The Drake Passage marks the sea between the tip of South America and the icy shores of the Antarctic. Cruise ships must navigate its temperamental waters over two days, but flights to Antarctica only take a couple of hours. With Polar Holidays, you can book your flight to Antarctica and spend your holiday exploring the austere landscape of our planet’s southernmost continent.
We also offer fly-cruise hybrid packages for those interested in the best of both worlds. You can read through our different flight packages below!
Yes. There are regular flights to Antarctica from Punto Arenas, Chile. They provide travelers with a fast and comfortable journey to the snow-covered continent.
Once landed, we have a few different itineraries available for you to explore:
You can explore the continent through activities, including hiking/snowshoeing, kayaking, camping, and taking a polar plunge.
Take a cruise ship around the Antarctic waters.
Take advantage of one of Polar Holidays fly-cruise packages and sail aboard a ship to the Antarctic Circle!
So, if you want to plan a trip down to the frozen continent where you can focus on the adventures that await without worrying about the long voyage there and back, you can inquire about a flight or fly-cruise trip.
We offer competitive flights to Antarctica prices and many different trip options when it comes to calculating how much is a flight to Antarctica.
Antarctica is one of the most awe-inspiring places on Earth. From its vast, barren landscapes to its abundance of unique wildlife, it is truly an extraordinary destination.
We offer 3 travel options:
Flying both ways to and from Antarctica saves you the 2-days of rough sailing through the Drake Passage each way.
1. Travelers reach the continent much faster.
2. Skip the rough waters of the Drake Passage.
3. Spend more time exploring the continent.
Opting for this fly-cruise experience lets you enjoy a quick arrival to the
continent with a scenic sailing experience for the departure.
1. Quick arrival to the continent, allowing for more time to explore.
2. Only sail the Drake Passage once.
3. Guests still experience the adventure of sailing on their journey back.
For those who enjoy getting to know their fellow adventurers beforehand,
consider getting a cruise to Antarctica and then flying back to South America!
1. Socialize aboard the boat and learn about the continent from experts on board.
2. Only cruise the Drake Passage once.
3. Enjoy the full sailing experience with a quick return.
We’ve answered the question “are there any flights to Antarctica?,” but now we turn to what you can expect on the flights.
The most popular option among travelers visiting Antarctica is a fly-cruise trip, allowing passengers to save up to 4 travel days by flying the Drake Passage instead of sailing across.
Depending on your route, it also provides time aboard a cruise ship on the way there or back depending on your preference.
The standard flight takes you to King George Island, just 2 hours instead of 2 days journey. You’ll be set down right in the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula, with your first cold chill of the air coming off the iceberg swells.
Some 50,000+ visitors embark on the journey to the Antarctic each year, including 50 expedition vessels.
Once fly-cruise travelers reach Antarctica they trade the plane for a cruise ship. Guests enjoy sailing down the peninsula with other shipmates, and enjoying the calm waters.
Many activities are available for adventurers once landed.
Other cruise routes and cruise destinations are available. Availability is limited, so please reach out to our team to book your fly-cruise trip!
Regular Antarctic flight departures are available from early December through to February. However, it is important to plan and book your flight ahead of time.
We recommend booking your flight and cruise adventure around 12-18 months in advance. The earlier, the better.
For a complete list of cabins and departure dates, contact us to start planning your adventure today!
The unpredictable Antarctic weather is a common reason for delays. If a
flight is delayed due to weather concerns, the wait is usually only a few hours. There are contingency plans in place.
If the flight is delayed upon departure from Antarctica, guests can stay on the ships at no additional cost until new flights are arranged.
Weather is an uncontrollable factor when planning any trip, but we do our best to smooth over any bumps in the experience for our guests.
BAE 146 200, Avro RJ 85 & 100 – British Designed, 80 Passengers, 6 Seats in a Row (w/ 1 aisle)
De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter – Canadian Designed, 5-6 Passengers
Ilyushin IL-76TD – Soviet Designed, 60 Passengers, 6 Seats in a Row (w/ 1 aisle)
Basler BT-67 – US Designed, 12-15 Passengers, 4 Seats in a Row (w/ 1 aisle)
Beechcraft King Air 300
Have some questions? Or, are you ready to find your dream trip? Contact Polar Holidays to schedule a free consultation with one of our booking specialists today!