Antarctica, pilot trip in January 2025!

We are planning a so-called “pilot trip” to Antarctica for mid/late January 2025, which Mr. Frobeen will accompany himself. The flight will be from/to Punta Arenas (Chile) to Antarctica and we will take a wonderful 8 day/7 night cruise on an Antarctic ship towards the South Pole. We would be happy to plan a pre- or post-program for you, for example in Chile (prices/information on request).

Tip: Mr. Frobeen recently traveled on an inspection trip in the south of Chile to Cape Horn and experienced very strong waves in the Drake Passage. The large cruise ships have stabilizers, but even these do not prevent severe rocking. That's why it makes sense to overcome the stormy Drake Passage from/to Punta Arenas (Chile) by plane and to book a small (maximum 73 participants!), compact ship from/to Antarctica, where the service is much more personal than on one big ship. Mr Frobeen therefore recommends the very modern, new ship Magellan Explorer or the cheaper ship Ocean Nova, see below!


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Antarctic air cruise 8 days/7 nights from/to Punta Arenas
Estimated route (short-term changes, e.g. due to changed climatic conditions, are possible at any time):

Day 1: Start of the Air Cruise (Punta Arenas)
A representative from our local partners will greet you before 14:00 PM in Punta Arenas, Chile. Transfer to your hotel. Visit to the Explorer House and take part in a mandatory briefing which includes important information about your air cruise and explains the essential guidelines for visitors to Antarctica. A welcome dinner will introduce you to local gastronomy while meeting other adventurers from around the world (local English speaking guides as international group).

Hotel in Punta Arenas

Hotel rooms in Punta Arenas


Day 2: Scheduled flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica
The arranged two-hour flight takes you from Punta Arenas to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. Your Antarctic adventure begins when you step off the plane and feel the clear Antarctic air for the first time.

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Wine on board the Magellan Explorer

You then hike approximately 2 km (1,25 miles) past Chile's Frei Station and Russia's Bellingshausen Station to reach the coast and board a Zodiac that will take you to your boutique expedition ship Magellan Explorer brings.

Day 3 - 8: Exploring Antarctica
The expedition travels along ice-filled fjords and between spectacular icebergs while enjoying the company of seabirds, penguins, seals and whales.

Whales in Antarctica

Whale watching

They visit the South Shetland Islands and the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula and use the Zodiac very often. Hike in small groups to extraordinary places and take part in Zodiac explorations in otherwise inaccessible areas. Our experienced polar guides share their passion for Antarctica through an engaging program, illustrated presentations and take you ashore to provide engaging explanations of wildlife, history and the many wonders of the Antarctic environment. Enjoy the spectacular view from the glass-enclosed lounge while sipping a drink and reveling in your daily adventures with fellow international guests from around the world.

Lodge on the Magellan Explorer

The goal of the expedition is to go far south to reach the Arctic Circle. The expedition team plans the specific itinerary based on the local, current, especially climatic conditions, which can change at any time, and uses the constantly changing possibilities provided by nature. Flexibility is the key to an unforgettable trip. Your dream trip includes visits to sites in the South Shetland Islands, the Antarctic Sound, the Gerlache and Penola Straits and the Crystal Sound. Each voyage is unique and designed to give you the best possible overview of the diverse Antarctic environment.

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Day 8: End of the air cruise
After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Punta Arenas and individual follow-up program that we would be happy to organize for you according to your wishes.

Important: The price of this dream trip depends on the type of cabin. If you are interested, Mr. Frobeen, as an expert, can give you information about the prices of the respective cabins (see deck plan below)!

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Magellan Explora Antarctica ship

Airplane in Antarctica

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Dining on the Magellan Explorer 


A slightly cheaper Antarctic ship is the Ocean Nova (price on request):

Ocean Nova Antaktis ship


 Ocean Nova interior view