South Pole 20k Ski Expedition

Ski the "final dash", the last 20 kilometers to the South Pole!

The 20k Ski Expedition is the perfect choice for individuals with busy schedules or those who are not interested in a longer ski expedition. Join us if you feel the urge to explore and revel in one of the world's wildest and most beautiful environments! The South Pole beckons to adventurous souls.


  • Itinerary
  • Equipment List
  • Qualifications
  • Dates & Rates
  • Trip Insurance
  • Testimonials
  • Blogs

South Pole 20K Ski Expedition Daily Itinerary

Day 1-2
Arrive in Punta Arenas. Gear check and pre-flight briefing.
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 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 20K Ski : Equipment List

Upon registration, you will receive a PolarExplorers comprehensive gear guide 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 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!)

South Pole 20K Ski Expedition Qualifications

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 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 as well as being able to 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 adventure you should be in moderate shape. Contact us if you have any questions or to register for this great trip of a lifetime here.

South Pole 20K Ski Expedition Dates & Rates

2015 Dates

December 31, 2014 – January 14, 2015


Please contact us for pricing


Includes all accommodations and meals while in Antarctica, guide(s), permits, communication & safety gear.

Expeditions 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.

Select a policy below to receive a quote or purchase a policy:

I live in the USA or Canada

Travelex Insurance

Choose the TRAVEL SELECT policy and add the ADVENTURE PLUS PAK to receive appropriate medical evacuation coverage.

Travel Guard

Trip Cancellation & Medical Evacuation Purchase the policy within 14 days to get a pre-exisisting medical condition wavier.

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.)

I live Outside the USA or Canada

Travelex Insurance

Important! Add the ADVENTURE PLUS PAK to receive appropriate medical evacuation coverage.

South Pole 20K Ski Testimonials

Tony ValukisA wonderful trip, with a truly extraordinary group of people . It was absolutely a delight traveling with our Dirk (our PE Guide) he couldn’t have been more helpful and encouraging.  He certainly knows how to fry polish sausage in butter.

Tony Valukis

Scott AndersonMy first glimpse of the Pole marker as we were approaching on our skis will stay with me forever. It's a place I'm unlikely to be again. Even if by some strange chance I find myself there again, to see it for the first time, and to have made it there myself on skis, it's a feeling I don't think I will ever duplicate.

Scott Anerson

  • Crossing Europe's Largest Glacier - A Quick Q & A

    Ski crossing of Vatnajökull

    PolarExplorers guide John Barkhausen just returned from PE's ski traverse of Europe's largest glacier. We caught up with him to find out what was special about the expedition.

    Written on Monday, 16 June 2014 18:45 in North Pole
  • Expedition Iceland's Final Day

    Returning from Vatnajökull

    After a good night's rest the team had an early start to their last day on the Vatnajokull.

    Written on Thursday, 29 May 2014 21:26 in North Pole
  • An Epic Day Skirting The Crevasses
    An Epic Day Skirting The Crevasses

    Ski crossing of Vatnajökull

    The team woke up this morning with very low visibility, but pressed on toward the goal of camping at the base of Hvannadalshnjukur.

    Written on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 21:11 in North Pole
  • The Uphill Battle Begins
    The Uphill Battle Begins

    Ski crossing of Vatnajökull

    The Expedition Iceland team had a fantastic day on the glacier today. Since their encounter with blustery winds ended two days ago, the weather has been ideal.

    Written on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 21:32 in North Pole
  • 20 Miles And Some Downhill Sledding!
    20 Miles And Some Downhill Sledding!

    Ski crossing of Vatnajökull

    On Monday, having waited out the howling winds, the team left their cozy hut at the Grimsvotn Caldera to continue the trek toward Hvannadalshnjúkur.

    Written on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 16:10 in North Pole
  • The Wind Picks Up at the Grimsvotn Hut

    Enjoying baked brie at the Grimsfjall Hut

    After a grueling day of skiing on Saturday (20-30 MPH winds buffeted the team with sleet over the course of the 10 mile day) the team made it to the Grimsfjall Hut on the caldera rim of the Grimsvötn Volcano.

    Written on Monday, 26 May 2014 17:50 in North Pole
  • Day 2: Clear Skies and Nunataks
    Day 2: Clear Skies and Nunataks

    Ski crossing of Vatnajökull

    The team had a beautiful travelling day today on the Glacier. With clear skies for most of the day and temperatures hovering right around freezing, this was the ideal day to put some more miles behind them. 

    Written on Friday, 23 May 2014 20:20 in North Pole
  • On the road, Off-road, and On The Ice

    Ski crossing of Vatnajökull

    The team was up early this morning to load up and get on the road to the Vatnajokull Glacier. The drive took about 7 hours with 4.5 hours of it being off-road.

    Written on Thursday, 22 May 2014 17:53 in North Pole
  • Our Vatnajökull Expedition Kicks Off!

    The 2014 PolarExplorers Vatnajökull Expedition is set and ready to begin! Annie, John, and Taylor picked up the team members early this morning and spent the day finalizing logistics, briefing, and packing up their sleds.

    Written on Friday, 16 May 2014 19:31 in North Pole
  • North Pole wrap up... on to Iceland next!

    It's hard to believe that after a year of planning the North Pole season has come to a close.

    Written on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 21:27 in North Pole
  • The Pole At Last!

    Wahoo! After overcoming huge challenges including negative drift, open water, low visibility & significant headwinds we are extremely proud to report that our last degree ski team reached the North Pole at 10:51 AM this morning, April 21.

    Written on Monday, 21 April 2014 20:38 in North Pole
  • Caught In The "Polar Treadmill"

    Though our last degree ski team has skied well more than 60 nautical miles they have not yet reached the North Pole.

    Written on Sunday, 20 April 2014 00:00 in North Pole
  • So close, yet still on the move...

    One of the most fascinating things about the pack ice near the North Pole is that it never stays the same for very long. Our last degree ski team knows this all too well.

    Written on Saturday, 19 April 2014 23:16 in North Pole
  • The Ski Team Makes it One Step Closer to The Pole

    The day started beautiful and calm, making for a great travel day.

    Written on Friday, 18 April 2014 21:14 in North Pole
  • The Skiers Make Great Headway

    The Ski Expedition made more miles today in beautiful weather.

    Written on Thursday, 17 April 2014 19:00 in North Pole


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