About Antarctica21

  • A proudly Chilean registered and owned business
  • Named in 2019 as one of Chile’s best managed companies
  • Operated in Antarctica since 2003
  • One of the most experienced management teams in the business; the senior management team averages 25+ years of polar experience each
  • Number of ships: 2
  • Length of partnership with Swoop: Since 2014
Customer review background image

What our customers think about Antarctica21

The team's passion for Antarctica and their own research interests was palpable and contagious. I found Pelin's talks on history to be particularly engaging. Michael was borderline poetic in the way he described the ecosystem and the birds that rely on it. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2023

Timothy Kleiman - USA

This was an experience of a lifetime that could not be had with a larger cruise ship operation. With a smaller ship, a much more intimate experience is possible. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2023

Stephen Rathbun - USA

Antarctica21 is the best in the business! The crew was amazing! Marcelo, Anna Carla, Sergei, Ignatio, Teal, Diego, Veronica, and Jas were GREAT! Read the full review

Travelled: December 2023

Wes Westbrooks - USA

10/10 - The whole experience was amazing. Swoop customer relations (Hannah) was awesome. Antarctica21 did an amazing job. Amazing experience! Read the full review

Travelled: December 2023

Tamra Anne Westbrooks - USA

The crew to guest ratio was perfect for us. The whole team did an incredible job through and through to make sure we had the best experience possible! Antarctica21 did a great job organizing the trip and choosing the correct staff. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2023

Sarah Yip - USA

The expedition team was very knowledgeable, experienced and friendly. Many of them sat with us at meals and we got to know them very well. Everyone did a fantastic job and made our experience so special. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2023

Sarah Yip - USA

Antarctica21 is great! We really feel fortunate having such knowledgeable and friendly expedition team being our zodiac driver and explore guide in our voyage, which guided us through our each ride to appreciate the beauty, geology, ecology, and animal life. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2023

Dali Yang - USA

We would definitely choose to tour on the Ocean Nova again. The accommodations were clean and comfortable. The housekeeping staff were so efficient and did a wonderful job. And, my goodness, the food!! Chef and galley staff fed us so well - a broad assortment of choices at each meal and excellently prepared and presented. Read the full review

Travelled: February 2023

Jeff Zumhofe - USA

The ship was perfect, food was awesome I would recommend Ocean Nova to anyone thinking of going to Antarctica Read the full review

Travelled: January 2023

Nicole Wallace - USA

BEAUTIFUL SHIP!!!! I don’t know if I could go on another ship if it wasn’t the Magellan. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2023

Madison Augustyn - USA

Magellan Explorer is a world class piece of art! Brand new ship with everything you can ask for. The outside deck of our cabin was very nice and private. The ship has the latest stabilizer technology so we didn’t feel the waves too much. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2023

Khanh Nguyen - USA

I would highly recommend Ocean Nova. The cabins are perfectly adequate, the food and service was excellent. I did not want to experience Antarctica from a distance, and Ocean Nova is the only vessel that allows you to get up close and personal with the continent, its wildlife, and its feel. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2022

Marg Macleod - Canada

The entire expedition team and hotel staff on Ocean Nova was top notch. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2022

Akilah Hugine - USA

I have been on (much larger) cruise ships before, so I did have some general idea of how being onboard would be. My experience with Magellan Explorer was a step up from my previous experiences. Partly this was due to the small size of the ship, but even taking this into account, I found staff extremely friendly and helpful throughout the voyage. In addition, I found the food excellent, with great variety and ample portions. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2022

Fred Delcomyn - USA

Cabin was perfect. Food was unbelievable and staff fabulous. I’d definitely choose the Magellan again. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2021

Chris Dixon - UK

The Ocean Nova ship was great, I would 10/10 do it again. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2019

Katie Salva - United States Of America

Review:

What makes Antarctica21 special?

