Flying over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, the 2017-18 Polar Circle Air-Cruises take you to one of the most spectacular and remotest places on earth - Antarctica. Sail to the far south, and be one of the few adventurous travellers to cross the Antarctic Circle.

Three departures are offered during the 2017-18 season aboard Ocean Nova.

Polar Circle


  • 10 Days / 9 Nights

    Start of the Air-Cruise

    ANTARCTICA XXI staff welcome you in Punta Arenas, Chile, before 2 PM. Transfer to your hotel and attend a mandatory briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. A welcome dinner introduces you to the local gastronomy as you meet fellow adventurers from around the world.

  • 10 Days / 9 Nights

    Scheduled flight to Antarctica

    A smooth two-hour flight takes you efficiently from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. Your Antarctic adventure begins as you exit the airplane and the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.

  • 10 Days / 9 Nights

    Exploring Antarctica

    Sail along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Visit the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, disembarking by Zodiac each day. In small groups, hike to extraordinary sites and take part in exploratory Zodiac excursions to otherwise inaccessible areas. Expert polar guides share their passion for Antarctica through an engaging program of illustrated presentations, and lead you ashore to interpret the wildlife, the history and the many wonders of the Antarctic environment. From the glass-enclosed lounge, enjoy spectacular views while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests over a drink. The goal of the expedition is to sail far south in the attempt of reaching the Polar Circle. The Expedition Team sets the specific voyage route based on local conditions, and takes advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature. Flexibility will be the key to a successful voyage. Your expedition may include visits to sites such as Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Prospect Point or other magnificent places.

  • 10 Days / 9 Nights

    Scheduled return flight from Antarctica

    Back at King George Island, bid farewell to Antarctica as you board the flight to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program).

  • 10 Days / 9 Nights

    End of the Air-Cruise

    After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.


Ocean Nova

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.

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.

Accommodation Details

Category Average size Details
Single cabins 87 ft2 – 8 mt2 One lower single bed
Twin cabins 106 ft2 – 10 mt2 Two lower beds
Triple cabins 150 ft2 – 14 mt2 Two lower beds and one upper bed

Dates & Rates

Trip start and end Triple Cabin Twin Cabin Single Cabin
Jan 1-10, 2018




Feb 1-10, 2018




Feb 18-27, 2018




All prices are per-person and indicated in USD.

Additional Activities

Preferred Seating

For an extra level of comfort, travellers can purchase Preferred Seats on their Antarctic flight. This option offers a guaranteed aisle or window seat at the front of the aircraft, and a guaranteed empty middle seat. It also offers priority boarding when departing from Punta Arenas and an amenities kit.

The per-person price for Classic Antarctica Air-Cruises (roundtrip) is $495.

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Strait of Magellan Wildlife Experience

Take advantage of your trip to the deep south of Chile and see more of Patagonia with our Strait of Magellan Wildlife Experience package. Visit Magdalena and Marta Islands, home to a protected nature reserve. With this packages you will also gain peace of mind, adding a buffer in case unfavourable weather delays your return flight from Antarctica.

Single occupancy: $289 USD per person
Double occupancy: $259 USD per person
Triple occupancy: $245 USD per person

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Adventure Activities

Sea Kayaking in Antarctica
See Antarctica from the unique vantage point of a sea kayak. Join a small group of participants and paddle in Antarctica under the leadership of an experienced Kayak Master.
Price: $895 USD per person

Hiking and Snowshoeing in Antarctica
Gain greater mobility and see more of the Antarctic landscape with our hiking and snowshoeing program.
Price: $195 USD per person

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