yachts for charter in Antarctica

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The South Pole by superyacht: Five yachts for charter in Antarctica

4 February 2022• Written by Olivia Michel


Motor Yacht


Damen Yachting ·  76.9 m ·  2020
Motor Yacht


IHC Verschure ·  77.4 m ·  1974

The increasing desire for superyacht owners and charterers to get off the grid is obvious – more explorer yachts are currently in-build than ever before, and charterers are booking longer vacations so that they have enough time to go off-the-beaten-track and explore some truly adventurous destinations. Even one of the world’s final frontiers – the wintery reaches of ice-covered Antarctica – has become an attraction for charterers and owners looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This winter has already seen 10 superyachts venturing to the South Pole’s snow-covered shores, compared to just two last winter. 

If you’re a lover of skiing and other snow sports or a wildlife-watching enthusiast who’s hoping to spot the region's famous residents like penguins and whales, the Antarctica Peninsula should be on your travel bucket list – and there’s no better way to discover this destination than on a luxury superyacht expedition. Take a closer look at the explorer superyachts currently available for charter in Antarctica to help you plan your voyage to the end of the earth…


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Stats: 68.2 metres, Royal Niestern Sander, 2012/2020, 12 guests, 17 crew

What to expect in Antarctica: The converted ice-breaking tug Ragnar offers a superbly-stocked toybox for adventures in the icy wilderness of Antarctica. Having spent numerous winters in Arctic destinations like Svalbard and Iceland, she is well prepared to venture to the southern latitudes where she’ll be cruising between the beginning of December 2022 to the end of February 2023. Whip across the tundra on her four snowmobiles, discover the underwater world of the South Pole in a submersible or take to the slopes with a heli-skiing adventure, enjoying first ascents and descents on virgin snow slopes. Afterwards, retreat to the cedar wood-lined spa complete with a massage room, sauna, steam room and foot spa before enjoying a warming drink in front of the cosy fireplace in the main saloon and dining in the presence of an effigy of Ragnar himself.

Ragnar is managed for charter by Burgess with a weekly charter rate starting from $650,000.

Hanse Explorer

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Stats: 48.01 metres, Fassmer, 2006, 12 guests, 18 crew

What to expect in Antarctica: Hanse Explorer is currently finishing off February 2022 in Antarctica but will return for another stint next winter. Her exhilarating itinerary has been put together by adventure travel experts EYOS Expeditions and will see guests kayaking past icebergs, scuba diving to the depths, sailing into the volcanic caldera of Deception Island and taking the Zodiac tenders out for penguin spotting and whale watching expeditions along the frozen coasts of the Antarctic peninsula. After a day out in the cold, warm up in Hanse Explorer’s newly refitted modern interiors, complete with a wood sauna and saltwater Jacuzzi. With a hardy hull boasting the highest level of ice classification, Hanse Explorer is more than prepared to take on the extremes of Antarctic cruising.

Charters in Antarctica on Hanse Explorer are managed through EYOS with a weekly charter rate starting from €200,000 for the 2022/2023 season. Single cabins will also be available to charter, with those prices to be announced later this year.


Stats: 31.39 metres, Brooke Marine, 1939, 8 guests, 6 crew

What to expect in Antarctica: One might presume that the only superyacht visitors to Antarctica are rugged explorer yachts and converted tugs. But despite her more delicate appearance, the classic wooden sailing yacht Eros has the mettle to take on cold-weather cruising in the South Pole. The former yacht of Greek shipping billionaire Stavros Niarchos will be braving the icy waters of Antarctica in the 2023/2024 winter season and will offer charter guests the chance to follow in the footsteps of early polar explorers by cruising through the far-flung region under sail. Travel experts Pelorus will arrange activities for charter guests like snow camping, ski-touring and ice-water kayaking as well as photography and scientific research opportunities on this unique expedition.

Eros is managed by Classic Charters, with a weekly rate starting from $42,000.

La Datcha

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Stats: 77 metres, Damen Yachting, 2020, 12 guests, 25 crew

What to expect in Antarctica: La Datcha was designed for cold-weather cruising by her Russian owner who wanted to discover the Kamchatka Peninsula of his homeland by boat – so she’s more than prepared for an Antarctic adventure. With an impressive cruising range of 6,000 nautical miles and 40-day autonomy, charter guests on La Datcha can spend as much time as possible away from shore to explore the South Pole to its fullest. A charter in Antarctica would allow guests to try out winter sports like snowmobile driving and heli-skiing using the yacht’s two choppers, plus La Datcha also has a fully-certified dive centre and a submersible for three guests so expect to spot whales, penguins and seals swimming past under the surface. Guests can then retreat to her superb spa, complete with two Jacuzzis and a Turkish Hammam, to warm up after a day in the cold. Having recently crossed the Drake Passage, La Datcha is currently in Antarctica.

La Datcha is managed by Imperial with charters starting from €840,000 per week.


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Stats: 77.4 metres, IHC Verschure, 1974, 22 guests, 28 crew

What to expect in Antarctica: Want to explore the South Pole from above? Legend has a commercially certified helipad with refuelling facilities for embarking on heli-skiing expeditions or chopper tours. Want to discover it from below? This explorer also comes with a submersible for five guests. Transformed into a luxury yacht in 2016, this former Soviet ice-breaker retains her robust explorer capabilities and has become something of a veteran on the Antarctic circuit – she’s the vessel of choice for polar explorer and pioneer of Antarctic skiing, Douglas Stoup. Other activities guests can expect on Legend as she cruises through the iceberg-dotted waters of Antarctica include visiting penguin and seal colonies, braving a “polar plunge” swim, dropping by for dinner at local scientific research centres or racing across the landscape on snowmobiles. When you’re ready to return to the warmth, the Balinese-style spa and private movie theatre on board will keep you entertained into the evening. Legend is in Antarctica until the end of this winter and will return again for the 2022/2023 season.

Legend is managed for charter by Y.CO with a weekly rate starting from €545,000.

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