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Polar Circle Air-Cruise

Polar Circle Air-Cruise Polar Circle Air-Cruise

Fly to the Antarctic, marvel at towering icebergs and stunning fjords, enjoy the antics of the prolific wildlife and, weather permitting, cross the remote Antarctic Circle.

Take the Polar Circle Air-Cruise to King George Island and begin your voyage past breaching whales, seals and an incredible richness of bird life. Plus a parade of jaw-droppingly beautiful scenery. And then, weather permitting, the highlight of the cruise; celebrating the crossing of latitude 66° 33’ S – the Antarctic Circle itself.

The Polar Circle Air-Cruise is available on the Hebridean SkyMagellan Explorer and Ocean Nova

Hebridean Sky - After a multimillion-dollar renovation in 2016, this classically elegant, all-suite vessel became one of the world’s finest small ships. Max number of passengers per fly-cruise: 75

Magellan Explorer - Featuring a modern design and innovative technologies, this expedition vessel was custom-built for our Antarctic air-cruises. Max number of passengers per fly-cruise: 73

Ocean Nova - Sturdy and nimble, this ship was built to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland and is ideally suited for Antarctic expeditions. Max number of passengers per fly-cruise: 67

PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. The on-board expedition leader will determine the final itinerary. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. 

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    Day 1 Punta Arenas
    Punta Arenas

    Antarctica21 staff members welcome you in Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2 PM. Transfer to your hotel 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 Fly to Antarctica
    Fly to Antarctica

    A smooth two-hour flight takes you efficiently 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-km (1.25-mi) 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
    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. From the glass-enclosed lounge, enjoy spectacular views while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests over a drink. The goal of the expedition is to sail far south in the attempt of reaching 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 Garlache and Penola Straits, and the Crystal Sound. Each Polar Circle Air-Cruise is unique and crafted to provide the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.

    Day 9 Fly to Punta Arenas
    Fly to Punta Arenas

    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.

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