Trip reference number: 2853

Trip Operator: Wildlife Worldwide

Polar Circle Fly-Sail

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This 'fly-sail' itinerary is the quickest way to get as far south as possible and cross the Antarctic Circle.

Flying from Punta Arenas in southern Chile over Cape Horn and thus avoiding the notoriously rough waters of the Drake Passage, this is the easiest way to travel to Antarctica – the coldest, highest, windiest, driest and least inhabited continent on earth – reaching King George Island, the largest island in the South Shetlands in under two hours. By retracing this route on the return journey you avoid two days of sailing each way, ensuring you experience only the best of the White Continent.

Boarding your expedition cruise vessel, you then sail southward along the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula (with plenty of stops and landings along the way) to cross the Antarctic Circle. This active adventure involves daily landings by Zodiac inflatable, and a full programme of lectures on board ship, assisted all the while by experienced crew and knowledgeable expedition staff.

A typical Polar Circle itinerary is shown below.

Note that some trips will fly over Drake Passage in one direction only (and sail the other).

Typical itinerary

The full itinerary detail is available on our website.

  1. Day 1: Arrive Punta Arenas, overnight
  2. Day 2: Fly to King George Island in the South Shetlands & board vessel
  3. Days 3-8: Sail from the South Shetland Islands down western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula
  4. Day 9: Disembark at King George Island & fly to Punta Arenas

Please note: Exact itinerary and duration will depend on your chosen vessel, departure date and local conditions.

  • Available*: Nov to Mar
  • Group size: Varies according to vessel
  • Price excluding international flights: From £8,760 pp
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Accommodation in twin-share cabin
    • All meals on board ship
    • Guided shore excursions


This is a group trip with fixed departure dates. Please refer to our website for further information.

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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