Shortly after arriving at the Russian Ice Camp, we were taken
to the North Pole by one of the Mi-8 helicopters. There were about
20 passengers, 3 sky divers, about a dozen "day trippers"
and the we four GEA "campers". The 30 minute flight
was seemed to last forever. When the the helicopter prepared to
land, it hovered just above the ice while a crewman jumped out
to test the ice with a large metal shaft. When he gave the OK,
the Mi-8 landed. All the passengers except for the sky divers
got out to savor arriving at the "Top of the World."
The Helicopter then took off and climbed to one to two thousand
meters and the sky divers jumped.
See Skydivers to view pictures of their descent.
On the ice, it was a very cold -30 degrees, but fortunately the wind was light. Every one began taking pictures, most people had symbols and flags to be included in the picture.