Antarctic Polar Circle Air-Cruise

Antarctic Polar Circle Air-Cruise

DURATION

10 Days / 9 Nights

WHEN

Multiple Departures

DESTINATION

ANTARCTICA

TYPE

PER CABIN

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.

Trip Highlights

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

Polar Circle Air Cruise

Itinerary

Day 1
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.

Day 2
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
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.

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.

Day 9
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).

Day 10
End of Air-Cruise

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

Ships Description

Magellan Explorer

 The Magellan Explorer, a modern vessel tailored for air cruises to Antarctica, epitomizes luxury and comfort. Launched in 2019 and constructed in Chile according to the latest Polar Code standards, it offers diverse accommodations, including single rooms and double cabins with private balconies. Each cabin features amenities such as independently regulated heating, ample storage, and a private bathroom. The ship boasts impressive facilities including a glass-enclosed observation lounge, cutting-edge presentation room, spacious dining area, fully equipped bar, library, gym, sauna, and medical center. Notably, the observation deck provides an intimate view of aquatic life, while ten Zodiac boats facilitate wildlife exploration. Remarkably, Anytime Fitness, renowned for its global presence, designed and built the onboard fitness center, marking a unique collaboration and ensuring top-tier facilities for passengers embarking on this unparalleled Antarctic adventure.

Tecnical Specifications

  • Passengers: 76 maximum on air-cruises
  • Expedition Staff & Crew: 60
  • Lifeboats: 2, fully enclosed, capacity of 160 (in addition to 8 life rafts, the capacity of 160)
  • Length: 90.7 m
  • Breadth: 16.2 m
  • Draft: 4.3 m
  • Propulsion: Diesel engines, 3,440 kW
  • Ice Class: LR PC6
  • Cruising Speed: 14 knots in open water


Deck Plan Magellan

MAG Air Cruise 23 24 web4x

Ocean Nova

 Ocean Nova, an expedition ship built in Denmark in 1992, serves as an exceptional vessel for Antarctic missions. Originally designed for Greenland’s icy waters, its sturdy construction and reinforced hull ensure suitability for Antarctic expeditions. Following a complete renovation in 2006 and subsequent yearly enhancements, Ocean Nova now accommodates 67 passengers on air excursions. The ship offers three types of comfortable accommodations: single, twin, and triple cabins, each equipped with standard amenities including picture windows, writing desks, heating systems, and private bathrooms. Onboard facilities feature a spacious dining area, bar, library, gym, and infirmary, alongside an observation lounge and presentation room. Seven Zodiac boats facilitate wildlife viewing and landings. Ocean Nova promises an immersive Antarctic experience with its blend of comfort, functionality, and exploration opportunities, making it an ideal choice for adventurous travelers seeking unforgettable polar adventures.

Tecnical Specifications

  • Passengers: 67 maximum on air-cruises
  • Expedition Staff & Crew: 46
  • Lifeboats: 2, fully enclosed, capacity of 110 (in addition to 4 life rafts, the capacity of 100)
  • Length: 73.0 m
  • Breadth: 11.0 m
  • Draft: 3.7 m
  • Propulsion: Diesel engines, 2,000-horsepower
  • Ice Class: 1B, EO (Hull Ice 1A)
  • Cruising Speed: 12 knots in open water


Deck Plans Ocean Nova

OCN Deck Plan Air Cruise

Dates & Prices

DURATION

10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS

PRICE FROM

$ 18,495.00

Single Supplement

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Note: All prices are in US dollars, per person, and based on double occupancy. If you need extra services, please contact your expedition advisor.
*Domestic Air prices are estimated and may change due to cost variation by the airlines.

Wildlife

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.

Departures

2025

Polar Circle Air-Cruise - January 01 to January 10, 2025 - Ocean Nova - PRICE FROM $ 18,795.00
Polar Circle Air-Cruise - Jannuary 24 to February 2, 2025 - Magellan Explorer - PRICE FROM $ 22,795.00
Polar Circle Air-Cruise - February 16 to February 25, 2025 - Ocean Nova - PRICE FROM $ 18,795.00

2026

Polar Circle Air-Cruise - January 01 to January 10, 2026 - Ocean Nova - PRICE FROM $ 18,795.00
Polar Circle Air-Cruise - January 30 to February 08, 2026 - Magellan Explorer - PRICE FROM $ 24,995

Recommended Expeditions

Antarctic Polar Circle Air-Cruise

Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise

DURATION

8 Days / 7 Nights

WHEN

Multiple Departures

DESTINATION

ANTARCTICA

TYPE

PER CABIN

Classic Antarctica Air Cruise

Embark on our Classic Antarctica Air Cruise for a journey like no other. Witness breathtaking landscapes and encounter mesmerizing wildlife from the comfort of our luxury vessel. With guided shore excursions and Zodiac cruises, immerse yourself in the beauty and grandeur of the White Continent. Our expertly curated itinerary ensures an unforgettable adventure filled with excitement and discovery. Whether marveling at towering icebergs or observing penguin colonies, every moment promises awe-inspiring experiences. Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore Antarctica in style and comfort. Book now and let us redefine your sense of adventure amidst the wonders of the southernmost continent.

