* Subject to change - This itinerary is entirely subject to weather conditions in Antarctica and is meant as a day-by-day guide of what clients can expect.
Arrive at Cape Town International Airport by scheduled flight. You will be met off your flight and transferred to the Cape Grace Hotel. An afternoon at leisure to explore the vibrant V&A Waterfront and surroundings.
Safety briefing followed by free time to explore the natural wonders of Cape Town and the surrounding area.
Departure for “Unknown International Airport”, departure time will depend on actual weather situation. The flight across the Southern Ocean will take 5.5 hours. After landing on Wolf’s Fang runway in Dronning Maud Land, guests then change to specially designed 4x4s and are taken to Whichaway Camp. In the afternoon a gentle trek around the Schirmacher Oasis will be offered.
Settle into White Desert’s ‘Whichaway Camp’ and do as much or as little as you like each day. Activities range from gentle treks to the incredible ice waves, to kite-skiing, ice climbing and even abseiling!
This day will be spent at Atka Bay. You will fly for two hours to reach an Emperor Penguin colony. Spend the day photographing the approximately 6,000 Emperor Penguins before flying back to Whichaway Camp.
Today an exploration of the 200 meter long ice caves is planned. The tunnels in the iridescent blue ice make for a surreal experience. Then guests will visit the Russian base Novolazarevskaya before being picked up by special 4x4s for their return to Whichaway Camp.
An early morning flight with the DC3 Basler will land at 83 degrees South to refuel. You will have a chance to walk around the high polar plateau before continuing onto the pole. At the South Pole itself, you will have lots of time for photos, a tour around the base and a chance to stamp your passport before camping down for the night.
After breakfast, we continue our return flight to Whichaway Camp. The flight will again show the immense expanse of Antarctica. The evening will end with a three-course dinner and champagne.
This is an easier day with talks from your polar explorer staff about some of the lesser known history of Antarctica and their world record-breaking expeditions. Then it’s time for kite-skiing around camp, followed by a giant abseil off the nearby Nunatak mountain.
In the morning, preparation for the flight back and depart from Wolf’s Fang runway in the afternoon, bound for Cape Town. After arrival, transfer to Cape Grace Hotel for an exclusive dinner commemorating your adventure in Antarctica and overnight at the Cape Grace Hotel.
Enjoy breakfast before getting ready for your onward journeys. End of program.