The 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 or half 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 our South Pole Flights, 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

2016-17 Dates

South Pole Flight with Overnight at South Pole:  January 3-9, 2017 

South Pole Flight: December 7-12, 2016; December 12-18, 2016; December 29, 2016 - January 3, 2017


South Pole Flight with Overnight at South Pole: $52,350 USD

South Pole Flight: $48,150 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

  • Back in Longyearbyen, expedition wrap up

    What a wonderful expedition it was!

    The last couple of days were busy and exciting. After the Air Berlin fly by and pick up from the Pole the team spent the night near the Barneo runway in their own tents. The next morning (April 24) they walked over the the Barneo Ice Camp where they met some Russian military personnel who were very welcoming. Andrew impressed all with his Russian hat and made friends with one of the Russian commanders who removed his own hat paratrooper pin and gave it to Andrew. Our team spent around a half hour at Barneo then hustled back to board the flight back to Longyearbyen.

    Andrew and Russian paratroop commander. Photo by James Bayly.

    Upon return they enjoyed showers, clean clothes and a great wrap up dinner where a lot of fun was had by all. We are looking forward to sharing more pictures on Facebook soon.

    It has been such a pleasure to work with this team. Mike, Andrew and James have been wonderful, hard working, dedicated, positive and enjoyable. From the preparations to the expedition itself we have been honored to be working with them.

    Thank for following the blog from this expedition. Stay tuned for our upcoming Vatnajökull Ski Traverse blog that will begin on May 17. Vatnajökull is Europe's largest glacier covering almost 8% of Iceland! We'll be crossing the glacier by ski & pulk and we welcome you to follow along on what will surely be an exciting adventure.

    Written on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 14:19 in 2016 North Pole Last Degree Ski Blog
  • Day at the North Pole

    While waiting for extraction, the team spent all day today enjoying their time at the Geographic North Pole. There are still several other teams en route to the pole that will be getting air-lifted out together. The guys took advantage of the extra time by having a second photo shoot (photos coming soon) and relaxing in their tents.

    Written on Sunday, 24 April 2016 00:15 in 2016 North Pole Last Degree Ski Blog
  • Success! The Pole!

    Great news! The team reached the North Pole today at 4:30 PM local time. Way to go team!!

    They awoke to an overcast sky but the wind had died down from yesterday to around 5-10 kts. The temperature had also warmed to around 0 F. There was a light snow falling as they skied.

    Again they passed through zones of pressure separated by a few decent sized pans. Traveling on pan ice is a wonderful break from the zig zagging of navigating pressure ridges. It allows you to travel must faster and it's a nice break for the mind as well.

    The last two nautical miles to the pole were increasingly pressurized. They were doing lots of skiing to the east or west without much northwards progress. They reached one large pressure ridge and Keith paused to ask the team which way they thought would be best. Andrew immediately answered, "to the right of course!" (Andrew is an active member of the New Zealand National Party).

    Finally they were in the home stretch and James led the final distance to the Geographic North Pole. 

    They celebrated their significant achievement before setting up camp where the party is continuing on. They are making calls home and drinking the Aurora Borealis cocktails (that's 1/2 champagne, 1/2 vodka and a handful of snow from the Geographic North Pole). 

    Everyone is doing great and all are having a good time. 

    Here's a shot of them celebrating with their Aurora Borealis cocktails

    We are awaiting their audio update so check back again soon!

    Congratulations to our entire team! Andrew, James, Mike and Keith, you all did a superb job and we are thrilled that you are now celebrating at the top of the world. Enjoy it!

    Written on Friday, 22 April 2016 18:24 in 2016 North Pole Last Degree Ski Blog
  • The Home Stretch

    Current Position N 89°49'41" E 135°27'10"

    That puts our team at just over 10 nautical miles away from the North Pole! 

    Written on Thursday, 21 April 2016 19:29 in 2016 North Pole Last Degree Ski Blog
  • Progressing Steadily

    Current position (N 89° 37' 16" E 123° 49' 32")

    The Last Degree team made excellent progress again today as they navigated over and around an increasing number of pressure ridges and rubble zones, followed by a long flat pan of ice. Their tenacious pace, coupled with positive drift, (1.5 nautical miles overnight) has put them well ahead of schedule as they approach the 2/3 mark of the expedition.

    Written on Wednesday, 20 April 2016 20:44 in 2016 North Pole Last Degree Ski Blog
  • Another beautiful day

    Today the team reports another beautiful day. The temperature was slightly colder, around -6 F with a 3-5 kt wind coming from their backs. The sky was clear for most of the day and remains clear tonight. If you are thinking that this means a starry sky keep in mind that they have 24 hour sunlight. The sun rotates overhead but never dips at all.

    Written on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 19:10 in 2016 North Pole Last Degree Ski Blog
  • Great first day on the ice

    It was a beautiful day on the pack ice. Sunny, slight wind from behind, a pleasant -3 F, and no open water. 

    Written on Monday, 18 April 2016 19:23 in 2016 North Pole Last Degree Ski Blog
  • Andrew's birthday celebrated with a flight to the ice!

    It was a good day for a birthday. Though the day started with more waiting (their flight was postponed from 3 PM to 6 PM) the team finally go the call to quickly head to the airport.

    Written on Monday, 18 April 2016 03:10 in 2016 North Pole Last Degree Ski Blog
  • Runway repaired, team scheduled to fly tomorrow

    The good news about today is that the runway at Barneo has been repaired and two flights were made which helped to clear up the backlog of flights.

    Written on Sunday, 17 April 2016 02:20 in 2016 North Pole Last Degree Ski Blog
  • Sleds at airport, the team is ready to go.

    Today our team spent the day in Longyearbyen. They were meant to fly to the ice today but because of a crack in the runway and a backlog of flights from an earlier crack they are still awaiting their flight.

    Written on Saturday, 16 April 2016 04:04 in 2016 North Pole Last Degree Ski Blog
  • A busy day of preparations but time for some fun too

    Today the team spent time reviewing tents and stoves and doing all their final packing of sleds. They took some time to review polar bear safety and made a special trip to the firing range to test the shotgun and set off some flares.

    Written on Thursday, 14 April 2016 20:29 in 2016 North Pole Last Degree Ski Blog
  • Kickoff for the 2016 North Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition!

    Our North Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition officially kicked off tonight with a welcome reception. Everyone is in Longyearbyen and excited for the upcoming expedition.

    Written on Wednesday, 13 April 2016 20:32 in 2016 North Pole Last Degree Ski Blog
  • Meet the team!

    We'd like to introduce our intrepid 2016 North Pole Last Degree Skiers:

    Written on Tuesday, 22 March 2016 00:00 in 2016 North Pole Last Degree Ski Blog
  • 2016 North Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition

    Welcome to the 2016 North Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition blog!

    Written on Wednesday, 23 March 2016 19:30 in 2016 North Pole Last Degree Ski Blog


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