Trip Highlights

Travel with the most experienced and prepared group of expedition leaders in Antactica.

Explore the picturesque and remote áreas of Antactica in the most complete itinerary in the market.

Enjoy views of the outstanding animal species that inhabit this otherworly place.

Best food on board guaranteed.
Avoid the rough Waters of the Drake Passage by flying over, guaranteing the most comfortable experience while visiting the Antarctic.

Find your ideal Antarctica cruise

Classic Antarctica Air Cruise (#159)

Itinerary

Day 1
Start of the Air-Cruise

Arrive at Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2:00 PM. Antarctica21 employees will meet you there and transport you to your hotel. You are greeted at Explorers House in the afternoon for a required briefing where you will learn crucial details regarding your air-cruise and go through critical rules for visitors to the Antarctic. Meet your fellow travelers later on while eating traditional local food for a welcome dinner.

Day 2
Scheduled flight to Antarctica

A two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands marks the start of your Antarctic journey. The crisp Antarctic air enters your lungs for the first time as you step off the plane. To reach the shore and board a Zodiac that will carry you to your upscale adventure ship, you then walk 2 km (1.25 miles), passing Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen Station.

Day 3-6
Exploring Antarctica

Enjoy the company of seagulls, penguins, seals, and whales as you cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula in ice-filled bays and among magnificent icebergs. Every day, disembark by Zodiac and go on an excursion with knowledgeable polar experts. While on board the ship, participate in an interesting schedule of informative lectures, take in breathtaking views from the lounge, and chat with other passengers about your daily excursions.

As no trip is ever the same, adaptability is essential for success in Antarctica. To create a distinctive and spectacular experience each time, the Expedition Team prepares the trip itinerary to take advantage of the always-changing opportunities offered by nature. While the precise itinerary varies depending on the expedition, you will visit several locations that provide the finest overall picture of the diverse Antarctic landscape. The South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Sound, Gerlache Strait, and Penola Strait may all be visited throughout your tour.

Day 7
Scheduled return flight from Antarctica

Before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas, return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica. Transfer to your hotel for the night after arrival. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and are not included in the package).

Day 8
End of the Air-Cruise

Transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your subsequent flight after breakfast.

Ships Description

Magellan Explorer

 The Magellan Explorer, a modern vessel tailored for air cruises to Antarctica, epitomizes luxury and comfort. Launched in 2019 and constructed in Chile according to the latest Polar Code standards, it offers diverse accommodations, including single rooms and double cabins with private balconies. Each cabin features amenities such as independently regulated heating, ample storage, and a private bathroom. The ship boasts impressive facilities including a glass-enclosed observation lounge, cutting-edge presentation room, spacious dining area, fully equipped bar, library, gym, sauna, and medical center. Notably, the observation deck provides an intimate view of aquatic life, while ten Zodiac boats facilitate wildlife exploration. Remarkably, Anytime Fitness, renowned for its global presence, designed and built the onboard fitness center, marking a unique collaboration and ensuring top-tier facilities for passengers embarking on this unparalleled Antarctic adventure.

Tecnical Specifications

  • Passengers: 76 maximum on air-cruises
  • Expedition Staff & Crew: 60
  • Lifeboats: 2, fully enclosed, capacity of 160 (in addition to 8 life rafts, the capacity of 160)
  • Length: 90.7 m
  • Breadth: 16.2 m
  • Draft: 4.3 m
  • Propulsion: Diesel engines, 3,440 kW
  • Ice Class: LR PC6
  • Cruising Speed: 14 knots in open water


Deck Plan Magellan

MAG Air Cruise 23 24 web4x

Ocean Nova

 Ocean Nova, an expedition ship built in Denmark in 1992, serves as an exceptional vessel for Antarctic missions. Originally designed for Greenland’s icy waters, its sturdy construction and reinforced hull ensure suitability for Antarctic expeditions. Following a complete renovation in 2006 and subsequent yearly enhancements, Ocean Nova now accommodates 67 passengers on air excursions. The ship offers three types of comfortable accommodations: single, twin, and triple cabins, each equipped with standard amenities including picture windows, writing desks, heating systems, and private bathrooms. Onboard facilities feature a spacious dining area, bar, library, gym, and infirmary, alongside an observation lounge and presentation room. Seven Zodiac boats facilitate wildlife viewing and landings. Ocean Nova promises an immersive Antarctic experience with its blend of comfort, functionality, and exploration opportunities, making it an ideal choice for adventurous travelers seeking unforgettable polar adventures.

