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Upcoming Expeditions 2018/19

South Georgia (October)

Explore South Georgia
Sept 29 - Nov 3 on Icebird

Expedition Overview:

This year we are planning a longer expedition to South Georgia in order to explore some of the remoter mountains at the southern end of this wonderful island. We shall start the trip by following Shackleton's epic crossing of South Georgia, and then head south, weather permitting, to the Salvesen range to explore some of the island's other glaciers and mountains on ski, in addition to visiting some of the island's remarkable historic and wildlife areas. South Georgia is one of the most remarkable places on earth. Steeped in colourful history, this remote mountainous island is home to a breathtaking amount of wildlife.


We shall meet in Stanley in the Falkland Islands, and after a day of preparations sail east to South Georgia. Depending on weather, we hope to land at King Haakon Bay on the south coast, where Shackleton commenced his famous traverse of the island. The traverse should take four to five days, and if conditions allow we hope to ski some of the summits along the route.


Icebird will pick us up at the abandoned whaling station of Stromness, where Shackleton finished his traverse. We shall then sail southwards along the coast of South Georgia, making landings as the weather allows. There are numerous glaciers and bays that we can explore on ski, and colonies of King and Macaroni penguins to visit, as well as the abandoned whaling station of Grytviken.


Further information about our 2018 South Georgia Ski Expedition.

View South Georgia on Google Maps.
Want to know what crossing South Georgia is like? Read about our 2014 Crossing of South Georgia.

Expedition Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Stanley. Meet team and spend night on Icebird.
Day 2: Day in Stanley. Prepare equipment and practice glacier crossing and crevasse rescue skills.
Day 3-6: Sail to South Georgia across the South Atlantic. This usually takes 4 to 5 days.
Day 7-8: Arrive in South Georgia and sail towards King Haakon Bay.
Day 9-14: Crossing of South Georgia via Shackleton's route.
Day 15-16: Rest day, then ski from Maikviken to Grytviken.
Day 17-18: Exploration and ski tours in Cumberland Bay.
Day 19: A day at the King Penguin colony in St Andrews Bay.
Day 20-30: Exploration and ski tours in Drygalski Fjord and the SE end of South Georgia.
Day 31-35: Return to Stanley (Falkland Islands).
Day 36: Depart Stanley.


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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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