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SOUTH POLE FLIGHTS

Experience the ultimate destination - the South Pole - where all 360 lines of longitude meet and in a few steps you can walk around the world

One of the greatest stories in Antarctic exploration is the race to reach the Geographic South Pole. The heroic journeys of Amundsen and Scott still fascinate and inspire us to travel to the end of the Earth.

Using ski aircraft we fly to the pole, covering in several hours the distance that took those early explorers years of planning and months of hardship to achieve. History comes alive as we stand at 90 South and imagine how they felt heading out across the frozen continent and into the unknown 100 years ago. We feel the spirit of determination and discovery that has inspired a century of Antarctic exploration and scientific research. And we sense that a journey to the South Pole is as significant today as it was so many years ago.

Join us to celebrate this historic achievement!

Accommodations

Union Glacier Camp
The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming at our main Antarctic camp at Union Glacier. You’ll find roomy, double occupancy sleeping tents; a spacious dining hall; fresh delicious meals; and a spectacular setting. You’ll be surprised how comfortable Antarctica can be! Our full-service camp is designed for Antarctic conditions and with best environmental practices in mind. It operates during the Antarctic summer (November through January) and is dismantled at the end of each season.


Dates & Rates (Season 2014/2015)  
Code Start Date End Date Price (US$) 
SP1-15 December 07, 2015 December 13, 2015 US$ 47,200 (Full)
SP2-15 December 13, 2015 December 18, 2015 US$ 47,200 (Available)
SP3-15 December 29, 2015 January 03, 2016 US$ 47,200 (Full)
SP4-15 January 03, 2016 January 09, 2016 US$ 47,200
SPF1-16 December 07, 2016 December 12, 2016 US$ 48,150
SPF2-16 December 12, 2016 December 18, 2016 US$ 48,150
SPF3-16 December 29, 2016 January 03, 2017 US$ 48,150

Day 1: Fly to Antarctica - Depart 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.

Days 2 : Acclimatize to Antarctica - Orientation to Union Glacier Camp and life in Antarctica. Optional, light activities to acclimatize to Antarctic conditions.

Days 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 take 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 ask for your cooperation in respecting visitor guidelines during any time we may spend at the South Pole.

Return flight to Union Glacier Camp, where we will toast our achievement and enjoy a celebration 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. Delicious, hearty meals and delectable desserts prepared by our chefs.

Days 7*: Return to Punta Arenas, Chile - The aircraft from Punta Arenas will arrive with a new collection of avid explorers and you 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.

Itinerary details

Voyage:
SOUTH POLE FLIGHTS
Duration:
6 & 7 days
Start:
Punta Arenas, Chile
Finish:
Punta Arenas, Chile

What's Included

ALL South Pole Experiences include:

  • 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 VAE 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)

 

SOME Experiences include:

  • Group camping equipment (when travelling beyond Union Glacier Camp)

  • Group climbing equipment (climbing expeditions)

  • Sled, harness, ski pole pogies (all ski expeditions)

  • Skis, ski skins, ski poles (Ski Last Degree)

Experiences DO 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 VAE 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