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Fly to Antarctica, Skip the Drake Passage

Tour Operator | David Cogswell | May 18, 2015

Fly to Antarctica, Skip the Drake Passage


Photo by David Cogswell

Those who have held back on traveling to Antarctica for fear of crossing the Drake Passage have an alternative with a fly-cruise package from Adventures Within Reach.

Most Antarctic expeditions sail from Ushuaia, Argentina, at the southern tip of South America, and cross the 600-mile wide Drake Passage toward the Antarctic Peninsula.

At the meeting point where the frigid waters of the Antarctic Sea collide with the warmer waters the Atlantic Ocean, the Drake is known to be one of the most turbulent oceans in the world. It can also be quite still and calm. No one can predict what they will encounter on the Drake.

Most Antarctic trips will spend two days on the Drake on the way to Antarctica and two days more on the way back.

Adventures Within Reach is offering a seven-day Antarctic Fly-Cruise that switches the sea passage on the Drake to an air passage. Passengers fly from the Chilean mainland on a 90-seat BAE 146 aircraft to the Frei Station on King George’s Island just north of the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Once in Antarctica, passengers will board either the 68-passenger Ocean Nova or the 71-passenger all-suite Sea Explorer, and the voyage continues much like other Antarctic cruise expeditions, exploring different areas with landings via inflated zodiac boats.

The air-cruise expeditions have been operated for 12 years, with only one trip canceled because of weather.

If you want to sign on for the trip it will cost you $5 short of $10,000. For information email or call 303-500-5047.

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