Immerse yourself in an Emperor penguin rookery where thousands of birds call, display and feed their young. A photographer's paradise.
Fly by ski aircraft to an Emperor penguin rookery on the remote, south coast of the Weddell Sea. Here we set up camp for our small group and spend several days totally immersed in the activity of the rookery. Photograph majestic Emperors against a spectacular backdrop of ice cliffs, pressure ridges and icebergs. Fall asleep to a chorus of trumpeting calls and wake to find curious penguins outside your tent.


Date Duration Rate
5 dec — 13 dec 2021 9 days $ 75 500


Route map


Day 1 Fly to Antarctica
Fly from Chile to Antarctica by private transport jet. Land on ice runway. Settle in at Union Glacier Camp.

Day 2 Acclimatize to Antarctica
Today is an easy day to acclimatize to Antarctic conditions. We will have an orientation to camp and life in Antarctica, review expedition logistics with our guide, and enjoy a presentation by our staff naturalist about coastal wildlife and wildlife viewing procedures.

Day 3 Fly to the rookery
After a leisurely breakfast we pack up and fly by ski aircraft to the remote south coast of the Weddell Sea. We land on multi-year sea ice near the Emperor rookery and our guides set up a cozy field camp beside the aircraft. The rest of the day is ours to explore and we have our first audience with the Emperors.

Days 4–8 Living with the Emperors
Experience the rhythms of the rookery at your own pace over the five days. Take guided walks with our naturalist or do your own thing. Meal times are flexible so you can photograph and explore when the lighting and mood are just right. Meals are prepared by our guides and include hot meals and portable snacks.
Watch adults display and feed their young. Listen to trumpeting and whistling calls as parents and chicks search for one another. If lucky, we'll photograph Weddell seals lazing by tide cracks. And at each step we'll marvel at the magnificence of where we are. Each night, fall asleep to the mingled calls of thousands of Emperors.
At the end of our last day we pack-up the aircraft and fly back to Union Glacier Camp, where we will enjoy a celebration dinner and share stories with other adventurers.

Day 9* Return to Punta Arenas, Chile
The aircraft from Punta Arenas will arrive with a new collection of avid explorers and you depart for the final leg of your Antarctic experience. Our ANI staff will meet you at Punta Arenas airport and transfer you to your hotel.

* Schedule
No two Antarctic experiences are exactly the same. This is part of the excitement and adventure of Antarctic travel. The itinerary above highlights typical activities and experiences. Exact timeline and details will vary from trip to trip. Trip length may vary by departure
Please anticipate delays and do not plan anything for at least a week after your scheduled return. Allow yourself to enjoy this unique experience without the stress of pending commitments.

Date Duration Rate
05 dec — 13 dec 2021 9 days $ 75 500


Experiences include:
• Transfers to and from Punta Arenas airport, Chile
• Briefing with refreshments in Punta Arenas one day prior to departure
• Round trip flights from Punta Arenas to Antarctica
• All flights within Antarctica as shown in your itinerary
• Meals and accommodation while in Antarctica
• Expedition Guide(s) (and naturalist or lecturer on some Experiences)
• Use of recreational equipment at Union Glacier Camp
• Official and personalised Certificate of Achievement
• A Baggage allowance of up to 55lbs (25kg) on Punta Arenas-Union Glacier flight
(Baggage allowance of up to 66lb (30kg) for Emperor Penguins, Emperors & Explorers, Ski South Pole Hercules Inlet, Messner and Footsteps of Amundsen Expeditions) 

SOME Experiences include:
• Group camping equipment (when travelling beyond Union Glacier Camp)
• Group climbing equipment (climbing expeditions)
• Sled, harness, ski pole pogies (all ski expeditions)
• Skis, ski skins, ski poles (Ski Last Degree)

Experiences DO NOT include:
• Commercial flights to and from Punta Arenas
• Flights within Antarctica, other than those shown in itinerary
• Meals and accommodation in Punta Arenas
• Airport transfers other than in Punta Arenas
• Personal equipment and clothing (polar clothing is available for rent for some Experiences)
• Expenses incurred in Punta Arenas due to delays
• Any excess baggage costs over confirmed baggage allowance
• Cost for the use of satellite phone whilst in Antarctica
• Insurance coverage – personal, medical, evacuation or otherwise