Charting a private jet to Antarctica is only the beginning of an unforgettable journey. These are remote stops, where tourism only started in the mid-1950s and the first touristic expedition in 1966. Currently, there are over 65 ships authorized to visit the frozen Continent, and some allow landings.
Over 40,000 people visit Antarctica yearly, even though the majority stick to a coastline tour. Heading towards the South Pole is a unique experience, though, with small expeditions across sub-Antarctic locations.
You can visit scientific stations and marvel at the wildlife. Naturally, there is plenty of hiking on the way, kayaking, and even scuba-diving. A small number of visitors can even step foot on BAS stations – British Antarctic Survey – during the Summer and have a guided tour across its facilities. These are extremely limited in availability, so it’s best to plan ahead.
Still on the subject of wildlife, there is plenty to see here, with some special mentions:
- Emperor Penguins
- Macaroni Penguins
- King Penguins
- Blue Whales
- Humpback Whales
- Sperm Whales
- Leopard Seals
- Antarctic Fur Seals
- Sea Elephants
- Hundreds of species of Fish, Crabs, Corals and many more
Those who fly to Antarctica by private jet are, therefore, not heading to the middle of nowhere. Antarctica is a living, breathing Continent that is as much part of life on Earth as some of its rainforests and vast Oceans.
Above all, it provides unique insight into the extremes of our planet and the impact of climate change, biodiversity, and the role of humanity in the protection of the Oceans. Those who have visited these frozen stops returned with a new sense of urgency and importance towards the balance of ecosystems.