A once-in-a-lifetime experience
There is still a place on Planet Earth that remains untouched, a continent of shocking beauty where Nature sets the rules: Antarctica.
To travel there is to encounter our planet in its purest, naked form. As visitors come face to face with Antarctica and feel its awesome power, these words are heard over and over again: “this is like another planet.”
Antarctica is a remote, magical place that will greet you with its awe-inspiring beauty. See peaceful bays dotted with colossal icebergs; cruise along deep fjords and see massive glaciers; be amazed by sharp snowy peaks that jut out of the sea.
A journey like no other awaits in Antarctica. Cruise at sea level with our Zodiac boats and feel the spray of seawater on your cheeks. Follow in the footsteps of early explorers as you hike on Antarctic soil. Join our optional sea kayaking and hiking & snowshoeing programs.
Setting foot on the seventh continent is a privilege and an honour. You will bring home indelible memories, and tales of your journey will arouse the curiosity and admiration of your friends and family.
In the austral summer, large numbers of penguins, whales, seals, and seabirds congregate along the Antarctic Peninsula to feed and reproduce. Present in abundant numbers, these animals will provide endless inspiration for your photographs.
The Antarctica21 Air-Cruise Model
Before Antarctica21, adventure travellers who wanted to reach the Antarctic Peninsula had only one option: to sail across the tempestuous Drake Passage. Since 2003, Antarctica21 has been offering you a more comfortable alternative.
Motivated by a desire to make Antarctica accessible to travellers keen to avoiding the stormy Drake Passage, our founders pioneered the Antarctic air-cruise model in 2003. Since then, Antarctica21 has been the leader in this fast-growing segment of Antarctic tourism, constantly developing and innovating our programs.
Our international team of veteran Antarctic pilots, experienced sea captains, expert polar guides and academics, and seasoned travel professionals create the Antarctica21 experience. With passion, creativity and dedicated teamwork, each expedition is handcrafted, unique and personal.
Our Style and Philosophy
As a boutique specialist, we design and deliver adventurous yet comfortable small-scale expeditions to Antarctica. Our aim is to offer guests the perfect balance between active exploration and high-quality hospitality for a trip of a lifetime.
Antarctica21 is a Member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), a member organisation founded in 1991 to advocate, promote and practice safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic.
Our Unique Advantages
Fly in comfort over the stormy Drake Passage and board your ship directly in Antarctica. No seasickness !
Save time ! Crossing from South America to Antarctica by ship takes two days. Our flight takes only 2 hours.
We offer boutique adventures aboard small ships carrying a max of 75 guests, so you spend time exploring, not waiting.
Antarctica21's Unique Features
Antarctic air-cruises is all we do. As a boutique specialist we dedicate 100 % of our resources to the organisation of your Antarctic trip.
Experience And Expertise
Antarctica21 pioneered the Antarctic air-cruise model. We are the world’s leader in this unique style of travel to Antarctica. We have completed over 180 fly and cruise departures, more than any other company in the world, by far.
One Flight Per Expedition
We use a single flight to carry all travellers to and from Antarctica for each of our expeditions. This makes our operation fast and efficient while reducing the chance of weather-related delays compared to the alternatives.
Small Is Beautiful
Antarctica21 only operates small ships, carrying a maximum of 75 guests. With a small group of travellers, disembarkation is fast and efficient so you can spend more time exploring and less time waiting.
Unique in its kind, “Bigfoot” was specially designed and built for Antarctica21 to support our operation at King George Island. Its traction system can adapt to the changeable conditions of the Antarctic terrain.
High Staff/Traveller Ratio
Travel with a well-staffed team of at least twelve expert polar guides. Passionate and engaging, they will make your trip memorable.
Itineraries at a glance
· The most popular itinerary
· Complete Antarctic experience
· Frequent departures
From $ 11,495 to $ 26,995 USD
From Dec 6 to Feb 20, both for the 2020-2021 and the 2021-2022 seasons, around 30 departures are available on all 3 vessels, contact us for the dates !
· In-depth Antarctic experience. Do more, see more.
