PolarExplorers : The South Pole Flight Expeditions

Description of South Pole Flight Expeditions

Adventure awaits at the bottom of the globe. Fly with PolarExplorers to 90 degrees south latitude, and marvel at the mountain ranges and austere beauty of the wildest continent en route. Flight Expeditions are perfect for those who wish to visit the South Pole but are not interested in skiing a full degree of latitude. These polar expeditions also fit busier schedules and do not require the rigorous physical preparation of other polar ski expeditions.

This polar adventure begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, the largest city south of the 46th southern parallel, and a perfect launching pad for pre or post expedition Patagonian adventures. From Punta Arenas we fly over the Drake Passage to Antarctica, touching down in the Union Glacier Base Camp, the bustling logistical center for South Pole. Just a 1,000 kilometer flight separates Union Glacier from the South Pole, where you can literally stand in every time zone simultaneously and circumnavigate the globe in a matter of steps!

PolarExplorers does not require prior experience or special training for Flight and 20k Expeditions, just an adventurous spirit and spare camera batteries!

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

South Pole Flight Expedition: Daily Itinerary

Day 1-2
Arrive in Punta Arenas. Gear check and pre-flight briefing. The fun begins!
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 PolarExplorer 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 Expedition Equipment List

Upon registration, you will receive a comprehensive gear guide from PolarExplorers 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 wool or fleece hat (consider bringing hat with ear flaps)
  • 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!)
  • Luggage locks

Qualifications for the South Pole Flight Expedition

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 Polar 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 and 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 Polar exploration and flight adventure you should be in moderate shape.

South Pole Flight Expedition Dates & Rates

2015 Dates

South Pole Flight with Overnight at South Pole: December 27, 2014 - January 3, 2015

South Pole Flight: December 7-13, 2014; December 13-18, 2014; December 29, 2014 - January 3, 2015; January 3-9, 2015.


South Pole Flight with Overnight at South Pole: $49,300 USD

South Pole Flight: $45,800 USD


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 Flights Testimonials

Richard GoldsmithWhile interacting with other teams at basecamp we realized how lucky we were to choose PolarExplorers as our guides. Very well done from start to finish.

Richard Goldsmith


Thanks so much for all your help and input into the South Pole trip, which was just awesome!

Fiona Gray

  • Arrived at Union Glacier

    The guys left Punta Arenas this morning at 10am and arrived at Union Glacier Base Camp at 2:20pm. It is a Beautiful day at base camp. No wind and a temperature of -11C. Tents are up and they are settling in. The team plans to head out tomorrow for an overnight gear shakedown and return the following day to depart for the Messner route starting point. Stay warm and stay tuned!

    Written on Sunday, 23 November 2014 01:19 in 2014 Full South Pole Ski Expedition
  • Up Up and Away... Soon

    Nothing left for the team to do now but sit on their hands and wait for the flight to Antarctica. After a meeting today, hopes are high that the weather will allow a flight tomorrow to Union Glacier Base Camp on an Ilyushin IL76. Check out a video of the plane they will be flying on here.

    The team is in high spirits, bu anxious to trade their shoes for boots and skis. We'll keep you posted as the flight developments arise.

    Written on Friday, 21 November 2014 23:06 in 2014 Full South Pole Ski Expedition
  • 14 Days and Counting!

    It's hard to believe that in two weeks Stuart, Tom, Nat and Chris will be meeting in Punta Arenas, Chile to embark on their South Pole Expedition. All their food and gear has been shipped to Punta Arenas, where it has arrived safely. Upon arrival in Punta the boys will unpack and repack their kits, making lists and count them twice to make sure that everything is in order.

    They will be reporting in daily with their progress and position. Make sure to check back starting on December 4th for the official start to this blog.

    Meet the team here!

