Antarctic Expedition to Totality

Antarctic Total Solar Eclipse

Experience 44 seconds of awe-inspiring, total darkness while surrounded by the rugged peaks of the Ellsworth Mountains and the icy expanse of Union Glacier. In the early morning of December 4, 2021, the Moon will pass directly in front of the Sun, culminating in a total solar eclipse. This eclipse is the crown jewel for anyone seeking to stand in the Moon’s shadow on all seven continents.

Duration
12 Days
Activity Level
Price
$39,800
Upcoming Departures
Nov. 26, 2021

Overview

Witness totality in the most remote wilderness on Earth – deep in the heart of Antarctica. In the early morning of December 4, 2021, the Moon will pass directly in front of the Sun, culminating in a total solar eclipse. Union Glacier Camp lies in the path of totality, making it an ideal location to witness this celestial phenomenon.

Surrounded by the icy expanse of Union Glacier and the rugged peaks of the Ellsworth Mountains, experience 44 seconds of awe-inspiring total darkness when there would normally be 24-hour daylight.

One of the most exciting events we have ever hosted, we are thrilled to have partnered with the most qualified eclipse travel team in the business – TravelQuest International. Together we have been working over the past 3 years to design a breathtaking experience for this celestial phenomenon. Experiencing totality in Antarctica will serve as the crown jewel for anyone seeking to stand in the Moon’s shadow on all seven continents.

This unique opportunity – the only itinerary of its kind – will allow you to witness the eclipse in the interior of the Antarctic continent. Making a unique experience even more so, the eclipse will also travel East to West. This rare eclipse path is only possible in the polar regions.

During this celestial event, you’ll also have the chance to live on a glacier where the ice is almost 5,000 ft (1500 m) thick and explore all of the landscapes this unique environment has to offer. Our experienced guides will tailor daily excursions to suit your personal goals. You’ll have the opportunity to hike over waves of blue-ice, ski across frozen sastrugi, or tour the polar wilderness from the comfort of a heated Tucker Sno-Cat.

A polar eclipse of this kind will not be repeated until December 15, 2039, making this a rare experience that is not to be missed.

In partnership with TravelQuest International

For well over two decades, TravelQuest has planned and operated specialized travel adventures for discerning journeyers from all corners of the globe. Specializing in eclipse tours and astronomy-themed excursions, they are recognized as one of the world’s most successful astronomical tour companies.
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Weather

The interior of Antarctica has a cold, dry, windy climate. Average mid-season temperatures at our base camp range from -12°F to 30°F (-24°C to -1°C ). On a sunny windless day it can feel quite warm but, when the wind blows, you will be glad of warm layers and a wind jacket. Temperatures can drop as low as -22°F (-30°C) in early November.

Union Glacier Camp is located in the midst of a good-weather band and average cloud amounts at camp are typically less than half of cloud levels over the ocean. Surrounded on three sides by mountains, the flow of low- and mid-level clouds from the north, west, and south are typically blocked. This forms a small microclimate that likely improves the cloud-free prospects even more. We cannot, of course, guarantee clear skies on the day of the eclipse and there may be overcast or cloudy weather.


Activity Level

Easy

Easy trips offer comfortable adventure under normal polar conditions. They include gentle activities like scenic tours, short treks, talks and skills sessions. If you want more adventure, we can offer that too! You can participate at your own pace and to be as active or relaxed as you wish.

Moderate

Moderate trips offer adventure with a bit more challenge. They may include walking up to several miles/kilometres on uneven snow and ice; staying in remote field camps; extreme temperatures (–40°F / –40°C); activity at high altitudes (11,000ft / 3350m); or skydiving from 13,000 ft AGL (15,300 ft AMSL) .


Inclusions

What's Included
  • 5-night Punta Arenas, Chile package including accommodations, activities, transportation, and meals as noted in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers in Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Round trip flight to Antarctica from Punta Arenas
  • Meals and tented accommodation in Antarctica
  • Antarctic guides, astronomer, and lecturers
  • Celebration dinner and Certificate of Achievement
  • Checked luggage up to 55 lb (25 kg)
What's Not Included
  • Insurance coverage—personal, medical, evacuation, or otherwise
  • Commercial flights to and from Punta Arenas
  • Airport transfers outside of Punta Arenas
  • Meals and accommodation not stated in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages and drinks other than coffee, tea, and water in Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Additional flights within Antarctica
  • Personal equipment and clothing
  • Expenses incurred due to delays
  • Luggage over 55 lb (25 kg)
  • Satellite phone charges
  • Passport and visa fees, along with any required immunizations
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12 Days

Day 1: Arrival Punta Arenas, Chile

Day 2: Gear Review & Clothing Rental Pick-up

Day 3: Luggage Pick-Up & Briefing

Day 4: Fly to Antarctica

Day 5-9 Explore Union Glacier

December 4: Antarctic Solar Eclipse

Day 10: Return to Chile

Day 11: Buffer Day in Chile

Day 12: Transport to Airport & Fly Home

*Subject to change based on weather and flight conditions.

Trip Code UG Eclipse
To Antarctica Nov 26 2021
From Antarctica Dec 07 2021
Duration 12 Days
Cost $39,800
Availability Available
Pricing Note

We reserve the right to revise our prices in the event of significant changes in the price of aviation kerosene and aircraft charter rates.

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