Fly to the South Pole
There aren't too many places more remote, unique or fascinating than the South Pole. Here, in the center of Antarctica, way up on the Antarctic Plateau (9,300 feet / 2835 m of elevation) lies the rotational axis of the Earth. Everything from this point lies North. You can walk through all time zones and pass through all lines of longitude in a few steps. You'll have the chance to visit the Geographical South Pole and the Ceremonial South Pole which both lie adjacent to the Amundsen Scott South Pole Station. This expedition is perfect for people who want to experience the South Pole but are not interested in skiing there on our South Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition or Full South Pole Ski Expedition. It's also a great fit for people with busy schedules who are looking for a shorter duration expedition.
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 at the Union Glacier Base Camp, the bustling logistical center of various expeditions. Union Glacier or the more exclusive Three Glaciers Retreat will be our home away from home for the duration of our stay in Antarctica. With excellent food, comfortable accommodations, and great staff you may not want to leave! The South Pole Flight is the highlight of this expedition but there are also a variety of activities that take place on the days that we aren't at the Pole. Tours in the snow cat, ski tours, rides on fat tire bikes are all options. Guided outings to fascinating ice/land formations will keep you busy and in awe of Antarctica's beauty, and lectures will educate you about how this all came to be.
PolarExplorers does not require prior experience or special training for our South Pole Flights, just an adventurous spirit and spare camera batteries!
Looking for more options? Click here for a quick glance of all our other South Pole expeditions.
- 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.
Night at South Pole and South Pole Flight Expedition Dates & Rates
Night at South Pole: January 3-9, 2021 ($64,100 per person) Based out of Three Glaciers Luxury Camp
December 29 - January 3, 2021 ($51,250 per person) Based our of Union Glacier Camp
South Pole Flight: December 12-20, 2020 and January 9-14, 2021 ($51,250 per person)
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.
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