Journey to the last great wilderness on Earth with Robert Swan, one of the world’s greatest living explorers, and the first person to walk to both the North and South Poles.
Explore Antarctica with Barney Swan, the first person in history to walk to the South Pole, powered entirely by renewable energy.
Venture to the bottom of the world as you follow in the footsteps of some of the bravest explorers in history.
Observe the massive icebergs and glaciers while viewing the abundance of Antarctic wildlife including whales, penguins, and seals as we cruise through the icy waters in Zodiac boats.
Make a continental landing and set foot on the pristine landscape of Antarctica.
Explore the magnificent 7th Continent as you hike up the icy landscape alongside resident penguins.
Travel through Neptune’s Bellows and step into the deep-rooted whaling history of the famed Deception Island as you witness the volcanic formations around you.
Feel the exhilaration as you leap into the sub-freezing waters during the world famous Polar Plunge.
Countries: Argentina & Antarctica
Host City: Ushuaia, Argentina
Duration: 12 Days/11 Nights
Accommodations: 2 Nights Hotel / 9 Nights Ship Cabin
Adventure Activities: Trekking, Zodiac Cruising, Kayaking, Snow Shoeing, & Polar Plunge
Adventure Activity Level: Moderate*
Trip Activity Level: Moderate*
*Please refer to our Trip Activity Level Guide or speak to one of our Adventure Consultants at 855-208-6800 to determine if this is the right trip for you.
Daily Itinerary Overview (Days 1 – 7)
DAY 1 – Ushuaia
Welcome to Ushuaia! This port city and adventure hub will be our point of disembarkation. Join us on our welcome orientation and meet your fellow explorers.
DAY 2 – Ushuaia
In the morning, we tour the city and the storied prison of this former penal colony which is followed by several important briefings and an equipment check. Afterwards, the advent of our Expedition is upon us as Robert & Barney Swan mesmerize us with their tales of polar exploration
DAY 3 – Set Sail for Antarctica
As you travel through the Beagle Channel, observe the picturesque glaciers and rocky isles. While adjusting to life at sea, ponder the importance of our mission to save the planet from climate change.
DAY 4 – Drake Passage
The Drake Passage is the gateway to Antarctica. As we sail through, you’ll have the opportunity to “turn the horn” while listening to tales of Robert Swan’s Antarctic exploration. Enjoy the splendors of our world-class ship as we make our way to Antarctica.
DAY 5 – Drake Passage
The last pristine landscape on Earth awaits your arrival. Growing ever close to your destination, think back to the great explorers of history as you follow in their footsteps. Be on the lookout for wildlife, icebergs, and the first citing of this ice-covered continent.
DAY 6 – Crystal Sound, Fish Islands, & Prospect Point
We’ve finally made it to Antarctica! Journey to our first destination, Crystal Sound. This location is purely stunning with its ice-covered water and untouched aura. Next, we’ll stop at near the Fish Islands known for their colonies of penguins and interesting wildlife. Finally, head to Prospect Point for incredible views of the landscape.
DAY 7 – South of the Circle & The Gullet
Today, we head south. For a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, we look to cross the Antarctic Circle. Peaks rise out of the ice as we travel through the narrow channel called The Gullet. Truly magnificent backdrops surround you. Be on the lookout for Antarctic wildlife. Consider the journey we’ve embarked on, following in the path of the world’s greatest Antarctic explorers.
You can obtain a complete detailed ClimateForce: Antarctica 2020 itinerary by clicking HERE.
Expedition Start Date
Official Start Date: November 5, 2020
Official End Date: November 16, 2020
To inquire on a custom date, please CONTACT US!
Prices are Per Person / Per Berth in USD / Double Occupancy
Twin Porthole Cabin – $16,250
Twin Window Cabin – $16,900
Superior Twin Cabin – $17,495
Platinum Twin Cabin – $18,495
Executive Twin Cabin – $18,895
All rooms are double occupancy. If you would like to book a single room (2 berths) for one person, then you will be charged 1.75 times the individual room rate.
Pricing is from Ushuaia to Ushuaia and does NOT include international flights to Ushuaia.
For the Terms & Conditions and Payment Policy of the ClimateForce: Antarctica 2020 expedition please click HERE.
