Antarctic Air-Cruise Option

Amelia Tockston

Antarctic Air-Cruise Option

Amelia Tockston

Occasionally, we have been asked if there is a way to visit Antarctica without traveling across the Drake Passage via ship. Over the past few years, we have observed a new company that pairs air travel with expedition cruising. While flying to Antarctica can present its own challenges, this newer option of flying and cruising is the right match for some.

In less than 2 hours of flying from Punta Arenas, Chile, arrive at Frei Station on King George Island (the largest Island of the South Shetland Archipelago) where you will embark the Ocean Nova at the gates of the White Continent.

From King George Island you will navigate for up to seven days along the Antarctic Peninsula, visiting the most wonderful places and enjoying the best wildlife sites of Antarctica. With daily excursions, your bilingual (English/Spanish) naturalist team will give lectures to introduce and inform you about this wonderful continent. This unique experience is sure to be the trip of your lifetime!

Polar Circle Air-Cruise – 9 Days
A round-trip flight from Punta Arenas, Chile, affords 7 days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula on this trip, and weather permitting, a crossing of the Polar Circle.

Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise – 7 Days
Includes round-trip flight from Punta Arenas, Chile with 6 days in Antarctica. Time spent in Antarctica is equivalent to an 11-day traditional ship cruise.

The Aircraft:
The 70 passenger BAe 146-200 was manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace and is equipped with 4 turbofan Honeywell engines. It is a high-wing aircraft with very short runway requirements which makes it particularly suited for this kind of destination. It is operated by Aerovías DAP, which has more than 20 years of experience of flying in Patagonia and Antarctica.

The Vessel:
The 68-passenger Ocean Nova was built in 1992 at the Ørskov Shipyard in Frederikshavn, Denmark, to navigate the ice-choked waters off Western Greenland. The ship was upgraded in 2000 and was significantly refurbished once again in 2006 to include an impressive glass-enclosed forward observation lounge on the top deck. Classified to operate in ice-filled waters, she is guided by Danish officers with extensive experience in polar navigation. The Ocean Nova offers triple, twin and outside cabins, a spacious dining room, comfortable library, presentation room, bar, lounge, and exercise room.