10 Days / 9 Nights
Polar Circle Air-Cruise
Embark on the Polar Circle Air-Cruise, a 10-day adventure that takes you beyond the Antarctic Circle, where few have ventured. Starting from Punta Arenas, Chile, this expedition includes a flight to King George Island, followed by a voyage through the most remote ice-filled fjords and spectacular icebergs of Antarctica. With options for kayaking and hiking, you’ll explore the untouched landscapes and encounter the rich wildlife of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Enjoy the expertise of polar guides and the comfort of boutique expedition vessels, making this journey truly unforgettable.
Seamlessly bypass the Drake Passage’s rough seas.
Explore the untouched beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.
Venture beyond the elusive Antarctic Circle for a rare journey.
Engage in kayaking and hiking in the world’s most remote regions.
Discover less-traveled waters, promising unique encounters.
Experience the journey under the guidance of seasoned polar experts.
Find your ideal Antarctica cruise
Start of the air-cruise
NPE staff members welcome you in Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2 PM. Transfer to your hotel, visit Explorers House, 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.
Scheduled flight to Antarctica
A smooth two-hour flight takes you 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-kms (1.25-miles), 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.
Day 3 - 8
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.
Enjoy spectacular views, from the glass-enclosed lounge, while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests over a drink. The goal of this expedition is to sail far south in the attempt to reach 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 Gerlache and Penola Straits, and the Crystal Sound. Each voyage is unique, and crafted to provide the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.
Scheduled return flight from Antarctica
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).
End of Air-Cruise
After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.
Dates & Prices
10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS
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*Domestic Air prices are estimated and may change due to cost variation by the airlines.
Antarctica is one of the world’s driest, coldest, and darkest locations. It is a frozen desert of breathtaking beauty and isolation.
Yet, wildlife is thriving even in this huge wasteland. Practically everyone who embarks on an Antarctica cruise does so with the express intention of taking in the region’s diverse array of animals.
Some of the most well-known creatures on the planet, such as Emperor Penguins, Leopard seals, Orcas, Albatrosses, and Blue whales, can be found in the world’s coldest region.
Antarctica experiences a massive influx of marine animals during the summer that is unmatched by anyplace else on the planet.
You cannot sit two feet from a penguin or experience a whale’s blow hole spray anywhere else in the world. Visitor experiences with wildlife on cruises to Antarctica are unmatched.
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