  • As the ground-breaking pioneers of the Fly & Cruise concept in 2003 – flying instead of sailing to Antarctica – there’s nobody more experienced, knowledgeable and qualified to successfully get you in and out of the White Continent by plane. The company's success is their growing list of imitators – copied yet rarely bettered
  • A21's 98% success rate is market leading and attests to their superior operational competency, preferential relationship with their longstanding flight partner, and unparalleled knowledge of Antarctica’s mercurial weather patterns
  • As a Chilean-based company from the southerly city of Punta Arenas, A21’s roots are firmly Patagonian. This rich heritage, fused with a natural aversion to risk-taking, a clinical professional integrity and a deep commitment to delivering the very best experience for their guests, encompass A21’s core DNA
  • A21 are rightfully proud of their outstanding onboard expedition team, which is second to none – the true rockstars of any Antarctic trip. They are backed up by one of the most experienced management teams in the business
  • Lastly, A21 are unique in the market: the small size of their two ships provides guests with a more intimate and personalised experience that is hard to replicate on larger vessels
Swoop Says background image

Alex says

The strength of the Swoop-A21 partnership pivots around the depth of confidence we have in placing our guests in their trust. This stems directly from A21’s consistent success at delivering a high-quality experience over many seasons in one of the world’s most challenging operational environments. Put simply, there’s no other operator who compares with their experience and track record.

Alex Mudd Head of Swoop Antarctica

Fun facts about Antarctica21

Our partnership with A21 runs deeper than with almost every other operator: 

  • Alex, our Head of Swoop Antarctica, has partnered with A21 since 2004 – the year after the company’s inception – and was a special guest at their 20th anniversary celebration in Patagonia in September 2023
  • After 11 years working in the polar regions – six of those with A21 – Loli swapped ship life for dry land and joined Swoop Antarctica in 2016 as a Polar Specialist, bringing a deep wealth of operational experience and knowledge with her
  • In contrast, after 4 years at Swoop, Tennessee ditched his desk and took up the siren call of the Southern Ocean, joining A21 as their much loved polar historian
  • Otto, a cruise industry veteran, joined Swoop in 2023 from A21, where he was the US Market Manager. His insights into the Fly & Cruise business are invaluable when talking with customers who are planning a trip 
Swoop Says background image

Swoop says

There’s no other polar agent who knows A21 better than Swoop or understands the nuances of Fly & Cruise logistics.

Antarctica21's ships

Magellan Explorer

Magellan Explorer Ship

The smallest and newest purpose-built expedition ship. Specifically built for Antarctic fly-cruise operations, the Magellan Explorer carries a maximum of 76 guests for fly cruises,…

Discover More

Ocean Nova

Ocean Nova ship

Built to ply the ice-choked waters of Western Greenland, the very popular Ocean Nova is a capable and comfortable ship carrying just 67 passengers.

Discover More

Why Swoop

Expert Impartial Advice At No Extra Cost

Expert Impartial Advice SVG

Antarctic travel options are complicated. We help you choose the right ship, the right cabin, and at the right point in the season.

A Depth Of Knowledge On Board

Depth Of Knowledge SVG

As a team of ex-guides, tour leaders, & polar adventurers our Antarctic knowledge is leagues ahead of the rest.

For The Ends Of The Earth

Ends Of The Earth SVG

Swoop is proud to be B Corp Certified as we know sustainability is more than our carbon footprint (but we’re reducing that too).

We’re With You At Every Step

With You SVG

We’ll make sure you have the adventure of a lifetime.

Meet the Antarctica21 team

Two guides smile at the camera in Antarctica

A21 guides in Antarctica

The outstanding calibre of A21’s onboard expedition staff remains one of their superpowers:

  • Many of the team are seasoned Antarctic veterans, and that level of experience matters in a challenging environment like this
  • Their expedition staff to guest ratio of 1:6 is low, ensuring everyone has access to plenty of 1-2-1 interaction
  • Our guests appreciate the whole team being around in the evening, in the bar and dining room, to share their anecdotes and enrich the overall experience

A few key members you may meet on your voyage:

Sandra Walser

  • Historian & Cruise Manager
  • Has taken part in more than 70 Antarctic and Arctic expedition cruises as a lecturer in polar history, a naturalist guide, a photographer and zodiac driver
  • Member of the Polar Tourism Guides Association and certified as a Senior Polar Guide
  • Delights in helping guests discover the magic and fragility of the Antarctic, as well as experience the trip of a lifetime
  • Recently published a widely acclaimed book focusing on a pioneering cruise to Spitsbergen in 1896
Expedition Leader Sandra Walser of A21

