South Pole Flight and Emperor Penguin Odyssey
Fly from to the Heart of Antarctica and visit the majestic Emperors
Duration: 10 days in Antarctica
Minimum group: 6
Temperature Range: -5 to -35C
Challenge Level: 2
South Pole Emperor Odyssey offers an exciting itinerary that includes a flight to the South Pole, an overnight camp high on the Antarctic Plateau and a visit of one of the greatest spectacles on Earth, Antarctica's majestic Emperors.
In Cape Town we board an Ilyushin-76 jet and fly 5.5 hours over the Southern Ocean to the ALCI Antarctic Airbase near Russia's Novolazarevskaya station. We drive a short distance to Oasis Guesthouse where you are accommodated. Situated on Schirmacher Oasis, an ice-free area 14km from the runway, the wooden houses of our heated Guesthouse are warm and cosy and offer comfortable beds, dining room, a cinema, bathrooms and a Russian sauna.
After your long overnight flight you have time to sleep or relax. After lunch we visit the permanent research station, Novolazarevskaya (Novo). You will have a chance to speak to the scientists and learn about life and work at an Antarctica base.
At the Guesthouse a host of activities are available at your leisure, including local walks and sightseeing, games and entertainment, lectures about Antarctica and of course the Russian sauna. And you have plenty of time to indulge yourself in reading, music, socialising or just resting.
Further afield we undertake exploratory walks in the Schirmacher Oasis, search for Adelie penguin rookeries, visit the icewall and ice tunnel, climb local peaks, trek on the ice waves of the Iceshelf, ski on the frozen lakes and build an igloo.
With good weather we fly 2.5 hours by Basler aircraft to the Atka Bay Emperor penguin colony. You will have several hours to observe the penguins and their chicks and to walk to castle-like icebergs trapped by the fast ice. It is a truly magical place and a highlight of your Antarctic Odyssey.
The highlight of the journey is the flight to the South Pole. Once we have weather clearance we fly over the stunning Queen Maud Mountains onto the Antarctic Plateau landing at our comfortable camp 22km from the South Pole where we stay for the night. The next day we fly the short distance to the South Pole. The South Pole! Yes, you are standing at the bottom of the world, a place that very few people have the opportunity to visit. You will have around two hours to take photos, complete a Round-the-World walk around the symbolic Pole and tour the scientific base.
After our visit we fly north and return to ALCI airbase and the Guesthouse where we celebrate our achievement with good food and wine.
After 10 days of adventuring, relaxing, socialising and learning about the southern continente we bring you to the ALCI airbase for your flight back to Cape Town.
This is truly an adventure of a lifetime.
The carbon emissions of all polar flights south of Cape Town have been offset automatically and are included in the price. We encourage you to offset the remainder of your travel from home to Cape Town, including flights and accommodation, using our calculator.
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