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

2015-16 Dates

South Pole Flight with Overnight at South Pole:  January 3-9, 2016 

South Pole Flight: December 7-13, 2015; December 13-18, 2015; December 29, 2015 - January 3, 2016


South Pole Flight with Overnight at South Pole: $51,300 USD

South Pole Flight: $47,200 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

  • Team Kili on the Mountain

    PolarExplorers guide Rick Sweitzer is again back in the field. This time he is guiding  North Pole and South Pole alum Alex Rittweger along with Alex's friends Korbinian Kiesl, Oliver Berger and Philip Schroeder on an ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

    Written on Monday, 30 November 2015 18:10 in Custom Expeditions
  • Shackleton Poetry Slam to celebrate final night together

    The team celebrated one of the final evenings of the expedition with a Poetry Slam in honor of the Boss himself, Ernest Shackleton.

    Written on Friday, 20 November 2015 00:00 in 2015 Shackleton Crossing of South Georgia Island
  • Leaving South Georgia

    The seas have been large since leaving South Georgia and today was no exception.

    Written on Wednesday, 18 November 2015 16:13 in 2015 Shackleton Crossing of South Georgia Island
  • Happy Birthday in a Protected Bay

    Happy Birthday to Barry Gray on our Shackleton Crossing Team! Keep up the good recovery work.

    Written on Saturday, 14 November 2015 00:00 in 2015 Shackleton Crossing of South Georgia Island
  • Completing the Shackleton Walk

    Even though the biggest part of the expedition was complete, the team had a wonderful and packed day yesterday as they landed at a King Penguin colony to enjoy South Georgia's world renowned biodiversity.

    Written on Sunday, 15 November 2015 18:46 in 2015 Shackleton Crossing of South Georgia Island
  • Success on the Shackleton Crossing

    The team completed their Crossing of South Georgia Island yesterday! Early yesterday afternoon the team was picked up by zodiac and rendezvoused with the rest of their shipmates at Fortuna bay where the Plancius was waiting for them.

    Written on Friday, 13 November 2015 15:30 in 2015 Shackleton Crossing of South Georgia Island
  • Making Miles in High Winds

    The Shackleton Crossing team has had a long and grueling day covering roughly 14km across the Fortuna Glacier. However, the sun came out and gave them a welcome opportunity to use their sunscreen, which has been relatively untouched. 

    Written on Wednesday, 11 November 2015 22:40 in 2015 Shackleton Crossing of South Georgia Island
  • Over the Trident Ridge

    If there were one word to describe our team's experience today it would be.... WINDY!

    Written on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 21:11 in 2015 Shackleton Crossing of South Georgia Island
  • Approaching South Georgia Island

    The PolarExplorers team is making their final preparations for the crossing of South Georgia Island as the destination draws nearer. 

    Written on Monday, 09 November 2015 00:00 in 2015 Shackleton Crossing of South Georgia Island
  • Crossing South Georgia Island: Part 1

    This morning the crossing of South Georgia Island officially began. The team had a hearty breakfast aboard the Plancius before getting shuttled to shore by zodiac. A welcome party of fur seals, elephant seals, and penguins greeted them as they unloaded and began preparing to travel.

    Written on Monday, 09 November 2015 17:16 in 2015 Shackleton Crossing of South Georgia Island
  • En Route to South Georgia

    After 6 days of being on the water, the Plancius has finally turned toward the main goal of the expedition, South Georgia Island. As of our last contact with the team at 8pm November 7th (UTC-2), they were approximately 1/3 of the way to South Georgia Island from The Falklands. After leaving the protection of the Falkland Islands, the ship once again entered into big seas, but with their sea legs still strong, no one on board have had trouble with the rolling and bucking of the ship.

    Below you'll find two of our recent Audio Updates. Parts of the calls are garbled, but still very interesting to hear.

    Written on Sunday, 08 November 2015 16:01 in 2015 Shackleton Crossing of South Georgia Island
  • The Falklands Islands

    The team arrived at Steeple Jason Island in the Falklands yesterday morning. The protection of the islands was welcome for all on board as it gave a respite from the rocking swells they had been enduring for the last two days.

    Written on Thursday, 05 November 2015 22:35 in 2015 Shackleton Crossing of South Georgia Island
  • Seas Build Overnight

    Update from Expedition Leader Annie Aggens:

    The wind and waves picked up overnight and we were rocking and rolling all day. Waves were splashing over the bow and coming as high as the dining room windows. By 4 PM the wind was was sustained at 36 knots and the max gust was 64 knots. Seas 4-5 meters with an occasional 6-7 meter wave. Most people are faring OK. Some of us retreat to our rooms for some time lying flat on our beds.

    We expect to reach the Falklands early tomorrow morning and dock on the Northeast side of Steeple Jason Island.

    Written on Wednesday, 04 November 2015 22:43 in 2015 Shackleton Crossing of South Georgia Island
  • Rocky Seas Mark The Day

    The team has been enduring big seas for the last day but our guides report that the our team is fairing well. While the seas are 3-5 meters average and occasionally larger, the motion of the boat is mostly pitching rather than rolling. There were two lectures on board today about the Falkland Islands along with one on photography and the team even took some time to set up their tents on the bouncing back deck. 

    Setting up tents on the Plancius 2012

    Written on Tuesday, 03 November 2015 22:25 in 2015 Shackleton Crossing of South Georgia Island
  • Aboard the Plancius

    The day began casually as our team took the last opportunity explore around Puerto Madryn and take care of any last minute shopping. When 3:00PM arrived, the team boarded the m/v Plancius to settle in. One checked in to their rooms, everyone on board took part in a safety briefing and life boat drills before the ship left port around 6:00PM. The team spent the rest of the afternoon continuing to settle into their new home and observing the multitude of Southern Right Whales congregating in and around the bay.

    m/v Plancius

    Written on Monday, 02 November 2015 22:44 in 2015 Shackleton Crossing of South Georgia Island


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