Camping with Emperor Penguins - A Journey by Flight

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• Fly by specially equipped ski aircraft to the remote Weddell Sea coast and camp with the Emperors
• Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the Emperor colony as thousands of birds call, display, feed their young, and toboggan across the sea ice
• View and photograph penguins by the golden light of the midnight sun, against a spectacular backdrop of ice cliffs, pressure ridges, and icebergs

Fact File

• 8 land days
• Maximum 10 travelers
• Start and finish in Punta Arenas, Chile
• All meals included
• Included return flights to Union Glacier Camp and to the remote Weddell Sea coast
• Activity Level: 2


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.

Camping on-site offers the freedom to enjoy the wildlife spectacle at your own pace with the support of our experienced Antarctic guides and staff naturalist, who will make sure we do not disturb the rookery. This authentic safari offers more than just wildlife viewing. You will literally live with the Emperors and witness first-hand their amazing adaptation to the Antarctic environment.

Arrival in Punta Arenas
Please arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile two full days prior to your scheduled departure date for Antarctica. A representative will meet you at Punta Arenas airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Flight Preparations
This will be the trip of a lifetime and we want to ensure that you are well prepared to enjoy it to the fullest.

We will set a time to check your Antarctic clothing to ensure nothing has been inadvertently forgotten. You are re quired to attend an Antarctic briefing where we will explain environmental and safety procedures, departure logistics, and what to expect on your arrival in Antarctica. The briefing will be followed by refreshments and there will be time to ask any questions you may have and get to know your fellow travellers.

We will collect your checked baggage and load the aircraft one day prior to your scheduled departure—ready for an early start the following day.

This is not an ElderTreks operated tour. As such, participants on this tour are not exclusive ElderTreks clients and it may not adhere to ElderTreks' maximum size restrictions of our tours.

FROM: $41900



Comfort notes

Tented camping in Antarctica. Shared restroom facilities at main camp, sponge bathing only.

Itinerary - detailed itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Antarctica
Day 2: Acclimatize to Antarctica
Day 3: Fly to the rookery
Days 4 - 8: Living with the Emperors
Day 9: Return to Punta Arenas, Chile
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