Ski Antarctica & Antarctic Sea Kayaking, 22 Days, Yacht Based Expedition

From: CHF 16'600

 

 

Ski Antarctica or Snowboard Antarctica on this yacht based expedition. Using a 60ft sailboat to explore the wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula. This is a tailor-made Antarctic expedition, specifically designed to provide a flexible, small group experience like no other.

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    All about the Ski Antarctica & Antarctic Sea Kayaking, 22 Days, Yacht Based Expedition.

    Overview

    • 24 Days

    • Skiing down the ocean at the end of every day

    • 20 days onboard an expedition sailboat, surrounded by stunning mountain scenery

    • Incredible wildlife interactions, whales, penguins and seals

    • Flexible Daily Plans

    • An Unforgettable Experience

     

    Why Do We Recommend It?

    It’s truly a unique opportunity to do the extraordinary. We’ve partnered with your expedition leader for several years and have full trust in their ability to lead you on this challenging journey.

     

    Is It Right for Me?

    Skiers should be of an advanced standard and have completed multiple ski tours to feel comfortable on this trip. You should be able to ski tour up about 1000 meters/3600 feet per day and be able to ski down black diamond runs comfortably. You should also have an adventurous spirit and recognize that the weather will influence greatly what we can and can’t do.

     

    Can I Go Anytime?

    Dates will be confirmed as soon as possible. We will try to schedule according to our small group and our sailing opportunities. Just get in touch with any enquiries and we’ll be happy to chat with you about what’s possible.

    Itsy Bitsy Details

    • Where: Argentina & Antarctica
    • Duration: 22 – 24 Days
    • Tour Starts: Ushuaia, Argentina
    • Tour Ends: Ushuaia, Argentina
    • Fly To: Ushuaia Airport, USH
    • Fly From: Ushuaia Airport, USH
    • Group Size: 6

     

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    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • 20 nights on the yacht
    • All meals while onboard
    • Kayaks, paddles, lifejackets, skirts, drysuits, and safety equipment
    • Dedicated ski guide
    • Experienced Skipper   
    • Antarctica permits
    • Beer and wine while on trip
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Flights
    • Airport transfers
    • Accommodation in Ushuaia
    • Meals while in Ushuaia
    • Travel insurance
    • Ski or avalanche equipment (can be rented)
    1. Meeting Day 0

      Meet in Ushuaia, go over gear, practice crevasse rescue techniques, and transceiver training.

      Accommodation and meals not provided.

    2. Day 1 Day 1

      Come aboard, stow your gear, take in the briefings, and we set off to sail down the spectacular mountain-lined Beagle Channel to the tiny Chilean Naval outpost of Puerto Williams. Here the yacht club bar in a sunken ship has fascinating memorabilia from many ‘larger than life’ southern ocean sailors who’ve called here in the past. Perhaps you’ll add your own!

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    3. Day 2 Day 2

      We make an early start for Cape Horn, sailing the length of the Beagle Channel, and subject to weather conditions, may land and visit the legendary Cape. An impressive monument stands mute testament to sailors through the ages, who have struggled rounding the notorious landmark.

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    4. Days 3 to 5 Days 3 to 5

      Depending on weather windows, we head out into the Drake Passage to commence our 550 nautical mile ocean passage, where landfall will be the snow, rock and ice of the Antarctic Peninsula. We are sailing the “furious fifties” with landfall in the “screaming sixties”, but thankfully the ‘state of the art’ weather systems aboard enable us to negotiate the deep lows the Drake Passage is legendary for. Often we are able to choose weather windows that provide a safe comfortable and fast passage across. You will find that with the routine of watches at sea, the time passes quickly.

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    5. Days 5 to 20 Days 5 to 20

      Our next days merge into each other as we cruise the relatively sheltered waters of the Antarctic Peninsula. This allows us to explore the wild and beautiful landscape and fascinating plethora of animal life. Each morning we’ll decide to go skiing or paddling, weather helps with this choice, during periods of sunny skies we’ll take to the slopes and if it’s overcast or snowing we’ll go for a paddle. 
Paradise Harbour, Lemaire Channel, Neumayer Channel, all offer dramatic scenery, but we will have the chance to cruise these and many other less visited places, in-depth. The chance to see this “Last Paradise” as part of a small and flexible group offers opportunities for adventures that are beyond the realms of travel by any other means. As an independent yacht, we are able to visit tiny coves and shallow anchorages where one can enjoy the magnificent solitude of one of the remotest places on earth while watching close-up the antics of the local inhabitants, curious leopard seals, playful humpback whales, or frenetically busy penguins. You are part of the landscape! – And we have the time and flexibility to stop and enjoy it. This is an expedition and you are a participant. As we sail through spectacular islands and straits you may take the helm or climb the mast to look for leads in the ice. Imagine yourself as one of the first visitors, early explorer or whaler, pushing into new territory, dwarfed by the awesome majesty of the landscape, and astonished by the amazing wealth of animal life.

