Whether cutting a birthday cake or walking down the aisle on ice, White Desert’s extraordinary itinerary turns it into the journey of a lifetime
August 26, 2022: For centuries, the Last Continent has held a special place in our imaginations. Even now, long after the first explorers reached the South Pole, access to the interior of Antarctica was still reserved for a few. Its uncrowded landscape sets the perfect scene for an exclusive group of up to 12 friends or family looking to turn a special day into the journey of a lifetime. Travel company White Desert helps with that.
Their new itinerary – The Happiest Day – has been created for guests wanting to celebrate a special occasion with a truly rare backdrop, such as birthdays, anniversaries and, for the first time, the opportunity for wedding celebrations on ice. Regardless of the length of the trip, all guests will commence their trips from Cape Town, enjoying the hospitality of a boutique hotel partner before boarding one of White Desert’s private jets to Antarctica.
The Happiest Day itinerary (costing approximately $250,000 for a group of 12) can be tailored to tie into their celebrations, with the option for a one-day trip, five-day trip or seven-day trip.
For the ultimate destination celebration, White Desert can fly guests in for one spectacular day under 24 hours of Antarctic summer daylight. For those wishing to celebrate other occasions, White Desert can arrange bespoke meals with 10,000-year-old ice cocktails alongside a host of exciting activities, including zip lining, exploring iridescent ice tunnels and fat-biking amongst spires of rock jutting from the ice floor.
Guests looking to stay a little longer can opt to experience White Desert’s Emperor Penguin itinerary for five days, or White Desert’s South Pole and Emperor Penguin itinerary for seven days. For those extending their trip, guests will be looked after in style; new for 2022 is Echo, White Desert’s modern eco-camp. Offering six heated, cutting-edge bedroom ‘sky pods’ complete with expansive floor-to-ceiling windows, with interiors featuring retro space-age detailing and luxurious furnishings.
Guests could also opt to stay at Whichaway, White Desert’s original camp, which sits on the shores of one of the freshwater lakes of the Schirmacher Oasis, complete with a wellness space and sauna pod. Both camps have been designed to be dismantled without a trace, leaving no more than a transitory impact on Antarctica.