Tecnical Specifications

  • Passengers: 67 maximum on air-cruises
  • Expedition Staff & Crew: 46
  • Lifeboats: 2, fully enclosed, capacity of 110 (in addition to 4 life rafts, the capacity of 100)
  • Length: 73.0 m
  • Breadth: 11.0 m
  • Draft: 3.7 m
  • Propulsion: Diesel engines, 2,000-horsepower
  • Ice Class: 1B, EO (Hull Ice 1A)
  • Cruising Speed: 12 knots in open water


Deck Plans Ocean Nova

OCN Deck Plan Air Cruise

Prices

DURATION

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

PRICE FROM

$ 14,151.00

Single Supplement

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Note: All prices are in US dollars, per person, and based on double occupancy. If you need extra services, please contact your expedition advisor.
*Domestic Air prices are estimated and may change due to cost variation by the airlines.

Wildlife

One of the driest, coldest, and darkest places on Earth is Antarctica. It is an incredibly beautiful and solitary frozen desert.

However, despite this vast desolation, wildlife is thriving. Almost all people who go on an Antarctica cruise do so specifically to see the wide variety of animals that inhabit the area.

The world’s coldest region is home to some of the most well-known animals on the planet, including albatrosses, blue whales, orcas, leopard seals, and Emperor Penguins.

During the summer, Antarctica receives an unparalleled mass inflow of marine species worldwide.

There’s nowhere else in the world where you can sit two feet from a penguin or feel the spray from a whale’s blowhole. Visitor interactions with animals

Recommended Expeditions

Antarctica Express Air-Cruise

Antarctica Express Air-Cruise

DURATION

6 Days / 5 Nights

WHEN

Multiple Departures

DESTINATION

ANTARCTICA

TYPE

PER CABIN

Antarctica Express Air Cruise

Antarctica is probably the most unique and thrilling site on the entire planet. It is also home to a wide number of animal species that fight every day to survive in this surreal environment. Our Antarctica Express expedition takes you through the most prolific areas, where you will get a close-up view of the most iconic areas and wildlife in small expedition vessels that are more like private yachts, offering direct access to areas along the Antarctic shore that larger ships simply can’t reach.

We have been working in Antarctica for several years, and we can confirm that Air cruises are the most efficient and effective way to explore this continent, especially in a short itinerary like this one. Our Air Cruises allows you to get faster to Antarctica, without passing through the thrilling and challenging Drake Passage. This way, we ensure that this trip is perfect for all age travelers.

Both of our vessels, Ocean Nova and Magellan Explorer, are designed to explore deeply the waters of Antarctica in total luxury and comfort. You will be able to enjoy scenic views of Antarctica from the upper deck of the vessel while enjoying a refreshing glass of wine or you can join your fellow travelers in the large variety of activities you can enjoy in this fantastic place, such as kayaking, hiking, and snowshoeing, among others. We recommend you contact us to select the best dates and itineraries in Antarctica, so we can help you craft a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Trip Highlights

  • Best food on board guaranteed.

  • Avoid the rough Waters of the Drake Passage by flying over, guaranteing the most comfortable experience while visiting the Antarctic.

  • Travel with the most experienced and prepared group of expedition leaders in Antactica.

  • Explore the picturesque and remote áreas of Antactica in the most complete itinerary in the market.

  • Enjoy views of the outstanding animal species that inhabit this otherworly place.

Find your ideal Antarctica cruise

Antarctica Air Cruise Express

Ships Description

Magellan Explorer

A contemporary exploration ship specially designed for our air cruises to Antarctica, the Magellan Explorer. The ship was launched in 2019 after being built in Chile to the most recent Polar Code criteria.

Magellan Explorer offers seven different types of accommodations, including single rooms, for our air voyages. Except for Porthole Cabins, every accommodation has a private balcony. Except for four, all double cabins include two twin beds that may be combined to form a king-size bed. Every cabin has a closet, a heating system that is independently regulated, a sitting space, and a private bathroom with a shower.

The ship has a glass-enclosed observation lounge, a presentation room with cutting-edge audio-visual technology, a large dining room with stylish furnishings, a fully equipped bar, a library, a conference room, a gym, a sauna, and a medical center. Visitors can approach the ship’s bow via the observation deck that faces forward and provides close proximity to aquatic life. Ten Zodiac boats that are perfect for wildlife viewing and disembarking are available on the cruise.

The world’s first fitness firm with boutique gyms on all seven continents, Anytime Fitness, hired experts to design and construct the fitness center aboard Magellan Explorer.

