Helicopter Flights

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helicopter ops Antarctica

Not all Antarctic cruise ships have helicopters, in fact it's only a minority that do. Usually it's the ice-breakers that have them as the helicopter can be used to scout ahead of the ship to assess if it's worth making the effort to break through ice on a particular course or go a different route. Breaking through ice is very heavy on fuel.

This has the advantage for tourists of a whole extra dimension to their Antarctic experience of being able to go places that otherwise they not be able to. If there are helicopters available there are often a set number of flights included with the cruise, but then with extra trips available as an optional extra. If there is a helicopter on your ship, find out what is included and what the options are before you go.

Photo; © Mike Usher - Pictures from an icebreaker cruise to Eastern Antarctica.