Filed under: Luxury Travel & Hotels
If the hot summer has you dreaming of ice then this might be the time to book an adventure somewhere cold. Really cold. Kensington Tours has launched Kensington Antarctica, an exclusive luxury eco-camp offering once-in-a-lifetime trips to the heart of Antarctica's interior. The sustainable camp, perched on top of a 200 foot icefall, is the first of its kind. The camp has a zero impact policy meaning that there is carbon offsetting for flights, it is solar and wind powered, serves locally sourced food (well, semi-locally, the food comes from South Africa), and all waste is removed and dismantled every season. The main living area is comprised of two large, dome tents with a dining room, library, kitchen and communications area. The camp has only six sleeping tents, each one shared by two people. Gourmet meals are served by an acclaimed chef.
Experiences at the camp include kite skiing, rock and ice climbing, abseiling into crevasses, 4x4 adventures to the coastal ice barrier or to one of the science bases, a flight to the South Pole as well as access to a 12,000-strong colony of fearless Emperor Penguins and their hatchlings.
"Kensington Antarctica is a step forward in our mission to offer private travel to the entire world," says Jeff Willner, founder of Kensington Tours and an experienced explorer himself and a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society. "Once the exclusive domain of explorers and scientists, Kensington Antarctica now gives amateur explorers the opportunity to see landscapes and wildlife at their most untouched with personalized service from experienced professionals and the comfort of a luxury camp."
The Antarctica season runs from late November through January when temperatures average a comparatively mild 23 degrees Fahrenheit. Trips cost from between $9,635 to $48,075 for a 12-day excursion.