The Fly/Sail Experience
Aurora Expeditions’ Antarctic ‘Fly/Sail Experience’ offers you more time in Antarctica and South Georgia, and less time getting there. We have swapped one sea leg for a short two-hour flight, appealing to those who’d prefer just one Drake Passage crossing.
Depending on the voyage you pick, take a flight in from Punta Arenas in Chile, or fly out from Falklands’ capital, Stanley, or King George Island, right at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.
On our classic Antarctic Peninsula and Across the Antarctic Circle voyages you’ll fly in or out of King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland islands. On arrival to King George island, you will transfer by foot to Fildes Bay where you will take your first Zodiac cruise to the ship to settle in. From here your voyage commences, and weather and time permitting, we start to explore the surrounding bays. For those that choose an itinerary that flies out of King George Island, we explore the bays and perhaps make a landing before taking the walk from Fildes Bay to board our charter flight to Punta Arenas.
For our South Georgia itineraries you’ll fly in or out of the Falkland Islands’ capital, Stanley, where you’ll be transferred by bus to the ship or airport, which will also include a short bus tour of Port Stanley.
PLEASE NOTE: The one-kilometre walk between Fildes Bay and King George Island airstrip takes approximately 20 minutes along a rough gravel road. You will need to carry your own hand luggage and for ease we suggest a backpack. Your luggage will be transported directly between the plane and ship (or vice versa). Those arriving in King George Island will be required to bring their wet weather gear in their hand luggage and wear on arrival at King George Island airstrip, where gumboots will also be provided for your walk to the Zodiacs.