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Yacht Experiences

A SKI AND SAIL ADVENTURE IN ANTARCTICA

Antarctica truly is the final frontier; on a ski and sail yacht expedition here, you will speed down pristine slopes, admire untouched wilderness and marvel at the abundant fauna and marine life of the Southern Continent. All the while, enjoy the unique connection to the elements that can only be found whilst sailing.

When to go:
December – February

Fly into Ushuaia on the southernmost tip of Argentina, where you will spend some time on the glaciers with your guide and expedition leaders, practicing glacier skills in the mountains. With maritime and sheep-breeding history, this gateway city into Antarctica will captivate you with its clean air and sophisticated European architecture.

Here you will board a private charter flight and admire the view from above as you pass over the Magellan Strait, Darwin Mountain Range, and the mythical Cape Horn arriving at King George Island where your yacht will be waiting. Once on board, marvel at your first glimpse of the white continent as you sail through iceberg dotted waters, keeping a keen eye out for some of Antarctica’s incredible wildlife, including whales, seals, and sea lions.

First Ascents and Descents

Begin your incredible skiing and sailing adventure on the mountains of Antarctica where you will find endless options for ski touring, including the potential for first ascents and descents as you discover uncharted territory. The diverse terrain ranges from mellow slopes to dramatic steeps, while some heavily glaciated ascents may even require crampons and an ice axe. Over the course of your trip you will explore Livingston Island and the Antarctic Peninsula. Accompanied by your Pelorus expert, hop aboard a helicopter to reach areas far inland for heli-assisted skiing.

Through utilising our network of industry leading contacts, Pelorus will plan excursions to scientific research stations, penguin rookeries and sea lion colonies in between skiing, hiking, and climbing. There will be plenty of opportunities to go ashore on your yacht’s tender to experience more of the abundant wildlife. Of seventeen penguin species worldwide, seven are found here in Antarctica. You will get the chance to visit colonies of various species, including Gentoo, Emperor, Adelie, and Chinstrap. Your expert Pelorus guide and naturalist will escort you ashore and instruct you in how to observe these creatures in a responsible manner. Take part in a Citizen Science project that will give you the chance to follow ‘your’ penguin, even once you are back at home, as it moves around the peninsula.

 

Peace and Tranquillity

Sailing in Antarctica offers true peace and tranquillity and is a more economical and eco-friendly way to experience this region from the water. This is due to a lower reliance on motoring, resulting in lower fuel consumption. Exploration by sailing yacht aims to ensure your environmental impact on this untouched landscape and native wildlife is kept to a minimum without sacrificing on comfort.