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90o South, Camp at the South Pole

7 days

from £43,775pp (excluding flights)

This unique trip to the bottom of the world offers Antarctic enthusiasts the chance to experience the history, adventure and challenges of the South Pole, whilst camping out on the snow.

  • Feel like a polar explorer sleeping overnight at the South Pole in expedition tents
  • Visit the Geographic and Ceremonial South Pole
  • Guided tour of Amundsen-Scott station
  • Walk, ski and photograph the frozen fields, peaks and ridges around the Union Glacier

Fly from Punta Arenas, Chile to Antarctica, landing on a blue-ice runway and experience life on the snow as the polar explorers do. As part of a small, exclusive group spend a couple of days acclimatising to the Antarctic conditions at Union Glacier Camp in the stunning southern Ellsworth mountains.

From Union Glacier Camp fly four to five hours to the most southerly point on earth. With an overnight stay in expedition-style tents there will be plenty of time to relish in all the South Pole has to offer, visit the Amundsen-Scott Research Station, spend time at the geographic and ceremonial South Pole, listen to lectures, mingle with expedition teams and experience life at the bottom of the world.

Return to Union Glacier Camp by plane and spend a few more days on the white continent. Daily activities include cross country skiing, snow sculpture carving, ice climbing, hiking, snowmobiling or just relax and soak up the events of the last few days. 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 43775 £ 1100

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly from Punta Arenas, Chile to Union Glacier Camp, Antarctica
Fly four hours to Antarctica by private transport jet. Land on an ice runway and settle in at Union Glacier Camp.

Situated at the foot of The Andes with striking views across the Straits of Magellan to Tierra Del Fuego, Punta Arenas is Patagonia's liveliest and most interesting city. Made rich by the wool boom following the importation of sheep from The Falklands in the 19th century, vestiges of the town's heyday remain today in the form of fine colonial architecture and interesting history. The town itself is compact with everything within walkable distance. A visit to the extraordinary Palacio Sara Braun and the manicured cemetery are strongly recommended.

You will be staying at Union Glacier Camp, Full board

Day 2

Union Glacier Camp
A day to acclimatise to Antarctic conditions with optional activities. Take in wide open vistas from the top of Charles Peak, explore ice pools in the Elephant Head Valley, ramble along multi-coloured Spectrum Ridge or cross country ski over frozen fields of sastrugi. Photograph wind sculpted clouds, unusual snow features and a thousand shades of white.

For the more adventurous, try ice climbing on the massive windscoop surrounding Charles Peak, scramble up the serpentine Ridge of Mount Rossman or camp out on the polar plateau.

Poor weather days provide opportunities for talks and skills sessions on diverse Antarctic themes.

Whatever you choose to do, take time to experience the immense space and solitude that is Antarctica

You will be staying at Union Glacier Camp, Full board

Day 3

South Pole
Fly four to five hours from Union Glacier Camp to the South Pole. Taxi over to the South Pole Camp, take a hot meal in the heated dining tent, then settle into the accommodation.

The physiological altitude at the South Pole is roughly 3,300m. Some feel the effects of altitude, including shortness of breath and mild headache, take it easy, especially this first day, to help your body acclimatise.

You will be staying at South Pole Camp, Full board

Day 4

South Pole Activities and return to Union Glacier Camp
Choose from a variety of morning and afternoon activity sessions including opportunities to visit the South Pole Markers, South Pole Visitor Centre and Amundsen-Scott Station.

Return flights to Union Glacier will depart in the late afternoon. Back at Union Glacier Camp, a special celebratory dinner will be served.

The South Pole has been designated an Antarctic Specially Managed Area (ASMA #5) to conserve the environmental, scientific and historical values of the area. Cooperation in respecting visitor guidelines during the time at the South Pole is requested.

You will be staying at Union Glacier Camp, Full board

Day 5

Last Two Days at Union Glacier Camp
Last two days in the heart of Antarctica. Explore scenic Union Glacier with expert guides, listen to talks on the area, learn some Polar skills, or

relax and soak in the events of the past few days.

You will be staying at Union Glacier Camp, Full board

Day 6

You will be staying at Union Glacier Camp, Full board

Day 7

Fly back to Punta Arenas, Chile
Fly from Union Glacier to Punta Arenas, Chile, a journey of about four hours.

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