Sailing Antarctica: The Ultimate Polar Nature Expedition
Join the Exclusive Few to Explore the White Continent by Private Sailboat!
|12/29/2014||12/29/2014||01/14/2015||Sail to Antarctica from Ushuaia and fly home to Punta Arenas|
|01/11/2015||01/11/2015||01/27/2015||Fly to Antarctica from Punta Arenas and sail back to Ushuaia|
Fees are per person based on double occupancy.
$22,995 (3 - 8 trip participants)
For safety purposes we require three or more travelers on each back-to-back departure to operate these trips. Should we not reach that minimum a full refund of trip fees will be provided and a trip credit will be given for any forfeited airfare fees.
Single Supp.: $490 (Ushuaia & Punta Arena only)
Deposit: $2000 (non-refundable)
Prices are given in U.S. Dollars.
Location of AdventureUshuaia, Argentina / Punta Arenas, Chile / Antarctic Peninsula
Group Size LimitDue to the limited capacity of our sailing vessel, the S/V Australis, this trip can accommodate a maximum of just 8 travelers, plus our Natural Habitat Expeditions guide and crew. Such an intimate group guarantees an inimitable experience of Antarctica, and highly personalized encounters with the guides and naturalists we travel with.
IncludedAccommodations including breakfast in hotels in Ushuaia and Punta Arenas; accommodations on board the S/V Australis, welcome dinner in Ushuaia on Day 1 and farewell dinner in Punta Arenas on Day 17, respectively. All meals aboard the S/V Australis, safe drinking water, services of a Natural Habitat Expeditions professional Expedition Leader and staff in Punta Arenas, one-way flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas, commissary equipment, camping equipment, most gratuities, boat transfer between Ushuaia and Puerto Williams, airport transfers in Ushuaia and Punta Arenas, permits for traveling and camping in Antarctica.
Not IncludedTravel to Ushuaia, travel from Punta Arenas, dinner on Day 2 and lunches on Days 2 and Day 3 in Ushuaia, some gratuities, alcohol, phone calls, laundry, travel insurance, sleeping bags and pads, some other equipment items of a personal nature.
Medical Evacuation and Hospitalization Insurance is mandatory for all Natural Habitat Expeditions trips. It can be purchased as part of our Natural Habitat Protection Plan or acquired from another insurance provider. You will be required to submit proof of insurance prior to the trip, along with your insurance provider’s contact information.
Physical RequirementsThis trip is rated Extreme Adventure
This is a serious, expeditionary sailing trip in polar waters. We follow a flexible itinerary, and daily activities are exploratory in nature, requiring from participants a commitment to group unity, a willingness to face the unexpected, and to overcome any challenges we might face. While we will go ashore frequently, hiking will be limited due to ice conditions and glaciers close to shore.
During our crossing of the Drake Passage it is optional for all clients to pitch in with the sailing. A watch schedule will be set up so that all get the chance to help sail the boat. If you want to be on watch, under supervision of one of the crew, both during the day and at night just let the captain and his crew know. To be on watch requires both physical and psychological stamina, however.
Sailing may be rough across the Drake Passage. Expedition members should be prepared for cold and windy weather and high seas, and to take precautions for seasickness. Accommodations on board the S/V Australis are tight but comfortable, with shared toilet facilities. For onshore camping expeditions we will use North Face VE 25 Expedition 4-season tents. You will supply your own expedition-quality sleeping bag and air mattress or pad.
You will enjoy this adventure most if you are in good physical shape. While we won't be undertaking any activities that require a high level of fitness, you will nonetheless find that assisting with crewing the boat is much easier if you have physical strength and stamina. For a few months before departure, work on building your abdominal, leg, and arm/shoulder muscles. The more fit you are, the easier and better time you will have during our sailboat crossing of the Drake’s Passage.
Important Information About This TripOn this sailboat-based nature expedition we welcome men and women with the necessary spirit, a zest for serious adventure, and either experience with winter camping or a hardy constitution and avid enthusiasm for demanding conditions. All expedition members must be flexible and have an expeditionary attitude—the weather and oceans of the Antarctic are notorious for their quick changes and hostile environment. Of course, our trip will be blessed by safer and more comfortable expedition equipment then Shackleton and his crew had, but this is a place where nature tests our judgment and at the same time rewards the intrepid!
The Environment & Weather
Summer in Antarctica can exhibit all kinds of weather—mostly governed by the prevailing westerly winds and the Antarctic Ice Cap. The weather pattern is an unpredictable mixture of marine low-pressure systems and more stable high-pressure inland climate. The weather is largely influenced by the immense, frigid ice cap. Temperatures typically range from 30 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. In other words, you should prepare for all kinds of weather—sunshine as well as showers and snow storms. Winds can be both fierce and shifting, and the Antarctic seas are famous for ferocious katabatic storms (very rare, but possible).
Your safety is of paramount concern to us. Toward that end we provide highly competent guides and the very best equipment. Our guides are thoroughly trained in emergency wilderness first-aid techniques and have extensive experience in this environment. Ultimately, our guides make decisions with everyone’s comfort and safety in mind, while trying to maximize the adventure experience for each individual. We must stress that listening carefully to your guide’s instructions and directions is ultimately your responsibility and in your best interest and that of the group.
We provide all group gear such as life jackets, tents, stoves and kitchen, a comprehensive first-aid kit and satellite phone for emergency communications. We will supply you with an individual and very comprehensive Clothing & Equipment list.
Getting There & Getting HomeArrive in Ushuaia, Argentina on Day 1 no later than 5 pm, and depart anytime from Punta Arenas, Chile on the final day.
We can serve you best if our Natural Habitat Adventures Travel Desk makes your reservations, as we are intimately familiar with the special requirements of this program and can arrange the most efficient travel. Please call us at 1-800-543-8917. Note that while we offer you the best possible rates available to us on airfare and additional nights' accommodations, you may find special web rates or better fares online.