Day 00: Arrival Day, Punta Arenas, Chile
Day 0: Pre-departure Day, Baggage Choose-Up & Briefing
Day 1: Fly to Antarctica*
You’ll be referred to as at your lodge within the morning to get a replace of the present situations in Antarctica. If the climate is appropriate for the flight, you’ll be picked up at your lodge throughout the hour.
On the Punta Arenas airport, you’ll board the chartered jet for the 4¼ hour flight to Antarctica. The route crosses the Drake Passage, then follows the west facet of the Antarctic Peninsula and the backbone of the Ellsworth Mountains. You land on a naturally occurringblue-ice runway on Union Glacier the place you’ll take your first steps on Antarctica, then climb aboard one of many specially-adapted vans for the 5 mi (8 km) shuttle to the camp. The workers will present a welcome tour of the camp and present you to your tent.
*Each effort will probably be made to maintain to the scheduled flight date and you’ll depart as quickly as climate and runway situations allow. Please perceive that delays are frequent in Antarctic journey. All flights are depending on climate, plane serviceability, and native situations. The workers will keep in shut contact with you and can give you common flight updates.
Day 2-5: Discover Union Glacier
Throughout your week keep in Antarctica, you’ll have a number of days to discover Union Glacier. The meteorologists will fastidiously monitor the climate situations and discover the perfect day in your South Pole Flight. A typical day at Union Glacier begins with a briefing after breakfast the place you’ll meet along with your information to debate the day’s choices and select an exercise tailor-made to the climate and the group’s curiosity. Union Glacier excursions can embody any of the next locations:
Elephant’s HeadExperience in considered one of our automobiles to this dramatic marble buttress overlooking the blue-ice runway. Stunning ice swimming pools and moraines provide countless alternatives for pictures. When you’re in search of one thing extra lively, you’ll have the chance to hike as much as the bottom of Elephant’s Head or all the way in which to the highest of Rhodes Bluff for panoramic views of Union Glacier and the Heritage Vary.
Drake IcefallNamed within the Nineteen Sixties after geologist Benjamin Drake IV, this spectacular icefall tumbles off the polar plateau into Union Glacier. Winds from the South Pole carve big waves into the blue-ice and polish the floor right into a excessive shine.
Charles Peak WindscoopUncover the ability of wind on ice as you wander via a glowing turquoise hall. When you’re actually adventurous, it is a prime place to strive mountaineering with considered one of our skilled guides. For the much less vertically inclined, you’ll be able to rock hunt to your coronary heart’s content material. Simply bear in mind to go away them in place, as nothing could also be faraway from Antarctica.
The Seashore at Rossman CoveOne other spectacular setting for blue-ice pictures and panoramic views! Take cross-country skis with you or a picnic lunch and luxuriate in Antarctica’s model of a glacial seashore getaway.
Hidden ValleyThe workers’s favourite getaway — this secret canyon opens as much as a ravishing valley prime for climbing, climbing, and backcountry snowboarding.
When you’d choose to remain nearer to camp, there are a number of actions for all skills. You may take a look at a pair of cross-country skis or a fat-tire bike and take a spin across the groomed 10k loop or you’ll be able to get pleasure from a cup of tea, an Antarctic ebook, or enjoyable recreation within the camp library. Within the evenings, lectures are often supplied and properly as movies tailor-made to your expertise.