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10 nights from 69,995.00..from Arctic to Antarctica

10 nights from 69,995.00..from Arctic to Antarctica

Old May 5, 16, 5:00 am
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10 nights from 69,995.00..from Arctic to Antarctica

Anyone fancy this little jaunt? Will this Macyourday?

https://www.noble-caledonia.co.uk/to...toe/itinerary/
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Old May 5, 16, 7:41 am
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Have you booked - I was just about to but then realised that that is per person!! So just slightly out of my normal travel budget!
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Old May 5, 16, 8:10 am
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That is actually quite a bargain when you consider the antarctic portion probably accounts for 64,000 of the total. That portion sounds a lot like what this company offers: http://www.white-desert.com/dates-2016/ Which sounds pretty amazing if money wasn't an issue. Shhh. Don't tell MacMyDay. Or do. The trip report would be priceless.
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I didn't know it was possible to stay in Antarctica, other than on a cruise ship or working at a research station. Where are these igloos and what are they like?
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It is still a package tour from Luton Airport
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Old May 5, 16, 9:19 am
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Originally Posted by SanDiego1K View Post
I didn't know it was possible to stay in Antarctica, other than on a cruise ship or working at a research station. Where are these igloos and what are they like?
If you go to the link I posted and then the "gallery" section there are some pictures. They are tasteful, but a long way from traditional luxury. Which is to be expected, given the location!
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Old May 5, 16, 9:29 am
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If you go to the link I posted and then the "gallery" section there are some pictures. They are tasteful, but a long way from traditional luxury. Which is to be expected, given the location!
I found pictures of the igloos in the Arctic but no joy on Antarctica. Here are more pictures of the igloos they use in the north:

http://www.kakslauttanen.fi/en/accommodation/

They are quite different than I anticipated with their glass roofs.

Here's a description from their site of the Antarctica lodging:

Our accommodation consists of domed, frameless structures of aerospace composite panels that slot together in order to have the strength of a normal building yet the mobility of a tent. An expert from the company that manufactures the pods made a special journey from Alaska to help the team set up this unique camp. The pods have luxury en-suite bedrooms, each 6.1m in diameter. The interiors include two single beds (converting into one double bed, on request), a wash area, toilet and writing desk. There is also a separate shower tent with a full shower and toilet facilities.
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Originally Posted by ridefar View Post
Shhh. Don't tell MacMyDay. Or do. The trip report would be priceless.
The trip report would definitely not be priceless - quite the contrary, it would be 69,995 to be precise. I'd ask my butler if I'm free for this excursion, but I'm now living in a crack den after the bailiffs took my house away to pay for North Island.
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Originally Posted by SanDiego1K View Post
I found pictures of the igloos in the Arctic but no joy on Antarctica. Here are more pictures of the igloos they use in the north:

http://www.kakslauttanen.fi/en/accommodation/

They are quite different than I anticipated with their glass roofs.

Here's a description from their site of the Antarctica lodging:

Our accommodation consists of domed, frameless structures of aerospace composite panels that slot together in order to have the strength of a normal building yet the mobility of a tent. An expert from the company that manufactures the pods made a special journey from Alaska to help the team set up this unique camp. The pods have luxury en-suite bedrooms, each 6.1m in diameter. The interiors include two single beds (converting into one double bed, on request), a wash area, toilet and writing desk. There is also a separate shower tent with a full shower and toilet facilities.
That looks lovely. If it weren't for the fact that I would be a happy man if I never saw another snowflake ever again for as long as I live I would probably be adding it to my places to go list.

Photos of antarctic igloos should be here: http://www.white-desert.com/gallery/

I am just assuming the tour operator cited by the OP is using the facilities of the White Desert Antarctica camp that I linked to. I can't imagine there are two such similar itineraries and costs in the same area.
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Originally Posted by MacMyDay View Post
The trip report would definitely not be priceless - quite the contrary, it would be 69,995 to be precise. I'd ask my butler if I'm free for this excursion, but I'm now living in a crack den after the bailiffs took my house away to pay for North Island.
Haha

And Pausanias was hoping to Macyourday!
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That looks lovely. If it weren't for the fact that I would be a happy man if I never saw another snowflake ever again for as long as I live I would probably be adding it to my places to go list.
Well, yes. There's a reason we moved from snow country and a reason why I sent my husband with a friend to Antarctica this past winter. Still,I'm intrigued by the property they use in the Arctic. There's a lot of appeal in those glass topped rooms and being able to see the aurora borealis without going outside.
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Originally Posted by SanDiego1K View Post
I found pictures of the igloos in the Arctic but no joy on Antarctica. Here are more pictures of the igloos they use in the north:

http://www.kakslauttanen.fi/en/accommodation/

They are quite different than I anticipated with their glass roofs.

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Originally Posted by SanDiego1K View Post
Well, yes. There's a reason we moved from snow country and a reason why I sent my husband with a friend to Antarctica this past winter. Still,I'm intrigued by the property they use in the Arctic. There's a lot of appeal in those glass topped rooms and being able to see the aurora borealis without going outside.
I stayed in the glass igloo few years ago . It was comfortable enough , the beds certainly were , similar to the adjustable hospital ones but much better

We stayed at Nellim Wilderness first
http://nellim.fi/destinations/nellim.../accomodation/
But their " AURORA BUBBLE " was not even launched then .
Would have stayed in these if they were .

Loved our aurora borealis adventure , saw them nightly . Spectacular !!

But being outside was really amazing , we were literally in the wilderness ! So so remote ..
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And we, too - following FlyerEC's recommendation - stayed at Nellim. Loved it.

Stayed in the Aurora Bubble two nights, as well as another two nights on the property. Were blessed with historically good displays, including a night on their privately heated "Bubble Sledge" on Lake Ivalo, with a Sami guide from the area ... even he was impressed!

I could NOT more highly recommend it. It's certainly not luxurious, but it IS purely magical.

In fact, based on research and my experiences there, I'd recommend Nellim over Kaukslatannen.
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Old May 9, 16, 10:29 am
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ridefar, OP link itinerary says only 3 days on antarctica
white desert is not only option for land stay, just only 'luxury'

i can see doing $20K white desert day-trip, if they repeat, rather than cruise
for cruises, seems by far the best is to fly to antarctica and then do cruise
presumably there will not be more book-a-cabin trips on hanse explorer

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based on research...I'd recommend Nellim over Kaukslatannen.
could combine, nellim is about 80km to northeast
but indeed quick research yields interesting results >
travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/124688/Sledge-Thief-Wilderness-Village-6
re nellim - "Aurora Alarm ... better food here than at Kakslauttanen"
foodieinternational.com/2014/02/21/northern-lights-in-nellim-finland/

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