Days 3-6: Exploring Antarctica
Experience the heart of Antarctica from the comfort of camp. Each day, our guides will suggest excursions and activities suited to the weather, local conditions and your interests.
There are gentle walks across waves of blue-ice as well as excursions in our specially-adapted 4x4 vans. You can wander through the Elephant Head valley with its frozen ice pools and unusual rock formations. Explore ancient rock terraces. Picnic in hidden canyons, and gaze out from mountain summits over the broad expanse of Union Glacier. Or maybe climb the serpentine ridges with views of the Ronne Ice Shelf. If you’re looking for excitement, choose from a range of adrenaline-charged activities from ice climbing in ancient crevasses and cross country skiing to more technical climbs or even a mini-overnight expedition.
In camp, there are Antarctic skills sessions and talks. Learn about polar navigation and communications or challenge yourself on a GPS course. Our experienced guides have a wealth of knowledge, and visiting scientists often give talks on their Antarctic research. Or, simply relax in our heated multi-purpose tent with a book or DVD from our library.
The highlight of this experience is the spectacular sightseeing flight along the spine of the Ellsworth Mountains, giving you a birds-eye view over the mountains and nunataks that peek out from the ice sheet below.
During your stay in our comfortable Union Glacier Camp, you will enjoy delicious hearty meals, fresh-baked pastries, and delectable desserts, prepared by our international chefs.