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Polar Circle Express Air Cruise

P. Arenas – Antarctica – P. Arenas

9 Nights From US$15,495 pp

Summary of the Express Polar Circle Expedition Air-Cruise from Punta Arenas (return)

Antarctica Express Trip Summary

This is by far the quickest way to get to Antarctica, have some quality time exploring, and then returning iqually fast to Punta Arenas.

Our partners, Antarctica21 flight and cruise model allows you to arrive to Antarctica in comfort and style. For example, the Antarctica21 air-cruise takes you over the Drake Passage avoiding the discomfort of a rough sea crossing, and lands you on the continent in just two hours. Therefore, you reach Antarctica on a quick flight, rather than a two-day crossing, and then are quickly immersed in the beauty of the Seventh Continent.

Our Pioneering Air-Cruise

Before Antarctica21, travelers who wanted to reach the Antarctic Peninsula had only one option: sail across the rough seas of the Drake Passage. However, since 2003, The Antarctica21, boutique-style wilderness adventures have offered a far more comfortable, and fast alternative.

Skip the Drake

One of the hardest parts about visiting Antarctica are the rough seas that separate the 7th continent from South America. Therefore, the combination of Antarctica flights and cruises allow passengers to by-pass that step by taking a flight over the Drake Passage. Moreover, the two-hour flight takes you from Punta Arenas, the international gateway to Chilean Patagonia, directly to Antarctica, where you then board your expedition ship. Consequently, there is no stormy sea crossing. As a result, there is no seasickness. In conclusion, just quick, total immersion in your Antarctic adventure.

Explore Antarctica

Antarctica is one of the most unexplored places on our planet. There is plenty of wildlife, tremendous landscapes, and more than this trip will allow you to see. The small expedition vessels are more like private yachts, offering direct access to areas along the Antarctic shore that larger ships simply can’t reach. Moreover, because there are fewer passengers, you get on and off the ship faster. Therefore, your time ashore is focused where it should be: savoring every moment of a travel experience unlike any other.

Antarctica21 offers several different Antarctica flights and cruises, so you can pick an adventure that appeals to your interests. For example, the most popular option is the classic Antarctica air cruise from Ushuaia. However, other options include the Polar Circle, South Georgia and Antarctica, and the Antarctica Express air-cruise.


In all cases ExperienceChile.Org is a prime partner and here to help you choose and book the adventure best suited to your desires and budget. Also, ExperienceChile.Org will add on some interesting extras, free of charge should you book with us. For example, we will add on a free night in any city on Chile or Argentina at one of our partner hotels, or we may include the return flight Santiago to Punta Arenas free of charge. Once we know what cabin type you wish to book we will be able to tell you what our offer is.

And, please do not forget that ExperienceChile.Org can also create a pre Antarctic or post Antarctic Patagonia travel itinerary, or maybe elsewhere in South America, just let us know.

Polar Circle Antarctic Express Cruise Itinerary

Itinerary at a Glance

The Polar Circle air-cruise is one of the most adventurous expeditions offered by Antarctica21. Above all, the main objective on this air-cruise expedition is to try and reach the Antarctic Polar Circle located at approximately 66° south of the equator. However, the Expedition team handcrafts every voyage depending on the Antarctic weather and each day of the Polar Circle air-cruise is filled with ample opportunities to explore.

Day 1: Punta Arenas Arrival 

Antarctica21 staff members welcome you to Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2 PM. Transfer to your hotel and attend a mandatory briefing that provides important information about your air-cruise and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. Moreover, this is follwed by a welcome dinner introduces you to the local gastronomy as you meet fellow adventurers from around the world.

Day 2: Flight to Antarctica 

The flight from Punta Arenas will take 2hrs to get to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. Here is where your Antarctic adventure begins in earnest. For example, from the moment you exit the airplane into the clear Antarctic air that fills your lungs for the first time, you will instantly feel that you are somewhere different. Moreover, you then walk 2-km (1.25-mi) passing Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen Station to reach the shore and board a Zodiac that will take you to your boutique expedition vessel.

Days 3 – 8: Exploring Antarctica 

Today you will sail along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of seabirds, penguins, seals and whales. As well as visit the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, disembarking by Zodiac each day. However, these daily excursions will be done in small groups. Above all, you will hike to extraordinary sites and take part in exploratory Zodiac excursions to otherwise inaccessible areas.

During your daily excursions there will be expert polar guides sharing their passion for Antarctica through an engaging program of illustrated presentations. Moreover, they will lead you ashore to interpret the wildlife, the history and the many wonders of the Antarctic environment.

Back on board the ship, from the glass-enclosed lounge, you will be able to enjoy spectacular views while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests over a drink. Most importantly for us, the goal of the expedition is to sail far south in the attempt of reaching the Polar Circle.

Most importantly, the Expedition Team plans the specific voyage route based on local conditions and takes advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature. However, flexibility will be the key to a successful voyage. Therefore, your voyage may include visits to sites in the South Shetland Islands, the Antarctic Sound, the Garlache and Penola Straits, and the Crystal Sound. Each Polar Circle Air-Cruise is unique and crafted to provide the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.

Day 9: Return Flight to Punta Arenas 

Back at King George Island, you will need to bid farewell to Antarctica as you board the flight to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night.

(Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program).

Day 10: End of Air-Cruise 

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight. Unless ExperienceChile.Org has arranged an add-on itinerary for you. Please let us know so we can keep the magic going for you.

Please note: This itinerary above is offered on both the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 seasons.

Cruise Map

Antarctica21 Polar Cruise Flight and Navigation Map


Antarctica 21 Polar Circle Air-Cruise

Experience Chile Offer


ExperienceChile.Org Offer Should we Book this Antarctica Trip for You

We will add on to any offer already included with the itnerary, one, or more, of the following:

Based Upon 2 People

Free Hotel Night in any city in Chile or Argentina, with one of our chosen partner hotels. Moreover, this may include The Singular hotel in Puerto Natales.

And/or a Free Return flight Santiago to Punta Arenas

Or / and a Free Private Transfer from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales or Torres del Paine

And/ or a Free Private Transfer from Torres del Paine to El Calafate

Our objective is simple, to make booking this trip with us a pleasurable experience and a financial benefit to you.

Please Send us your enquiry…

The Fleet (2 Ships):

The Ocean Nova

About the Ocean Nova

Ocean Nova is a sturdy and nimble expedition vessel. This ship was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland. However, it has a strengthened hull that is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica. Moreover, the ship was fully refurbished in 2006, and since then has benefitted from annual upgrades and improvements.

For our air-cruises, Ocean Nova has capacity for 67 passengers accommodated in comfortable outside cabins, that is to say that none are without a window. The ship offers three categories of accommodation: dedicated Single Cabins, Twin Cabins, and Triple Cabins. Above all, the cabins feature a picture window, a writing desk with chair, a wardrobe, individually controlled heating system, and a private bathroom with shower.

In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, Ocean Nova also has a spacious dining room, a bar, a library, a small gym, and an infirmary. Also, the ship has a fleet of 7 Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.


The Ocean Nova Specs

Passengers : 72 max

Staff & Crew: 46

Lifeboats: 2, fully enclosed, capacity of 110 (in addition to 4 life rafts, capacity of 100)

Length: 73 m

Breadth: 11 m

Draft: 3.7

Propulsion: Diesel engines, 2,000 horsepower

Ice class: 1B, EO (Hull Ice 1A)

Cruising speed: 12 knots in open water

 Cabin Specs

Category Average size Details
Single cabins 87 ft2 – 8 m2 One lower single bed
Twin cabins 106 ft2 – 10 m2 Two lower beds
Triple cabins 150 ft2 – 14 m2 Two lower beds and one upper


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Antarctica 21 Polar Circle Air-Cruise


The Magellan Explorer (New Ship, 2020). Photos Below.

About Magellan Explorer

Magellan Explorer is a new and modern expedition vessel custom-built for our Antarctic air-cruises to the latest Polar Code specifications.

When this ship is occupied for the air-cruises, Magellan Explorer has capacity for 73 guests accommodated in seven categories of accommodation, including dedicated single cabins. Most importantly, all cabins, except Porthole cabins, feature private balconies. Moreover, all double cabins, except two, have two twin beds that can be configured as one king-size bed. However, most cabins have two twin beds that can be configured as one queen-size bed. Also, all cabins have a wardrobe, individually controlled heating system, a sitting area, and a private bathroom with a shower and heated floors.

The ship features a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, a spacious and stylish dining room, a well-stocked bar, a library, a meeting room, a gym, a sauna, and a medical clinic. Above all, the forward-facing observation deck leads to the bow of the ship, which is accessible to guests to offer proximity to marine wildlife. In addition, the ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.

The fitness center aboard Magellan Explorer has been designed and built by the professionals at Anytime Fitness, the world’s only fitness company with boutique gyms in all seven continents.

Magellan Explora Specs

Passengers: 100 max

Staff & crew: 60

Lifeboats: 2, fully enclosed, capacity of 160 (in addition to 8 life rafts, capacity of 160)

Length: 90.7 m

Breadth: 16.2 m

Draft: 4.3

Propulsion: Diesel engines, 3,440 kW

Ice class: LR PC6

Cruising speed: 14 knots in open water

 Cabin Specs

Category Approx. Size Details
Single Cabins 210 ft2 – 19 m2 Cabin with sitting area and balcony
Grand Suites 480 ft2 – 44 m2 Two-room suite with sitting room, balcony, and bedroom
Penthouse Suites 360 ft2 – 33 m2 Suite with sitting room, balcony and bedroom area
Deluxe Veranda Cabins 240 ft2 – 22 m2 Cabin with sitting area and balcony
Veranda Cabins 210 ft2 – 19 m2 Cabin with sitting area and balcony
Porthole Cabins 200 ft2 – 18 m²  Cabin with sitting area and porthole
Triple Suites 480 ft2 – 44 m2 Suite with two bedrooms, balcony, and sitting area


Antarctica 21 Polar Circle Air-Cruise



Magellan Explorer

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VIP – if you are a VIP in any of the fields such as celebrity and/or political and/or business, and you need “special attention” such as privacy and/or security for your trip please use an alias in the enquiry, but mention that you are VIP and one of the directors will handle your request and keep your real name and details confidential.

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