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

Price

Please contact us for pricing

Inclusions

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

  • Last Degree Ski Expedition Team Back in Longyearbyen

    The Last Degree Ski Expedition Team were picked up at the North Pole around 10:00 PM on Tuesday, 21 April and flown to Barneo.  They celebrated their accomplishments and enjoyed sleeping in heated tents.  They flew from Barneo back to Longyearbyen on Weds 22 April, arriving around 3:00 PM.  They enjoyed well deserved showers and had their celebratory dinner at Kroa.  Ken and Rob flew out from Longyearbyen today to points south, other team members continue to glow with their accomplishments and enjoy the ambience of Longyearbyen.  Again, major congratulations to an awesome team on a job superbly well done!

    Written on Thursday, 23 April 2015 15:06 in 2015 North Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition
  • Half Degree Dogsled Expedition Back in Longyearbyen, Then On To London

    The Half Degree Dogsled Expedition Team had been on stand-by in Barneo, awaiting the arriving flight from Longyearbyen.  They awoke to beautiful weather this morning and left Barneo around 1:00 PM today.  They arrived Longyearbyen around 3:00 PM and the team showered, gathered their belongings, said their final farewells and flew out to London.  Congratulations to all team members and guides on a job exceedingly well done!!

    Written on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 20:38 in 2015 Half Degree North Pole Dogsled Expedition
  • Polar Inspiration Team On Plane to Longyearbyen From Barneo

    The Polar Inspiration Team called in from the Antonov (charter flight) from Barneo back to Longyearbyen.  Their estimated arrival time in Longyearbyen is 11:30 PM.  They recapped their last couple of days- arriving at the North Pole 7 AM on Monday April 20.  Had some dinner/breakfast, then went to bed.  They rotated days and nights, sleeping, eating, relaxing.  When they woke up this morning and the clouds parted, they could see they were only 1/3 mile (.53 km) from the 2° dogsledding team.  They skied to the other team, partied with them then got picked up by helicopter back to Barneo around noon.  More partying at Barneo with Aurora Borealis, cheese fondue and a legendary PolarExplorers Poetry Slam.  Then on to their flight to Longyearbyen.  Showers and beds are almost in sight!  Congratulations again to an amazing team on a job exceedingly well done!!

    Written on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 20:31 in 2015 Polar Inspiration Expedition
  • 2° Dogsled Team on Plane to Longyearbyen Tonight

    The 2° Dogsled Expedition Team is on the plane from Barneo back to Longyearbyen right now, estimated arrival time 11:30 PM local.  Showers and beds are almost within sight!  Perhaps a wee bit of celebration even before the showers...  Congratulations to all team members and leaders on a job exceedingly well done!!

    Written on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 20:03 in 2015 North Pole 2 Degree Dogsled Expedition
  • Last Degree Ski Team Still At North Pole- Awaiting Pick Up to Return to Barneo

    The team spent the day resting, relaxing, playing cards and eating- well deserved R & R!  The sun has finally come out and they were able to take some great pictures of the spectacular scenery.  They are awaiting their helicopter pick up back to Barneo which should be coming in an hour or so.

    Written on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 19:01 in 2015 North Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition
  • Half Degree Dogsled Team Still at Barneo

    The Half Degree Dogsled Team is still at Barneo, waiting for weather to clear for their flight back to Longyearbyen.  It has given them time to reflect on their experiences as you can hear from Mark Roberts below.

    Written on Monday, 20 April 2015 23:54 in 2015 Half Degree North Pole Dogsled Expedition
  • Enjoying the North Pole Landscape/Icescape - Last Degree Ski Expedition

    The team is enjoying some well deserved rest time at the North Pole (or as close as they can be in light of the continual drift).  The wind his died down significantly- now just 10 knot gusts.  The temperatures are the coldest they have experienced yet, estimated at -30°C (-22°F).  But the team is comfortable in their tents, visiting between tents, playing cards and imbibing in just a wee bit of well deserved liquor.  They are thoroughly enjoying the natural ice sculptures all around them and grateful for some time to just enjoy their hard earned destination.  Often teams are picked up by helicopter shortly after they reach the North Pole and don't have a chance to fully relish the experience.  You deserve this one, team!!

