9 Day Polar Circle Air-Cruise
Punta Arenas + Antarctica + Punta Arenas
Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, ANTARCTICA XXI invites you to a unique experience that will take you to one of the most remote places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and most inhospitable continent – Antarctica.
Arrival at the city of Punta Arenas where you will be met by ANTARCTICA XXI staff, to be transferred to the hotel. During the afternoon, you will receive instructions concerning the guidelines that should be followed in Antarctica and the procedures for Zodiac boat embarkation and disembarkation. Later, you will be invited to gather for a welcome dinner together with your expedition mates and you will have the chance to enjoy a typical Magellan menu.
N.B. Passengers should be in Punta Arenas at 15:00 hours, at the latest.
Pick-up at Punta Arenas airport and transfer to the hotel are not guaranteed for passengers arriving later than 15:00 hours.
Our Antarctic adventure will begin with the flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island (South Shetland Islands). The flight takes a little less than two hours. Upon arrival, we will be able to tour around the area where the Frei Chilean Base and the Bellingshausen Russian Base are located. We will gather at the beach on Fildes Bay for embarkation by Zodiac boats on board our expedition vessel.
Days 3 to 8
While cruising between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and between spectacular icebergs, we will enjoy the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Our journey southwards will include visits to some of the most magnificent spots in the white continent, such as: Cierva Cove, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Lemaire Channel, Prospect and Fish Islands amongst others.
Depending on weather and ice conditions, on our way southwards we will attempt to cross the Polar Circle at latitude 66° 33’ South and enjoy a champagne to celebrate this extraordinary occasion. Our adventure will be very active, with several daily landings and cruises in Zodiac boats, lectures and a very enjoyable time on board.
Return to King George Island where we will disembark, in Zodiac boats, at the Frei Chilean Base, and head to the aerodrome to take the flight back to Punta Arenas. The program ends upon arrival at the Airport in Punta Arenas.
Transfer to the city will be available for passengers staying overnight in Punta Arenas. One complimentary hotel night in Punta Arenas is offered upon request on Day 9 of the Travel Program.
The Ship & Airplane
The Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland, and her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica. The Ocean Nova’s has capacity for 68 passengers accommodated in comfortable outside cabins, all with private facilities, including dedicated single, twin and triple cabins.
In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, a spacious dining room, a bar and library, she also has an infirmary and an exercise room. The ship has Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.
EXPEDITION STAFF & CREW: 38
LIFEBOATS: 2, fully enclosed, capacity of 90
LENGTH: 73.0 m
BREADTH: 11.0 m
DRAFT: 3.7 m
PROPULSION: Diesel engines – 2,000-horsepower
ICE CLASS: 1B, EO (Hull Ice 1A)
CRUISING SPEED: 12 knots in open water
The aircraft BAE-146 was manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace (which later became part of BAE Systems). It is a high-wing aircraft with very short runaway requirements which make it particularly suited for this kind of destinations. It is operated by Aerovias DAP, which has more than 20 years of experience of flying in Patagonia and Antarctica.
MODEL: BAE 146-200
ENGINES: 4 turbofans Honeywell ALF 502R-5
LENGTH: 93 ft 8 in (28,55 m)
WINGSPAN: 86 ft 5 in (26,34 m)
CRUISE SPEED: 465 mph (750 km/h)
SERVICE CEILING: 31,200 ft (9.500 m)
CAPACITY: 70 passengers
Nuts & Bolts
- Transfers airport to hotel to airport foreseen on the first and last day of the voyage.
- Complimentary hotel night upon request in Punta Arenas on the day of return from Antarctica.
- 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 voyage.
- Full board including drinks and open bar during the ship cruise.
- All guided shore excursions.
- Lectures and entertainment on board.
- Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material.
- Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica.
- Contingency Plan as foreseen for each voyage (contact us for details).
- Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the program and the Contingency Plan corresponding to this voyage.
- Personal insurances.
- Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
- Tips (approx USD10 per person per day).
- Visas or Passport expenses and/or any other arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.