Tecnical Specifications

  • Breadth: 16.2 m
  • Draft: 4.3 m
  • Propulsion: Diesel engines, 3,440 kW
  • Ice Class: LR PC6
  • Cruising Speed: 14 knots in open water
  • Passengers: 76 maximum on air-cruises
  • Expedition Staff & Crew: 60
  • Lifeboats: 2, fully enclosed, capacity of 160 (in addition to 8 life rafts, the capacity of 160)
  • Length: 90.7 m

Deck Plans

Ocean Nova

The Ocean Nova is a fantastic vessel for missions to Antarctica. It is an expedition ship that was built in Denmark in 1992 to navigate the ice-covered waterways of Greenland. It is a strong and agile ship. Its reinforced shell makes it perfect for Antarctic expedition travel. The ship had a complete renovation in 2006 and has subsequently benefited from yearly modifications and enhancements.

Ocean Nova can accommodate 67 persons on our air excursions, all of whom will have access to cozy outdoor accommodations. Three types of accommodations are available on board the ship: single, twin, and triple cabins. Picture windows, writing desks with chairs, wardrobes, independently regulated heating systems, and private bathrooms with showers are all standard amenities in each cabin.

Ocean Nova contains a large eating area, a bar, a library, a small gym, and an infirmary in addition to an observation lounge and presentation room that are enclosed in glass. Seven Zodiac boats that are available on the cruise are perfect for wildlife viewing and disembarking.

Tecnical Specifications

  • Breadth: 11.0 m
  • Draft: 3.7 m
  • Propulsion: Diesel engines, 2,000-horsepower
  • Ice Class: 1B, EO (Hull Ice 1A)
  • Cruising Speed: 12 knots in open water
  • Passengers: 67 maximum on air-cruises
  • Expedition Staff & Crew: 46
  • Lifeboats: 2, fully enclosed, capacity of 110 (in addition to 4 life rafts, the capacity of 100)
  • Length: 73.0 m

Deck Plans

Itinerary

Day 1
Start of the air-cruise

Your voyage starts at the pier in Ushuaia, Argentina. The world’s most southern settlement, Puerto Williams, Chile, is reached by sailing along the Beagle Channel after you board your ship in the afternoon. Prior to setting sail for Cape Horn, explore the area.

Day 2
Cape Horn and Drake Passage

You awaken with a clear glimpse of the fabled Cape Horn after traversing Nassau Bay overnight. Depending on the weather, hop aboard a Zodiac and become one of the select few fortunate travelers to set foot on this renowned and little-visited island. Reboard the ship and go to the fabled Drake Passage, which Sir Francis Drake, the illustrious British explorer of the 16th century, had dubbed in his honor.

Day 3
Drake Passage

Attend an interesting schedule of lectures and presentations as you cruise through the Drake Passage on your way to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. From the lounge or the outside decks, observe animals while being accompanied by knowledgeable guides. On their migration south to Antarctica, majestic seabirds like albatrosses and petrels as well as other whale species may be seen.

Day 4
Drake Passage and Antarctica

After passing over the Antarctic Convergence, the surroundings significantly alter. This is the moment to look for the first icebergs and the first glimpse of Antarctic land, so have your camera ready. While traveling to the South Shetland Islands, enjoy the companionship of seagulls, penguins, seals, and whales as you cruise through ice-filled coves. Take a Zodiac for your first unforgettable shore excursion to a colony of penguins. Using the prolonged Antarctic daylight, exploration will last well into the night.

Day 5
Antarctica and scheduled return flight

Arriving at King George Island, get off the boat in Fildes Bay. You must traverse the Chilean Frei Station and the Russian Bellingshausen Station on a 2-km (1.25-mile) walk to get to the airplane. Once you get on the plane to return to Punta Arenas, say goodbye to Antarctica. Transfer to your hotel for the night after arrival. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not \ included in the package).

Day 6
End of the air-cruise

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

Prices

DURATION

6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS

PRICE FROM

$ 6415.00

Single Supplement

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Note: All prices are in US dollars, per person, and based on double occupancy. If you need extra services, please contact your expedition advisor.
*Domestic Air prices are estimated and may change due to cost variation by the airlines.

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions

In-house support services are provided by New Paths Expeditions.

Complete pre-departure documents.

Hotel accommodation the day before embarking on the vessel.

For air cruises starting in Punta Arenas, Antarctica21 exclusive group transfers airport/ hotel on Day 1.

For air cruises starting in Punta Arenas, one overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar, with a welcome dinner including drinks on Day 1.

One overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar on the day of the scheduled return flight from Antarctica.

For air cruises starting in Punta Arenas, enjoy special access to Explorers House.

Antarctica21-exclusive group transfers airport/ hotel on the day of the scheduled return flight from Antarctica, and Antarctica21-exclusive group transfers hotel/airport on the last day of the air cruise.

Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island and/or vice versa as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.

Ship cruise as indicated in the program corresponding to each voyage.

Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on board the ship offering a wide choice of dishes.

