Posted: 14/10/2014 at 14:02
I don't know what the surface is like at the North Pole, but running on snow is very different than running on ice. And there are lots of different types of snow Loose, soft, hard, flaky, wet, dry etc...!
I love running in fresh snow, 2-3 cm deep - and hard-packed snow is quite grippy with trail shoes. Deep snow is tough, more like sand and you need to lift your knees up higher.
Ice is a different matter - though it's often easier to run than walk on ice, it's said that running is just controlled falling anyway! I've done a parkrun on a completely iced course with no issues at all.
I also have some YakTrax which work pretty well on ice and may help your confidence. Get 'em before winter as everywhere sells out as soon as the temperature drops below 0C