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1. Posted by vxmike (Budding Member 64 posts) 9y

Anyone know of relatively affordable ways to experience antarctica?

Seems to me this is the one region unreachable via the budget method of travel most of us are used to. I'd love to visit antarctica for a while but have a difficult time shelling out many thousands of dollars for a short trip compared to what those funds could buy in other regions.

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

Fortunately, there aren't any budget options (so far). Let's all hope and pray it stays that way. Tourists have no business whatsoever spoiling the last bit of relatively pristine world.

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Agree totally with Bentivogli. A cold version of Dubai is absolutely out of the question.
But if you want to try it relatively cheap, go shopping in the Ushuaia harbour and hope to get a last minute ticket or hop on board a chilean marine vessel. I heard it's possible for around 1500 dollar. But you will have to wait and start travelling in southern america for some weeks and come back.

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Get a job: US Antarctica Program job opportunities or Ratheon.

I applied a few years ago for a computer network support technician, but I'm not an American citizen, and that was a requirement. I'm guessing a pretty hard one. So no job in the far south for me...

5. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

But if you want to try it relatively cheap, go shopping in the Ushuaia harbour and hope to get a last minute ticket or hop on board a chilean marine vessel. I heard it's possible for around 1500 dollar. But you will have to wait and start travelling in southern america for some weeks and come back.

Michael, do you have any links to sites that mention the price that you mention above? I have been checking cruises to Antarctica and they have usually been above $7000 from South America.

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 3, 2007, at 3:19 AM by Ahila ]

6. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 9y

Quoting GregW

Get a job: US Antarctica Program job opportunities or Ratheon.

I applied a few years ago for a computer network support technician, but I'm not an American citizen, and that was a requirement. I'm guessing a pretty hard one. So no job in the far south for me...

When I first wanted to visit Antarctica, I had tried to apply for the university research programme. It didn't work out and it is difficult to apply directly to any research programmes, if you are not from US or a couple of other western countries. I realized that the cruises were the only option for now but yes, it is so expensive.

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Quoting Ahila

Quoting Utrecht

But if you want to try it relatively cheap, go shopping in the Ushuaia harbour and hope to get a last minute ticket or hop on board a chilean marine vessel. I heard it's possible for around 1500 dollar. But you will have to wait and start travelling in southern america for some weeks and come back.

Michael, do you have any links to sites that mention the price that you mention above? I have been checking cruises to Antarctica and they have usually been above $7000 from South America.

No, I just hear prices from fellow travellers. But in holland, there are several organisations that offer trips. And if you book well ahead, a place in a triple room costs minimum of 3000 dollars already. It's just a matter of luck arriving in time in Ushuaia and hoping the ship is not full.

8. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Quoting Ahila

Michael, do you have any links to sites that mention the price that you mention above? I have been checking cruises to Antarctica and they have usually been above $7000 from South America.

The most affordable cruises I have seen are by GAP Adventures. They have cruises starting at USD 3360.00 for 10 days.

Greg

9. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

When I was in Ushuaia, I met a guy who had just come back frmo Antartica. He managed to pay his way over by offering his services as a cook on board a marine vessel. :)

Not a very typical case though, I suppose.

Most travellers that I met paid about $3000 US for the privilege. ;)

10. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

My mother in law did a trip from Australia to the Antarctic. It involved a flight to South America and then a ship from there.

Unfortunately, she returned.