Dinner is served daily on board the ship offering a choice between one of three main courses.

Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks are served with lunch and dinner on board.

Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water, and snacks on board the ship throughout the expedition.

All guided shore excursions.

Lectures and entertainment on board. 

Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material.

Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica.

Contingency Plan as described on page 39.

IAATO passenger fee.

Exclusions

Anything that is not specifically listed under the “Included in the Rate” section. For example:

Accommodation, meals, excursions, and transfers other than those included in the itinerary and the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage. Specifically, dinner in Punta Arenas upon return from Antarctica is not included.

Beverages purchased at the ship’s bar.

Internet connection on board the ship.

Personal travel insurance.

Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.).

Gratuities.

Visas for Chile and/or Argentina, passport expenses, and any arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.

Wildlife

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.

Departures 2023 & 2024

Antarctica Express Air-Cruise - November 29, to December 4, 2023 - Ocean Nova - PRICE FROM $ 5,995.00
Antarctica Express Air-Cruise - January 11, to January 16, 2024 - Magellan Explorer - PRICE FROM $ 6915.00
Antarctica Express Air-Cruise - January 14, to January 19, 2024 - Ocean Nova - PRICE FROM $ 6415.00
Antarctica Express Air-Cruise - November 23, to November 28, 2024 - Magellan Explorer - PRICE FROM $ 6915.00
Antarctica Express Air-Cruise - November 29, to December 4, 2024 - Ocean Nova $ 6415.00

Extensions

 

Buenos Aires Pre-Extension

Day 1: Arrive in Buenos Aires

AM arrive in Buenos Aires. Meet and greet and transfer to your hotel. Early check-in is guaranteed. Time to rest.Lunch on your own. PM the first half of the Buenos Aires city tour (Northern side). You will explore the Recoleta district, visit the Recoleta cemetery, and the Ateneo GrandSplendid bookstore. Then you will visit the Palermo district. At Palermo, you will join the Argentine Experience Interactive dinner.

Day 2: Full exploration of Buenos Aires and Gala Tango Clases

AM the second half of your Buenos Aires city tour (southern side) including the San Telmo market and Colon Theatre (Colon Theater tour is on a shared basis due to local regulations) Back to the hotel to relax. You will visit one of the great restaurants in the city, but we recommend having a light lunch and rest or doing some shopping close to the hotel. At around 6:30 PM you will be picked up and transferred to Gala Tango. First, you will enjoy a Tango class. Then you will enjoy dinner at 8:30 followed by a superb Tango show. You will return to the hotel at around 11:45 PM

Day 3: Fly to Ushuaia to embark your vessel

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to fly to Ushuaia and embark your vessel

Recommended Expeditions

Antarctic Polar Circle Air-Cruise

Antarctica & South Georgia Air Cruise

DURATION

17 Days/16 Nights

WHEN

Nov 17, 2023

DESTINATION

SOUTH GEORGIA
ANTARCTICA

TYPE

PER CABIN

South Georgia & Antarctica Air Cruise

Embark on an exclusive Antarctic air-cruise journey across the western Antarctic Peninsula, remote Elephant Island, and majestic South Georgia. Designed for those seeking to explore this icy realm without enduring the rough Drake Passage, our expedition offers daily shore excursions led by seasoned polar specialists. Choose from activities like hiking, snowshoeing, or kayaking in picturesque bays. Follow in the footsteps of legendary Antarctic explorers such as Ernest Shackleton as we journey towards South Georgia. Prepare to be amazed by the world’s largest penguin colonies, including the majestic king penguin, and vast breeding grounds of albatrosses. This once-in-a-lifetime adventure promises an unforgettable Antarctic experience in comfort and style, away from the sea’s turbulence.

Trip Highlights

Avoid the rough waters of the Drake Passage by flying over, guaranteeing the most comfortable experience while visiting the Antarctic.

Explore the picturesque and remote areas of Antarctica on board the ideal small-ship for the destination.

Travel with the best team of guides and expedition leaders currently in Antarctica.
Enjoy views of the outstanding animal species that inhabit South Georgia and Antarctica.
Best food and services on board guaranteed.

Find your ideal Antarctica cruise

South Georgie & Air Cruise

Itinerary

Day 1
Start of the Air-Cruise

Our staff welcomes you in Ushuaia, Argentina, at the pier. Board your ship in the afternoon and sail along the Beagle Channel towards South Georgia.

Day 2
An organized flight to Antarctica

Offers a seamless journey from Punta Arenas to King George Island, located in the South Shetland Islands. Upon arrival, your Antarctic expedition commences as you disembark the aircraft, welcoming the crisp Antarctic air into your lungs. A brief ground transfer leads you to the shores of Fildes Bay, where a Zodiac awaits to transport you to your intimate expedition vessel.

