Our Company

Antarctica21 pioneered the Antarctic Air-Cruise model.

Company Profile

In the early 2000’s, a group of friends in Punta Arenas, Chile, came together to develop a new model of Antarctic tourism; one that would provide an alternative to the traditional navigation from South America across the stormy waters of the Drake Passage.

Their idea involved combining air and sea transportation: flying over the expansive ocean to deliver travelers to a waiting ship in Antarctica. This would avoid the difficult and uncomfortable navigation across the Drake Passage, while also reducing the total duration of the trip by four days. Like any fledgling project and given its uniqueness, the idea was received by the industry with some skepticism. Despite this hesitations, in November 2003 Antarctica21 began operation of its first air-cruise. A De Havilland Dash-7 aircraft left from Punta Arenas and landed at the Lt. Marsh Airfield on King George Island, Antarctica. There, clients boarded M/V Grigoriy Mikheev and spent six days visiting the South Shetland Islands, crossing the Bransfield Strait, and then sailing along the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula.

More than a decade later, Antarctica21 now offers over 40 air-cruise departures each season aboard three different ice-class expedition vessels.

Thanks to our tireless expedition staff and our superior service, Antarctica21 offers the most extensive suite of Antarctic air-cruises in the world. We are proud of this achievement and we continue to improve. As the leading boutique Antarctic tour operator, we are constantly striving to innovate and develop our environmentally-responsible expeditions to the bottom of the world.

NOTE: “NOVANTAR S.A.” is the Exclusive Worldwide Sales Agent for all Antarctica21-branded trips. All trip invoices are issued by NOVANTAR S.A.


To offer the world the opportunity to visit Antarctica efficiently and in comfort with a unique fly and cruise combination.


To be the leading Antarctic tour operator specializing in air-cruise expeditions by constantly improving our standards and the professionalism of our team with a clear commitment to protecting the Antarctic environment.

Our unique advantages




Fly in comfort over the stormy Drake Passage and board your ship directly in Antarctica. No sea-sickness!




Save time! Crossing from South America to Antarctica by ship takes two days. Our flight takes only 2 hours!




We offer boutique adventures aboard small ships carrying a max of 75 guests. Spend time exploring, not waiting to disembark!

Our Team

Our Partners

Antarctica21 is a member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), a member organization founded in 1991 to advocate, promote and practice safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic.

Antarctica21 is a member of the Latin American Travel Association (LATA), a membership association that aims to promote Latin America as a tourist destination and stimulate growth of travel to the region. The association is comprised of over 275 tourism boards, airlines, hotels, tour operators, representation companies and the travel press.

Antarctica21 is a member of the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA). Established in 1990, ATTA serves 1000 members in 80 countries. Members include tour operators, tourism boards, and specialty accommodations with a vested interest in the sustainable development of adventure tourism.