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    6. Days 20 to 24 Days 20 to 24

      After a couple of exciting weeks cruising, exploring, skiing, and kayaking we begin to watch for a weather window to sail back across the Drake and make a sailor’s ‘Rounding of the Horn’.  Arriving back in Ushuaia on Day 24.

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    Ski Antarctica

    This Antarctica Ski & Antarctica Sea Kayaking adventure uses a 75ft Sailboat to explore the wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula. This is a tailor-made expedition, specifically designed to provide a flexible, small group experience like no other.

    Ski, kayak or sail the choice is ours. Picture yourself standing at the top of a mountain looking down into a bay filled with icebergs, you’re surrounded by glistening snow-capped peaks whose massive glaciers terminate into the turquoise ocean. The sound of these rumbling glaciers echoes through the bay and is mixed with the distant calls of a nearby Penguin colony.

    Antarctic Sea Kayaking

    Or kayaking past huge ice walls with Humpback and Minke whales surfacing close by, Leopard seals patrolling the beaches on the hunt for a young or injured penguin. At the end of each glorious day, we’ll return to the comforts of our floating home, where we’ll be greeted with a warm or cold beverage and the mouth-watering smells of the evening’s meal.

    Skiing is the main focus of this Antarctica Ski & Sea Kayaking expedition. Whenever the weather allows we will venture into the mountains, skiing as much as possible. Ski conditions in Antarctica can range from knee-deep powder to perfect corn and everything in between. There are numerous peaks we can summit. There are also a number of first ascents still to be claimed. A certified guide will accompany you on all Antarctica Ski & Antarctica Sea Kayak outings, crevasse rescue training and beacon training will take place in Ushuaia before boarding the yacht. Before each ski outing participants will be briefed on the objective and the hazards.

    Participants are required to have advanced ski skills and previous ski touring experience. Kayaking is incorporated into the program when the weather makes mountain travel difficult or dangerous. Kayaking is a fantastic way to explore the wonders of Antarctica. We’ll move through the water silently enjoying the incredible scenery and the abundant wildlife. Previous kayaking experience is not required but is recommended. All participants will be given a thorough kayak safety briefing and issued a drysuit.

    The Yacht

    The Spirit of Sydney 

    Antarctica boat based ski and kayak adventure

    The Spirit of Sydney is the perfect expedition yacht. She is a 60 foot, aluminum-hulled, fully rigged, motor sailor, registered as a commercial – Category 0 (zero – Unrestricted) vessel. She carries a comprehensive range of safety, operational and navigational equipment. A 130hp turbo diesel engine powers the vessel and she is equipped with 1 zodiac tender. She is an ocean greyhound with long clean lines and flared bow sections for surfing the big rollers of the southern ocean, offering an exhilarating experience.
    Spirit of Sydney offers a reasonable level of comfort with a heated insulated interior, antarctic specified water maker, and hot freshwater showers, however, the emphasis is on safety, adventure, and hands-on experience.
    The pleasant raised saloon with windows at eye level has a diesel drip heater in-set in the saloon table and offers a cozy social environment, while the aluminum and plexiglass ‘ bomber style’ dodger over the cockpit keeps the crew relatively warm and dry whilst on watch. The large sugar scoop or stern platform is an ideal platform for kayaking, diving, or just boarding the zodiac.
    Spirit has been meticulously maintained and refitted so that she has evolved on a yearly basis.

    Yacht Specs

    Yacht type – Bermuda Sloop
    Length – 18m or 60ft
    Breadth – 5m or 16ft
    Number of Guest Births – 9
    Number of Bathrooms – 1

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    • 20 nights on the yacht
    • All meals while onboard
    • Kayaks, paddles, lifejackets, skirts, drysuits, and safety equipment
    • Dedicated ski guide
    • Experienced Skipper   
    • Antarctica permits
    • Beer and wine while on trip
    • Flights
    • Airport transfers
    • Accommodation in Ushuaia
    • Meals while in Ushuaia
    • Travel insurance
    • Ski or avalanche equipment (can be rented)

    Activity Level: Challenging

    These trips are designed for fit, agile and active people who have adventurous and positive outlooks. Participation is the key to enjoyment. No sailing experience is required. All participants need to have a medical before departure as we are operating in a remote area, and its best for all concerned to have no surprises. All participants should have prior ski touring experience and be an intermediate to advanced skier. Previous paddling experience is not required but is advised.

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