Antarctica Polar Circle Expedition

Antarctica Polar Circle Expedition


Antarctica is about being there, not getting there.

Experience the fastest, most direct way to Antarctica! Save time and fly in comfort over the legendary Drake Passage (no seasickness!) in only two hours and board MV Ocean Nova. 

Visit one of the most spectacular and remotest places on earth. Sail to the far south and be one of the few adventurous travellers to cross the Antarctic Circle (subject to weather conditions). 

For sale until: 15 February 2019

Destinations: Antarctica

Commencing: Punta Arenas, Chile

Duration: 13 nights

Departure Date: 15 February 2019

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  • ANTARCTICA XXI exclusive Polar Circle Air-Cruise itinerary onboard MV Ocean Nova
  • Get to Antarctica quickly and save time 
  • A 2 hour flight directly to Antarctica where you board MV Ocean Nova, avoiding the stormy seas of the Drake Passage
  • Visit the Polar Circle* for a remarkable once-in-a-lifetime experience
  • Opportunity to take a dip in the ice cold water! 
  • Sea kayaking, hiking and snowshoeing available (at additional cost) 
  • Wine, beer, juice and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner onboard 
  • Experienced sea captains and an international team of polar guides onboard 
  • All guided shore excursions as per cruise itinerary
  • Lectures and entertainment onboard 
  • ANTARCTICA XXI-branded BR2 Offshore Waterproof Jacket by MUSTO
  • Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica
  • IAATO passenger fee 

Full Itinerary

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    Day 01

    Saturday 16 Feb 2019

    - / Santiago, Chile

    Welcome to Santiago! On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Relax and the rest of the day is at leisure followed by welcome drinks in the evening to meet your fellow travellers. This evening, enjoy dinner with fellow travellers at one of Santiago's oldest restaurants, Aqui esta Coco (subject to change). 

    The Singular Hotel (D)

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    Day 02

    Sunday 17 Feb 2019

    Santiago, Chile

    After breakfast, discover the sights and sounds of Santiago with an optional guided city tour or escape to the winery regions of Chile.  

    The Singular Hotel (B)

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    Day 03

    Monday 18 Feb 2019

    Santiago / Punta Arenas, Chile

    After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight to Punta Arenas. ANTARCTICA XXI staff will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. Attend a mandatory briefing that provides important information about your voyage. A welcome dinner introduces you to the local gastronomy as you meet fellow adventurers from around the world. 

    Hotel Cabo de Hornos or similar (B, D)

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    Day 04

    Tuesday 19 Feb 2019

    Scheduled flight to Antarctica

    A smooth 2 hour flight takes you efficiently from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. Your Antarctic adventure begins as you exit the airplane and the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.

    MV Ocean Nova (B, D) 

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    Day 05

    Wednesday 20 Feb 2019


    Sail along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Visit the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, disembarking by Zodiac each day. 

    MV Ocean Nova (B, L, D) 

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    Day 06

    Thursday 21 Feb 2019


    In small groups, hike to extraordinary sites and take part in exploratory Zodiac excursions to otherwise inaccessible areas. From the glass-enclosed lounge, enjoy spectacular views while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests over a drink.

    MV Ocean Nova (B, L, D) 

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    Day 07

    Friday 22 Feb 2019


    Expert polar guides share their passion for Antarctica through an engaging program of illustrated presentations, and lead you ashore to interpret the wildlife, the history and the many wonders of the Antarctic environment. 

    MV Ocean Nova (B, L, D)

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    Day 08

    Saturday 23 Feb 2019


    The goal of the expedition is to sail far south in the attempt of reaching the Polar Circle. The Expedition Team sets the specific voyage route based on local conditions, and takes advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature. 

    MV Ocean Nova (B, L, D)

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    Day 09

    Sunday 24 Feb 2019


    Flexibility will be the key to a successful voyage. Your expedition may include visits to sites such as Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Prospect Point or other magnificent places.

    MV Ocean Nova (B, L, D)

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    Day 10

    Monday 25 Feb 2019


    Each voyage is unique and each is crafted to provide the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.

    MV Ocean Nova (B, L, D)

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    Day 11

    Tuesday 26 Feb 2019

    Scheduled return flight from Antarctica

    Back at King George Island, bid farewell to Antarctica as you board the flight to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. 

    Hotel Cabo de Hornos or similar (B) 




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    Day 12

    Wednesday 27 Feb 2019

    Punta Arenas / Santiago, Chile

    After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight. On arrival in Santiago, transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

    The Singular Hotel (B) 

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    Day 13

    Thursday 28 Feb 2019

    Santiago, Chile

    Spend the day at leisure. Get together with your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner this evening. 