Day 3 - 6
Experience the wonders of Antarctica

Aboard our expedition cruise, navigating between the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Sail through stunning ice-filled fjords and amidst breathtaking icebergs while being surrounded by a plethora of seabirds, penguins, seals, and whales. Each day brings new adventures as you disembark by Zodiac to explore the diverse landscapes alongside expert polar guides. Back on board, engage in educational presentations and enjoy panoramic views from the lounge while sharing your daily experiences with fellow travelers. Flexibility is key in Antarctica, and our Expedition Team meticulously plans each voyage to maximize encounters with the everchanging natural wonders. While specific itineraries vary, expect visits to sites including the South Shetland Islands, Gerlache Strait, Penola Strait, and Antarctic Sound, ensuring a comprehensive exploration of Antarctica’s unparalleled beauty and diversity.

Day 7
Elephant Island

Heading northward, we aim to make a visit to Elephant Island. This is the very place where Shackleton’s Endurance crew sought shelter while Shackleton and a select group of five men continued their journey to South Georgia. Due to the typically turbulent weather conditions in this region, shore landings are seldom feasible, but you will have the opportunity to observe the island from the deck of the ship.

Day 8 - 9
voyaging via South Georgia 

Our naturalist and historian experts provide a variety of talks as we cruise north. There is time to mingle in the ship’s lounge and see the plethora of birds in the area.

Day 10 - 13
Investigating South Georgia

The environment of South Georgia is varied, featuring deep fjords, green uplands, enormous glaciers, and stunning mountains. Visit the humble tomb of Ernest Shackleton at Grytviken, the ancient whaling outpost, and pay your respects. Be astounded by the sight of 150,000 king penguins at St. Andrew’s Bay. Thousands of black-browed albatrosses nest on Cooper Island, where you may also observe a sizable colony of macaroni penguins. It is claimed to contain the world’s highest concentration of wildlife per square meter during the height of the breeding season. There are also scheduled visits to Fortuna Bay, Salisbury Plains, Prion Island, and Elsehul Bay, weather permitting.

Day 14 - 16
traveling in the direction of South America 

The speeches continue while the ship sails toward South America. Make the most of this opportunity to learn more about the area and its past.

Day 17
At sea and Beagle Channel 

Approach the continent of South America and navigate the Beagle Channel. As you travel to Ushuaia, stop to admire the splendor of Tierra del Fuego and Navarino Island.

Day 18
End of the Air-Cruise 

Arrival to Ushuaia, where your journey ends.

Ships Description

Magellan Explorer

 The Magellan Explorer, a modern vessel tailored for air cruises to Antarctica, epitomizes luxury and comfort. Launched in 2019 and constructed in Chile according to the latest Polar Code standards, it offers diverse accommodations, including single rooms and double cabins with private balconies. Each cabin features amenities such as independently regulated heating, ample storage, and a private bathroom. The ship boasts impressive facilities including a glass-enclosed observation lounge, cutting-edge presentation room, spacious dining area, fully equipped bar, library, gym, sauna, and medical center. Notably, the observation deck provides an intimate view of aquatic life, while ten Zodiac boats facilitate wildlife exploration. Remarkably, Anytime Fitness, renowned for its global presence, designed and built the onboard fitness center, marking a unique collaboration and ensuring top-tier facilities for passengers embarking on this unparalleled Antarctic adventure.

Tecnical Specifications

  • Passengers: 76 maximum on air-cruises
  • Expedition Staff & Crew: 60
  • Lifeboats: 2, fully enclosed, capacity of 160 (in addition to 8 life rafts, the capacity of 160)
  • Length: 90.7 m
  • Breadth: 16.2 m
  • Draft: 4.3 m
  • Propulsion: Diesel engines, 3,440 kW
  • Ice Class: LR PC6
  • Cruising Speed: 14 knots in open water


Deck Plan Magellan

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Dates & Prices

DURATION

18 DAYS / 17 NIGHTS
(Mar 8-25, 2024)

PRICE FROM

$ 15,995.00

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Note: All prices are in US dollars, per person, and based on double occupancy. If you need extra services, please contact your expedition advisor.
*Domestic Air prices are estimated and may change due to cost variation by the airlines.

Wildlife

Antarctica is among the driest, coldest, and darkest places on Earth. It’s a lonely, incredibly beautiful ice desert.

But even in this vast desolation, wildlife is flourishing. Almost all cruisers to Antarctica do so specifically to experience the wide variety of wildlife that inhabits the area.

The coldest location on Earth is home to some of the most famous animals on the globe, including albatrosses, blue whales, orcas, leopard seals, and Emperor Penguins.

Throughout the summer, Antarctica receives an unparalleled mass inflow of marine species worldwide.

