UNIQUE Flying expeditions and adventures in Antarctica


Contents


OUR BEECHCRAFT "KING AIR" PLANE


MAP SHOWING FREI BASE ON KING GEORGE ISLAND

OUR DOUBLE WALLED REFUGE

SATELLITE MAP

OUR CESSNA JET TO ANTARCTICA



Antarctic flights

The season is open longer
& The voyage is fast!


when you go by plane!

There is no other place in the world as
amazing as the Antarctic. This is a continent
almost completely submerged by ice, which not
only conceals its topography, but has also
influenced its evolution.

Covering an area of around 7.000.000 km the
Antarctica is the second smallest continent
after Australia. However, its mountains cover
such a significant area that it makes it the
highest, in average, of the seven continents.
It is also the windiest, coldest and less
populated of the planet.

The ice sheet covering almost the entire
Antarctica represents the largest fresh water
reserve in the world, containing around 90%
of the world´s ice and 68% of its water. But
precipitations in the Antarctic are very low.
The annual rainfall is only 5 cm average; if
we considered this fact this would be the
world's largest desert.

Geographically, the continent itself and its
adjacent islands form the Antarctic.
According to the Antarctic Treaty signed in
1959, the Antarctica jurisdiction applies to
the region between the parallel of latitude
60 and the South Pole.


The search for the Antarctic was one of the
last great adventures during exploration
times. It is an epic story dating from
centuries ago, since the Terra Incognita
(Unknown Earth) of the old explorers, all the
way to the first sightings of the continent
in 1820.

This continent was first discovered by whale
hunters, in search of wealth; and later by
the great explorers of the glorious and
heroic era: Ernest Shackleton, Douglas
Mawson, Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott
amongst others.

If you wish to know more about it, visit our
Isla Rey Jorge programs.

Our plane landing in Antarctica


Here is what a Dentist from the U.S. said about his Expedition
to Antarctica by air with 3 fellow dentists on February 17, 2001 :

Hey Capt Ben:

It was the greatest!
The folks at the air line could not have been
nicer (especially Catalina) and the trip was terrific.

Our guide was Alejo Staeding and everything was perfect.
Great accommodations, good weather and food.
I can't say enough about this trip of a lifetime!

Also, we rented a truck and had thought about driving down
to the Puerto Williams area to visit you but, we had to stop in
Rio Grande because of time.

The Chilean people and the area around Punta Arenas were the best.

Many thanks!!

Rocklin Alling
and the Trashmen
(name of our travel club!)







EXPEDITION TO ISLAND KING JORGE - BASE FREI -
ANTARCTIC PENINSULA CHILE PROGRAM
The Antarctic expedition begins the day
previous to our trip. Through a specialized
debriefing we indicate the characteristics of
the flight, the places to visit, the
recommendations and care of the nature
environment and the necessary steps to
consider for protecting this ecosystem. Our
mission is to enjoy nature without causing
any damage.


We board our Beechcraft King Air airplane or
Cessna Jet early in the morning. We will
verify the weather conditions and if all this
well will leave in a Southerly direction
towards our destination. During our flight we
will cross the Strait of Magellan and
continue over Tierra Del Fuego Island, the
Darwin Mountain range and it's glaciers. The
landscape will be only of islands until
arriving at Cape Horn and the last rocks of
the American Continent. On the horizon the
Sea of Drake will be waiting for us, in which
the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans unite. In
route to the Frei Base airport, we already
anticipate Antarctica with emotion. These
feelings are probably contrary to what Scott,
Palmer, Shackleton, and other previous
expedition leaders would have felt during
several days sailing the Sea of Drake with
all it's fury. The first sailor to disembark
on the Island Rey Jorge in the year 1819, was
the English marine William Smith.

After a total of 4 hours of flight, we
finally arrive at the air base, where we will
visit the facilities of Villa Las Estrellas,
the wild fauna reserves, the glaciers and
other attractions the place has to offer.
During the trip, the services include free
bar and full meal service in accordance with
the characteristics of the place.

