South Pole Overnight at Three Glaciers

Land Based Trips
Union Glacier Camp from Punta Arenas
South Pole flight, Fly-in Emperors

Immerse yourself in the 90° South experience with an overnight at the South Pole

One of the greatest stories in Antarctic exploration is the race to reach the Geographic South Pole. The heroic journeys of Amundsen and Scott and Shackleton still fascinate and inspire us to travel to the end of the Earth.

Using ski aircraft we fly to the pole, covering in several hours the distance that took those early explorers years of planning and months of hardship to achieve. History comes alive as we stand at 90 South and imagine how they felt heading out across the frozen continent and into the unknown 100 years ago. We feel the spirit of determination and discovery that has inspired a century of Antarctic exploration and scientific research. And we sense that a journey to the South Pole is as significant today as it was so many years ago.

Join us to celebrate this historic achievement!

Accommodations

Three Glaciers Camp
Three Glaciers is an exclusive retreat tucked away deep in the interior of Antarctica. Nestled at the base of Mount Sporli and at the head of three glaciers: the Schneider, the Schanz, and the Driscoll, this setting is the definition of remote. Here in the Heritage Range of the Ellsworth Mountains, majestic peaks rise in all directions offering unlimited opportunities for snowmobiling, hiking, climbing, and skiing.

Ultimate privacy and superior service is assured with camp occupancy limited to just 16 guests. Three suites feature king beds and five suites are outfitted with two extra-long twin beds.

Our suites are sanctuaries for relaxation and comfort. These double-walled havens are designed to withstand the toughest Antarctic conditions while their interiors are focused on the cozy details. Custom white oak and walnut beds feature dreamy mattresses, sateen sheets, and down duvets. Even in 24-hour daylight, you can draw the window shades and settle in for a deep slumber. All suites are heated and equipped with a sitting area, a charging station for personal electronics, and plenty of space to store polar gear.

Enjoy unobstructed views from your private patio, as the eight suites are perfectly positioned around 180° like a giant sundial. This precise alignment also optimizes the summer sun’s path, giving each patio a period of direct sunlight.

The dining room and lounge are the heart of camp. Here our Chef creates original Three Glaciers dishes with fresh ingredients flown in from Chile. In between meals, you can relax on the sofa with a book from our polar library or enjoy a coffee from the comfort of a leather lounge chair.

South Pole Camp
Be prepared for extreme conditions at our South Pole Camp. Temperatures hover around -30°C and the physiological altitude (how high it feels!) is roughly 11,000 ft (3,300m). Camp facilities are designed to provide as much comfort as possible, while minimizing our environmental footprint. Meals are served in a heated dining tent, which is also available for indoor activities and relaxation. Accommodation is in two-person mountaineering-style tents. The tents are unheated, but you will stay nice and warm with your insulated sleeping mat and polar-rated sleeping bag.

Day 1 – Fly to Antarctica

Transfer by bus to the Punta Arenas airport. We board our chartered jet for the 4¼ hour flight to Antarctica. Our route crosses the Drake Passage, then follows the west side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the spine of the Ellsworth Mountains. We land on a naturally occurring blue-ice runway on Union Glacier where you will take your first steps in Antarctica.

Climb aboard one of our specially-adapted vans for the 5 mi (8 km) shuttle to our main camp. Our friendly staff will provide a tour of Union Glacier Camp and outfit you with skis or any other recreational gear you may want to use during your stay.

When you’re ready for the final leg of your journey, board our Twin Otter for the scenic 15-minute flight to Three Glaciers Camp. Celebrate your arrival with a champagne toast and settle into your personal suites, as our talented chefs put the finishing touches on a special welcome dinner.

NOTE: If  weather  prevents  flying  to  Three  Glaciers, you may travel overland, or overnight at Union Glacier Camp until conditions improve.

Days 2 to 5 – Explore Three Glaciers & Fly to South Pole

Wake up on your first morning in the heart of Antarctica and enjoy a hearty breakfast to fuel for a day of exploration. Our meteorologists will carefully monitor the weather conditions and find the best day for your South Pole Overnight.

In the meantime, take advantage of this magnificent setting where the opportunities for adventure are almost endless. Our experienced guides will tailor each day to suit your preferences and the weather. Excursions around Three Glaciers can include any of the following destinations or activities:

Mhire Col
Snowmobile below the stunning cliffs of Mount Sporli to the foot of Mhire Col. A short hike takes you up the col to Larson Valley Overlook where you’ll have fantastic views of Antarctica’s highest mountain range. This spot is also ideal for downhill skiing, with endless expanses of untracked powder. For backcountry skiers looking to ‘earn their turns’, the col is a scenic 2-hour ski from camp.

