ANTARCTICA
SOLAR ECLIPSE EXPEDITION

LED BY RECORD-BREAKING POLAR EXPLORER BEN SAUNDERS

November 26th – December 10th, 2021

A once-in-a-lifetime journey.

Tailored for an exclusive gathering of intrepid travelers, this celestial polar odyssey will transport you to one of the remotest corners of our globe for a chance to witness a wondrous natural phenomenon: a full solar eclipse.

This bespoke expedition to the White Continent will be led by Ben Saunders, one of the world’s leading polar explorers. Our route will follow in the path of the courageous explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton – visiting unique locations  that have amazed and inspired scientists, explorers, and sightseers alike for centuries.

You will travel in style aboard one of the newest and most luxurious vessels in the polar regions—a registered Polar Class 6 ice-strengthened ship that is one of the most environmentally friendly vessels ever to visit the Southern Ocean.  Antarctica contains more than 90% of the earth’s freshwater ice, spectacularly displayed in sharp snowy peaks among mountainous fjords, colossal blue glaciers, and roaming icebergs. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime expedition to one of the most majestic landscapes on the planet.

MEET THE EXPEDITION LEADERSHIP

BEN SAUNDERS

EXPEDITION LEADER & RECORD-BREAKING POLAR EXPLORER

Ben Saunders is one of the world’s leading polar explorers, and a record-breaking long-distance skier who has covered more than 7,000km (4,350 miles) on foot in the Polar Regions since 2001.

His accomplishments include leading The Scott Expedition, the longest human-powered polar journey in history, and the first completion of the expedition that defeated Captain Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton, a 105-day round-trip from Ross Island on the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again. Ben is the third person in history to ski solo to the North and South poles, and holds the record for the longest solo Arctic journey by a Briton.

He is a global brand ambassador for Land Rover and Canada Goose, an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, a patron and fellow of British Exploring, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and an acclaimed keynote speaker, described by TED (where he has spoken three times) as ‘a master storyteller’.

In print, Ben is the author of Shackleton (A Ladybird Expert Book) and he has featured in ReWork by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried, The Rise by Sarah Lewis, and TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson.

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JAMIE CARTER

LEAD ASTRONOMER

Jamie Carter is an astronomy and travel writer based in Wales, UK, who focuses on solar eclipses, stargazing and nature. He’s the editor of WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com, which combines his love of solar eclipses and travel, and has produced several eclipse books and guides with his wife Gill on how, when and where to see total solar eclipses. His articles on astronomy, eclipse-chasing, nature and travel appear in publications and websites around the world, including Forbes Science, Sky & Telescope, the BBC Sky at Night magazine, BBC Wildlife magazine and The Telegraph. He’s also the author of the acclaimed “A Stargazing Program for Beginners: A Pocket Field Guide” (2015). 

Jamie will be leading a series of Astronomy lectures and workshops surrounding the solar eclipse viewing.

BRUNO GIUSSANI

EXPEDITION CO-HOST & INTERNATIONAL CURATOR OF TED

Bruno Giussani is the International curator of TED and the lead curator of TED’s global climate initiative, Countdown. He has been organizing conferences and educational events around the world for decades, and has curated hundreds of TEDtalks, including several by prominent polar explorers. 

Besides his role with TED, he is the Chairman of FIFDH, the Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, which takes place every year in March, and the co-founder of several Internet companies. He also advises corporations and public organisations. 

Previously, he was an Internet columnist for the New York Times, a World Economic Forum executive, and a Fellow at Stanford University. In 2011, 2012 and 2014 Wired UK selected him as one of the “Wired 100”. In January 2016 he received the SwissAward/Person of the year. He lives in Switzerland.

Alongside Ben, Bruno, and Jamie we will be joined by highly experienced Antarctica experts and expedition leaders who will present lectures and hands-on workshops ranging from marine wildlife, ecology, climate change, photography, and the history of the various locations we visit.

