Antarctica 2021

In November/December 2021 we are partnering with Ski Antarctica to provide an unforgettable trip of a lifetime to Antarctica by sailboat. Our trip takes place late in the Austral Spring, which means abundant around the clock light. The skiing, sea kayaking and photography opportunities are unparalleled.

This is a high-end trip using the Icebird, a 60’6″ single-masted yacht, around the Antarctic peninsula.

Staff/crew

The Icebird is owned and captained by Cath Hew, who has been operating Antarctic sailing expeditions since 2003.

The Expedition Leader is Phil Wickens who has made more than 20 sailing yacht trips to the peninsula as well as 30 first ascents and ski descents of previously unclimbed Antarctic mountains.

The Mountain Guide is Tom Wolfe (UIAGM/IFMGA). Tom met Phil in the Arctic, doing ski and sail trips around Svalbard.

Overview

Dates: November 26 to December 21, 2021
Cost
: $23,000 USD per person ($29,900 CAD)
Guests: 6 total
Sailing vessel: Icebird (see below for specifications)
Access: Sailing over the Drake Passage from Ushuaia, Argentina and flying back to Punta Arenas, Chile via charter airplane from King George Island.

Itinerary

November 26: Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina
November 27-28:
Day trips, guided ski touring around Ushuaia, glacier and sea kayak practice (optional; you can come as late as November 28 if necessary)
November
29-Dec 2: Sail the Drake passage to Antarctic Peninsula
Dec 3-20:
Explore the Antarctic peninsula by sail, ski and sea kayak
Dec 21:
Fly back to Punta Arenas, Chile for connections home

Included in trip fee: 22 days on board the Icebird including multi-course meals and beverages (including beer and wine); Icebird crew (skipper, expedition leader, IFMGA mountain guide); airfare from Antarctica back to Argentina; use of sea kayaks

Not included in trip fee: your own personal equipment, gratuities for the skipper and guiding staff; hotel and meals in Argentina; airfare to Argentina

Icebird Technical Specifications

Length: 18.43 metres / 60’6”
Breadth: 5.1 metres / 16’6”
Draught: 1.9 metres to 3,4 metres
Speed: 14 knots
Cruise speed: 9 knots
Passengers: 9 berths in 4 cabins, 2 bathrooms
Zodiac & RIBs: 3.7m rigid hull inflatable
Electrical Outlets: 240V and 110V
Classification: Small Commercial Vessel CAT-0
Bow Thrust: Yes
Ship Region: Antarctica

Antarctica on the Icebird Photo Album

Photos courtesy of Phil Wickens (Antarctica Expedition Leader) used by permission.