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Polar Circle Air Cruise | Ocean Nova

10 Days
From USD 18,495

Trip Code: ACTSAAC

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (light adventure)

Start: Punta Arenas, Chile

Finish: Punta Arenas, Chile

SHIP: Ocean Nova



DestinationDeparture Date

01/01/2024, 16/02/2024, 01/01/2025, 16/02/2025



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Pack your camera for a jaw dropping view over Antarctica. Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage. This 10 day tour takes you to one of the most spectacular and remotest places on earth - Antarctica. Sail to the far south, and be
one of the few adventurous travelers to cross the Antarctic Circle.

This Itinerary is also available on the Magellan Explorer. Enquire for specific departures. 


Start off the Air-Cruise

The staff welcomes you in Punta Arenas, Chile. Transfer to your hotel and attend a briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. A welcome dinner introduces you to the local gastronomy as you meet fellow adventurers from around the world.

Scheduled Flight to Antarctica

A smooth two-hour flight takes you efficiently from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. Your Antarctic adventure begins as you exit the airplane and the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.

Exploring Antarctica - Days 3 to 8

Sail along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Visit the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, disembarking by Zodiac each day. In small groups, hike to extraordinary sites and take part in exploratory Zodiac excursions to otherwise inaccessible areas. Expert polar guides share their passion for Antarctica through an engaging program of illustrated presentations, and lead you ashore to interpret the wildlife, the history and the many wonders of the Antarctic environment. From the glassenclosed lounge, enjoy spectacular views while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests over a drink. The goal of the expedition is to sail far south in the attempt of reaching the Polar Circle. The Expedition Team sets the specific voyage route based on local conditions, and takes advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature. Flexibility will be the key to a successful voyage.
Your expedition may include visits to sites such as Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Prospect Point or other magnificent places. Each voyage is unique and each is crafted to provide the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.

Scheduled return flight from Antarctica

Back at King George Island, bid farewell to Antarctica as you board the flight to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program).

End of the Air-Cruise

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

Ocean Nova

Ocean Nova

The M/V Ocean Nova is a modern, comfortable vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland, and her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited to expedition travel in Antarctica. The M/V Ocean Nova has the capacity for 67 passengers accommodated in comfortable outside cabins, all with exterior views and private en-suite facilities. In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, on board facilities include a spacious dining room, a bar, a library, a polar boutique, an exercise room and an infirmary with doctor. The ship carries Zodiacs that are well suited for shore transfers and for exploring the icy waters of the Antarctica, looking for wildlife.

Why we like it: Modern, small and comfortable. Fewer passengers means that you get to know everyone on board by name, making great friendships with fellow passengers and the crew - you’ll be sad to say goodbye to Antarctica and your new mates! The cabins are huge, and a smaller ship means you’ll have shorter ship-to-shore excursions – which is a bonus on cooler days! Head out onto the bridge and hang with the captain, he’s been with the ship a long time, and knows it capabilities inside out - you’re in very safe hands!

Ice Class: Length: 73 metres
Breadth: 11 metresMax
Draft: Cruising
Speed: 12 knots
Electricity: N/A Passenger

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We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.


Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.


Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.


Luxurious properties with impeccable facilities and service.


Optional Activities vary for each itinerary. Limited spaces available. Contact your Destination Specialist for pricing & availability.


Experience the unforgettable thrill and serenity of kayaking in Antarctica as part of a small, expertly guided paddling group.

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Pricing per person & date

Polar Circle Air Cruise | Ocean Nova from USD 18,495
Departing Ending Duration
01 Jan 2024 10 Jan 2024 10
16 Feb 2024 25 Feb 2024 10
01 Jan 1970 10 Jan 1970 10
16 Feb 2025 25 Feb 2025 10

Important Information

  • Flights Punta Arenas - King George Island - Punta Arenas 
    Two night accommodation in Punta Arenas
    On-board accommodation 
    All meals on-board
    All shore excursions and zodiac landings (as mentioned on itinerary) 
    Lectures and on-board entertainment
    Complimentary use of rubber boots during voyage 
    Transfers to/from hotel as mentioned in itinerary
    Comprehensive pre and post departure information 


    Airfares to/from embarkation city
    Visa fees (if applicable) 
    Travel/medical insurance 
    Personal expenses (such as laundry and telecommunications) 
    Arrival/departure taxes (if applicable) 

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request.

  • Please note that itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions.

  • Season and availability.