· Sail farther south to try and reach the Antarctic Circle
· Limited number of departures
From $ 15,495 to $ 33,995 USD
Jan 1-10, 2021 (ON)
Jan 24-Feb 2, 2021 (ME)
Feb 16-25, 2021 (ON)
Jan 1-10, 2022 (ON)
Jan 24-Feb 2, 2022 (ME)
Feb 16-25, 2022 (ON)
Antarctica & South Georgia
· Combines visits to Antarctica and South Georgia
· See South Georgia’s distinctive wildlife, such as king penguins
· Limited number of departures
From $ 15,495 to $ 25,495 USD
Nov 17-Dec 3, 2021 (ME)
Feb 25-13 Mar, 2022 (ME)
· Introductory and affordable expedition experience
· Combines visits to Cape Horn and Antarctica
· See many seabirds, including wandering albatrosses and giant petrels
From $ 4,795 to $ 8,595 USD
Nov 29-Dec 4, 2020 (ON)
Dec 10-15, 2020 (HS)
Jan 2-8, 2021 (HS)
Jan 11-16, 2021 (ME)
Jan 14-19, 2021 (ON)
Nov 29-Dec 4, 2021 (ON)
Dec 15-20, 2021 (HS)
Jan 7-13, 2022 (HS)
Jan 11-16, 2022 (ME)
Jan 13-18, 2022 (HS)
Jan 14-19, 2022 (ON)
Feb 5-11, 2022 (HS)
The Falklands & South Georgia
From there, set sail for South Georgia and its mountains, which are permanently covered in thick layers of ice and snow. On this island, wildlife is king. Visit one of the world´s largest king penguin colonies and watch elephant seals relaxing on the shores. As we sail from bay to bay, watch out for whales and beautiful seabirds flying overhead.
· A rich wilderness experience
· The Falklands (Malvinas)
· In-depth visit to South Georgia
From $ 9,990 to $ 13,990 USD
Oct 3-17, 2020 (ME)
Cape Horn & The Falklands
· A chance to visit Cape Horn
· The Falklands (Malvinas)
· Combines perfectly with a visit to Patagonia
From $ 7,995 to $ 11,995
The Vessels & the Aircraft
M/V Magellan Explorer (ME)
Magellan Explorer is a new and modern expedition vessel custom build for our Antarctic air-cruises. She was built in Chile to the latest Polar Code specifications.
For our air-cruises, Magellan Explorer has capacity for 73 passengers accommodated in seven categories of accommodation, including dedicated single cabins. All cabins except Porthole cabins feature private balconies. All double cabins except two have two twin beds that can be configured as one king-size bed. All other cabins have two twin beds that can be configured as one queen-size bed. All cabins feature a wardrobe, individually controlled heating system, a sitting area, and a private bathroom with shower.
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. The forward-facing observation deck leads to the bow of the ship, which is accessible to guests to offer proximity to marine wildlife. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.
M/V Ocean Nova (ON)
Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable expedition vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland. She was fully refurbished in 2006 and has since benefitted from annual upgrades and improvements. Her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica.
For our air-cruises, Ocean Nova has capacity for up to 67 passengers accommodated in three categories of accommodation. 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. The ship has a fleet of seven Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.
All guests aboard Ocean Nova are accommodated in comfortable outside cabins, with three cabin categories: dedicated single, twin and triple cabins. All cabins feature a picture window, a writing desk with chair, a wardrobe, individually controlled heating system, and a private bathroom with shower.
M/V Hebridean Sky (HS)
Hebridean Sky, formerly called Sea Explorer, is a small, all-suite expedition vessel. She was built in 1992 and refurbished in 2005. In 2016 the ship underwent an extensive, multimillion-dollar renovation that transformed her into one of the finest small-ships in the world.
For our air-cruises, Hebridean Sky has capacity for 75 passengers accommodated in eight categories of accommodation. Hebridean Sky offers an exclusive and stylish base for adventurous exploration in Antarctica. Public areas include “The Club” lounge, a Library, a presentation lounge with audio-visual facilities, a dining room, an outdoor cafe, a medical clinic, a wraparound deck, and an elevator serving all passenger decks. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiac boats.
Suites in all eight categories are spacious, with premium appointments throughout. Each Suite features a sitting area, a private bathroom, a picture window and two twin beds that, upon request, can be joined to form a queen-size bed. A number of suites also include private balconies. Triple cabins feature a sofa bed.
The BAE-146 aircraft was manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace (which later became part of BAE Systems). It is a high-wing aircraft with very short runway requirements, which makes it particularly suited for landing and take-off in Antarctica. The aircraft is expertly operated by Aerovías DAP, which has more than 20 years of experience flying in Patagonia and Antarctica.