A tractor and one of the Mi-8 helicopters a few days ago at Barneo Ice Camp.
courtesy Barneo Facebook, SOURCE
A crack in the Barneo runway yesterday.
courtesy Barneo Facebook, SOURCE
Barneo runway damaged beyond repair

Posted: Apr 05, 2016 08:05 am EDT


(Correne Coetzer) Yesterday we reported the ice runway cracked. Update from Barneo, April 5, 2016, 3 hours ago:

“URGENT The floe of Barneo has cracked. There is only 650 meters left. So many efforts but all in vain. The helicopters have taken off to search for another floe.

We start it all over. Prepare airdropping of a tractor to a new point. The tractors which are on Barneo now may fail to get there themselves. So we cannot risk and waste time."


Irina Orlova reported an hour ago:
"Got it! Got it! [A suitable ice floe]” Victor Yatin reported from the Ice Camp that the tractor has been moved and the clearing of the ridges has started.


The Waiting Game for the skiers in Longyearbyen continues, while the Russians work around the clock on the ice.



Barneo is a temporary Ice Camp, built by the Russians every North Pole ski season. The camp is built on a suitable ice floe inside 89 degrees North. Primarily the ice floe should be suitable to build a runway of at least 1200m long for an Antonov-74 to land from Longyearbyen, Svalbard. They, therefore, need a floe of at least 2km long and at east 40 meters away from the nearest open water (lead).


This year when the ice floe was found on March 25, an Ilyushin-76 flew from Russia, dropped two tractors by parachute, as well as staff and other equipment to start clearing the runway.  The tent camp that is built every year, serves as a base camp for skiers, tourists, runners and scientists.


On March 27, a Boeing-575 from Moscow Vnukovo Airport landed at Longyearbyen (Svalbard) with special cargo for Barneo (gear not intended for airdrops, like scientific equipment) and two team members who for the storehouse, sorting and preparing things for the season.


Inside the Arctic Circle, Longyearbyen is situated on the biggest Island of the Svalbard archipelago, Spitsbergen. 

The Geographic North Pole is at 90 degrees North.

A degree of latitude is 110 km / 70 miles / 60 nautical miles.


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