Flights to Antarctica
It's one of the most remote places in the world, however, believe it or not, you can actually fly to Antarctica! Many people hoping to visit the White Continent opt for a cruise, but that's not the only way to get there! Travellers can take a flight or choose to fly and cruise, but what's the best option for you? Find out below!
A fly-in is a style of trip where you sail in one direction and fly the other. This option allows you to save time, but also experience the magic of sailing to Antarctica. The benefit of this mode of travel is that you have more tour options than with a fly and cruise, and the trips are less expensive as well.
Departure and arrival: One leg of your journey will involve flying, the other will involve sailing, and vice versa. Cruises depart and return to Ushuaia, while flights depart and return to Punta Arenas, Chile.
Itinerary can include: The Falkland Islands, South Georgia Islands, South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula and the Weddell Sea
Best for: Saving time without losing the cruising experience
Length of the tour: Normally between 8-22 days
Cost: Tours start from approximately $8,000 USD per person, but the price varies depending on the length of the tour
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How long is the flight?
The length of the flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica depends on where you are flying to. For example, flying to the Falkland Islands and King George Island only takes a couple of hours, but flying to the Union Glacier Camp takes four hours.
Will I see anything interesting during the flight?
This depends on where are you flying to. A majority of flights don't fly over the interior of Antarctica but to sub-Antarctic islands, so, for the most part, you will be flying over water.
How can I book the window seat?
Some operators allow travellers to book a window seat in advance for an additional cost of about $500 USD per person.
What happens if my flight is delayed?
You tour operator will keep you informed on the status of your flight. In case the delay is longer, you won't get extra time in Antartica or a refund, as the weather is unpredictable and this is part and parcel of travelling to Antarctica. However, if your delay is on the way back, travellers will enjoy more time in Antarctica at no extra cost!
What's the luggage allowance?
The luggage allowance is 15kg per passenger, and this includes handluggage!
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