    Written on Thursday, 20 November 2014 19:39 in 2014 South Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition
  • The Calm Before the Craziness
    The team phone in today that they are all done with the hard work... the hard work of packing, that is. Their kit has been sorted, re-sorted, packed just the way they want it, weighed and collected.  Now they can relax, eat some good food and visualize the journey ahead.
    As you can see from the photo of Andy they are all about business with little room for pleasure. In reality they are having a great time and they feel good about their progress so far. Tomorrow they have a final meeting with the logistical support crew and a social hour in the evening with other people who will be on their flight to Antarctica.
    Our fingers are crossed that the weather will hold for their flight on Friday! Make sure to listen to the audio update from the team (they each say hello and they are EXCITED!). Congrats to Ian for winning the "guess the weight contest". Unfortunately the call cuts out just as Bradley introduces the "Uber, excited, and already practicing his walking, Andy Styles!
    We will have to catch Andy's update next time.
    Check back again soon!

    (Haven't met the team yet? Read their bio's here)

    Written on Thursday, 20 November 2014 19:20 in 2014 Full South Pole Ski Expedition
  • South Pole Last Degree Ski Team (December)

    Meet our intrepid South Pole Last Degree Ski Team, made up of Stuart Mitchell, Tom Henderson and Nat Greene along with PolarExplorers guide Chris Maher. Follow along on their expedition here!

    Meet our team!

    Stuart Mitchell - United Kingdom

    Stuart has his own investment management business based in London. He specialises in European equities. He is a keen mountaineer and has always dreamt of going to the South Pole. He is married with 3 young children and is a keen pianist.


    Nat Greene - United Kingdom, USA

    I have never planned to visit the South Pole but when Stuart asked me to go in May I surprised myself and said yes.  So far I have really enjoyed the training and learning about how to survive in extreme conditions.  The shakedown trip in Iceland was a must and full of leadership lessons.

    My wife and four kids are excited that I am going and supportive if somewhat nervous.  I live in Marblehead, MA and run a consulting practice.


    Chris Maher - USA

    Chris Maher loves cold weather and the two activities that go best with it - skiing and running dogs. His passion for the adventurous life has led him to Greenland where he has guided expeditions on both coasts and has lived in Scoresbysund. When he's not guiding or training his own dog teams you'll find him in Alaska or along the Canadian border running freight by dog teams for the US Forest Service. Chris is easy to like, positive, and he's got enough energy to power the sun on a cloudy day.

    Written on Thursday, 20 November 2014 16:47 in 2014 South Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition
  • Off and Running

    The team reported in late yesterday. Everyone eagerly waiting in Punta Arenas and making their final preparations for travel to Antarctica. The cargo has been unpacked and organized. All are double and triple-checking their personal kit and trimming it down to the essentials for thriving (not just surviving) the long days of skiing ahead. Stay tuned for audio updates as the expedition progresses, and enjoy a picture of Ian Evans (who will be the oldest Canadian to ski the full distance to the South Pole).

    Tomorrow the team will continue packing and spend some time shopping to round out their lunch supplies foe the entire expedition.

    Written on Monday, 17 November 2014 14:52 in 2014 Full South Pole Ski Expedition
  • The gear is on its way!

    Wohoo! All our food and much of our kit for our South Pole expedition season is on its way to Chile. Over 200 kg of high calorie food made up the bulk of the cargo. When we get to Punta Arenas we will be repacking and organizing the food into rations that will be dropped to the expedition.

    In a little over one week the first team members will head to Chile. Everyone will gather in Punta Arenas on November 16 to kick off the expedition.

    Make sure to check back on the 16th for the official start of this blog. And don't forget to meet the team members here.

    Written on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 19:32 in 2014 Full South Pole Ski Expedition
  • Full South Pole Team

    Meet the hearty team members of our 2014 Full South Pole Ski Expedition.

    Written on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00 in 2014 Full South Pole Ski Expedition
  • Two weeks and counting...

    How quickly time flies! It seems like just yesterday that this expedition was more than a year off. Now it is just around the corner!

    Our 2014 Full South Pole Ski Expedition using the Messner Route will kick off in Punta Arenas on November 16. After several days of preparations the team will depart for Antarctica on November 21.

    We invite you to follow their progress, hear about their triumphs and struggles and learn about Antarctica!

    This blog will officially start on November 16, 2014, so check back soon!

    Written on Thursday, 30 October 2014 04:15 in 2014 Full South Pole Ski Expedition
  • 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 Expedition Updates
  • 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 Expedition Updates
  • 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 Expedition Updates
  • 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 Expedition Updates
  • 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 Expedition Updates
  • 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 Expedition Updates


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