Antarctic Total Solar Eclipse

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

Witness totality in the most remote wilderness on Earth – deep in the heart of Antarctica. In the early morning of December 4, 2021, the Moon will pass directly in front of the Sun, culminating in a total solar eclipse. Union Glacier Camp lies in the path of totality, making it an ideal location to witness this celestial phenomenon.

Surrounded by the icy expanse of Union Glacier and the rugged peaks of the Ellsworth Mountains, experience 44 seconds of awe-inspiring total darkness when there would normally be 24-hour daylight.

One of the most exciting events we have ever hosted, we are thrilled to have partnered with the most qualified eclipse travel team in the business – TravelQuest International. Together we have been working over the past 3 years to design a breathtaking experience for this celestial phenomenon. Experiencing totality in Antarctica will serve as the crown jewel for anyone seeking to stand in the Moon’s shadow on all seven continents.

This unique opportunity – the only itinerary of its kind – will allow you to witness the eclipse in the interior of the Antarctic continent. Making a unique experience even more so, the eclipse will also travel East to West. This rare eclipse path is only possible in the polar regions.

During this celestial event, you’ll also have the chance to live on a glacier where the ice is almost 5,000 ft (1500 m) thick and explore all of the landscapes this unique environment has to offer. Our experienced guides will tailor daily excursions to suit your personal goals. You’ll have the opportunity to hike over waves of blue-ice, ski across frozen sastrugi, or tour the polar wilderness from the comfort of a heated Tucker Sno-Cat.

A polar eclipse of this kind will not be repeated until December 15, 2039, making this a rare experience that is not to be missed.

For well over two decades, TravelQuest has planned and operated specialized travel adventures for discerning journeyers from all corners of the globe. Specializing in eclipse tours and astronomy-themed excursions, they are recognized as one of the world’s most successful astronomical tour companies.

Weather
Union Glacier Camp is located in the midst of a good-weather band and average cloud amounts at camp are typically less than half of cloud levels over the ocean. Surrounded on three sides by mountains, the flow of low- and mid-level clouds from the north, west, and south are typically blocked. This forms a small microclimate that likely improves the cloud-free prospects even more. We cannot, of course, guarantee clear skies on the day of the eclipse and there may be overcast or cloudy weather.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Punta Arenas, Chile
Day 2 Gear Review & Clothing Rental Pick-up
Day 3 Luggage Pick-Up & Briefing
Day 4 Fly to Antarctica
Days 5 to 9 Explore Union Glacier
December 4th 2021 Antarctic Solar Eclipse
Day 10 Return to Chile
Day 11 Buffer Day in Chile
Day 12 Transport to Airport & Fly Home
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