Arakur Resort & Spa
Located in a privileged environment, on a natural balcony inside Reserva Natural Cerro Alarkén, Arakur is much more than a luxury hotel – it is an experience that will be etched in the memory of its visitors. With a standards-based sustainable architectural design, Arakur Resort & Spa extends along a spectacular, natural balcony situated 800 feet above sea level, surrounded by stunning panoramic views, native forests, natural terraces, and green areas harmoniously integrated into the environment. The magnificent lobby welcomes guests with its large windows, the warmth of their fireplaces, and a sophisticated decor made with materials such as wood, stone and natural fabrics.
SERVICES & FEATURES
• Buffet Breakfast
• Wi-Fi Internet
• Business center
• Guided hiking tours to the Reserva Natural Cerro Alarkén
• Ushuaia city center shuttle.
• Heated pool
• Shuttle to Cerro Castor during ski season
• Boots and skis cleaning
The Ocean Atlantic is the perfect vessel for expedition cruising in Antarctic waters! Newly renovated in 2016 and with an international ice class rating of 1B, she is one of the strongest ships operating in Antarctica. Her high maneuverability, shallow draft and strong engines allow for extended voyages into isolated fjords, creating exciting adventures for any Antarctica traveler.
The ship was built in 1985 and underwent an extensive rebuild in 2010. With a length of 140 meters she has ample space on the multiple decks for several lecture halls, a relaxed restaurant serving 4-star international cuisine, professionally staffed bars and observation platforms – and even a pool.
All common areas on the Erickson Deck feature large panel windows, enabling passengers to quickly spot passing whales and photographic sights from the comfort of indoor lounges.
All private cabins are stylish appointed and feature individual bathroom facilities, phone for internal calls, individual temperature controls and TV. Ideal for relaxation, the vessels’ accommodation ranges in size and are designed with either portholes or windows.
Daily shore landings at penguin rookeries, research stations and other Antarctic wonders are made possible by her fleet of 20 Zodiacs.
Executive Twin Cabin
Size 35 sq.m. These 2-room suites are designed with a large double bed or two twin beds, an elegant living room, large private bathroom and window. Located on the Marco Polo Deck (Deck 5).
Platinum Twin Cabin
Size 19-24 sq.m. Featuring a double bed or two single beds, a relaxing sitting area, private bathroom and a window. Located on the Marco Polo Deck (Deck 5).
Superior Twin Cabin
Size 20-23 sq. m. Featuring a double bed or two single beds, a relaxing sitting area, private bathroom and a window. Limited view. Located on the Magellan and Hudson Deck (Deck 7 & 8).
Twin Window Cabin
Size 12-13 sq.m. Featuring a double bed or two single beds, private bathroom, and a window. Located on the Columbus and Marco Polo Deck (Deck 4 & 5).
Twin Porthole Cabin
Size 11-12 sq.m. Featuring a double bed or two single beds, private bathroom, and a porthole. Located on the Columbus Deck (Deck 4).
To learn more about what past participants have to say about their experiences, we encourage you to read our testimonials below.
“There are few experiences in life that can really touch you at your core — that move you, humble you, and transform how you think of and perceive the world. From feeling microscopic next to majestic humpback whales, to the empowerment that comes from learning the true science and potential solutions for global warming, the IAE experience elicits feelings, questions, and emotions you seldom get to contemplate. It is truly an experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.”
Gaurav Kikani, United States
“You know that moment when you see something so beautiful you wish you were a poet? Or that moment when nature stuns you, and you wish you were a scientist? Or that moment when a community creates such an impact on your life that you wish you stop time? There are very few moments in my life where these feelings all converged – a true sense of awe of the natural world, a deeper understanding of the science of our planet and plight of Antarctica, and the passion and hopefulness of a truly global group of young leaders who could actually change the world.”
Fred Assaf, United States
“This expedition to Antarctica is not just an expedition to the south, but an inspirational voyage of self-discovery and self-evaluation that focuses around the issue of climate change. At the end, one will no doubt question why we live the way we do today. As Colomina and Wigley (2016) say: “The human might be the only species to have systematically designed its own extinction, and seems to be getting close to accomplishing the goal”. We are very well aware of the consequences of our actions and it is our choice to take a moment to accept and initiate change or parade through our own self-destruction. This expedition to Antarctica equips one with a reason and a platform for action and hopefully mark the beginning of a chain-action to finally end this mindless game.”