    Written on Monday, 20 April 2015 20:24 in 2015 North Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition
  • Epic Finish - The Pole At Last!! Polar Inspiration

    Current position:  90° North!!

    Mission accomplished!  The team reached the North Pole around 7:00 AM local.  They hit the trail around 1 AM and skied through the night.  They encountered very challenging conditions with a lot of open water, very strong winds, cold temperatures and poor visibility.  But nothing would stop this inspirational team.  Spirits are super high as you can hear in the audio update.  CONGRATULATIONS!!

    Written on Monday, 20 April 2015 15:16 in 2015 Polar Inspiration Expedition
  • Epic Finish - The Pole At Last!! 2° Dogsled Expedition

    Current position:  90° North!!

    Mission accomplished!  The team reached the North Pole around 6:00 AM local.  It was a very challenging day (or night) with a lot of open water, strong winds and cold temperatures (-14°C, 7°F).  They traveled for 13 hours with very poor visibility (30', 9m).  They persevered and achieved their goal.  They promise to call in an audio update once everyone is awake and has had their coffee and bacon.  CONGRATULATIONS!!

    Written on Monday, 20 April 2015 15:14 in 2015 North Pole 2 Degree Dogsled Expedition
  • Epic Finish- The Pole At Last!! Last Degree Ski Expedition

    Current position:  90° North!!

    Mission accomplished!  The team reached the North Pole at 3:00 AM local.  A challenging 8 hours of travel with lots of open water, poor visibility and strong winds.  The team persevered and traveled the 10 miles to the North Pole.  CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    Written on Monday, 20 April 2015 15:11 in 2015 North Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition
  • Half Degree Dogsled Team at Barneo

    The team left an audio update from Barneo.  They are enjoying dinner and celebrating their accomplishments with champagne (albeit a bit slushy!).  Looking forward to sleeping in beds!

    Written on Monday, 20 April 2015 00:10 in 2015 Half Degree North Pole Dogsled Expedition
  • Last Degree Ski Team Making "Mad Dash" to the North Pole

    Current position as of 11:30 PM local:  N 89°56.5, E 136°52

    Earlier this evening the team encountered quite a bit of open water- mostly small leads but some significantly larger.  They have now found some nice pan ice and are looking forward to making their final dash to the North Pole.  A special Happy Birthday to Eric Lillstrom's wonderful mother!

    Written on Monday, 20 April 2015 00:06 in 2015 North Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition
  • 2° Dogsled Team On The Move

    The 2° Dogsled Team is on the move.  Weather cleared sufficiently for them to begin travel.  They are hoping to reach the North Pole sometime after midnight.  We will keep you posted as we learn more.  Go team!

    Written on Sunday, 19 April 2015 19:07 in 2015 North Pole 2 Degree Dogsled Expedition
  • Last Degree Ski Team Hit The Trail Around 6 PM

    The Last Degree Ski Team waited out the blizzard during the day, then hit the trail around 6 PM.  They are hoping to reach the North Pole around midnight.  We will keep you posted as we learn more.  Good luck to the team!

    Written on Sunday, 19 April 2015 19:05 in 2015 North Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition
  • Half Degree Dogsled Expedition Also Hunkered Down

    Current position:  N 89°38.7 W 76°15.9

    The team is awaiting their helicopter pick up which has been delayed due to the blizzard.  They are comfortable in their tents with plenty of food and fuel, camped on a beautiful pan of ice.  They report winds about 35 knots (40 mph) and temperatures around -18°C (-0.4°F).  All are in good spirits except the cranky one who left the Bahamian translation of the audio update below...Smile

    Written on Sunday, 19 April 2015 18:27 in 2015 Half Degree North Pole Dogsled Expedition

 


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