ABOUT INSIDER EXPEDITIONS

CREATING INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCES FOR MORE THAN 15 YEARS

Insider Expeditions specialize in curating and hosting one-of-a-kind experiences for groups and individuals on all seven continents around the globe. Our unrivalled global network of contacts — from presidents to poets, prestigious universities to pioneering explorers and expert guides — enables us to create genuinely unparalleled voyages to the most remarkable corners of our planet.

We pride ourselves on providing world-class service to our clients, featuring a breadth and depth of experience that has exceeded the expectations of groups across all seven continents. Our trips have ranged from educational trips for top universities, business delegations for Fortune 500 companies, mission-driven expeditions with non-profits, creative brainstorming journeys for entrepreneurs, wellness and yoga retreats, to extraordinary family reunions. 

We pay meticulous attention to the details that make a bespoke journey unforgettable: from early engagement materials to the itineraries themselves, every detail is refined and curated.

We are driven by a mission to share our love of this beautiful and magical world through thoughtfully curated experiences, ethical and responsible travel, and genuinely transformational journeys.

TOTALITY

For eclipse-chasers, December 4, 2021 will be a landmark moment, with the opportunity to witness this rare natural marvel – the next opportunity to see a solar eclipse from Antarctica will be in December 2039 – from one of the most remote and breathtaking regions on the planet.

Our vessel has selected the best possible observation position in the center of the shadow of the moon, east of South Orkney, where the sun is 11 degrees above the horizon to perfectly view this wondrous phenomenon.

Our dedicated Astronomer Jamie Carter will be our expert leader throughout totality, guiding us from an introduction of solar eclipses, how eclipses have shaped human history, to in-depth pre-eclipse briefing. Following the magnificent celestial event, discover the traveller’s guide to global eclipse-chasing, a comprehensive study of the future locations that will experience totality from Egypt’s Valley of the Kings and Australia’s Red Centre to Persepolis, Tokyo, and beyond. 

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS

Inspiring Adventure

From glacial hiking on icy peaks and active volcanos to cruising among the icebergs, fuel your adventurous spirit while you discover the wonders of one of the most remote and breathtaking regions of the planet.

Whenever landings are possible, we will disembark the ship with private guides to explore the wonders of Antarctica, South Georgia, and beyond.

Extraordinary Wildlife

Walk along ice sheets with fledgling penguin chicks; watch majestic humpback whales breach the surface with their enormous fins; see hungry and mischievous seals via Zodiac boat; and snowshoe to gorgeous overlooks while graceful birds – including the blue-eyed shag, wandering albatross and polar skua – fly overhead.

Curated Conversation

As the international curator of TED, Bruno Giussani has a wealth of experience leading meaningful and educationally rich discussions around impactful global issues. 

During our days at sea, Bruno will lead a series of intimate, curated conversations with experts in a wide range of fields thematic to our Antarctic Eclipse Expedition. Alongside a group of likeminded voyagers, discover new sources of inspiration to become a more impactful global citizen. 

Renowned Leadership

Saunders is a pioneer in his field, whose career has spanned not just record-breaking feats of endurance at the highest latitudes, but also a deep expertise in polar logistics and travel, and a passion for conservation, education and science.

As the expedition’s leader, Saunders brings a wealth of expertise, a hard-won perspective of inspiration, empowerment and boundless human potential, and a deep belief in the power of storytelling to enlighten, engage and create change for a better world.

 

Social Responsibility

Our base camp at sea will be one of the most advanced ice-strengthened vessels in the world, chosen for a range of innovative solutions that allow us to minimize our footprint.

We believe that responsible travel to Antarctica can play a key role in the conservation and preservation of the largest nature reserve on the planet, and are guided by Sir David Attenborough’s words: “No one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced”.

ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

  • Day 1                          Arrival and embarkation, Ushuaia
  • Day 2 – 4                   At sea toward South Georgia
  • Day 5 – 8                   South Georgia & South Atlantic
  • Day 9                          Solar Eclipse east of S. Orkney Islands
  • Day 10                       At sea towards Antarctica
  • Day 11 – 12             Antarctic peninsula & South Shetland Islands
  • Day 13 – 14             Crossing the Drake Passage
  • Day 15                       Arrival in Ushuaia and disembarkation.