Nowhere else in the world can you feel the spray from a whale’s blowhole or sit two feet away from a penguin. Visitor interactions with fauna

Departures

Antarctica & South Georgia Air-Cruise - March 8, to March 25, 2026 - Magellan Explorer - USD 15,995

Extensions

 

Buenos Aires Pre-Extension

Day 1: Arrive in Buenos Aires

AM arrive in Buenos Aires. Meet and greet and transfer to your hotel. Early check-in is guaranteed. Time to rest.Lunch on your own. PM the first half of the Buenos Aires city tour (Northern side). You will explore the Recoleta district, visit the Recoleta cemetery, and the Ateneo Grand Splendid bookstore. Then you will visit the Palermo district. At Palermo, you will join the Argentine Experience Interactive dinner.

Day 2: Full exploration of Buenos Aires and Gala Tango Clases

AM the second half of your Buenos Aires city tour (southern side) including the San Telmo market and Colon Theatre (Colon Theater tour is on a shared basis due to local regulations) Back to the hotel to relax. You will visit one of the great restaurants in the city, but we recommend having a light lunch and rest or doing some shopping close to the hotel. At around 6:30 PM you will be picked up and transferred to Gala Tango. First, you will enjoy a Tango class. Then you will enjoy dinner at 8:30 followed by a superb Tango show. You will return to the hotel at around 11:45 PM

Day 3: Fly to Ushuaia to embark your vessel

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to fly to Ushuaia and embark your vessel

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Svalbard

Svalbard

DURATION

12 DAYS

PRICE FROM

$ 8895

WHEN

July 2022

DESTINATION

Svalbard

TYPE

SMALL CRUISE

Svalbard

This fantastic trip leaves Longyearbyen, a town in the north of Norway’s Arctic island of Spitsbergen, part of the renowned Svalbard archipelago. We investigate the island’s northwest shore, which offers some of the best prospects for animal observation in the Arctic and magnificent mountain landscapes and tidewater glaciers.

During our voyage, we also travel near the chaotic north-polar ice cap’s edge to spot polar bears chasing their prey. We have a unique opportunity to observe pure nature and rarely see extraordinary phenomena at the dynamic boundary between unyielding ice and an abundant sea.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • One of the Arctic’s most dense populations of polar bears can be found in Svalbard.
  • An extensive system of national parks and nature reserves protects the distinctive Arctic ecology of Spitsbergen.
  • Historical sites in the exploration region include early whaling settlements, houses used by trappers, derelict coal mines, and a decommissioned polar research station.
  • Antarctica’s landscape is unlike anything else on earth.

  • You will be tracing the steps taken by early polar explorers, whalers, and scientific expeditions.

  • Admire contemporary human creativity in international scientific research facilities.

“Take only memories, leave only footprints” ~ Chief Seattle

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Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 

Arrival in Longyearbyen, Svalbard (hotel night)

Greetings from Longyearbyen, the administrative hub of Svalbard and the location of our Arctic expedition’s beginning. You will be met by our team at the Longyearbyen airport and transported to a high-quality accommodation. After that, you are free to stroll through the lovely town center.

Day 2

Welcome Aboard!

You can enjoy Longyearbyen in the morning after breakfast at your accommodation. View the glaciated mountains and freezing fjords surrounding this ancient former coal-mining town. Take advantage of the opportunity to purchase trinkets or other last-minute requirements like cold-weather clothing. Remember that you’ll soon get your own parka to keep and waterproof boots that you can borrow on the cruise. Longyearbyen provides quick and straightforward lunch options, such as the world’s most northern pizzas and kebabs.

You will be driven to the pier in the afternoon, where we will gladly welcome you on board the opulent exploration ship M/V Sea Spirit. Set up residence in your roomy suite and look around the boat that will serve as your cozy home during the upcoming remarkable voyage. Following departure, a packed schedule of activities begins with educational briefings and introductions from your expedition personnel.

Day 3 – 11

Svalbard and Polar Ice Edge

The largest island in the Svalbard archipelago, Spitsbergen, will circulate during this expedition. We intend to explore every aspect of this amazing High Arctic region along the route. Weather and ice will determine the specifics of our timetable and route. We anticipate that ice conditions will be ideal for circumnavigation during summer. Additionally, we anticipate that there will be sufficient sea ice to sustain ice-dependent creatures like polar bears and walruses. This route offers the tempting potential of visiting each of the four major islands that make up Svalbard and giving travelers a comprehensive view of Spitsbergen.

South Spitsbergen National Park, a sizable territory with various landforms, including polar deserts and impassable mountain ranges, is the first of several pristine natural areas on this route. The park’s focal point is Hornsund, a picturesque fjord where countless large glaciers plunge into freezing inlets from lofty mountaintops. The park also encompasses the southern Bellsund shoreline, a gorgeous harbor where we can still see wooden boats, huts, and thousands of whale bones from previous whaling operations. This is a sight from the distant past that has been virtually frozen in time. There is always a good chance of seeing wildlife anywhere in the park. Additionally, there are several opportunities for world-class hiking across untamed polar landscapes with intriguing geology. During this season, wildflowers will be at their best.