The fauna which feeds in the rich waters of
the Antarctic ocean is composed of Blue
Whales, Orcas or killer whales, sea
Elephants, Weddell Seals, Antarctic seals and
penguins. The well-known Adelia Penguins are
the main species, but one sees also the Papua
Penguin and the Antarctic Penguin. The great
diversity and the unique climate contrast
with the facilities of scientific bases in
the area of the Village of the Stars, the
first place with a civilian population. Our
destination, the Frei Base was founded in
1980. Tenente Rodolfo Marsh airfield along
with the Meteorological Center which
President Frei founded in 1969 constitute one
of three meteorological stations for sailing
in Antarctica.

The landscape, the fauna and marine life are
big attractions for tourism to Antarctica,
because it is one of the few places in the
world not yet spoiled by man and constitutes
a reservation for humanity. It is for this
reason that we have offered this as a project
of tourist expeditions to the Chilean
organism on the National Commission of the
environment. This was analyzed according to
the strict norms of preservation of the
environment and was completely approved. You
are part of this effort.

Once our airplane has landed on the Island,
we unpack and move to our accommodations.

As our expedition visits the Antarctic
Peninsula we are aware not to step on the
vegetation and protecting the wild fauna. Our
consideration of nature will be a legacy for
future generations.

EXPEDITION TO ISLA REY JORGE
FREI BASE-ANTARCTIC PENINSULA-CHILE

Our expedition begins the day prior to our journey, on which a specialized debriefing session is held to give us the indications regarding the flight characteristics, the place we will be visiting, the recommendations for the care of the environment, and other necessary steps to be taken in order to preserve this ecosystem. Our mission is to enjoy nature without causing any damage to it.

On the day of the departure, early in the morning, the Captain of the Aircraft will inform us of the meteorological conditions and if everything is all right we shall take off heading south towards our destination.

During our flight we will be crossing over the Strait of Magellan, over flying Tierra del Fuego Island, the Darwin Cordillera (Mountain Range) and its glaciers; only islands will compose our scenery until we reach Cabo de Hornos(Cape Horn), last rocky formations of the American Continent. On the horizon Drake's Sea awaits for us, sea in which the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans blend. On route towards the Frei Base Airport, at which we will arrive at approximately three hours and fourty minutes; we prepare ourselves for our exciting arrival to Antarctica, which will be in such a short time compared to the many days Scott, Palmer, Shackleton and other explorers had to endure due to the treacherous Sea of Drake.

The first explorer to disembark on the Rey Jorge Island, back in the year 1819,was an English sailor called William Smith.

Baleen Whales, Orcas or Killer Whales, Sea Lions, Weddell Seals, Antarctic Seals and penguins compose the fauna, which feeds on the Antarctic's rich waters. The famous Adelie Penguins are the main species but you will also see the Papua and Antarctic Penguins. The harshness and variability of the weather makes an amazing contrast with the facilities of the scientific stations and most of all with Villa Las Estrellas, first site to be inhabited by civilians.
Our destination: Base Frei, which together with the Presidente Frei Meteorological Center, inaugurated in 1969, constitutes one of the three main meteorological and navigational stations of Antarctica.


The scenery, fauna and marine life are the main attractions for the tourists; this place is one of the few in the world that has remained untouched by men, which is why it constitutes one of Mankind's most important Biosphere Reserve. We had to comply with the strict rules and regulations of Environmental Preservation by submitting this expedition project for an evaluation by the Comision Nacional del Medio Ambiente (National Environmental Commission), resulting in its approval. You are a part of that effort.





One Day Program


FREI BASE


Once we have landed, our guide will instruct us on the characteristics of the place to later carry out our program of activities.

1.- We will visit Villa Las Estrellas, with it's facilities and Meteorological Center.

2.-We will visit the Sea Lion Colony located in the Drake Sea, in a hike across the runway and towards the beach.

3.- Lunch and/or snack depending on the place and time of arrival.

