14 Days Antarctica Challenge

Code: BZ1-14SQ
2019: 19/12
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During summer, the sunlight shines on the continent constantly, with no fall of darkness.
Fly direct to Antarctica, flying over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of Drake Passage- It saves up to 4 days of cruising. Enjoy the land of unsurpassed beauty and unlimited horizons; and visit to the scientists’ research stations that came from all parts of the world.

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Day 1: Singapore – Auckland

SIN/AKL                 SQ 285               2245/1340+1
Assemble at Changi International Airport for your flight to Auckland.

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Day 2: Auckland – Santiago (D)

AKL/SCL                 LA 800               1820/1325
Upon arrival at Santiago airport, check into the airport hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure.

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Day 3: Santiago – Punta Arenas (B)

SCL/PUQ                 LA293               1056/1421
After breakfast, proceed to the airport for your flight to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, check into hotel for rest. Punta Arenas is the city at the edge of the world where it is built on the shores of the Straits of Magellan.

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Day 4: Punta Arenas (B/D)

After breakfast, morning is free at leisure.In the afternoon, meet the Antarctica cruise guides for a briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for you visiting Antarctica. At night, you will gather for a welcome dinner together with your fellow adventurers and expedition mates, while enjoying the wonderful Magellan menu.

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Day 5: Punta Arenas–Antarctica King George Island (B/L/D)

Your Antarctica adventure begins with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. As you exit the airplane, the clear Antarctica air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel. From now on, all the 3 meals will be served on board cruise.

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Day 6-9: Cruise Expeditions (B/L/D)

Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along land of icy mountains, ice-filled fjords and between the spectacular icebergs. Enjoy the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. As the weather is unpredictable in Antarctica, the captain will ensure that the condition outside is favourable before allowing us to disembark. No Journey is the same as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time. Visit to some of the most magnificent spots in the white continent including Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, Paradise Bay – a wonderful place for viewing the wildlife animals such as the large chinstrap and gentoo penguins’ rookeries, southern fur seals etc.

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Day 10: King George Island–Punta Arenas (B)

Return to King George Island where you will disembark in Zodiac boats at the Frei Chilean Base and take your flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer back to the hotel for a good rest.

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Day 11: Punta Arenas (B)

The day is free at leisure. You may join optional tours and explore the city on your own. This day is meant to be free taken into consideration of any possible delay in Antarctica.

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Day 12: Punta Arenas– Santiago(B)

PUQ/SCL                 LA 284               1917/2242
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight to Santiago and check in for Auckland flight.

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Day 13: Santiago – Auckland

SCL/AKL                 LA 801               0110/0505+1
On board flight to Auckland.

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Day 14: Arrive Singapore

AKL/SIN                 SQ 286               1210/1900
Arrive in the early morning at Auckland and check in flight to Singapore.
Arrive in Singapore with fond memories of an awe-inspiring trip to Antarctica.

Tours Info

Geography Antarctica is the Earth’s southernmost continent which encapsulates the South Pole. Antarctica is situated over the South Pole, located at the latitude of 66°30′ south (the Antarctic Circle) and is surrounded by the Southern Ocean.

The land mass consist of about 98% thick continental ice sheets and 2% barren rock, with average thickness of 2,000 and 2500 meters. The thickest ice sheet can grow as thick as 4800 meters in winter. About 90% of the Earth’s fresh water resources are frozen in this area. But these resources cannot be utilized for agriculture due to the extreme condition of Antarctica. The mountain ranges to 5,000 meters. Ice-free coastal areas may include parts of southern Victoria Land, Wilkes Land, the Antarctic Peninsula area, and parts of Ross Island on McMurdo Sound. Glaciers and ice shelves can be found along the coastline.

The nearest land is the tip of South America which is 970km from the Antarctic Peninsula. The distance between Australia and Antarctica is around 3500km; South Africa 4000Km; and China 12000Km.

Weather Antarctica, on average, is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent. The average summer temperature is -25ºC. The average winter temperature is -40ºC. The warmest temperature ever recorded in Antarctica was 15ºC. The lowest temperature ever recorded in Antarctica was -89.8ºC, which was set on 24 August 1960 at Vostok.

As Antarctica is the driest continent in the world, it receives about 50mm of precipitation per year. Precipitation declines inland because of the increased altitude and distance from the sea. Towards the interior of the continent, the amount of precipitation is almost zero, and the air is extremely dry, almost no snowfall.

The average wind speed in Antarctica is about 17-18 meters per second. Along the coast, the wind speed can reach up to 40-50 meters per second.

Season Antarctica has six months of daylight and six months of darkness. The summer season is from November to March, while the winter season is from April to October. During the warm season, it has a warmer temperature and longer daylight that stretches to twenty hours a day.
Population No indigenous inhabitants are found here but there are 20 countries that have established more than 150 types of research stations in Antarctica. Some of these research stations work year round while most of them are shut down in winter. The year round researchers come from various countries such as China, Russia, Britain, the Netherlands, Argentina, Chile, France, Japan, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Korea.
Antarctica animals Due to the harsh climate, only a few species of the plants such as coral, algae and a few species of insects can be found. However, the surrounding area is abound with the marine life animals, including seabirds, seals, porpoise, penguins and whales etc. Antarctic krill are one of the most abundant and successful animal species on Earth. Scientists estimate there are about 500 million tonnes of Antarctic krill in the Southern Ocean.
Antarctica Penguins There are 20 species of penguins in the world and some of which are found as far north as the equator. Penguins are categorized into three families: brush-tail, crested, and king/emperor penguins. Out of the 20 species, only seven are found in Antarctica (Adélies, Chinstraps, Emperors, Gentoos, King, Macaronis, and Rockhoppers). Estimates of the total number of penguins are about 120 million.
Antarctica Seals There are 34 species of seals in the world, and only six types live in Antarctica: Antarctic Fur Seals, Crabeater Seals, Leopard Seals, Ross Seals, Southern Elephant Seals and Weddell Seals. However, these six species make up the majority of the world’s seal population.

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