Click the YouTube video above to watch our interview with world tour adventurer, Bruce Laurin, the first person to go around the world from North to South.
We met with one of the “Polar First” helicopter pilots to have the opportunity to fly to this magical place – a destination every traveler dreams of.
There’s plenty of mystery surrounding the North Pole. First, it’s obviously where Santa Claus lives. But also, as any pilot knows, there are actually two North Poles: the True North and the Magnetic North. So which one is the “real” North Pole?
We met with one of the “Polar First” helicopter pilots to have the opportunity to fly to this magical place – a destination every traveler dreams of. In fact, this flight to the North Pole was the very first world tour by helicopter following a North-South axis, from the North Pole to the South Pole. Bruce Laurin from Bell Helicopters was joined by two pilots, Jennifer Murray and Colin Bodill. Their Bell 407 flew 33,330 miles, spanning 33 countries, took a whopping 171 days to complete. Fun fact: once you reach the South Pole, you can technically go around the world in just a minute and cross the boundaries of 12 countries!
As glamorous as this may sound, the team didn’t exactly enjoy the comfort of luxury hotels during this trip. “We slept in abandoned huts and tents, and survived through the expedition with dried, frozen food stored in aluminum bags”, says Bruce. “We melted snow, boiled the water, and drank it. We did, however, enjoy some interesting meals of caribou, moose and elk in the Arctic.”
However, Bruce believes the sheer thrill of reaching both poles was certainly worth it. “For a pilot, an achievement like this is a lifetime memory: I’m very proud of it.”
Does visiting the North Pole and South Pole sound like a helicopter dream trip to you? Personally, I think I’d still prefer touring the world in places where the weather is nice and warm!
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