4.- If conditions are favourable we will head towards the Chinese Base to observe the path of Marine Birds, Penguins and Weddell Seals. We will try to coordinate this visit with the low tide in order to walk across the beach to Ardley Island, where Papua Penguin Colonies live.

5.-After marveling ourselves with such sights, we will have a snack and we will prepare ourselves for our return to Punta Arenas.

6.- The duration of our visit in the base lasts 5 hours approximately.

As members of an expedition, during our visit to the Antarctic Peninsula we shall make it our duty not to step on vegetation and protect the wild fauna.
Our homage to nature will be our legacy to future generations.




SUGGESTED LIST OF EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING

CLOTHING FOR THE ANTARCTIC

Trekking shoes suitable for walking in snow
Two pairs of thin socks
Two pairs of thick socks
Two long underpants made of warm wool or Polypropylene
A pair of warm wool or pile pants
A windproof gove tex pair of pants
Two undershirts made of warm wool or Polypropylene
Two thick undershirts
One long winter parka made of Gore Tex
A pair of thin gloves made of warm wool
One pair of thick ski type gloves or mittens
A scarf, snood or cowl
Ear muffs
Ski hat
Sunglasses
A pair of ski glasses

ACCESSORIES

First-Aid kit, including prescribed medicine
Sun block lotion
Lip balm
Toiletry kits
Camera or video camera
Batteries
Films
Binoculars
Journal
Optional: ski poles

Note: suggested list for a night

EXPEDITION MENU

During the flight: hot chocolate, tea, coffee, soft drinks, mineral water, sandwiches, return flight we will also be serving wine or whisky.
During the hike: hot chocolate, tea, coffee, soft drinks, mineral water, sandwiches, and biscuits.



Two Day Program

EXPEDITION TO ISLA REY JORGE
FREI BASE-ANTARCTIC PENINSULA-CHILE

TWO DAYS-ONE NIGHT PROGRAM

Our expedition begins the day prior to our journey, on which a specialized debriefing session is held to give us the indications regarding the flight characteristics, the place we will be visiting, the recommendations for the care of the environment, and other necessary steps to be taken in order to preserve this ecosystem. Our mission is to enjoy nature without causing any damage to it.

On the day of the departure, early in the morning, the Captain of the Aircraft will inform us of the meteorological conditions and if everything is all right we shall take off heading south towards our destination.

During our flight we will be crossing over the Strait of Magellan, over flying Tierra del Fuego Island, the Darwin Cordillera (Mountain Range) and its glaciers; only islands will compose our scenery until we reach Cabo de Hornos (Cape Horn), last rocky formations of the American Continent. On the horizon Drake's Sea awaits for us, sea in which the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans blend. On route towards the Frei Base Airport, at which we will arrive at approximately three hours and fourty minutes; we prepare ourselves for our exciting arrival to Antarctica, which will be in such a short time compared to the many days Scott, Palmer, Shackleton and other explorers had to endure due to the treacherous Sea of Drake.

The first explorer to disembark on the Rey Jorge Island, back in the year 1819, was an English sailor called William Smith.

Baleen Whales, Orcas or Killer Whales, Sea Lions, Weddell Seals, Antarctic Seals and penguins compose the fauna, which feeds on the Antarctic's rich waters. The famous Adelie Penguins are the main species but you will also see the Papua and Antarctic Penguins. The harshness and variability of the weather makes an amazing contrast with the facilities of the scientific stations and most of all with Villa Las Estrellas, first site to be inhabited by civilians.
Our destination: Base Frei, established in 1980 under the name of Teniente Rodolfo Marsh, which together with the Presidente Frei Meteorological Center, inaugurated in 1969, constitutes one of the three main meteorological and navigational stations of Antarctica.



The scenery, fauna and marine life are the main attractions for the tourists; this place is one of the few in the world that has remained untouched by men, which is why it constitutes one of Mankind's most important Biosphere Reserves. we had to comply with the strict rules and regulations of Environmental Preservation by submitting this expedition project for an evaluation by the Comision Nacional del Medio Ambiente (National Environmental Commission), resulting in its approval. You are a part of that effort.

