Polar Circle Air Cruise
Flying over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, the 2019-20 Polar Circle Air-Cruises take you to one of the most spectacular and remotest places on earth – Antarctica. Sail to the far south, and be one of the few adventurous travelers to cross the Antarctic Circle. Three departures are offered during the 2019-20 season, two aboard Ocean Nova and one on Magellan Explorer.
DATES: 2019: Jan 1, 22 | Feb 18 ~ Ocean Nova
2020: Jan 29 ~ Magellan Explorer
2020: Jan 1, | Feb 16 ~ Ocean Nova
DURATION: 10 DAYS/ 9 NIGHTS
ARRIVE: PUNTA ARENAS, CHILE
DEPART: PUNTA ARENAS, CHILE
SHIP: MAGELLAN EXPLORER, OCEAN NOVA
FROM: $20,595 ~ MAGELLAN EXPLORER, $17,995 ~ OCEAN NOVA
Flying over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, taking you to one of the most spectacular and remotest places on earth – Antarctica. Sail to the far south, and be one of the few adventurous travelers to cross the Antarctic Circle. Three departures are offered during the 2019-20 season, two aboard Ocean Nova and one on Magellan Explorer.
- Drake Passage
- Included pre and post night accommodations
- Included round trip flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island in the Shetland Islands
- Expert polar guides
- Engaging lectures and presentations onboard
- Daily Zodiac excursions
- Pre-departure booklet
- For air-cruises starting in Punta Arenas, group transfers airport/hotel on Day 1.
- For air-cruises starting in Punta Arenas, 1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar, with a welcome dinner including drinks on Day 1.
- 1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica.
- Group transfers airport/hotel on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica, and group transfers hotel/airport on last day of the air-cruise.
- Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island and/or vice versa as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
- Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.
- Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on board ship offering a wide choice of dishes.
- Daily served dinner on board ship offering a choice of three main courses.
- Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship.
- Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks on board ship throughout the expedition.
- All guided shore excursions.
- Lectures and entertainment on board.
- Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material.
- Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica.
- IAATO passenger fee.
- Contingency Plan as described below, contact us for further information.
Possible Flight Delays and Contingency Plan. Â Flights to and from Antarctica operate based on weather conditions. While historically only a minority of flights have experienced a delay, you should be prepared for that possibility. Â The Contingency Plan is included in the cost of your expedition. The primary goal of the plan is to provide an engaging and comfortable travel experience while we adapt to the weather. A change in the flight schedule can impact travel to Antarctica or return back to Punta Arenas, and the plan includes a range of activities determined by the circumstances. Additionally, the Contingency Plan offers you financial protection by providing a refund should weather conditions prevent us from reaching Antarctica.
- Travel insurance
- International airline tickets
- Pre- or post-cruise arrangements
- Items of personal nature (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.)
- Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the itinerary and the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage. Specifically, dinner in Punta Arenas upon return from Antarctica is not included.
- Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar.
- Visas for Chile and/or Argentina, passport expenses, and any arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.
Start of the Air-Cruise
The Antarctica21 staff welcomes you in Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2 PM. Transfer to your hotel and attend a mandatory briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. A welcome dinner introduces you to the local gastronomy as you meet fellow adventurers from around the world.
Scheduled flight to Antarctica
A smooth two-hour flight takes you efficiently from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. Your Antarctic adventure begins as you exit the airplane and the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.
Sail along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Visit the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, disembarking by Zodiac each day. In small groups, hike to extraordinary sites and take part in exploratory Zodiac excursions to otherwise inaccessible areas. Expert polar guides share their passion for Antarctica through an engaging program of illustrated presentations, and lead you ashore to interpret the wildlife, the history and the many wonders of the Antarctic environment. From the glass-enclosed lounge, enjoy spectacular views while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests over a drink. The goal of the expedition is to sail far south in the attempt of reaching the Polar Circle. The Expedition Team sets the specific voyage route based on local conditions, and takes advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature. Flexibility will be the key to a successful voyage. Your expedition may include visits to sites such as Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Prospect Point or other magnificent places.
