The South Pole Flight Expeditions
Adventure awaits at the bottom of the globe. Fly with PolarExplorers to 90 degrees south latitude, and marvel at the mountain ranges and austere beauty of the wildest continent en route. Flight expeditions are perfect for those who wish to visit the South Pole but are not interested in skiing a full or half degree of latitude. These polar expeditions also fit busier schedules and do not require the rigorous physical preparation of other polar ski expeditions.
This polar adventure begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, the largest city south of the 46th southern parallel, and a perfect launching pad for pre or post expedition Patagonian adventures. From Punta Arenas we fly over the Drake Passage to Antarctica, touching down in the Union Glacier Base Camp, the bustling logistical center for South Pole. Just a 1,000 kilometer flight separates Union Glacier from the South Pole, where you can literally stand in every time zone simultaneously and circumnavigate the globe in a matter of steps!
PolarExplorers does not require prior experience or special training for our South Pole Flights, just an adventurous spirit and spare camera batteries!
Contact us for more information here.
- Equipment List
- Dates & Rates
- Trip Insurance
South Pole Flight Expedition: Daily Itinerary
- Day 1-2
- Arrive in Punta Arenas. Gear check and pre-flight briefing. The fun begins!
- Day 3
- Weather permitting we'll fly to Antarctica.
- Day 4
- Spend the day at Union Glacier basecamp.
- Day 5-6
- Weather permitting, we'll fly to the South Pole during this time.
- Day 7-8
- These days are built into the PolarExplorer itinerary to give you time to explore the area surrounding Union Glacier basecamp, and also to allow for weather delays with the South Pole flight.
- Day 9
- Weather permitting we'll depart for the return flight to Punta Arenas. The following morning head out to explore this beautiful region, or head to the airport for your flight home.
South Pole Expedition Equipment List
Upon registration, you will receive a comprehensive gear guide from PolarExplorers that explains the importance of each item as well as gear recommendations from our past participants.
- 1 insulated parka with hood (available to rent)
- 1 pair insulated pants (available to rent)
- 1 pair snow pack ski boots (available to rent)
- 1 pair wool, silk, or synthetic long underwear tops and bottoms.
- 2 pair heavy wool or synthetic socks
- 1 wool or fleece sweater (mid weight)
- 1 wool or fleece sweater (heavy weight)
- 1 wool or fleece hat (consider bringing hat with ear flaps)
- 1 neck gaiter
- 1 pair wool or synthetic gloves
- 1 pair wool or fleece mittens
- 1 pair sunglasses or snow goggles
- Casual clothing for Punta Arenas (shirt, pants, socks, pajamas, underwear, etc.)
- 1 pair slippers for inside the mess tent
- Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, etc.)
- Personal medications (with prescription for customs!)
- Luggage locks
Qualifications for the South Pole Flight Expedition
Our North and South Pole Flights are for people who want to experience the North & South Poles, but don't have the time, energy or funding to do a full expedition. People on these Polar Flights have ranged in age from 1 to 81 years! All of these trips require that you can climb several stairs into and out of the plane and walk across the uneven terrain of the ice. We can assist you as necessary.
The South Pole Flight requires you to sleep in a tent (with a very warm sleeping bag). To best enjoy this Polar exploration and flight adventure you should be in moderate shape.
South Pole Flight Expedition Dates & Rates
South Pole Flight with Overnight at South Pole: December 31- January 9, 2019
South Pole Flight: December 12-20, 2018;
South Pole Flight with Overnight at South Pole: $53,400 USD
South Pole Flight: $49,750 USD
Includes all accommodations and meals while in Antarctica, guide(s), permits, communication & safety gear.
Expedition Trip Insurance
Trip cancellation insurance is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for every PolarExplorers expedition.
Medical Evacuation insurance with a minimum coverage of $300,000 USD is REQUIRED on every PolarExplorers expedition.
Ensure that your policy covers your activity, destination and any pre-existing medical conditions (to cover pre-existing medical conditions you may need to purchase your policy within 14 days or less of your initial deposit).
