We are pleased to be the only Arctic operator to offer such an exciting and exclusive adventure option on our trips.”
The passengers who selected the hot air ballooning option experienced a once-in-a-lifetime tethered flight at 86° 48' N 47° 21' E, just south of the North Pole. The balloon took one hour to set up and four passengers were taken up at a time. The passengers aboard the hot air balloon spent almost five minutes at the top of the world taking photos and celebrating the achievement.
“Ballooning in such an extreme environment is heavily dependent on weather conditions working in our favor in order to guarantee the safety of our passengers and staff,” continued Lagerweij. “Wind and ice conditions prevented us from taking our passengers up at 90° N, however we still made it up as close to the North Pole as safely as possible.”
Quark Expeditions will continue to offer its unique ballooning feature on future North Pole voyages, and has confirmed dates for the next four Arctic seasons:
2013 2014 2015 2016
June 20, 2013 June 20, 2014 June 20, 2015 June 22, 2016
July 1, 2013 July 1, 2014 July 1, 2015 July 3, 2016
Prices start from: 14 days (13 nights), from £14,190 for twin occupancy with one night in Helsinki on B&B, transfers, group helicopter trips, three meals a day, shore landings and on-board lectures. For further information please visit www.quarkexpeditions.com or call (001) 203 803 2666