Return flight to Antarctica
Back at King George Island, bid farewell to Antarctica as you board the flight to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program).
End of the Air-Cruise
After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.
Sea Kayaking in Antarctica
Experience Antarctica from the unique vantage point of a sea kayak. The majestic landscape, the icebergs, the wildlife… everything looks different as you paddle quietly through the waves. A unique experience!
The sea kayaking program offered by Antarctica21 is a small-group experience limited to a maximum of 10 participants, under the guidance and leadership of an experienced Kayak Master.
Every day you are in Antarctica, your Kayak Master will work with the Expedition Team to look for the best kayaking opportunities within the trip’s schedule, based on suitable and safe weather conditions. The group will be supported by a dedicated safety Zodiac. Each kayaking excursion will be approximately one and a half hours in duration. At the end of the excursion, the Kayak Master will strive to offer the group some time at the landing site so you can explore.
To take part in the kayaking program you must have previous kayaking experience. The minimum age for participation is 16 years.
Dates, Prices, and Conditions
The per-person participation price is $895 USD for your entire trip. The sea kayaking option
is available on all air-cruises except the Antarctic Express Air-Cruises. Payment of the participation fee is due at time of reservation and should be reserved prior to your departure.
Hiking & Snowshoeing!
Hiking and Snowshoeing in Antarctica
Gain greater mobility and see more of the Antarctic landscape with our hiking and snowshoeing program. Excursion locations are selected for their scenic appeal and will provide unique vantage points for your photographs. Depending on the conditions of the terrain, some excursions may require the use of snowshoes and/or trekking poles, which are provided by Antarctica21.
The hiking and snowshoeing program offered by Antarctica21 is a small-group experience limited to a maximum of 12 participants led by a Mountain Guide.
Every day you are in Antarctica your Mountain Guide will work with the
Expedition Leader to look for the best hiking or snowshoeing opportunities within the trip’s schedule, based on suitable and safe weather conditions. Each excursion will be approximately one and a half hours in duration. Participants can select the excursions they want to join, paying a per-excursion fee.
To take part in the hiking and snowshoeing program you do not need previous experience. However, your level of physical fitness should be good. Minimum age for participation is 12 years.
Dates, Prices, and Conditions
The per-person participation price is $85 USD per excursion. The hiking and snowshoeing option is available on most departures. Excursions can be booked and paid on board the ship.
Magellan Explorer is a new and modern expedition vessel custom build for our Antarctic air-cruises. She was built in Chile to the latest Polar Code specifications to start service in 2019.
For our air-cruises, Magellan Explorer has capacity for 69 passengers in seven categories of accommodation, including dedicated single cabins. All cabins except Porthole cabins feature private balconies. All double cabins except two have two twin beds that can be configured as one king-size bed. All cabins feature a wardrobe, individually controlled heating system, a sitting area, and a private bathroom with shower.
The ship features a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, a spacious and stylish dining room, a well-stocked bar, a library, a meeting room, a gym, a sauna, and a medical clinic. The forward-facing observation deck leads to the bow of the ship, which is accessible to guests to offer proximity to marine wildlife. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.
Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable expedition vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland. She was fully refurbished in 2006 and has since benefitted from annual upgrades and improvements. Her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica.
For our air-cruises, Ocean Nova has capacity for 67 passengers accommodated in comfortable outside cabins. The ship offers three categories of accommodation: dedicated Single Cabins, Twin Cabins, and Triple Cabins. All cabins feature a picture window, a writing desk with chair, a wardrobe, individually controlled heating system, and a private bathroom with shower.
In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, Ocean Nova also has a spacious dining room, a bar, a library, a small gym, and an infirmary. The ship has a fleet of 7 Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.