Antartica Travel

Antarctica: Travel Tips and Advice

December 26, 2016

Get In/Out of Antartica

Commercial flights are rare but Aerovías DAP and Adventure Network International offer commercial flights to Frei Station on King George Island and the ANI Union Glacier usually leaving from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, or Punta Arenas. Flights can cost anywhere from AUD 1199 for obstructed view aisle seats to AUD 7999 for first class.

The most common method is visiting via a cruise ship. There are a variety of cruise companies that offer summertime excursions to the Antarctic mainland (usually Antarctic peninsula) or one of the islands (Deception Island, Aitcho Island).  Before booking know that smaller vessels (50-100 pax) can make where larger (up to 1200 pax) can’t. However, larger vessels are less prone to rougher seas. Most cruise ships leave from Ushuaia, Argentina; Punta Arenas, Chile; Bluff, New Zealand; Hobart, Australia. Last minute excursions can be booked in Ushuaia, Argentina.

You can also get there by yacht and take part on 3 to 6 week voyages departing from South America, often on a per bunk basis. Taking part of these voyages may call for the guests to help out. However no boating experience is necessary.

Accommodation in Antartica

Cruise ships will not offer accommodation on the mainland nor will research stations. However, if you are on a a multi-day excursion on the mainland tents will be provided.

Get Around Antartica

Ponies, sled dogs, skis, tractors, snow cats, and aircraft like helicopters and ski planes are often used to get around Antarctica. Bring your own food and supplies if not on an excursion with a cruise ship. Otherwise, it will be provided.

 

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