90° South Pole overnight

Immerse yourself in the 90° South experience with an overnight at the South Pole

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a taste of polar exploration

  • visit to the south pole
  • camping
  • a true Polar expedition

This challenging trip offers polar enthusiasts a unique opportunity to experience the history, adventure and challenges of the South Pole, as you overnight at the bottom of the world!

South Pole Expedition

The South Pole is a crossroads for modern adventurers and polar science and this Experience places you at the center of the action. We will fly to the South Pole and settle into the South Pole Camp, where you can mingle with expedition teams who have skied to the South Pole, enjoy skills sessions and talks, or simply relax and take it all in.

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.

There will be plenty of time to savor all that the Pole has to offer. We will visit the Geographic South Pole and remember the historic achievements of Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott. We will take photos at the Ceremonial Pole and have a guided tour of Amundsen-Scott Station, where scientists conduct research ranging from studies of the Antarctic environment to the origins of the universe.
We will experience the extreme conditions of the polar plateau, with temperatures hovering around -22°F (-30°C) and a physiological altitude of nearly 11,000ft (3350m).

Activities

While camping at the South Pole you can participate in activities, mingle with teams who have skied to the Pole, or simply relax and take it all in. Choose from a variety of morning and afternoon activity sessions, with opportunities to visit the South Pole Markers, South Pole Visitor Center and Amundsen-Scott Station; lectures on Antarctic themes; DVD presentations; and games and activities organized by our guides.

Time Zone

The sun rises and sets only once a year at the South Pole and we will have 24-hour daylight throughout our stay. Our camp schedule will be based on Union Glacier/Chile time (UTC-3). But we may find ourselves keeping odd hours as we coordinate our activities with those of Amundsen-Scott Station (NZ-SP time UTC+13).

South Pole ASMA #5

The South Pole has been designated as an Antarctic Specially Managed Area (ASMA #5) to conserve the environmental, scientific and historical values of the area. A management plan directs all activities in the Area and specific guidelines apply to all non-governmental visits. We ask for your cooperation in respecting visitor guidelines during any time we may spend at the South Pole.

You will even get a taste of polar exploration as you camp overnight in an expedition-style tent !

Sample itinerary


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.

Day 2
Acclimatize to Antarctica

Orientation to Union Glacier Camp and life in Antarctica. Optional, light activities to acclimatize to Antarctic conditions.

Day 3
Fly to the South Pole

A 4-5 hr flight brings us to the South Pole. We taxi over to the South Pole Camp, where we enjoy a hot meal in the heated dining tent, then settle into our sleeping accommodation.
The physiological altitude at the South Pole (how high it feels!) is roughly 11,000 ft (3,300m). You may feel the effects of altitude, including shortness of breath and mild headache. Take it easy, especially this first day, to help your body acclimatize.

Day 4
Living at the Bottom of the World

Choose from a variety of morning and afternoon activity sessions, with opportunities to visit the South Pole Markers, South Pole Visitor Center and Amundsen-Scott Station; lectures on Antarctic themes; DVD presentations; and games and activities organized by our guides.

Days 5, 6
The Heart of Antarctica

Our last two days in the Heart of Antarctica. Explore scenic Union Glacier with our guides, enjoy talks and skills sessions, or relax and soak in the events of the past few days. It's up to you!

Day 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 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.

South Pole Camp

After departing from Punta Arenas you will be welcomed at the 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.

Camp facilities are designed to provide as much comfort as possible, while minimizing our environmental footprint. Meals are served in a heated dining tent, which is also available for indoor activities and relaxation. This main tent is the center of activity for expedition groups and individuals.

Accommodation is in two-person mountaineering tents like those used by ski expedition teams. The tents are unheated, but you will stay nice and warm with your insulated sleeping mat and polar-rated sleeping bag. The small tent size and double occupancy accommodation also maximize heat retention.

A medic accompanies all of our South Pole flights and is available should you have difficulties with the altitude or any other ailment.

Toilet facilities are housed in a tent and are similar to those used at Union Glacier Camp. All waste is returned to Union Glacier Camp for proper disposal in Chile.

Dates and Rates


Date

03 - 09 January 2018
(7 days)

Rate

USD 53.400 per person

Rates 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 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)

Some 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 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
* We reserve the right to revise our prices in the event of significant changes in the price of aviation kerosene and aircraft charter rates.
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