Going to Antarctica is one of the top bucket list items on any travellers agenda. This is with good reason because :
- It’s one of most remote places in the world
- It’s cold, dark and generally inhospitable
- Sailing the Drake Passage is tantamount to a 3 day cruise on a roller coaster
- It also costs a small fortune to get there, hence why it is only visited by roughly 40,000 people a year
As I’m in the final stages of my Antarctica financial planning … a couple readers and Facebook Fans have asked me how much I’ve spent on the trip so far. I can’t lie … this is definitely going to be the most expensive trip I’ve ever taken. In fact, for how much this trip is costing, I could actually spend 3 months in Asia living in relative luxury. Here is my cost breakdown to date … by the end of the trip, I will have my workbook completely available.
I appreciate that this could have been much more expensive, if I didn’t have tons of Aeroplan miles and Air Canada Super Elite status to leverage in making the flights more comfortable and convenient. This is a rough starting guide for illustrative purposes only … some people will be able to find things a little cheaper but I don’t have unlimited time, hence I can’t wait around looking for a last minute trip possibility. I’ve also spent additional money in ensuring that I have the extra camera gear required for a trip like this.
Here are some other cost points … if you’re thinking about other trips to Antarctica, here are some price points in USD to help with your Antarctica Financial Planning. Now, if you’re completely against planning your trip, you could always travel like a billionaire.
Cruises to Antarctica: from $3,600
- Basic Cruise (9-12 days) – $3600 – $9000
- Mountains, Icebergs & Glaciers (11-16 days) – $9000 – 16,000
- Falklands & South Georgia (15-21 days) – $10,000 – 23,000
- Great Explorers Trip (25-29 days) – $12,000 – 35,000
Flights to Antarctica: from $6,995
- Fly/Cruise Combinations (7-10 days) – $6,995 – 14,995
- Fly Options (1 day) – $18,000 – 23,000
Expedition Options: from $40,000
- Climb Mount Vinson (13 days) – $40,000
- Fly/Camp at South Pole (7 days) – $45,000
- Ice Marathon (5 days) – $Call
- Ski Last Degree (13 days) – $60,000