Expedition to Totality - December 2021
In the early morning of December 4, 2021, the Moon will pass directly in front of the Sun, creating a total solar eclipse. This total eclipse occurs in a narrow path across the Earth's surface and can only be seen from the Antarctic continent and the Southern Ocean. Union Glacier Camp lies directly in the path of totality, offering you the chance of a lifetime to witness this unique phenomenon.
During a 12 day expedition you will fly from Punta Arenas (Chile) to the continent of Antarctica where you will stay at Union Glacier Camp for approximately 6 days. Experienced guides will take you on activities to explore the incredible polar wilderness surrounding the camp. But the highlight of your voyage will be the total solar eclipse. One of the most exciting events we have ever experienced on Antarctica. This expedition is the only one of its kind and a polar eclipse like this will not happen again for at least 18 years.
Please note the itinerary is subject to change based on weather and flight conditions.
Pre-departure preparation - Punta Arenas
Your trips starts with a few days in Punta Arenas (Chile). Before heading off to Antarctica there are some important things to arrange. Your personal clothing and equipment will be checked by a member of the staff to make sure you have all the required items for your expedition. They will also help you sort the items to pack in your checked luggage and carry-on bag for the flight to Antarctica. The evening before departure there will be a Welcome & Safety briefing to prepare you for arrival at Union Glacier. This is also the moment to meet your fellow expeditioners and enjoy a drink together before the real adventure starts!
Keep in mind that the exact departure of the airplane to and from Antarctica is flexible due to the potential for weather delays. The plane can only fly when weather and runway conditions permit.
Union Glacier Camp
After a 4¼ hour flight you will touch down on the naturally occurring blue-ice runway in Antarctica. Union Glacier camp is located on a 5,000 ft (1500 m) thick glacier in the spectacular southern Ellsworth Mountains and is only accessible by airplane. The remoteness of this place will hit you right from the moment you land. You find yourself in a vast expense of mountains and ice, 1859 miles (2991 km) from civilisation.
The staff will provide a welcome tour of the camp and will show you to your tent. During your stay you will get to explore the unique landscapes surrounding the camp and you can be as active as you like. Every day there will be various options for activities ranging from 'easy' to 'moderate' activity level. Take a long guided hike, go cross-country skiing, hop in one of the tracked vehicles for a scenic drive or take a fatbike for a ride around camp. There are several spectacular places for blue-ice photography and panoramic views! Like Drake Icefall, this impressive icefall is shaped into huge blue-ice waves by the strong winds coming from the south pole. Another incredible piece of art by nature is the dramatic marble mountain 'Elephant’s Head', overlooking the blue-ice runway.
December 4, 2021 - Antarctic Solar Eclipse
Very early in the morning on December 4th, the total solar eclipse will be passing over the Antarctic continent and the Southern Ocean. This stunning celestial event will be even more special as it follows an east-to-west path, as opposed to a west-to-east direction which is more common.
Union Glacier Camp is located in the midst of a good-weather band with less clouds compared to levels over the ocean. It's surrounded by mountains on three sides, blocking the clouds. This forms a small microclimate that likely improves the cloud-free prospects even more. However, we can't guarantee clear skies on the day of the eclipse and there may be overcast or cloudy weather.
Base Camp - Union Glacier
The base camp for many expeditons on the Antarctic continent is the Union Glacier Camp. It's the only facility of its kind in Antarctica and can house up to 70 guests. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming at this base camp and you will get a tour of the camp upon arrival.
You’ll find roomy, double occupancy sleeping tents, a spacious dining hall where fresh delicious meals are being served and all of this in a spectacular setting. You’ll be surprised how comfortable Antarctica can be! This full-service camp is designed for Antarctic conditions and with the best environmental practices in mind. It operates during the Antarctic summer (November through January) and is dismantled at the end of each season.
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