Tomohito Shibata, Japan
“The International Antarctica Expedition 2017 profoundly impacted me on many levels. What a once-in-a-life-time opportunity it was to experience the exquisite beauty of Antarctica, the last remaining wilderness—a frozen version of paradise. I also loved getting to know my fellow passengers who came from 32 different countries, all wanting to learn more about climate change. I felt inspired listening to their plans, projects, and visions for lowering carbon output and mitigating climate change in their respective countries. This journey was probably the most memorable trip I have ever been on.”
Erica Elliott, United States
“My experience with 2041 was truly life changing. The passion of the team leaders, the stories told by my fellow travelers, the brainstorming sessions and the motivation I was left with to go out and do my part in protecting the planet were unparalleled in terms of any other journeys I have undertaken in my life. On top of that, the spectacular setting of Antarctica itself as a backdrop to our discussions and seeing the realities of climate change up close and personal were powerful catalyzers of change. Thank you for such a special experience!”
Alexa Firmenich, Switzerland
“There are two learning elements to the experience: the people and the place. The people: You think you are there for Rob, but after spending those days on the ship, you realize everybody on the ship is a Rob in his or her own right, and the motivation, the learning is infinite. And then the place: Antarctica. Its dissolves the realms of space, time and distance, it’s a world beyond ours. You see it in pictures, but you feel it only when you are there. And the feeling just enhances every day, and I’ve been back for six weeks now. You realize that if you are lucky enough to have that place on our planet, you have a responsibility to protect it too.”
Rohit Gupta, India
“International Antarctic Expedition 2017 was a life-changing experience. Antarctica was so surreal and moving that I will do everything I can to keep it exactly the way it currently is. This continent has taken a piece of my heart and has inspired me to keep pushing to bring about changes that will combat global warming and preserve Antarctica.
Apart from the moving experiences of watching the impact of climate change real-time, the expedition really helped me broaden my perspective. The most valuable for me were the interactions I had with the incredible people from varied fields and countries who were a part of the expedition. Every single one of them is doing something amazing in his/ her own way. Their determination to make a difference motivated me to do something meaningful.”
Digantika Mitra, India
What truly sets The Explorer’s Passage apart are our Expedition Leaders. The Expedition Leaders for the ClimateForce: Antarctica 2020 expedition are the best in the business.
ROBERT SWAN, OBE, FOUNDER OF 2041 FOUNDATION
On November 3, 1984, Robert Swan traveled 14,842 nautical miles (27,487 km) to Antarctica. Inspired by the great Robert Falcon Scott, the British Navy Officer and Explorer who in 1912 led the 2nd team to ever reach the South Pole. Swan’s incredible crossing of Antarctica, some 900 miles (1,400 km), would be more ambitious and on January 11, 1986, after 70 days, Swan’s team had achieved the longest unassisted march ever made in history. Three years later, on May 14, 1989, Swan and a team of 7 explorers reached the North Pole making Swan the first man to walk to both the North and South Poles. He was awarded the Polar Medal by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and is a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Youth.
The experiences at the Poles allowed Swan to witness the effects of climate change firsthand and he shifted his life’s purpose to working toward solutions to the greatest threat Swan is one history’s greatest survivalists. He has spent his life doing the impossible and inspiring the world. He has shown us countless times under the most dire of situations his strength, courage and fortitude. There is no better leader on this planet to lead this mission, to lead OUR mission. Join us and be part of history to join Swan’s fight and the fight for humanity to solve our greatest threat for survival that our planet faces. Through his organization ‘2041’, Robert Swan has traveled to all corners of the globe to inspire and build leaders to create a more sustainable world. Robert is on a 50 year mission to help preserve Antarctica and our planet. His story of unbelievable spirit will take you on a journey of inspiration, courage and humility.
JEFF BONALDI, FOUNDER & CEO – THE EXPLORER’S PASSAGE
Adventure Travel isn’t just about the journey that sends us soaring head-first into uncharted territory – it’s also about The Story: the history, mystery, myth and lore unique to that territory, its people and its culture.
