TOTALITY IN ANTARCTICA 2021

ECLIPSE EXPEDITION TO THE
END OF THE EARTH

in partnership with

November 26th - December 15th, 2021

Designed for a small group of the most intrepid travelers and space enthusiasts, this once in a lifetime polar odyssey will transport us to the end of the Earth for a celestial event rarely witnessed on the White Continent. Antarctica has beckoned scientists, explorers, and adventurers alike for two centuries as one of the most extraordinary and significant destinations on the planet.


On this remarkable 20-day Expedition, join Paul Cox, Chief Astronomical Officer at Slooh, alongside fellow explorers to experience the remote wonders of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and the Antarctic Peninsula. Behold the alignment of the Sun, Earth, and Moon in a transformative moment of Totality, and get a behind the scenes look at Slooh's legendary Astronomy "Star Parties" - broadcasted live to tens of millions of people worldwide.


Join us as we push the boundaries of polar and space exploration.

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Follow the footsteps of legends

We follow in the footsteps of legendary explorers, like Sir Ernest Shackleton, to the one remaining continent on the planet which belongs to all of humanity.

Departing from the southernmost tip of South America, Ushuaia, set sail across the famed Drake Passage, to the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. Enjoy several days exploring the continent, with numerous noteworthy landings including Elephant Island, Shackleton’s infamous harsh winter-camp before skirting the Weddell Sea, the birthplace of the mighty tabular icebergs.

Our voyage continues onwards into the Path of Totality for for a rare and magical celestial moment, a Total Solar Eclipse. Following this wondrous phenomenon, we make our way toward the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, and to the historic Falkland Islands.

MEET YOUR EXPEDITION HOST

PAUL COX

Chief Astronomical Officer, Slooh

Slooh is a global community of astronomy and space enthusiasts, hosting live online celestial events, as well as providing its members special access to control the world's most most powerful telescopes and observatories from home. Sharing knowledge and expertise and a passion for the cosmos is at the heart of Slooh's global community.


As Slooh's Chief Astronomical Officer, Paul fosters collaboration between members and observatories around the world; whether that's tracking Near-Earth Asteroids, comets, or creating stunning astro images. As Slooh's globetrotting astronomer, Paul has helped bring nature's most awe-inspiring astronomical moments to millions of viewers, including fantastical displays of the Northern Lights and spectacular eclipses. Paul is honored to bring his astronomical expertise and knowledge to this very special expedition, where we will enjoy stargazes and educational lectures on a variety of astronomy topics throughout the voyage.

We will also be joined by highly experienced Antarctica experts and expedition leaders who will present lectures and workshops ranging from marine wildlife, ecology, climate change, and the history of the various locations we visit.

ABOUT INSIDER EXPEDITOINS

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.

Trip Highlights

PREMIER WILDLIFE SITINGS 

Visit this unparalleled destination during its most active wildlife season. Walk along ice sheets with fledgling penguin chicks of various varieties; watch majestic humpback whales perform with their enormous flippers; 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. 

ASTRONOMICAL WONDER

For the very few eclipse-chasers who make this journey, December 4, 2021 will be a landmark moment, witnessing this natural marvel 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, and if possible, some distance into the Scotia Sea drift ice. The ice edge will be about 60°S, 41°W.

ZODIAC CRUISING

Cruise along blue icebergs and inaccessible rugged coastlines of penguin colonies. Discover stunning views of remote ridgelines, glaciated terrain, and snow-topped peaks. The most pristine and isolated sites in Antarctica are accessible only by Zodiac, and our private guides will take us to hidden gems throughout the journey.

WELCOME ABOARD

Cruise in one of Antarctica’s newest, most modern vessels. The M/V Hondius is the most structurally and technologically advanced class of polar ship to date, designed from the ground up for rapid response to changing weather and wildlife conditions. Also one of the most environmentally friendly vessels on the polar seas, utilizing LED lighting, steam heating, and state-of-the-art systems to keep fuel consumption and CO2 levels minimal while offering all the luxuries of the first Polar 6 Class Ship to sail in Antarctica.

Early bird pricing starting at $16,999 USD per person

 

Inclusions

  • 20-day cruise with accommodation in a shared cabin with private facilities
  • Positioning as close as possible to the centerline of the Path of Totality, 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 on the Total Solar Eclipse experience 
  • 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
  • Associated service taxes and port fees through the program
 

Exclusions

  • 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 
  • Costs associated with trip interruption or modification due to weather, travel conditions, political/civil disputes, medical emergencies, or other causes beyond our control