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Adventure Associates Offers Chance To Sleep With Emperor Penguins

October 14, 2014 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

Adventure Associates has released three special trips to Antarctica, which include helicopter flights to the Emperor Penguin rookery at Snow Hill Island in the Weddell Sea; a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to fly to Union Glacier and camp out with Emperor Penguins; and a flight to the South Pole.

emporers“It was only a couple of years ago that a breeding colony of about 4000 pairs of Emperor Penguins was discovered just south of Snowhill Island,” says Adventure Associates director, Greg Mortimer. “It is one of only two such colonies on land in the Antarctic Peninsula region, making this a rare experience for Antarctic visitors.

“For those wishing to get even closer and spend time living with the regal Emperors, we also offer a camping trip to Union Glacier, the only facility of its kind in Antarctica, and which is only accessible by air. 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.

There is also the opportunity to fly to the South Pole, the holy grail of polar explorers,” he said.

The 11-day ‘Weddell Sea Emperor Penguin’ voyage on board the ice-strengthened, 116-passenger MV Ortelius, will spend three days visiting the rookeries by helicopter. Prices start from US$9040 pp (quad share) including meals, transfers, shore excursions, lectures by noted naturalists, taxes and port charges. Departures in November and December 2014 ex-Ushuaia, Argentina. In 2015 the price will increase to US$11,550 pp (quad share).

On the 9-day ‘Emperor Penguin Camping Tour’ guests will fly from Chile to Antarctica by private transport jet, landing on the ice runway and staying at Union Glacier Camp in the spectacular and remote southern Ellsworth Mountains. They will then travel by ski aircraft, landing on sea ice near the Emperor Penguin rookery, where guides will set up camp. Guests will experience the rhythms of the rookery over five days and fall asleep to the calls of thousands of Emperor Penguins and their newly hatched chicks. Prices start from US$41,900 pp including the round-trip flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica; meals and accommodation; guided trekking and climbing around the Union Glacier area; and a special celebration dinner and certificate after returning from the Emperor Penguin colony. There are two departures in November 2015.

The 9-day ‘Emperors & Explorers’ trip offers two extraordinary experiences in one action-packed adventure combining camping with the Emperor Penguins at Union Glacier, followed by a flight to the South Pole by ski aircraft. Prices start from US$68,500 pp.

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