Jeff’s passion for storytelling came as a teenager, when, during visits to some of America’s
oldest universities, he found myself enamored by the European-influenced architecture, and by legends like Albert Einstein, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson who walked the grounds decades before. Inspired to learn more, he dug deep into the history behind these universities, and soon began leading his own elaborate tours for friends and family, impressing and inspiring them with his enthusiasm and encyclopedic knowledge. It wasn’t long before his love for guiding and storytelling burgeoned from the microcosm of the college campus to cities throughout the U.S. and Europe and later, across the globe. Determined to “redefine the perfect way to travel,” he have spent years accumulating and curating the skills and experiences that now serve as the foundation for The Explorer’s Passage. At the heart of his philosophy, of course, is The Story – the historical element uncovered through extensive research and woven seamlessly throughout each of TEP’s adventures. The Story, he believes, is what launches travel into the realm of transcendent, leaving travelers invigorated, enriched and enlightened.
Jeff has climbed, canoed and galloped through nearly 30 countries on six continents. He has come a long way since his college campus touring days – and yet, his mission remains singular: to create, the most immersive, transformative and spine-tingling travel experiences in the industry.
BARNEY SWAN, LOGISTICS & TEAM MANAGER, 2041 FOUNDATION
Barney Swan was born in London, United Kingdom, and then moved to tropical Far North Queensland, Australia at the age of 7. Being raised off grid in Australia helped him developed an acute understanding of how valuable energy is, with conveniences often not being an option.
On January 15, 2018, after skiing 600 nautical miles, Barney Swan along with two other
explorers became the first people in history to journey to the South Pole powered entirely by renewable energy. His incredible feat marked the launch of the ClimateForce Challenge, a 7-year campaign which he has committed to remove 326 million tons of C02 out of the atmosphere. Using this journey as a platform for engagement, he will be working with sponsors, and partners to empower audiences with solutions, dialogues, and measurable actions plans surrounding sustainable development.
With degrees in Business and Multimedia, Barney helps run the 2041 Foundation and co-directs 2041’s expeditions and ventures across the globe. Over the last 5 years, he has developed and applied his skills in alpine mountaineering, risk management, technical sailing, and outdoor leadership.
ADRIAN CROSS “JUMPER”, EXPEDITION LEADER
Adrian Cross known as “Jumper” is a mountain and arctic trained ex-member of the Her Majesties British Forces. Jumper has been a key member of Robert Swan’s team since 1998. An accomplished Ocean Yachtsman he was instructed to lead an eight-member strong team to sail into the Antarctica by yacht. is was to perform a photographic recognizance, to record and to survey the 1500 tons of rubbish, which Robert and his crew subsequently removed from King George Island Antarctic. Jumper and his team also photographed sixteen global warming indicator sites along the Antarctic Peninsula; UNESCO awarded him for his effort in the year 2000. Undertaking numerous expeditions into the ice alongside Robert and the team he also worked on the Circumnavigation of Africa by the organizations Yacht “2041” and its South African crew. Presently his skills are still used in the Bristol Marine Academy as a Safety & Training Consultant based in the UK.
Why Journey on ClimateForce: Antarctica 2020!
Explore Antarctica with Robert Swan
Journey to Antarctica with Robert Swan, one of the world’s greatest living explorers, and the first person to walk to both the North and South Poles. His experiences at the Poles allowed Robert to witness the effects of climate change firsthand, and shifted his life’s purpose to working toward solutions to mitigate the greatest threat that our planet faces. Through his organization ‘2041’, Robert Swan has traveled to all corners of the globe to inspire and build leaders to create a more sustainable world. His story of unbelievable spirit will take you on a journey of inspiration, courage and humility.
Explore Antarctica with Barney Swan
On January 15, 2018, after skiing 600 nautical miles, Barney Swan along with two other explorers became the first people in history to journey to the South Pole powered entirely by renewable energy. His incredible feat marked the launch of the ClimateForce Challenge, a 7-year campaign which he has committed to remove 326 million tons of C02 out of the atmosphere.
A World Class Leadership Team
Experience Antarctica with our World Class Leadership Team who are here to make this expedition the most incredible adventure of your lifetime. Join world-class explorers Robert & Barney Swan, Jeff Bonaldi, the Founder and CEO of The Explorer’s Passage, along with the entire Leadership Team as we sail to Antarctica. You will have the opportunity to engage one on one with our Leadership Team throughout the expedition as each of our team members are at your service to help you get the most out of your time in the Antarctic.
Robert & Barney Swan / The Explorer’s Passage Partnership
Over the last 15 years, Robert and Barney Swan have guided more than 3,500 people to the Polar Regions through their renown Leadership on the Edge program and other strategic expeditions. No other individuals have a stronger record of success and experience in leading ventures in the Polar Regions.