    The Singular Hotel (B, D) 

  • Day 14

    Friday 01 Mar 2019

    Santiago, Chile / -

    After a leisurely breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight home. Ask us about an optional 4-night extension to the all-inclusive Vira Vira Hacienda Hotel. Located within a beautiful native park in the lakes and volcanic region of central Chile. 

    Check-out of Hotel (B) or transfer to Santiago Airport for onward flight to Temuco, Chile. 

Antarctica Polar Circle Expedition Map


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Inclusive of: 

  • Return airport transfers in Australia (conditions apply)^
  • International Economy Class airfares from Australia 
  • Regional flights within South America in Economy Class (luggage restrictions may apply)
  • See below for Premium and Business Class flight upgrades (subject to availability) 
  • Front sitting area
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Inclusive of: 

  • The Singular Hotel, Santiago (2 nights pre, 2 nights post-cruise)
  • Hotel Cabo de Hornos, Punta Arenas (1 night pre, 1 night post-cruise)
  • MV Ocean Nova, Antarctica XXI (7 nights)
  • Optional extensions available to other South American destinations.
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Inclusive of: 

  • 7 night cruise onboard MV Ocean Nova
  • Daily buffet breakfast and lunch onboard offering a wide choice of dishes
  • Daily served dinner offering choice of three main courses
  • Wine, beer, juice and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner onboard
  • Coffee, tea, water and snacks onboard throughout the expedition
  • All guided shore excursions
  • Lectures and entertainment onboard
  • Comprehensive pre and post-voyage information material
  • Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica 
  • IAATO passenger fee
from $25,556.00 per person

General: All prices are quoted in Australian dollars, based on per person double occupancy unless stated otherwise. All prices and itineraries are current at time of publishing and subject to change without notice. Prices are subject to change due to currency fluctuations, fuel price, and tax increases. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking and may vary until full payment is received. ^Transfer offer: Australian address must be within 60 km radius of each capital city airport, additional charges may apply otherwise. Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Conditions apply. ANTARCTICA XXI has the duty to advise you that all operations carried out in the Antarctic territory are subject to constantly changing weather conditions and that the safety and comfort of passengers and crew will never be put at risk by taking actions that may result in a disappointing end to a unique experience. This is a voyage to a remote part of the world, and ANTARCTICA XXI reserves the right to change the itinerary described in the brochure due to weather conditions, availability of anchorages or landing sites, safety of the carrier and human lives, political conditions and other factors beyond ANTARCTICA XXI’s control without consulting the participants. On any flight (to or from Antarctica), or in any sea operation, such operations will be carried out exclusively and absolutely according to the judgment of the Captain of the aircraft or the vessel, whose decision will be definite and will not be questioned by any party. It is understood that such decisions will be made in the best interests of all the passengers and with regard to the safety of the vessel and the aircraft. Participants have no right to any refund or other considerations in the event of these inevitable itinerary changes. In case that the flight to or from Antarctica cannot take place due to unfavourable weather conditions either at point of origin and/or destination, ANTARCTICA XXI will apply the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage. BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE: The passenger’s baggage, including all his/her belongings, is under his/ her sole and exclusive care and responsibility. The passenger accepts that ANTARCTICA XXI shall have no liability for loss or damage howsoever caused, even if by the negligence of the company. ANTARCTICA XXI strongly recommends to passengers to obtain insurance for all baggage and other personal property. The passenger is not allowed to transport, not bring or have aboard any firearms, flammable or hazardous items, controlled or prohibited substances or drugs, contraband or items prohibited by any country or port or airport to be visited, or any other item that is not admitted by the Passenger Contract of shipping and transport companies, airlines, hotels, and other suppliers providing services that are included in the tour. On the flights to and from Antarctica, the maximum baggage allowance for each passenger, including hand luggage, is 20 kg. Baggage exceeding the maximum weight will be refused on board the aircraft and will not be allowed. Excess baggage allowance cannot be purchased. For Air-Cruises starting in Punta Arenas, exceeding luggage will be kept in custody and will be returned to passengers upon their return from Antarctica. CONTINGENCY PLAN: A Contingency Plan is in place for those cases when weather conditions require that the day of operation of the flight between Punta Arenas and Antarctica is modified from the itinerary. The purpose of the Contingency Plan is to provide travellers with a flexible travel experience that adapts to the weather conditions, and to provide a refund of the cruise fare in case weather conditions prevent clients from reaching Antarctica. Please ask for more details.