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Sailing in Antarctica

Camp out and sail across the Antarctic Peninsula - an intrepid and exclusive polar expedition

16 days

from £18,895pp (excluding flights)

This trip is like no-other in Antarctica. Sail around the Antarctic Peninsula on a 22 metre ice-strengthened sailing boat that can accommodate just seven passengers plus crew. A unique polar expedition aimed at intrepid explorers.

  • Spend eight to twelve days ashore, more time than most Antarctic Peninsula trips
  • Special permits from the National Science Foundation allow for six nights camping on the ice
  • Experience the peace and solitude of Antarctica with a group no bigger than seven.
  • Fly to Antarctica from Chile, avoiding two days crossing the Drake Passage

Begin this polar adventure in Punta Arenas, Chile, where the small exclusive group will meet. Spend a day exploring the area visiting a traditional sheep farm and taking in the landscape before flying the following day, weather permitting, to King George Island, Antarctica. It is here the serious outdoor adventure begins. Board the S/V Australis, home for the next eight to nine days, and meet the highly experienced crew before setting sail.

Sail through the remote pristine wilderness of the Antarctic Peninsula, discovering the bays, fjords and coves. The itinerary and route will be determined by weather and sea conditions along the way. While flexibility is key, there is ample time set aside to explore and make the most of the long, daylight hours. Days can be spent floating past huge icebergs in kayaks, trekking on the Antarctic continent, sailing through the blue waters as seals and whales swim past, watching vast numbers of penguins in their rookeries, travelling through ice-strewn waters in zodiacs or landing on remote beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and southern elephant seals. An intimate encounter with nature is guaranteed with such a small group. A highlight for most is the exclusive opportunity to camp for up to six nights on the ice, a real wilderness experience with just the penguins and seals for company.

At the end of this special adventure in Antarctica, say goodbye to the S/V Australis and crew and fly back from King George Island to Chile. 

Departing on:

  • 17 January 2018
  • 30 January 2018

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 
£ 18895 £ 1100
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what is included

  • Economy flight between Colombo and Male


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Madrid

Fly Madrid to Santiago overnight

Day 2

Fly Santiago to Punta Arenas

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.

Arrive Punta Arenas
Arrive in Punta Arenas, the southernmost city in continental South America, located at the bottom of Tierra del Fuego. Join the small group for a welcome dinner.

You will be staying at Hotel Cabo de Hornos, Full board

Day 3

Estancia Fitz Roy
This extra day is included as a reserve day if the weather is not looking suitable to fly the following day.

Today visit a traditional Patagonian estancia (sheep farm). Estancia Fitz Roy is located 60 miles northwest of Punta Arenas on the shores of Isla Riesco, the third biggest island in Chile. Drive an hour to reach the island via a short ferry crossing, surrounded by a spectacular landscape of fjords and the very end of the Andes mountain range. The farm has native beech forest and Patagonian steppe, witness the activities that comprise a typical day's work: watching the sheep dogs skilfully herding the flocks, shearing and bathing the sheep, and washing the wool so it's ready for spinning. An authentic Patagonian lamb barbecue lunch is included (vegetarian option available with advance notice). After lunch return to Punta Arenas, with free time in town before dinner.

You will be staying at Hotel Cabo de Hornos, Full board

Day 4

Fly to King George Island-Board S/V Australis
The only airstrip on the Antarctic Peninsula archipelago that can reliably be served by the South American continent on a regular basis is located on King George Island in the South Shetland group. Plan to fly today, weather permitting, to meet the intrepid polar sailing vessel, the S/V Australis. Ashore, have the first encounter with penguins and other wildlife of this southern polar wonderland.

After introductions and a safety orientation, the Australis sets sail into the Antarctic waters surrounding the South Shetland Islands, headed south to the Antarctic Peninsula. Sail with one of the world's preeminent mariners in polar waters, skipper Roger Wallis, and his seasoned crew.

You will be staying at S/V Australis, Full board

Day 5

Sailing and Camping on the Antarctic Peninsula
For the next eight to nine days follow the best weather and safest water, sailing along the bays and fjords of the Antarctic Peninsula. These waters are a haven for a remarkable collection of wildlife, including vast penguin rookeries and beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and southern elephant seals. The itinerary is flexible, with plenty of time to truly explore as a small band of adventurers. Taking advantage of the perpetual light, spend long days sailing among the icebergs, watching for whales and seals bobbing by. Birdlife is extraordinary, with huge populations of albatrosses, petrels, skuas, gulls, terns and cormorants. Where landings permit, step ashore to hike.

Every day holds something different. While at times be struck by the depth of the silence, other times be amidst a cacophony of squawking penguins, honking seals and crackling ice. With the special permit from the National Science Foundation, there is the option to camp for a maximum of six nights, weather permitting, on deserted beaches, sharing the solitude only with the legions of wildlife.

You will be staying at S/V Australis, Full board

Day 6

You will be staying at S/V Australis, Full board

Day 7

You will be staying at S/V Australis, Full board

Day 8

You will be staying at S/V Australis, Full board

Day 9

You will be staying at S/V Australis, Full board

Day 10

You will be staying at S/V Australis, Full board

Day 11

You will be staying at S/V Australis, Full board

Day 12

You will be staying at S/V Australis, Full board

Day 13

King George Island
Return to King George Island today, one day prior to meeting up with the return flight home, as a hedge against any weather problems. Tomorrow morning, it will be time to say a reluctant goodbye to the Australis and her outstanding crew after a fortnight of extraordinary adventure.

You will be staying at S/V Australis, Full board

Day 14

Fly to Punta Arenas
Weather permitting, board the airplane for the three hour flight back to Punta Arenas on the southern tip of Chilean Patagonia for a farewell dinner.

You will be staying at Hotel Cabo de Hornos, Full board

Day 15

Fly Punta Arenas to Santiago

Fly Santiago to Madrid overnight

Day 16

Fly Madrid to London

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