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ABOUT THE OCEAN VICTORY

One of the newest ships to set sail in the polar regions, the Ocean Victory is already established as a sophisticated, modern, and industry leading vessel. Boasting balconies in all suites, this beautiful ship promises endless views of the ocean and glacial landscape between dips in the pool of the Midnight Sun Deck or sips at the spectacular Albatros Nordic Bar. 

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Vessel Highlights

  • The highest Polar code Class 6 and the highest Ice Class 1A
  • Observation decks for spotting wildlife and enjoying the ever-changing polar landscape
  • Spacious world-class restaurants with featuring international cuisine from world-renowned chefs
  • Two lounges and an outdoor bar with wine menus in partnership with Gerard Bertrand, all produced with biodynamic principles
  • Zodiac cruising, hiking, and optiona snowshoeing and kayaking (additional charge) 
  • Comfortable lounge area and polar library for reading, writing, or relaxing with a cup of tea or coffee
  • The Shackleton Lecture room for group workshops, discussions, and presentations
  • Gym and wellness area, polar spa, swimming pool and jacuzzies 

Industry Leading Green Initiatives

Built from a heritage and passion for sustainable tourism, the Ocean Victory is one of the greenest expedition ships in the world.
  • Clean Ship certified by the Clean Shipping Index (CSI)
  • Tier 3 engines compliant; least polluting engines in the world, 80% lower emissions then Tier 1 engines
  • Exclusive use of Marine gas oil
  • Sustainable seafood
  • Fairtrade organic Julius Meinl coffees and tea  
  • Biodegradable, phosphate-free, non-toxic cleaning products 
  • A robust on board recycling program with a commitment to no single-use plastics

SAVE YOUR SPOT

ANTARCTICA
SOLAR ECLIPSE EXPEDITION

LED BY RECORD-BREAKING POLAR EXPLORER BEN SAUNDERS

November 26th – December 10th, 2021

Special Early Bird Pricing, starting at $19,999 USD per person 

We expect this once-in-a lifetime Solar Eclipse Expedition under the leadership of Ben Saunders and Bruno Giussani to sell out – early booking is advisable, and a waiting list will be created for cancelations. 

Our special group will be around 100 travelers, taking up more than half the ship which can hold a maximum of 198 travelers. We will have our own private discussions, lectures, and special events at sea, a reserved place for dining, and scheduled times for our disembarking to our zodiacs for landings with Ben. 

Inclusions

Exclusions

  • 15-day cruise with accommodation in a shared cabin with private facilities and balcony
  • Positioning as close as possible to the centerline for the total solar eclipse experience, adjusting for best viewing based upon weather on eclipse day
  • All Zodiac landings and excursions as per itinerary
  • A limited edition Eclipse Expedition parka!
  • Rubber boots and necessary expedition equipment
  • Private guides and lectures by our English speaking expedition leaders
  • Exclusive, educational content, presentations and activities with Ben Saunders and onboard astronomy expert
  • Full board on the ship – breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon snacks
  • Free tea and coffee available at all times
  • Welcome champagne reception
  • Comprehensive cultural information and reading materials
  • Medical evacuation insurance up to $200,000 USD
  • COVID-19 tests at vessel embarkation. 
  • Associated service taxes and port fees through the program
  • Flights/transportation to and from Ushuaia, Argentina (USH)
  • Optional ship activities, including available snowshoeing and kayaking
  • Expenses of a purely personal nature
  • Transportation of luggage in excess of weight allowance
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Food and beverage other than that specified in itinerary
  • Optional gratuities
  • COVID-19 tests or vaccinations required to travel to Ushuaia (USH)
  • Costs associated with trip interruption or modification due to weather, travel conditions, political/civil disputes, medical emergencies, or other causes beyond our control