The Southeast Svalbard Nature Reserve, a pristine and little-visited environment with hundreds of isolated islands, is the next stop on our journey. We find wide tundra valleys supporting the highest density of Svalbard reindeer in the territory on the huge islands of Edgeya and Barentsya. We’ll likely observe reindeer calves growing quickly this time of year. Additionally, the valleys are crucial breeding grounds for ground-nesting species, including sandpipers, eiders, and geese. As their young cubs are only now emerging from their dens, Arctic foxes wander the huge expanse in search of food. The walrus, which can be seen resting in great numbers on gently sloping beaches, prefer shallow, muddy waters as their feeding grounds. Islands-wide historical landmarks look back at the region’s former trapping and hunting days.

We anticipate seeing huge amounts of sea ice on this voyage in the vast Northwest Svalbard Nature Reserve. Ice can last late into the summer in this distant and remote area, giving it a polar appearance. The entire Nordaustlandet, the second-largest island in Svalbard, and the rough northwest regions of Spitsbergen are included in this reserve. One of the outstanding beauties of the Arctic region is the enormous Austfonna ice cap, a portion of which meets the sea along the 45-kilometer-long Brsvellbreen ice cliff. Although there isn’t much flora in the polar desert, breeding areas like the breathtaking sea cliffs of Alkefjellet are home to enormous numbers of seabirds. Polar bears and walruses are likely to be seen in this chilly environment.

We anticipate that the edge of the polar pack ice will be relatively close to Nordaustlandet at this time of year. Between the solid sea ice and the open ocean, we intend to navigate along this dynamic barrier. The chance to see the dynamic interaction between polar bears and seals at this location is unmatched. To observe polar bears in their favorite environment, we will maneuver the ship safely near the disorganized and continuously moving ice floes.

At last, we arrive at Northwest Spitsbergen National Park, the jewel in the crown of Svalbard’s natural treasures. Here, enormous tidewater glaciers calve icebergs into turquoise waters, and mountain ranges with jagged edges surround deep fjords. The park has innumerable breeding colonies on small islands, mountain slopes, and sea cliffs. These colonies are home to millions of murres, guillemots, and little auks, whose eggs are just starting to hatch. Additionally, this is a fantastic time to see marine creatures like beluga whales and several kinds of Arctic seals. We also discover signs of the earliest sealers and whalers on Svalbard in this breathtaking environment and wildlife activities.

A multinational community of Arctic researchers now resides in Ny lesund, a former mining town and airship station located along our path. This community has a museum, tourist shop, and post office, which is among the most northern places on Earth.

The challenging Svalbard and Polar Ice Edge tour provides an in-depth look at the Arctic’s varied aspects. Every day brings new and fascinating opportunities. We won’t miss a chance to come across stunning Arctic wildlife, take in the breathtaking polar landscape, or follow in the footsteps of earlier historical expeditions.

Day 12

Disembarkation in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

We bid you goodbye in Longyearbyen after one final breakfast buffet on board. If you intend to stay in Svalbard for longer, we offer transfers to the airport or the town center. By this point, you might be planning your subsequent incredible journey with us to the arctic regions!

The Ship

M/V Sea Spirit

The m/v Sea Spirit is migratory, like most birds,  and follows the sun, northbound in the summer and southbound in the winter, always ready for spontaneous discoveries — a pod of whales, a family of polar bears, or a glaciated mountain vista. She is highly maneuverable and capable of navigating the narrow fjords of East Greenland and entering the small bays of Spitsbergen.

Onboard, it creates a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all the guests. They are united by one goal — to have a memorable wilderness experience and to become real polar adventurers.

Length: 90.6 meters (297 ft.)
Beam: 15.3 meters (50 ft.)
Speed: 15 knots
Passengers: 114
Crew: 72

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

July, 2022

PRICE

$8895

Single Supplement

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STATUS

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Details

Included:

  • 1 pre-voyage night on Day 1 in Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa Hotel;
  • Group transfer from the airport to the hotel on the day prior to embarkation;
  • Group transfer to the ship for embarkation on Day 2;
  • Shipboard accommodation;
  • All meals onboard throughout the voyage;
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions);
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team;
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka;
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails;
  • All port fees;
  • Group transfer to airport or central location right after disembarkation;
  • Pre-departure materials;
  • Digital Voyage Log;
  • Wi-Fi onboard.

Not included:

  • Airfare;
  • Transfers from the airport to the hotel if arriving prior to Day 1 of the program;
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance;
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and onboard communication (telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service);
  • Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings;
  • Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$ 200,000 per person;
  • Staff gratuities;
  • Kayaking, camping;
  • Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses.

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