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7 Days* Antarctic Odyssey

 

Travel dates:

5 Dec - 11 Dec 2013
11 Dec - 17 Dec 2013
29 Dec 2013 - 4 Jan 2014
4 Jan - 10 Jan 2014

 

Day 1: Fly to Antarctica

Depart from Punta Arenas, Chile. Fly 4 ¼ hrs to Antarctica by private transport jet. Jet will land on our ice runway and we will settle in at Union Glacier Camp.

Day 2: Acclimatize to Antarctica

Today is an easy day. We’ll have an orientation to base camp and life in Antarctica. In the afternoon, there are optional light activities to acclimatize to Antarctic conditions.

 

Days 3-6: Exploring Antarctica

Experience the heart of Antarctica from the comfort of camp. Each day, our guides will suggest excursions and activities suited to the weather, local conditions and your interests.

There are gentle walks across waves of blue-ice as well as excursions in our specially-adapted 4x4 vans. You can wander through the Elephant Head valley with its frozen ice pools and unusual rock formations. Explore ancient rock terraces. Picnic in hidden canyons, and gaze out from mountain summits over the broad expanse of Union Glacier. Or maybe climb the serpentine ridges with views of the Ronne Ice Shelf. If you’re looking for excitement, choose from a range of adrenaline-charged activities from ice climbing in ancient crevasses and cross country skiing to more technical climbs or even a mini-overnight expedition.

In camp, there are Antarctic skills sessions and talks. Learn about polar navigation and communications or challenge yourself on a GPS course. Our experienced guides have a wealth of knowledge, and visiting scientists often give talks on their Antarctic research. Or, simply relax in our heated multi-purpose tent with a book or DVD from our library.

The highlight of this experience is the spectacular sightseeing flight along the spine of the Ellsworth Mountains, giving you a birds-eye view over the mountains and nunataks that peek out from the ice sheet below.

During your stay in our comfortable Union Glacier Camp, you will enjoy delicious hearty meals, fresh-baked pastries, and delectable desserts, prepared by our international chefs.

 

Day 7*: Return to Punta Arenas, Chile 

The aircraft from Punta Arenas will arrive with a new group of avid explorers, and you will depart for the final leg of your Antarctic experience. Our ANI staff will meet you at Punta Arenas airport and transfer you to your hotel.

* Schedule
No two Antarctic experiences are exactly 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.

 

Experience includes:

  • 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 ANI 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)

 

Experience DOES 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 from ANI 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