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View our expeditions for the 2018-2019 season

Antarctic Skiing (December)

Ski the Last Continent
Nov 19 - Dec 18 on Icebird

Expedition Overview:

We shall meet in Ushuaia, at the southern tip of Argentina, and after a day of preparations and packing Icebird, sail past Cape Horn and across the Drake Passage to Antarctica. We shall make landfall near Anvers Island and then start to explore the many coves, islands and fjords along the Antarctic Peninsula. As we explore the Antarctic Peninsula ski ascents will be attempted of multiple peaks. Most ascents will be single-day tours from the yacht, while more remote peaks will require dragging sleds across glaciers to establish a base-camp for a few days. The exact locations will depend on the weather and sea-ice conditions, which vary greatly from year to year.


During rest days, or when the weather is not suitable for ski touring, we will be able to take to the sea kayaks to explore more of the coast-line. Sea kayaking is a wonderful way to experience the beauty of the glaciers and ice, and to see the abundant wildlife that Antarctica has to offer.


Expedition Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Ushuaia. Meet team and spend night in cabana/hotel.
Day 2: Day in Ushuaia. Prepare equipment and practice glacier crossing and crevasse rescue skills.
Day 3: Pack Icebird and set sail along the Beagle Channel.
Day 4-7: Sail to Antarctica across the Drake Passage. This usually takes 3 to 4 days.
Day 8-25: Ski mountaineering along the Antarctic Peninsula.
Day 26-29: Sail across the Drake Passage.
Day 30: Arrive in Ushuaia. Spend night in cabana/hotel.
Day 31: Depart Ushuaia.


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Sail, Ski & Fly (Dec/Jan)

Avoid the Drake
Dec 26 - Jan 15 on Icebird

Expedition Overview:

If you want to ski in Antarctica but are short of time, or really don't fancy crossing the Drake Passage both ways, then this could be for you!


We have teamed up with DAP airlines to fly you back from Antarctica after this incredible ski adventure. Our journey starts in Argentina, from where we sail across the Drake Passage to reach Antarctica. Once in Antarctica, Icebird will sail along the Antarctic Peninsula, stopping for ski ascents at a number of remote and rarely visited areas. Most ascents will be single-day ski tours from the yacht, but if you fancy camping out and tackling a more remote peak, we have the tents and equipment to give you that option. We tailor each expedition according to what you want to do! The exact locations will depend on the weather and sea-ice conditions, which vary greatly from year to year. After two weeks skiing, based in the luxury of our own yacht, you will then fly back across the Drake Passage to Punta Arenas (Chile).


During rest days, or when the weather is not suitable for ski touring, we will be able to take to the sea kayaks to explore more of the coast-line. Sea kayaking is a wonderful way to experience the beauty of the glaciers and ice, and to see the abundant wildlife that Antarctica has to offer. There will also be ample opportunity to also visit many wildlife and historic sites during the expedition.


Expedition Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Ushuaia & meet team.
Day 2: Day in Ushuaia. Prepare equipment and practice glacier crossing and crevasse rescue skills.
Day 3-6: Pack Icebird, then sail to Antarctica across the Drake Passage. This usually takes 3 to 4 days.
Day 7-19: Ski mountaineering along the Antarctic Peninsula.
Day 20: Sail to King George Island.
Day 21: Return flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas.


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Fly, Ski & Sail (January)

Avoid the Drake
Jan 15 - Jan 31 on Icebird

Expedition Overview:

If you want to ski in Antarctica but are short of time, or really don't fancy crossing the Drake Passage both ways, then this could be for you!


We have teamed up with DAP airlines to fly you out to Antarctica for the start of this incredible ski adventure. Our journey starts in Punta Arenas (Chile), from where you will fly across the Drake Passage to reach Antarctica. Once in Antarctica, Icebird will meet you and the sail along the Antarctic Peninsula, stopping for ski ascents at a number of remote and rarely visited areas. Most ascents will be single-day ski tours from the yacht, but if you fancy camping out and tackling a more remote peak, we have the tents and equipment to give you that option. We tailor each expedition according to what you want to do! The exact locations will depend on the weather and sea-ice conditions, which vary greatly from year to year. After almost two weeks skiing, based in the luxury of our own yacht, we will then start the sailing part of the adventure, crossing the Drake Passage to reach the southern tip of Argentina.


During rest days, or when the weather is not suitable for ski touring, we will be able to take to the sea kayaks to explore more of the coast-line. Sea kayaking is a wonderful way to experience the beauty of the glaciers and ice, and to see the abundant wildlife that Antarctica has to offer. There will also be ample opportunity to also visit many wildlife and historic sites during the expedition.


Expedition Itinerary:

Day 1: Fly from Punta Arenas to King George Island (Antarctica). Join Icebird.
Day 2-11: Ski mountaineering along the Antarctic Peninsula.
Day 12-15: Sail across the Drake Passage.
Day 16: Arrive in Ushuaia. Spend night in cabana/hotel.
Day 17: Depart Ushuaia.


We recommend that expedition members arrive in Punta Arenas one day early for this expedition.


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Kayak Antarctica (February)

A sea kayaking adventure!
Feb 5 - Mar 5 on Icebird

Expedition Overview:

March is a fantastic time of year to visit the Antarctic Peninsula. At this time of year vast numbers of humpback whales congregate to feed on the abundant krill along the Antarctic Peninsula. Penguin chicks are starting to fledge and make their first leaps into the sea. And sea-ice is at its minimum, making it easier and safer to travel further south.


We shall meet in Ushuaia, at the southern tip of Argentina, and after a day of preparations and packing Icebird, sail past Cape Horn and across the Drake Passage to Antarctica. Landfall is usually made near Anvers Island before heading to a sheltered anchorage for a well-earned meal and drink, and then start preparations for our kayak journey. Our plan, depending on weather and conditions, is to start at Enterprise Island at the northern end of Wilhelmina Bay, and then gradually head south, passing through the stunning landscapes of the Errera Channel, Paradise Harbour and the Lemaire Channel to reach the Ukrainean research station of Vernadskiy. Sea kayaking is a wonderful way to experience the beauty of the glaciers and ice in total silence, and to see the abundant wildlife that Antarctica has to offer.


Icebird will be on hand for the duration of the journey, whether for a rest, or to supply us with fresh pizzas and cakes. We have the option and the equipment to camp out, or to use Icebird as a more comfortable mobile base camp to return to in the evenings. The advantage of having a comfortable support yacht is that the choice is yours as to how strenuous and adventurous you want to make it!


During rest days, or when the weather is not suitable for kayaking, we will visit historic areas, wildlife sites, and research bases.


Expedition Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Ushuaia. Meet team and spend night in cabana/hotel.
Day 2: Pack Icebird and set sail along the Beagle Channel.
Day 3-7: Sail to Antarctica across the Drake Passage. This usually takes 3 to 4 days.
Day 8-23: Sea kayak along the Antarctic Peninsula.
Day 24-27: Sail across the Drake Passage.
Day 28: Arrive in Ushuaia. Spend night in cabana/hotel.
Day 29: Depart Ushuaia.


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