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New territory: The essential expedition charter list

New territory: The essential expedition charter list

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Antarctica is the largest wilderness on the planet, devoid of any development save a few scientific stations – including the Ukrainian base in which you’ll find the world’s southernmost pub. Charter here and guests can soak in a spa tub sipping champagne while watching icebergs oat by, and visit colonies of penguins thousands deep. “Because it’s such a dynamic environment, it’s important to be flexible,” says Mick Davidson, expedition guide with EYOS Expeditions. “But because it’s such an amazing place, if you can’t get one thing you’ll get something else – for instance, if you miss Deception Island, you might see humpback whales. A change of plans could give you unexpected pleasures.”

Charter lowdown: Permits are required to visit Antarctica and to do almost anything there, from shore visits to diving, and it takes at least three months for approvals. Antarctica is well regulated to keep it as pristine as possible. There is a booking system that members of IAATO (International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators), like EYOS, abide by so only one yacht will visit at a time.

Choose your yacht: A former Soviet icebreaker, 77 metre Legend is completely at home in these icy climes. Explore the depths in her three-man submarine and warm up in the sauna and spa tub (from €460,000 per week).

Available from €290,000 per week, 71 metre Enigma XK has five tenders, Jeep Wranglers and lots of dive equipment.

Yachts listed for Patagonia and Antarctica might be available in either location; enquire for availability.

Picture courtesy of Shutterstock.com

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