Antarctic Odyssey

Land Based Trips
Land-Based
South Pole, Emperor Penguins

Get a bird’s eye view of the continent

Embark on an Odyssey into the heart of Antarctica - a magnificent world of snow and huge skies, pristine views, untouched spaces and profound silence. Immerse yourself in the ultimate wilderness, a place where the sun never sets and footsteps echo in the crystalline air. Live and breathe this huge continent and gain an appreciation of why it has drawn explorers and adventurers to uncover its secrets over the years.

Whether you are looking for pure adventure or gentle exploration, our guides will help you discover the magic and mystery of Antarctica.  Each day you will enjoy a variety of active pursuits: hike over waves of blue ice; ski across frozen sastrugi; camp out in the polar wilderness or tour scenic hills by snow-machine.  Get a bird's eye perspective on a breathtaking sightseeing flight or simply relax and take it all in.

Looking for greater challenges? Just let us know. You can try ice climbing and rock climbing, or head off on a mini-expedition – it’s entirely up to you! At the end of each day, share stories with other adventurers over a glass of Chilean wine and a delicious fresh-cooked dinner prepared by our chefs.

No cold weather or camping experience is required. You stay in our cozy main Antarctic camp on the Union Glacier allowing you the flexibility to participate at your own pace.

Accommodations

Union Glacier Camp
The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming at our 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.Field Camps

Our Emperor Penguin, South Pole, ski expedition, and other field camps are more basic. Equipment must be lightweight and portable, yet still strong enough to withstand Antarctic conditions. We sleep in mountaineering-style tents and eat a combination of fresh-frozen meals, prepared by our chefs at Union Glacier; and de-hydrated meals.

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

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 to 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 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 at the ‘beach’. Picnic in hidden canyons. Gaze out from the summit of Charles Peak over the broad expanse of Union Glacier. Or climb the serpentine ridge of Peak 942 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 a 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.

All the while you stay in our comfortable Union Glacier Camp where you 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 collection 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.

Please Note:

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.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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