Antarctica Fly South – Cruise North Tour

antarctica fly south cruise north tour

The Antarctica Fly south – Cruise North Tour is the ideal option for people with slightly less time on their hands but who still want to experience the infamous Drake crossing!

The tour is also perfect for people who want to not only experience the Drake Passage, but also want to view the spectacular landscape of Antarctica from above.

There is nothing quite like flying into the South Shetland Islands and viewing the White Continent from an aerial perspective. The views will give you a whole different perspective to the land and you’ll be able to appreciate the immensity and wild landscape in a way that cruise goers cannot.

After landing your adventure begins in earnest as you are given a chance to explore King George Island before taking a zodiac to your cruise ship. The next few days will be some of the most unforgettable you will ever experience.

Your operator will take you down the Antarctic Peninsula, stopping at some of the main points of interest and allowing you to explore some of the most wildlife-rich beaches and harbours. You will also take daily zodiac trips in which you visit some of the harder to reach places and go in search of whales and lounging seals.

After exploring the peninsula in depth and receiving numerous fascinating lectures on the surrounding environment, your cruise ship will begin its journey back to port in Ushuaia. Here you will experience the notorious Drake crossing first hand!

Pray for calm weather as the crossing is often very rough and sleeping can sometimes prove a little tricky. Keep your eyes peeled for seabirds and whales and take in the last bouts of fresh sea air before arriving at your final destination.

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Antarctica Fly South – Cruise North Tour

Route Map

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Route Itinerary

Please remember here that the itinerary provided below is simply an example and that all operators offer slightly varying packages. Also note that weather plays a major part on your cruise and some destinations/ports/harbors may be changed along the route depending on sea conditions.

​DAY 1: ARRIVE IN PUNTA ARENAS

​DAY 2: EMBARKATION DAY

​DAY 3-6: SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS AND ANTARCTICA PENINSULA

​DAY 7-8: CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE

​DAY 9: DISEMBARKATION IN USHUAIA – OVERNIGHT STAY

​DAY 10: DEPART USHUAIA

Trip Variations

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Antarctica Cruise South – Fly North Tour

Almost identical to the standard itinerary, this cruise simply allows you to fly back to Punta Arenas instead of flying out. This option is often not as popular though as the Drake Crossing is far easier once you have achieved your sea legs!

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Ships that sail the ​Antarctica Fly South – Cruise North Tour Itinerary

Polar Pioneer

One of the smallest ships in the region, the Polar Pioneer research vessel can carry up to 56 passengers. This doesn’t stop the little ship from packing a punch though and facilities include a lounge, dining room, bar, library, sauna and lecture room.

Its small size allows it to make landings where other ships cannot which is often more important than luxury!

Sea Adventurer

The Sea Adventurer carries 132 passengers and was purpose built for Polar cruises. This fact can be seen everywhere – the cabins are all window facing and the large lounge, dining room and library are all totally lined in glass so you never miss a single view point! 

Food is to die for and the staff are extremely friendly. Deck space is considerable and there are several zodiacs for frequent shore landings.

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