Polar Circle Air-Cruise

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The Polar Circle air-cruise is one of the most adventurous expeditions that we offer. Our main objective on this air-cruise expedition is to try and reach the Antarctic Polar Circle located at approximately 66° south of the equator. The Expedition Team handcrafts every voyage depending on the Antarctic weather and each day of the Polar Circle air-cruise is filled with ample opportunities to explore.

Map/Itinerary

Day 1 Start of the Air-Cruise 

Staff members welcome you in Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2 PM. Transfer to your hotel, visit Explorers House, and attend a mandatory briefing that provides important information about your air-cruise 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.

Day 2Scheduled flight to Antarctica

A smooth two-hour flight takes you 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. You then walk 2-kms (1.25-miles), passing Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen Station to reach the shore and board a Zodiac that will take you to your boutique expedition vessel.

Day 3 - 8Exploring Antarctica

 Sail along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of seabirds, 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. Our 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.

Enjoy spectacular views, from the glass-enclosed lounge, while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests over a drink. The goal of this expedition is to sail far south in the attempt to reach the Polar Circle. The Expedition Team plans 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 voyage may include visits to sites in the South Shetland Islands, the Antarctic Sound, the Gerlache and Penola Straits, and the Crystal Sound. Each voyage is unique, and crafted to provide the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.

Day 9Scheduled return flight from 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).

Day 10 End of Air-Cruise 

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

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Polar Circle Air-Cruise

Start : 16 Feb, 2023  End : 25 Feb, 2023
Departure : Punta Arenas   Arrival : Punta Arenas
10 Days
Triple Cabin
  $15,495
Twin Cabin
  $17,995
Single Cabin
  $24,995

Polar Circle Air-Cruise

Start : 1 Jan, 2024  End : 10 Jan, 2024
Departure : Punta Arenas   Arrival : Punta Arenas
10 Days
Triple Cabin
  $15,995
Twin Cabin
  $18,495
Single Cabin
  $26,395

Polar Circle Air-Cruise

Start : 24 Jan, 2024  End : 2 Feb, 2024
Departure : Punta Arenas   Arrival : Punta Arenas
10 Days
Triple
  $19,995
Porthole
  $21,395
Veranda
  $24,995
Deluxe Veranda
  $25,995
PH Suites
  $29,995
Grand Suite
  $34,995
Single
  $34,995

Polar Circle Air-Cruise

Start : 16 Feb, 2024  End : 25 Feb, 2024
Departure : Punta Arenas   Arrival : Punta Arenas
10 Days
Triple Cabin
  $15,995
Twin Cabin
  $18,495
Single Cabin
  $26,395

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Inclusions/Exclusions

This expedition includes:

  • Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material.
  • Ship cruise as indicated in the itinerary corresponding to each expedition.
  • 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.
  • Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks on board ship throughout the expedition.
  • Loan of waterproof boots for landing.
  • All guided shore excursions.
  • Lectures and entertainment on board.
  • Landing fees and IAATO passenger fee.
This expedition excludes:
  • Flights, accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the itinerary corresponding to each voyage.
  • Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
  • Gratuities.

Visas for Chile, Argentina, and/or the UK, passport expenses, and any arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.

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