On the Island and once our plane has landed, we will unpack and move on to our new accommodations.


FREI BASE CAMP

Once we are settled in our shelters, scientists from the Chilean Antarctic Institute will instruct us on the characteristics of the place to later carry out our program of activities.

1.- We will visit Villa Las Estrellas, with it's facilities and Meteorological Center.

2.-We will visit the Sea Lion Colony located in the Drake Sea, in a hike across the runway and towards the beach.

3.- Lunch and/or snack depending on the place and time of arrival.

4.- A walk to the Chinese Base to observe the path of Marine Birds, Penguins and Weddell Seals. We will try to coordinate this visit with the low tide in order to walk across the beach to Ardley Island, where Papua


Penguin Colonies.

5.-After marveling ourselves with such sights, we will take a well deserved rest in our shelters, with the blue sky for a background and a sun that takes many hours to set.

6.- On the following day we will visit the many scientific stations and spend time with their investigators.

7.- During the day we have some time left to visit places of special attractive and prepare our return to Punta Arenas.
End of our services

As members of an expedition, during our visit to the Antarctic Peninsula we shall make it our duty not to step on vegetation and protect the wild fauna. Our homage to nature will be our legacy to future generations.


Note: food and beverage included.




Note:

The departures programmed can be delayed or
canceled, because of weather conditions
without any responsibility by the charter
company.




A map of the Antarctic Peninsula

This shows our destination at the Presidente Frei base in Antarctica.
Our landing will be at the Chilean Navy base airfield Tenente March,
Presidente Eduardo Frei research station
at 62 deg;12''S, 58 deg; 55'W. This is on Isla Rey Jorge.

President Frei base and Prince George Island are close to Elephant Island
(see Map above)


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The Antarctic double walled refuge that is
used on the expedition holds 8 persons.

These are very warm and have given excellent results.
Other facilities including kitchen and bathrooms in background.


Some other bases on Rey Jorge Island are:

Name Period Coordinates Location Country

JUBANY ANUAL 62 deg;14' S 58 deg;40' W ISLA REY JORGE Brasil

COMANDANTE FERRAZ ANUAL 62 deg;05' S 58 deg;24' W ISLA REY JORGE China

LA GRAN MURALLA ANUAL 62 deg;13' S 58 deg;58' W ISLA REY JORGE Corea

KING SEJONG ANUAL 62 deg;13' S 58 deg;47'W ISLA REY JORGE Perú

MACHU PICCHU SUMMER 62 deg;05' S 58 deg;29'W ISLA REY JORGE Polonia

HENRY ARCTOWSKI ANUAL 62 deg;09' S 58 deg;28' W ISLA REY JORGE Russia

BELLINGSHAUSEN ANUAL 62 deg;12' S 58 deg;58' W ISLA REY JORGE Uruguay

GENERAL ARTIGAS ANUAL 62 deg;11' S 58 deg;51' W ISLA REY JORGE





Satellite Map showing proximity of Cape Horn and
Punta Arenas to the Antarctic Peninsula.


Cape Horn is at the point of the arrow
and King Geoge Island is to the right of the arrow.

Punta Arenas is only 200 miles North of Cape
Horn and 800 miles from King George Island




BEECHCRAFT - KING AIR

9 Passengers MAXIMUM, 7 MINIMUM
Equipped for instrument flight operations
and meet the standards for commercial
passenger service under strict Chilean
Aeronautical air carrier regulations.


Taking off in Antarcica




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Also available for Antarctica is a
Cessna Citation Executive Jet

Model C 550 S/II Executive and pressurized.Cruising altitude: 39,000 feet
Máximum ceiling: 43,000 feet Autonomy: 5 hrs Speed: 780 km./hr.
Capacity: 7 passengers. Toilette, air conditioning, music, phones and snack bar.

Get to Antarctica in about an hour in style!

Rates are available upon request.


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Antarctic expeditioners ready for their adventure

Clients' Testimonies for this unique trip


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