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7 Days* 90° South Overnight


Travel date: 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. Land on our ice runway and settle in at Union Glacier Camp.

Day 2: Acclimatize to Antarctica

You will attend the orientation to Union Glacier Camp and life in Antarctica. There will be 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 ANI's South Pole Camp, where we will 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 on 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; attend lectures on Antarctic themes; watch DVD presentations; and participate in games and activities organized by our guides.

Breakfast and lunch will be served in the heated dining tent, which is also available for indoor activities and relaxation. Return flights to Union Glacier will depart in the late afternoon. Back at Union Glacier, a special celebratory dinner will be served.

The South Pole has been designated an Antarctic Specially Managed Area (ASMA #5) to conserve the environmental, scientific and historical values of the area. We seek your cooperation in respecting visitor guidelines during the time spent at the South Pole.


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 group of avid explorers, and you 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.

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.


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