Antarctic air-cruises is all we do. As a boutique specialist we dedicate 100 % of our resources to the organization of your Antarctic trip. Experience And Expertise Antarctica21 pioneered the Antarctic air-cruise model. We are the world’s leader in this unique style of travel to Antarctica. We have completed over 180 fly and cruise departures, more than any other company in the world, by far. One Flight Per Expedition We use a single flight to carry all travellers to and from Antarctica for each of our expeditions. This makes our operation fast and efficient while reducing the chance of weather-related delays compared to the alternatives. Small Is Beautiful Antarctica21 only operates small ships, carrying a maximum of 75 guests. With a small group of travellers, disembarkation is fast and efficient so you can spend more time exploring and less time waiting. Antarctic Vehicle Unique in its kind, “Bigfoot” was specially designed and built for Antarctica21 to support our operation at King George Island. Its traction system can adapt to the changeable conditions of the Antarctic terrain. High Staff/Traveller Ratio Travel with a well-staffed team of at least twelve expert polar guides. Passionate and engaging, they will make your trip memorable.
The Polar Circle Air-Cruise is one of the most adventurous expeditions that we offer. Our main objective on this air-cruise expedition is to try and reach the Antarctic Polar Circle located at approximately 66° south of the equator. The Expedition Team handcrafts every voyage depending on the Antarctic weather and each day of the trip is filled with ample opportunities to explore.
Day 1: Punta Arenas
Arrival Antarctica21 staff members welcome you in Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2 PM. Transfer to your hotel and attend a mandatory briefing that provides important information about your air-cruise and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. A welcome dinner introduces you to the local gastronomy as you meet fellow adventurers from around the world.
Day 2: Flight to Antarctica – King George
A smooth two-hour flight takes you efficiently from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. Your Antarctic adventure begins as you exit the airplane and the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. You then walk 2-km (1.25-mi) passing Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen Station to reach the shore and board a Zodiac that will take you to your boutique expedition vessel.
Days 3 – 8: Exploring Antarctica
Sail along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of seabirds, penguins, seals and whales. Visit the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, disembarking by Zodiac each day. In small groups, hike to extraordinary sites and take part in exploratory Zodiac excursions to otherwise inaccessible areas. Our expert polar guides share their passion for Antarctica through an engaging program of illustrated presentations, and lead you ashore to interpret the wildlife, the history and the many wonders of the Antarctic environment. From the glass-enclosed lounge, enjoy spectacular views while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests over a drink. The goal of the expedition is to sail far south in the attempt of reaching the Polar Circle. The Expedition Team plans the specific voyage route based on local conditions, and takes advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature. Flexibility will be the key to a successful voyage. Your voyage may include visits to sites in the South Shetland Islands, the Antarctic Sound, the Garlache and Penola Straits, and the Crystal Sound. Each voyage is unique and each is crafted to provide the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.
Day 9: Return Flight to Punta Arenas
Back at King George Island, bid farewell to Antarctica as you board the flight to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program).
Day 10: End of Air-Cruise
After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.