Larson Valley
Travel over the Schneider Glacier by snowmobile or enjoy the terrain from the comfort of our heated Tucker Sno-Cat. This landscape is a photographer’s dream with views across the Ellsworth Mountains, all the way to Mount Vinson, Antarctica’s highest peak. Pass the Mhire Spur and journey into the secluded Larson Valley towards Hall Peak. The peaks in this valley showcase impressive geological folds and create the perfect setting for a picnic lunch or a climber’s base camp.

Drake Icefall
Depart Three Glaciers for an overland journey towards Union Glacier aboard one of our Tucker Sno-Cats or snowmobiles. After a scenic lunch stop, your traverse will continue on to the Drake Icefall. Named in the 1960s after geologist Benjamin Drake IV, this impressive icefall tumbles off the polar plateau into Union Glacier. Winds from the South Pole carve huge waves into the blue-ice and polish the surface into a high shine. The ridges of this frozen sea of ice tower high above your head and deliver brilliant photos of the polar landscape.

Custom Adventures
This corner of the Heritage Range has something for everyone, no matter your skill level or prior experience. Our guides can lead you on spectacular treks across cols or take you up a local peak for your first Antarctic summit! For downhill skiers, we’ll seek out prime slopes and the best powder for carving fresh tracks. Or take advantage of the perfect hill behind camp for some quick turns. If you’d prefer to stick to the groomed trails, grab cross-country skis or a fat-tire bike for a tour through stunning scenery. Looking for a bit more speed? Follow our guides on a snowmobile tour across glaciers, into hidden cwms, and over mountain cols.

Dine, Wine, & Recline
Want to relax? That’s our specialty! Let us pour the wine as you breathe in the absolute quiet and gorgeous panoramas from one of our secluded viewing platforms. Take advantage of our cozy lounge and enjoy a cup of tea, a polar book, or a fun game on the comfy sofa. In the evenings, we can offer lectures and films tailored to your specific interests.

FLY SOUTH POLE
Once weather conditions permit, you will board our ski aircraft and head for the southernmost point on Earth!

The flight to the Pole will take between 4-6 hours depending on the aircraft. You’ll fly over the high, polar plateau, viewing wind affected snow called sastrugi, crevasse fields, and an endless expanse of white.

You’ll pass the Thiel Mountains approximately halfway to the Pole and continue to fly over the plateau. As you near 90° South, you will catch sight of the South Pole station, a cluster of buildings surrounded by snow and sky.

Our aircraft lands on a groomed ski-way and you’ll deplane near the South Pole marker. Here all 360 lines of longitude meet and beneath your feet the ice is almost 10,000 ft (3000 m) thick! You have joined an exclusive group of people who have journeyed this far south on our planet. Congratulations!

The United States of America maintains a research station at the South Pole, named Amundsen-Scott Station in memory of those intrepid explorers. If United States Antarctic Program (USAP) staff are available, you will be escorted inside the research station for a guided visit.

Outside the station, you will have plenty of time to take photos at both the Geographic and Ceremonial Poles. Enjoy this special place and imagine how it must have felt to stand here a century ago with only the sound of the wind and an endless expanse of white stretching northward in all directions.

A .6 mi (1 km) walk brings you to our private South Pole Camp for your overnight stay. Enjoy a celebratory meal prepared by one of our talented chefs and mingle with your fellow explorers in the large, heated dining tent. Depending on the time of your visit, you may also get the chance to greet ski teams just completing their journey to the Pole. After a momentous day, climb inside your expedition-style tent and get snuggled up for a southerly snooze at 90°S.

The next morning, you’ll pack up for the return flight to Three Glaciers Camp where you’ll receive a certificate to commemorate your South Pole Overnight Experience in Antarctica!

Day 6 or 7 – Return to Punta Arenas, Chile

When weather and runway conditions permit, our intercontinental aircraft will arrive at Union Glacier to transport you back to Chile. Our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you back to your hotel.

NOTE:

Every effort will be made to keep to the scheduled flight date and we will depart as soon as weather and runway conditions permit. Please understand that delays are common in Antarctic travel. All flights are dependent on weather, aircraft serviceability, and local conditions. Our staff will stay in close contact with you and will provide you with regular flight updates.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Only show rates under
$ X
Please note that availability is updated about once a week.
Click on the tour dates in the left column to view a trip itinerary. Point MOUSE at Cabin Category to view DETAILED description.

These Experiences have a minimum number requirement. We reserve the right to revise our prices in the event of significant changes in the price of aviation kerosene and aircraft charter rates.

Emperor Penguins trips – max participants 10
All other trips – max participants 15