Through Robert & Barney’s partnership with The Explorer’s Passage, which operates adventures throughout six continents, you will experience an integration of history and adventure like never before. Participants will enjoy the unmatched service and excellence that guests have come to expect from The Explorer’s Passage, from personalized attention and support to some of most creative itineraries in the adventure travel industry.
A Member of the ClimateForce Community
By joining the ClimateForce: Antarctica 2020 expedition you become part of a vast global movement of change leaders from across the planet. With thousands of ClimateForce alumni in over 100 countries, you will have access to a diverse set of ideas, resources, and connections. You will begin your life long ClimateForce journey on this special expedition.
Enhanced Workshops & Programs On-Board
No other Polar expedition on the planet has a more comprehensive on-board programming schedule than ClimateForce: Antarctica 2020. Our renowned ‘Leadership on the Edge’ program consists of a unique blend of leadership development, up-to-date climate change training, and sustainability education to help you on your climate leadership journey. The Leadership on the Edge program has been refined and tested for 15 years and 23 expeditions. We incorporate workshops on story-telling, writing, presentation, and public-speaking skills to help with your personal and professional development. Robert and Barney Swan will mesmerize you with their stories of Polar Exploration and Jeff Bonaldi will take you back in time as we learn the stories of the greatest explorers in history. Moreover, renowned experts on glaciology, geography, and wildlife will conduct informative lectures to equip you with everything you need to truly learn from the icy classroom that is Antarctica.
On the nights of November 5th and 6th join us at the Arakur Resort and Spa in Ushuaia. Located in a privileged environment, on a natural balcony inside Reserva Natural Cerro Alarkén, Arakur is much more than a luxury hotel – it is an experience that will be etched in the memory of its visitors. With a standards-based sustainable architectural design, Arakur Resort & Spa extends along a spectacular, natural balcony situated 800 feet above sea level, surrounded by stunning panoramic views, native forests, natural terraces, and green areas harmoniously integrated into the environment. The magnificent lobby welcomes guests with its large windows, the warmth of their fireplaces, and a sophisticated decor made with materials such as wood, stone and natural fabrics.
Adventure is at the core of our philosophy, and this expedition will provide numerous opportunities to fulfill your senses. Once in the Antarctic we will have daily off-ship programs that range from zodiac cruises to kayaking just feet away from whales and seals. You will also have the opportunity to hike and snowshoe up the icy landscapes. Last, but certainly not least, feel the exhilaration as you leap into the sub-freezing waters during the world famous Polar Plunge. Whatever your desire or skill level may be, our adventure activities will showcase the raw beauty of Antarctica and you will complete each day with a sense of accomplishment and pride.
Sustainability at the Core of the Expedition
At The Explorer’s Passage, we not only have a great respect for all things history but we also go out of our way to not leave any “history” of us behind! We are proud members of both Sustainable Travel International and Leave No Trace and incorporate their principles throughout each of our adventures.
For the ClimateForce: Antarctica 2020 expedition, we work hard to minimize our impact to the Antarctica so that we can help preserve it for generations to come. Consistent with our mission’s philosophy we also pay special care to our Carbon Footprint. We will be offsetting the carbon impact of each guest on the ship portion of this expedition and will provide the opportunity for each of you to partner with us in the endeavor.
Personal Photos with Robert & Barney Swan
Each guest on this expedition will have the opportunity to have one on one photographs with Robert Swan and Barney Swan. You will be able to utilize this and other media to help you enhance your personal story when you return home.
A Personal Reference from the ClimateForce Team
Upon completion of the Leadership on the Edge program, our Team Leaders are at your service to help with personal references in your applications for schools, jobs, and other leaderships programs.
Complete our Expedition and we will provide you with slideshow images from our incredible Antarctica photographers. In addition to your images with Robert and Barney Swan, you will be able to utilize these images as part of your media toolkit and enhanced storytelling skills to excel in your life upon returning home.
Post Expedition Community
You will be part of an incredible group who will be passing the renewable-energy baton to your companies, communities, and countries. We will establish a private social Media Community to not only help you keep in contact with your new friends, after the expedition but also to empower you with ideas and resources to take action to combat the effects of climate change through our global alumni network.