• Starts at: Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Ends at: Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights

On a remote, icy coast of the Antarctic’s Weddell Sea are the breeding grounds of thousands of birds, including the iconic Emperor penguin (from March of the Penguins fame). Experience the sounds, sights (and smell!) of the Gould Bay Emperor Penguin Colony on this incredible fly-in and camping journey.  This is a photographer’s paradise, with majestic emperors and their chicks set against a spectacular backdrop of ice cliffs, pressure ridges, and icebergs. It is not just penguins: spot petrels and seals amongst the endless white expanse!

Suggested Itinerary

*Every effort will be made to keep to the scheduled flight date and we will depart as soon as weather and runway conditions permit. Please understand that delays are common in Antarctic travel. All flights are dependent on weather, aircraft serviceability, and local conditions. Our staff will stay in close contact with you and will provide you with regular flight updates.

For next available departures, please contact us

Welcome to Chile! You need to arrive two days prior to your Antarctic flight, so that you have ample time to meet the team, check your gear and explore the quaint fishing village of Punta Arenas. Your flight to Antarctica is in the lap of the weather gods, but as soon as the weather permits you will take off to the great white expanse!

 

The 4¼ hour flight to Antarctica flies over the Drake Passage, following the west side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the spine of the Ellsworth Mountains, before landing on a naturally occurring blue-ice runway at Union Glacier Camp.

One of our specially-adapted snow vans will take you the last for 8 km (5miles) shuttle to our main camp.

Spend the day exploring the area around Union Glacier Camp, and getting your first taste of Antarctica. There are a number of excursions and activities on offer: you will meet with your guide in the morning to decide what you would like to do from ice-climbing, snow-mobiling, hiking backcountry ski-ing, to resting at your camp and catching up on reading. The choice is yours!

Depending on the weather conditions, you will fly today to the Emperor field camp. The flight takes about 4 hours and travels over the Ronne Ice Shelf and Berkner Island, before landing about 3 km (2 miles) from the penguin colony.

For the next 2 days you will immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, smells and activity of the penguin colony; photographing penguins, seals, and seabirds, all under the wing of our experienced filed guides and naturalists.

Our field staff will stay in close contact with Union Glacier Camp to identify the best ‘weather window’ for your return flight.

Depending on flights, you may have a few days at the end of your experience to explore more of Union Glacier. You will also enjoy a celebration dinner and receive a certificate to commemorate your Emperor Penguins Experience in Antarctica.

When weather and runway conditions permit, our intercontinental aircraft will arrive at Union Glacier to transport you back to Chile.

Adventure Options

Local experts

Local experts

On every trip you do with us, we ensure that you are accompanied by exceptional local experts and guides with intimate knowledge of the flora, fauna and cultural history of the area.

Ski Touring

Ski Touring

The early Antarctic season offers a fabulous opportunity for those looking to ski up to the most breath-taking scenaries in the world. With our highly experienced certified guides you will be taken into the pristine wilderness of the White Continent which very few have access to.

Expedition photography

Expedition photography

There will be numerous opportunities to photograph and capture truly wonderful moments. From multimedia presentations to group workshops on the outer decks or in a Zodiac, our on board photographer will offer advice and instruction.

Ice Climbing

Ice Climbing

Climbing up onto glaciers gives you the chance to enjoy unique, unforgettable landscapes with streams, small lagoons, gullies, cravasses and plenty of ice formations with the most incredible hues. No previous experience necessary!

Camping

Camping

Camping on ice or in the open African plains - there is no better way to experience the nature, wildlife and landscape of a place.

Polar Wildlife

Polar Wildlife

Snow shoeing

Snow shoeing

Snow-shoeing is the perfect ‘mean of transport’ over snow and ice. Our top notch guides will lead you across the snow pack where you will be able to experience the essence of polar explorers’ foray into the unknown. This activity is offered during the early season when snow and ice are accessible from our landing sites.

Dates & Prices

For our latest discounts and exclusive deals see our special offers page.

VoyageStart / EndAccommodationActivitiesPrices fromOffer
Camp amongst Emperors10/11/2018
Punta Arenas, Chile
18/11/2018
Punta Arenas, Chile
US$48,250See more
Camp amongst Emperors18/11/2018
Punta Arenas, Chile
26/11/2018
Punta Arenas, Chile
US$48,250See more

Included in the price of this voyage:

  • Airport transfers in Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Round trip flight to Antarctica from Punta Arenas
  • Round trip flight to Gould Bay Emperor Penguin Colony from Union Glacier, Antarctica
  • Meals and tented accommodation in Antarctica
  • Antarctic guides
  • Celebration dinner and Certificate of Achievement
  • Checked luggage up to 66 lb (30 kg)

Not included in the price of this voyage:

  • Insurance coverage—personal, medical,evacuation, or otherwise
  • Commercial flights to and from Punta Arenas
  • Airport transfers outside of Punta Arenas
  • Meals and accommodation in Punta Arenas
  • Additional flights within Antarctica
  • Personal equipment and clothing
  • Expenses incurred due to delays
  • Luggage over 66 lb (30 kg)
  • Satellite phone charges

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