Albert II: from pole to pole
Prince Albert II of Monaco is the world’s only head of state to have visited both the North and South poles.
It was on 16 April 2006 that Prince Albert II of Monaco reached the North Pole after a four-day expedition across the ice pack, becoming the first head of state to complete such a feat. Under sometimes extremely difficult conditions, Albert II travelled nearly a hundred kilometres by dog sled from Camp Barneo, a Russian weather station, to the North Pole. On his arrival at the pole, the Prince planted the Monegasque flag and then the Olympic flag on the ice.Read more