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2013/14 Itinerary
Peninsula Cruise
10 days from $4,595
Fly over the Drake Passage then join your ship in Antarctica. Fly both ways or fly one - sail one options
Across the Circle
Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctic Circle, Historic Areas - kayaking, camping
14 days from $5,499
Ross Sea in the Wake of Scott and Shackleton
Ross Ice Shelf, McMurdo Sound
29 days from $18,700
Antarctica Peninsula to the Ross Sea
Wildlife and History
rarely travelled itinerary
31 days from $24,163


Scott Base - New Zealand - Ross Island Antarctica

Scott Base is built on Pram Point, Ross Island, it is 3932 km (2114 nautical miles) from Christchurch New Zealand and 1500 km from the South Pole. The Antarctic mainland is 70 km across McMurdo Sound.

The base is permanently manned with up to 85 people in the summer and around 10 in winter.

 The American McMurdo base is just 3km away, a short walk over the hill.

The base was first built in 1957, it was a part of the New Zealand contribution to support the Trans-Antarctic Expedition and International Geophysical Year from 1956-1959.

Construction of the base was carried out with the assistance of personnel and machinery from the nearby McMurdo base, a party of Seabees helping to level the the site where Scott Base now stands. Two of the original huts are still in use over 50 years later.

Picture courtesy of Mike Usher - Mike went on a Ross Sea expedition on board the Kapitan Khlebnikov in 2005.
You can purchase a selection of Mike's pictures here

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