Aurora Expeditions is expanding its portfolio of Antarctic activities for the 2017/18 season with the introduction of ski touring and snowshoeing across the pristine landscapes of the White Continent.
Fuelled by a passion for thrilling new wilderness experiences, these unique skiing and snowshoeing activities will take intrepid travellers to sights of unimaginable beauty in the most exhilarating way possible.
Antarctic Ski Touring will offer the experienced and the bold an incredible opportunity to ski near-virgin glacial slopes, traverse remote areas to iceberg-studded bays rarely seen by human eyes, gaze at penguin rookeries and breaching whales in hard to access locations, or even follow in Shackleton’s footsteps across South Georgia. Snow conditions are unpredictable while terrain varies from gentle slopes to crevassed glaciers and alpine bowls, often including areas where no man or woman has ever skied before.
Travelling in small groups with highly experienced mountain ski guides, expeditioners will learn lifelong mountaineering and ski touring skills such as ice axe and crampon use, roped glacier travel, avalanche procedures and emergency shelter construction. Antarctic ski touring is undoubtedly challenging, but for those with appropriate experience, it’s also an adrenaline-pumping high for those with a lionhearted spirit of adventure.
A gentler option physically, but no less rewarding in terms of the experience or the awe-inspiring sights on offer, is the ancient, practical and simple sport of Snowshoeing. The most efficient way to travel across the snow, it’s straightforward to learn and far easier than walking in boots. After just half-an-hour’s training by Aurora Expedition’s expert guides some of the most pristine and uplifting scenery on the globe comes within easy reach. Expeditions to spectacular vantage points last for up to three hours, so a reasonable level of fitness is necessary and, as with ski touring, the aim is for six excursions or more per voyage, depending on weather and landing sites.
The two new activities are available on selected 2017/18 itineraries, including the In-depth South Georgia & Antarctica and Spirit of Antarctica expeditions departing 27 November 2017 and 16 December 2017, respectively. Expedition fares starts from US$8900 per person, with ski touring starting from an additional US$900 per person and snowshoeing from an additional US$250 per person.
To celebrate the launch of these two new activities, Aurora Expeditions has also released its brand-new Active Antarctica Guide, featuring detailed information on the entire range of optional Antarctic activities such as polar snorkelling and diving, sea kayaking, camping and mountaineering.