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7 Days* South Pole Flights

 

Travel Dates:

5 Dec - 11 Dec 2013
11 Dec - 17 Dec 2013
29 Dec 2013 - 4 Jan 2014
4 Jan - 10 Jan 2014

 

Day 1: Fly to Antarctica

Depart from Punta Arenas, Chile. Fly 4 ¼ hrs to Antarctica by private transport jet. Land on our ice runway and settle in at Union Glacier Camp.

Day 2: Acclimatize to Antarctica

You will attend the orientation to Union Glacier Camp and life in Antarctica. There will be optional light activities to acclimatize to Antarctic conditions.

 

Day 3: The Geographic South Pole

A 4-5 hr flight brings us to the most southerly point on Earth! We are immediately struck by the significance of this place and our journey. This was the goal of the heroic explorers. Here, all 360 lines of longitude meet and in a few steps you can walk around the world. We will spend plenty of time for photographs and reflection at the Geographic South Pole - the Holy Grail of polar explorers - and at the colorful Ceremonial Pole which commemorates the signing of the Antarctic Treaty. Inside Amundsen-Scott station, we will see what it is like to live at the South Pole and learn what makes the South Pole a unique scientific laboratory.

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 the time we spend at the South Pole.

Return flight to Union Glacier Camp, where we will toast our achievement and enjoy a celebratory meal prepared by our chefs.

 

Days 4-6: The Heart of Antarctica

Experience the heart of Antarctica from the comfort of Union Glacier Camp. Daily program of activities such as skiing, hikes, walks, Antarctic skills sessions and talks will be held. Enjoy the delicious, hearty meals and delectable desserts prepared by our chefs.

Day 7*: Return to Punta Arenas, Chile

The aircraft from Punta Arenas will arrive with a new group of avid explorers, and you will depart for the final leg of your Antarctic experience. Our ANI staff will meet you at Punta Arenas airport and transfer you to your hotel.

 

*Schedule
No two Antarctic experiences are the same. This is part of the excitement and adventure of Antarctic travel. The itinerary above highlights typical activities and experiences. Exact timeline and details will vary from trip to trip. Trip length may vary by departure.

Please anticipate delays and do not plan anything for at least a week after your scheduled return. Allow yourself to enjoy this unique experience without the stress of pending commitments.

 

Experience includes:

  • Transfers to and from Punta Arenas airport, Chile
  • Briefing with refreshments in Punta Arenas one day prior to departure
  • Round trip flights from Punta Arenas to Antarctica
  • All flights within Antarctica as shown in your itinerary
  • Meals and accommodation while in Antarctica
  • Expedition Guide(s) (and naturalist or lecturer on some Experiences)
  • Use of recreational equipment at Union Glacier Camp
  • Official and personalised ANI Certificate of Achievement
  • A Baggage allowance of up to 55lbs (25kg) on Punta Arenas-Union Glacier flight

(Baggage allowance of up to 66lb (30kg) for Ski South Pole Hercules Inlet, Messner and Footsteps of Amundsen Expeditions)

 

Experience DOES NOT include:

  • Commercial flights to and from Punta Arenas
  • Flights within Antarctica, other than those shown in itinerary
  • Meals and accommodation in Punta Arenas
  • Airport transfers other than in Punta Arenas
  • Personal equipment and clothing (polar clothing is available for rent from ANI for some Experiences)
  • Expenses incurred in Punta Arenas due to delays
  • Any excess baggage costs over confirmed baggage allowance
  • Cost for the use of satellite phone whilst in Antarctica
  • Insurance coverage – personal, medical, evacuation or otherwise