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The '''North Pole''' is the northernmost point in the world.
 
The '''North Pole''' is the northernmost point in the world.
  
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==Understand==
 
==Understand==
 
[[Image:Map of Arctic Islands.png|noframe|right|329px|Map of the North Pole]]
 
[[Image:Map of Arctic Islands.png|noframe|right|329px|Map of the North Pole]]
  
Although there's more than one definition of "the North Pole", the most popularly accepted one is geographic: a fixed location in the northern hemisphere at the '''Earth's axis of rotation''', latitude 90°N (longitude not applicable).  Unlike the [[South Pole]], which is located on the continent of [[Antarctica]], the geographic North Pole is covered by nothing but a sheet of shifting ice on the surface of the Arctic Ocean.  There is thus no permanent habitation nor even an official marker for the position, as the ice moves from year to year.  Although it was once an elusive goal that took the lives of many explorers, thanks to modern aviation and other technology, it is now the destination of commercial travel expeditions.
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this website is terribl. it doesnt even answer your question. the north pole is located on the continent of nothing for gods sake!!!! Although there's more than one definition of "the North Pole", the most popularly accepted one is geographic: a fixed location in the northern hemisphere at the '''Earth's axis of rotation''', latitude 90°N (longitude not applicable).  Unlike the [[South Pole]], which is located on the continent of [[Antarctica]], the geographic North Pole is covered by nothing but a sheet of shifting ice on the surface of the Arctic Ocean.  There is thus no permanent habitation nor even an official marker for the position, as the ice moves from year to year.  Although it was once an elusive goal that took the lives of many explorers, thanks to modern aviation and other technology, it is now the destination of commercial travel expeditions.
  
 
"The North Pole" is also defined '''magnetically'''.  One definition is the point on the surface that magnetic compasses point to, following the Earth's geomagnetic field.  Another uses the Earth's more broad magnetosphere (which affects the Aurora Borealis) as a reference.  These positions drift, and are currently off Ellef Ringnes Island (one of the [[Queen Elizabeth Islands]] in [[Nunavut]], [[Canada]]), and off [[Qaanaaq]], [[Greenland]], respectively.
 
"The North Pole" is also defined '''magnetically'''.  One definition is the point on the surface that magnetic compasses point to, following the Earth's geomagnetic field.  Another uses the Earth's more broad magnetosphere (which affects the Aurora Borealis) as a reference.  These positions drift, and are currently off Ellef Ringnes Island (one of the [[Queen Elizabeth Islands]] in [[Nunavut]], [[Canada]]), and off [[Qaanaaq]], [[Greenland]], respectively.
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* '''Deutsche Polarflug''', [http://www.polarflug.de].  North Pole sightseeing flights, starting in May 2007, 11-hour sightseeing flights departing from Germany in an Airbus 330, cruising over Norway and Svalbard, riding low over special sights, and getting all the way up to the North Pole.  Most passengers switch during the flight between center-section seats to pairs of outer-section seats, giving everyone in this class a window or next-to-window seat for half of the flight; a small number of tickets are center-section or outer-section only.  Informative in-flight programming.  €555-€1190 economy, call for first-class.
 
* '''Deutsche Polarflug''', [http://www.polarflug.de].  North Pole sightseeing flights, starting in May 2007, 11-hour sightseeing flights departing from Germany in an Airbus 330, cruising over Norway and Svalbard, riding low over special sights, and getting all the way up to the North Pole.  Most passengers switch during the flight between center-section seats to pairs of outer-section seats, giving everyone in this class a window or next-to-window seat for half of the flight; a small number of tickets are center-section or outer-section only.  Informative in-flight programming.  €555-€1190 economy, call for first-class.
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* '''Global Expedition Adventures''', [http://www.geadventures.com/]. Offers a variety of packages, including plane/helicopter directly to the Pole, overnighting at the Pole, skiing "the last degree", and even skydiving onto the polar ice cap.  You will typically be looking at a minimum of US$12,000 per head for the trip.
  
 
* '''Icetrek''', [http://www.icetrek.com/].  Offers day-trips from Longyearbyen, 3-4 day excursions overnighting at Barneo, and skiing expeditions up to 9 days on the ice.  €7,900-€13,900.
 
* '''Icetrek''', [http://www.icetrek.com/].  Offers day-trips from Longyearbyen, 3-4 day excursions overnighting at Barneo, and skiing expeditions up to 9 days on the ice.  €7,900-€13,900.
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* '''Voyage Concepts''', [http://www.voyageconcepts.co.uk/travel/].  Offers a five-day excursion by air, and a two-week (including training) expedition skiing the last leg of the way and flying back.  Departs from [[London]] by way of Svalbard.  £12,000 and up.
 
* '''Voyage Concepts''', [http://www.voyageconcepts.co.uk/travel/].  Offers a five-day excursion by air, and a two-week (including training) expedition skiing the last leg of the way and flying back.  Departs from [[London]] by way of Svalbard.  £12,000 and up.
  
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* '''Polar Challenge''', [http://www.polar-challenge.com/]. Offers the opportunity to take part in a 350 nautical mile competitive team Polar race to the Magnetic North Pole and beyond. Includes full pre-race training in Wales, Austria and the Arctic, equipment and full administrative support. Entry fee £17,500 per person.
  
 
* '''North Pole Adventures''', [http://www.northpole.ru/eng/index.html].  Offers standard as well as not so standard North Pole packages from special honeymoon deals to overland ski crossings to vodka tasting at 40 degrees below zero.  Flights take off from Moscow and Frankfurt.  Trips average about €10,000 per person, although honeymooners enjoy a two for the price of one deal.
 
* '''North Pole Adventures''', [http://www.northpole.ru/eng/index.html].  Offers standard as well as not so standard North Pole packages from special honeymoon deals to overland ski crossings to vodka tasting at 40 degrees below zero.  Flights take off from Moscow and Frankfurt.  Trips average about €10,000 per person, although honeymooners enjoy a two for the price of one deal.
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==Get out==
 
==Get out==
As the North Pole is the northernmost point on Earth, it is impossible to go further north. Everyone heads south, typically via the same expedition team they arrived with.
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Most visitors to the North Pole head south.
  
 
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