Day 7: In the footsteps of the Explorers
Today, we fly to the South Pole, the holy grail of polar explorers. A 4-5 hr flight brings us to our destination and as we step off the aircraft, we are immediately struck by the significance of this place and our journey. We have arrived at the heart of the 7th continent and at the axis of the earth. Here, all 360 lines of longitude meet, and the ice is nearly 10,000 ft (3,000m) thick. This last great geographical prize captured the imagination of a generation of explorers, who suffered extreme hardship and even gave their lives to claim it as their own.
We will take plenty of time for photographs and reflection at the Geographic South Pole and the colourful Ceremonial Pole, which commemorates the signing of the Antarctic Treaty. Inside Amundsen-Scott station, we will learn what makes the South Pole a unique scientific laboratory and visit the store to buy souvenirs. After our visit, we re-board the ski aircraft and return to Union Glacier Camp, where we will toast to our achievement and enjoy a celebratory meal prepared by our chefs.
The South Pole has been designated an Antarctic Specially Managed Area (ASMA #5) to conserve the environmental, scientific and historical values of the area. We seek your cooperation in respecting visitor guidelines during any time spent at the South Pole.