- Starts at: Punta Arenas, Chile
- Ends at: Punta Arenas, Chile
- Duration: 6 or 7 Days / 5 Nights
Fly to the Geographic South Pole, the holy grail of polar explorers, and camp for a night at the world’s most southern point. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to wake up in the same spot as modern and old polar heroes such as Scott, Amundsen and Worsley have – and make a little of your own personal polar history!
*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.
Arrival day in Chile! We ask that you arrive in Punta Arenas at least two full days before your scheduled flight to Antarctica – we are in the lap of the weather gods, so want to make sure that you are here, gear checked, receive your safety briefing, meet your fellow travellers and are ready to fly as soon as there is a weather gap! This also means you have time to really explore this charming Chilean fishing village.
As soon as there is a gap in the weather, you will board your chartered jet to Antarctica. On the approx. 4 and half hour flight, you will soar across the Drake Passage, follow the west side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the along spine of the Ellsworth Mountains, before landing on Union Glacier’s naturally occurring blue-ice runway. You will then be transported to camp on an adapted van, where you will get welcome tour of the camp and be shown you to your tent.
You have three days to explore the area around Union Glacier camp, with a number of activities on offer, from backcountry skiing, snow mobiling, ice-climbing, snow shoeing, hiking to simply taking in the scenery or reading up on polar history. The weather is constantly monitored to find the ideal day to head out for your night at the South Pole.
As soon as we have the thumbs up from the weather gods – you will board the ski aircraft and fly to the South Pole. The 4-6 hour flight will take you high over the polar plateau where you can spot sastrugi and crevasse fields, and the Thiel Mountains before touching down on a groomed ski-way at the South Pole station, where your camp will be set up.
Again, your return flight to Chile will depend on weather conditions, but it is usually on day 6 or 7 of your trip, but not before you have had a celebratory meal with your fellow ‘Polies’!
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.
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.
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.
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 South Pole from Union Glacier
- Meals and tented accommodation in Antarctica
- Antarctic guides and lecturer
- Celebration dinner and Certificate of Achievement
- Checked luggage up to 55 lb (25 kg)
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 55 lb (25 kg)
- Satellite phone charges