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

2015-16 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

  • All back in Punta Arenas

    Lieve, Koen and Rick are now all back in Punta Arenas after a flight on Saturday from Union Glacier. Spending the first couple of nights in a bed (ahhhh!!!) no doubt feels like a real treat after a few weeks in sleeping bags on expedition. We wish the best of luck to our team members as they embark on their next adventure(s).

    Written on Monday, 26 January 2015 19:22 in 2015 South Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition
  • Wohoo! Back at Union Glacier, hope for Punta tomorrow

    We just heard from our team they are back at Union Glacier. This is a very welcome change after being stuck at Vinson Base Camp for five nights. At Union Glacier they can have a shower (ahhh!!) and the food is wonderful. The scenery is not so bad either. Lieve, who has been at Union Glacier awaiting their return, is surely happy to have their company. 

    Written on Friday, 23 January 2015 23:17 in 2015 South Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition
  • Good weather and fingers are crossed.

    The team reported today that after five nights at Vinson basecamp the weather appears good for flying both at VBC and at Union Glacier basecamp. People are excited and anticipating the flight back to UG and then onwards to Punta Arenas tomorrow. Though weather delays can be long and frustrating, it helps that Vinson basecamp has some of the best scenery in the world to admire (when it's not a white-out).

    Written on Friday, 23 January 2015 15:18 in 2015 South Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition
  • Still stuck at VBC (Vinson Base Camp)

    The weather clears a little, then clouds back over, making it not great for flying. Our team remains at Vinson Base Camp awaiting their flight back to Union Glacier. Their next opportunity to fly back to Punta Arenas is on January 24. Our fingers are crossed that the weather clears by then!

    Written on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 23:03 in 2015 South Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition
  • Chilling at Vinson

    The Vinson team is still awaiting transport back to Union Glacier. The fog socking in Vinson Base Camp as well as snow at Union Glacier have prevented planes from flying this evening. They will wait and reassess in the morning to see if conditions are suitable. 

    We'll keep you posted.

    Written on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 22:41 in 2015 South Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition
  • Back down at Vinson Basecamp, awaiting good weather to fly

    The team reported in yesterday that they had descended back to Vinson Base Camp and they are now awaiting their flight back to Union Glacier.

    Written on Monday, 19 January 2015 17:35 in 2015 South Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition
  • Success! Koen and Rick summit Vinson.

    Today at around 5 PM local time Koen and Rick reached the summit of Vinson after a nice climb from High Camp in calm conditions.

    Written on Sunday, 18 January 2015 03:32 in 2015 South Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition
  • Low Camp to High Camp in beautiful weather

    Koen and Rick called in to say they had a nice ascent from Low Camp to High Camp en route to the summit of Vinson. Last night they had Low Camp to themselves while 52 climbers shared High Camp. Tonight they have High Camp almost all to themselves, having passed the descending climbers who are headed home.

    Written on Saturday, 17 January 2015 02:39 in 2015 South Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition
  • Beautiful flight to Vinson and on to Low Camp

    The team reported in today that they spent the morning at Union Glacier observing a 100K marathon (thanks to foggy weather that delayed their flight). Later in the afternoon the weather cleared and they were able to fly to Vinson Base Camp where Koen and Rick departed for Low Camp. Lieve, down with a nasty respiratory infection, returned to Union Glacier. The flight was incredible with stunning views of the mountains below.

    Written on Friday, 16 January 2015 05:01 in 2015 South Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition
  • Goodbye to Roger and onwards to Vinson! (SP Last Degree/Vinson)

    Today the team left the South Pole via Twin Otter plane for the Union Glacier basecamp. Along the way they flew over the beautiful polar plateau that they know so well, and past stunning mountains. When they landed they had a celebration with the official PolarExplorers South Pole cocktail "Aurora Australis" (that's one part chmpagne, one part vodka, one small handfull of snow, and a swish with your finger). It's surprisingly good!

    Written on Thursday, 15 January 2015 04:14 in 2015 South Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition
  • Success! They reach the South Pole! (SP Last Degree)

    Woo hoo! The South Pole Last Degree Expedition reached the South Pole today in the late afternoon amidst cold temperatures, but a mostly sunny sky. They awoke to near whiteout conditions but by the time they broke camp the weather had cleared and they were able to see the South Pole station, officially called the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. 

    Written on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 04:04 in 2015 South Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition
  • Within sight of the Pole, if they could see! (SP Last Degree)

    Today the team had their most challenging day. Though the temperature may have been slightly warmer than yesterday there was a 10-15 kt wind out of the east that stole any warmth their bodies generated. Add to that an overcast sky that eventually turned into a total whiteout. This type of day is rarely fun, but you wouldn't know that from listening to the team. 

    Written on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 03:53 in 2015 South Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition
  • Coldest day yet, and 10 miles closer (SP Last Degree)

    The team reported in today that they had another "bluebird" day with lots of sun and only a light wind, but the temperature was noticeably colder, hovering around -30C. This makes it the coldest day yet.

    Written on Monday, 12 January 2015 02:59 in 2015 South Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition
  • End of expedition and final blog (SP Full)

    It is hard to believe that this is the final blog entry from the 2014-2015 PolarExplorers Full South Pole Ski Expedition. For the longest time the expedition felt like it would never arrive, then (especially for the skiers) it probably felt like it would never end!

    Written on Sunday, 11 January 2015 00:20 in 2014 Full South Pole Ski Expedition
  • More than half way there! (SP Last Degree)

    The South Pole Last Degree team reported today that they had a great day despite it being the coldest day of the expedition (around -28C). There was partial sun that disappeared for the last hour and a half of their travel. Their current position is S 89.34, W 72.19.

    Written on Saturday, 10 January 2015 23:52 in 2015 South Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition


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