South Pole Air Expeditions
If you would like to join the select few to stand at the Geographic South Pole, WildWings can take you there. An IL-76 or Hercules flight from Southern Chile will fly you to Union Glacier, the only private base camp in the heart of the continent of Antarctica itself, strategically situated about one mile from the blue-ice runway where you’ll land. The base camp accommodates up to 50 visitors, sleeping in insulated tents with a separate dining tent.
Whilst in camp there’s a range of optional activities available, from cross-country skiing to light climbing. And, for the ultimate day trip, you’ll fly in a ski-equipped Twin Otter to the Geographic South Pole, flying over a pure landscape that few human eyes have ever seen. Travelling in this modern manner puts the achievements of Amundsen and Scott in total perspective. After landing you will be at an altitude of 12,000 feet, standing on Antarctica’s ice cap where all 360 lines of longitude meet. Walk around the world in a few steps! Pose for photos by the official plaque and flags. A brief visit to the U.S. science base and gift shop is planned. Further details available from us.
We can also take you to the North Pole, by icebreaker, please see our Arctic voyages.
Day 1 Fly to Antarctica
Depart Punta Arenas Chile. Fly 4 hrs to Antarctica by private transport jet. Land on our ice runway and settle in at Union Glacier Camp.
Day 2 Acclimatize to Antarctica
Orientation to Union Glacier Camp and life in Antarctica. Optional, light activities to acclimatize to Antarctic conditions.
Day 3 The Geographic South Pole
A 4-5 hr flight brings us to the most southerly point on Earth! We are immediately struck by the significance of this place and our journey. This was the goal of the heroic explorers. Here all 360 lines of longitude meet and in a few steps you can walk around the world. We will take plenty of time for photographs and reflection at the Geographic South Pole—the Holy Grail of polar explorers - and at the colorful Ceremonial Pole which commemorates the signing of the Antarctic Treaty. Inside Amundsen-Scott station we will see what it is like to live at the South Pole and learn what makes the South Pole a unique scientific laboratory.
The South Pole has been designated an Antarctic Specially Managed Area (ASMA #5) to conserve the environmental, scientific and historical values of the area. We ask for your cooperation in respecting visitor guidelines during any time we may spend at the South Pole.
Return flight to Union Glacier Camp, where we will toast our achievement and enjoy a celebration meal prepared by our chefs.
Days 4-6 The Heart of Antarctica
Experience the heart of Antarctica from the comfort of Union Glacier Camp. Daily program of activities such as skiing, hikes, walks, Antarctic skills sessions and talks. Delicious, hearty meals and delectable desserts prepared by our chefs.
Day 7* Return to Punta Arenas, Chile
The aircraft from Punta Arenas will arrive with a new collection of avid explorers and you depart for the final leg of your Antarctic experience. You will be met at Punta Arenas airport and transfered you to your hotel.
No two Antarctic experiences are the same. This is part of the excitement and adventure of Antarctic travel. The itinerary above highlights typical activities and experiences. Exact timeline and details will vary from trip to trip. Trip length may vary by departure.
7/8 days duration from Punta Arenas, Chile. Departures every December and early January. Note: some time flexibility is needed on the part of Antarctic air expedition participants; weather delays currently average two days per expedition (additional to planned duration).
Excludes flights to- from Punta Arenas, Chile, hotels in Punta Arenas pre and post, polar clothing and boot hire, satellite phone use & travel insurance.
Overnight stay at the South Pole NEW!
You may also spend the night in the special camp at the South Pole itself, in twin person tents with a heated dining tent/lounge. It will be minus 30 outside and feel like 12,000 feet above sea level. A unique travel experience!