David Berg

  • Expedition Leader
  • Educated in Earth Sciences and Glaciology and is an accomplished lecturer, as well as being a polar history enthusiast
  • Has a wide range of experience, from leading expeditions on different ships to dogsled driving and kayak guiding 
  • Completed an unsupported crossing of Greenland's inland ice, following the footsteps of one of his heroes, Fridtjof Nansen
  • Has spent several winters driving snowmobiles and guiding for Sweden's Ice Hotel, often in -50°C temperatures
A21 staff member in Antarctica David Berg

Tennessee Blackmore

  • Antarctic History Lecturer
  • Working as A21’s polar historian brings together Tennessee’s natural showmanship in front of an audience and deep passionate for Antarctic history
  • Rarely fails to captivate listeners with his enthusiasm for his subject 
  • Is currently writing a biography on his hero, James Clark Ross
  • Was a Polar Specialist at Swoop Antarctica for 4 years prior to joining A21
Introducing Antarctica21
Customer review background image

What our customers think about A21's guides

The team's passion for Antarctica and their own research interests was palpable and contagious. I found Pelin's talks on history to be particularly engaging. Michael was borderline poetic in the way he described the ecosystem and the birds that rely on it. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2023

Timothy Kleiman - USA

This was an experience of a lifetime that could not be had with a larger cruise ship operation. With a smaller ship, a much more intimate experience is possible. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2023

Stephen Rathbun - USA

Antarctica21 is the best in the business! The crew was amazing! Marcelo, Anna Carla, Sergei, Ignatio, Teal, Diego, Veronica, and Jas were GREAT! Read the full review

Travelled: December 2023

Wes Westbrooks - USA

10/10 - The whole experience was amazing. Swoop customer relations (Hannah) was awesome. Antarctica21 did an amazing job. Amazing experience! Read the full review

Travelled: December 2023

Tamra Anne Westbrooks - USA

The crew to guest ratio was perfect for us. The whole team did an incredible job through and through to make sure we had the best experience possible! Antarctica21 did a great job organizing the trip and choosing the correct staff. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2023

Sarah Yip - USA

The expedition team was very knowledgeable, experienced and friendly. Many of them sat with us at meals and we got to know them very well. Everyone did a fantastic job and made our experience so special. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2023

Sarah Yip - USA

Antarctica21 is great! We really feel fortunate having such knowledgeable and friendly expedition team being our zodiac driver and explore guide in our voyage, which guided us through our each ride to appreciate the beauty, geology, ecology, and animal life. Read the full review

Travelled: November 2023

Dali Yang - USA

Particular kudos go to the ship's crew of the Magellan Explorer. Our leader there was Ben and he was just astonishing. He is a world traveller, an athlete, and just one hell of a nice guy. We really felt like somebody had your back and truly wanted you to have the experience of a lifetime. And it was. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2019

Donald Emeigh - United States Of America

Review:

Swoop offers the following Antarctica21 trips

Special Offers:Swoop has access to the widest range of offers and can help you find the right trip, cabin, & price.

South Georgia & Falklands Wildlife Safari

With 8 full days exploring the wildlife meccas of South Georgia and the Falklands, this trip particularly appeals to wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. Travelling aboard a small custom-designed 100 guest expedition ship ensures extended time ashore each day. Further benefits…

  • 17 Days
  • $12,995
66 Degrees South Fly Cruise

By offering time saving flights, extended time in Antarctica and the chance to reach the Polar Circle, this 10-day voyage maximises the polar experience. Minimum travel time & maximum exploring time and all the benefits of only 73 people…

  • 10 Days
  • $15,995
Express Tour of Antarctica

A cost-effective Antarctic adventure. This itinerary is also ideal for those with limited time wanting to combine Antarctica with time exploring Patagonia. Sailing one way and flying back, you get to combine two iconic places: Antarctica and Cape Horn. Note,…

  • 6-7 Days
  • $4,995
Original Fly & Cruise Luxury Adventure

Fly over the Drake Passage in just 2 hours, both to and from Antarctica. ​Ideal for those ​wanting a high comfort level, but ​who have limited time or ​are ​anxious sailors. ​An outstanding program, successfully operated for over 15 seasons.​…

  • 8 Days
  • $15,295
Original Fly & Cruise Expedition Cruise

Travel with the pioneers of fly & cruise Antarctic voyages, flying in both directions and bypassing a 2-day sail on the Drake Passage. Regular departure dates (Dec - Feb) to choose from. Explore Antarctica aboard a trusty 68-passenger expedition ship…

  • 8 Days
  • $11,495