Ever dreamed of spending the night in an igloo at the North Pole? For one month next year, travellers will have the opportunity to do just that -- provided they've got a spare $140,000.
A temporary hotel site is opening at the northernmost place in the world in April 2020, offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience for adventurous explorers. As CNN notes, a south-facing window is pretty much guaranteed!
North Pole Igloos hotel will be made up of 10 heated domes in which guests can sleep under the stars in the frozen centre of the Arctic Ocean.
"The North Pole has been one of the most exclusive travel destinations in the world for years, but no nice and comfortable accommodation facilities exist there," explains Janne Honkanen, founder of Luxury Action, the travel company behind the ambitious project.
"I wanted to create a more comfortable way to experience the North Pole as it is, by bringing cozy facilities to extreme conditions."
The top of the world is inaccessible most of the year, but it can be reached by helicopter in April and by ship during June and July.
Only around 1,000 people make the journey annually, and those who do usually rough it in tents and must bring all the equipment needed to keep them safe in the hostile environment.
That's quite a contrast to the heated igloo with en suite toilet, on-site camp manager, Arctic wilderness guide, chef and security team offered as part of the hotel package.
"We provide all of the equipment," says Honkanen. "But you definitely need to have the spirit of an explorer or scientist."
Travellers will be almost guaranteed the opportunity to see the Northern Lights, as the aurora borealis is still highly active in April.
The price-tag of 95,000 euros ($138,000) covers a two-night stay in Svalbard, the last frontier town between mainland Norway and the North Pole, flights and logistics to and from the North Pole, as well as a night's stay at the North Pole Igloos hotel, along with all meals and guides.
Honkanen hopes those who stay in the North Pole Igloos hotel can act as "messengers" and help raise awareness about the effects of climate change in the region.
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