Air Tours to Antarctica
By Viator, April 2013
Unlike a standard trip to Antarctica, passengers on this style of trip fly directly from Punta Arenas to Antarctica. Frei Station and the adjacent landing strip are located on the South Shetland Islands and accommodate more than 200 flights a year. After landing, passengers are ferried to their expedition-style cruise ship for a 4-5 day tour of Antarctica. Itineraries vary based on many factors including weather and time of year, but most guarantee plenty of wildlife sightings and a lot of time on the ground exploring the peninsula and nearby islands firsthand.
Following the conclusion of the tour, guests fly back to Punta Arenas via Frei Station. The great advantage of taking a fly-cruise is the time saved by not crossing the Drake Passage as well as avoiding the nausea -nducing swells for which the Passage is so very well known.