In North Polar Expedition the player is tasked with leading an expedition to the North Pole. The story and setting are inspired by an actual transglobe expedition by Sir Ranulph Fiennes. The game uses photographic footage from the expedition in question. In the game the player is presented with all kinds of different situations in which the player must choose how to act, mostly in a choose-your-own-adventure style. Points are earned and a score is kept to compare different expeditions. Each new expedition presents the player with different problems. The player takes on the role of different members of the expedition in different situations.
The game comes with a copy of Sir Ranulph Fiennes book To The Ends of the Earth.