Emperors & the South Pole
Even now, reaching Antarctica remains an amazing achievement. This adventure goes a step further, taking you to barely touched landscapes and the unique fauna of the region.
About this unique luxury experience
Stand amongst a thriving colony of Emperor penguins and visit the South Pole itself. This is the ultimate Antarctic experience and adventure for those who are not willing to compromise.
7 Nights from £75,200
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~ Leave Cape Town and take a five-hour flight to Antarctica. During the trip over the Southern Ocean, you will see thousands of icebergs and a completely unique land and seascape. During the flight, the plane will cross into the polar circle and the into 24 hours continuous daylight. Landing on the specialist ice runway, you will transfer to the camp and go for a gentle trek around the oasis – a rocky outcrop in the ice.
~ Settle into White Desert’s Whichaway Camp where you are free to do as much or as little as you like each day. Activities range from gentle treks to the incredible ice waves, to kite-skiing, ice climbing and even abseiling.
~ After a warming and hearty breakfast, it’s time to get back on the plane and fly a further two hours across Antarctica. This is a great time for some wonderful photos as you will see immense views of the high polar plateau, before landing at the Emperor penguin colony. Very few people have ever witnessed such a spectacle and be able to see the real-life stars of March of the Penguins.
~ Discover the frozen world as you explore the ice waves beneath the camp. You have the opportunity to delve into a series of ice tunnels that are as surreal as they are beautiful. The day ends with a visit to the nearby science base where you can learn more about their work, followed by a well-deserved sauna and then dinner with your fellow guests.
~ Head off in the DC3 Basler plane, across stunning mountain ranges. Take a break at 83-degrees south to refuel the plane. You will have a chance to walk around the high polar plateau before continuing onto the pole. At the South Pole itself, there will be lots of time for photos, a tour around the base and a chance to stamp your passport before camping down for the night.
~ Fly back to the Whichaway Camp. Take your time to feast your eyes because this flight is the perfect chance to really appreciate the immense scale of Antarctica and commit it to memory. Once back at the camp, tuck into a three-course dinner and champagne to celebrate your achievement.
~ Take on kite-skiing around the camp, followed by a giant abseil off the nearby Nunatak mountain to really get your adrenalin pumping.