If you are mountaineering check that the policy covers roped technical mountain travel and the elevation limit that you will have.
Ripcord Insurance (For non-US residents use the Offer Code "ripcordintl" which will enable you to receive quotes and/or purchase policies.) If your expedition is more than USD $30,000 you may need to send an email to: ClientServices@redpointresolutions.com or call them at +1 617-307-4636
If you live in the USA you have additional options.
Travelex Insurance - Choose the TRAVEL SELECT policy and add the ADVENTURE PLUS PAK to receive appropriate medical evacuation coverage.
Travel Guard has comprehensive policies that include trip cancellation or you can purchase a Single Trip Medical Evacuation Important! You must include the optional Adventure Sports coverage upgrade if you are climbing any mountains or traveling in rope teams. (Pre-existing medical coverage is not available with this policy.)
South Pole Flights Testimonials
While interacting with other teams at basecamp we realized how lucky we were to choose PolarExplorers as our guides. Very well done from start to finish.Richard Goldsmith
Thanks so much for all your help and input into the South Pole trip, which was just awesome!Fiona Gray
It's a wrap!
Your well wishes and crossed fingers worked! The weather cleared and our team departed from Kulusuk this afternoon, saying their final farewell's to Greenland. It was a fitting end to a trip filled with weather delays, storms, & holding patterns, but also plenty of good times and rewarding days and above all a brilliant team.
Thanks to everyone who followed this blog, and thanks to our amazing Greenland team. Heather, Dale, Ian, John, Eric, Taylor, Salo and Julius, you had us wondering how it would all end and we are delighted to have been a part of your adventure.
Until next time!
Greenland Weather Strikes Again!
The team left Tasiilaq this morning on a short helicopter flight to the airport at Kulusuk. They were scheduled to fly to Reykjavik, Iceland a couple hours later.
Photos From Yesterday
We received these photos late last night. Looks like a GREAT end to the expedition! Check back again today for more...
A huge CONGRATULATIONS is in order for our team who reached their final waypoint at approximately 11:30 AM Greenland time and successfully finished their crossing of the Greenland icecap, woohoo!!!!
The Day Described With Four W's
The team could describe today using four words that start with W: wind, whiteout, warm and wet.
Chicken Strips and French Fries!
What does it say when the blog title is about food? Well, for starters food is in the top three things people think about while skiing all day every day...
Better Than Yesterday, But Still Hard
It was another tough day on the Greenland icecap. It was made that way mostly by the fresh, deep snow. The visibility was terrible again but towards the afternoon they got some breaks with a little sunshine. Oh what a sight!
Skiing in a Whiteout
Tough day today. The visibility was nil, there was absolutely no contrast, there was wind in the face, and snow. A whole lot of nothing to look at but the backs of team mates and the butts of dogs.
Getting It Done
This team is getting it done, one day at a time. Today another 37 km are behind them. They are tired but satisfied and the end of the expedition is not too far beyond the horizon.
Making Progress - Another 37 km
The team made great progress today, putting 37 km behind them. The weather was a little of everything. Cloudy, snowy, a little sun, always the wind.
On The Move Again
A day after being tent bound by strong winds the team was back at it. They made 32 kilometers in a slightly modified way of travel.
Another Day, Another Storm
We thought this might happen, but it's not all bad. Another storm day. Strong winds, cold temperatures and low visibility all combine to keep out teams in their tents today.
Shortened Day Due To Wind
It was a beautiful day today, but it was also a cold day and the wind just kept coming and coming (almost a direct headwind). It all started out OK with clear skies but as the wind picked up the ground visibility went down, and with temperatures hovering around 0° F the windchill was REALLY cold.
Cold and Windy But Good
Welcome to another day on the Greenland icecap, where today the wind and the cold were on the minds of our team. They did a great job, putting almost 30km behind them.
Another 30 km Day
Actually it was 30.2 km - a seemingly small difference, but not if you are the person who did all the skiing! They'll take every tenth of a kilometer that they can get!