50 De­grees North ex­pands with new sales staff

Travel Bulletin - - POLAR REGIONS -

ON THE GO tours has launched a se­lec­tion of cruis­ing ex­pe­di­tions to Antarc­tica. The com­pany is of­fer­ing four itin­er­ar­ies to the frozen con­ti­nent, rang­ing from nine to 20 days. Prices for the ex­cur­sions lead in at NZ$12,860 per per­son. The nine-day Antarc­tica Taster jour­ney nav­i­gates the Ger­lache Strait, the Neu­mayer Chan­nel, and the nar­row pas­sages of the Le­maire Chan­nel. Daily shore land­ings in­clude Par­adise Bay, the Mel­chior Is­land group and, if ice con­di­tions per­mit, Peter­mann Is­land – home to the Gen­too pen­guins. The 11-day Clas­sic Antarc­tica fol­lows a sim­i­lar itin­er­ary, in­tro­duc­ing explorers to the South Shet­land Is­lands and the Antarc­tic Penin­sula. The 12-day Po­lar Cir­cle Quest con­tin­ues the BOU­TIQUE Nordic tour op­er­a­tor 50 De­grees North is ex­pand­ing with new rep­re­sen­ta­tive of­fices to open in Van­cou­ver and Canada. Ex­tra des­ti­na­tion spe­cial­ists are also be­ing hired in both the Aus­tralian and Nor­way of­fices. Owner and CEO of 50De­grees North Ti­etse Stelma said even with the ex­pan­sion, their aim is still to re­main a “rel­a­tively small and bou­tique tour op­er­a­tor”. “We want fo­cus more ex­clu­sively on those prod­ucts we be­lieve are the best, rather than try­ing to sell ev­ery­thing to any­one,” she said. All 12 sales staff at the in­de­pen­dently owned tour com­pany are Nordic na­tion­als of­fer­ing unique in-depth knowl­edge of the re­gion. jour­ney fur­ther south to cross the Antarc­tic Cir­cle. On this trip there will be an op­por­tu­nity to visit the Ver­nad­sky Re­search Base where Ukraine car­ries out me­te­o­rol­ogy re­search and the rugged ar­chi­pel­ago of Yalour Is­lands. Those want­ing to have a full im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence can get on board the 20-day Clas­sic South Ge­or­gia tour which heads out east vis­it­ing the Western Falk­lands Is­lands, East­ern Falk­land Is­lands, South Ge­or­gia, Ele­phant Is­land, the Antarc­tic Penin­sula, the South Shet­land Is­lands and Drake Pas­sage. Shore ex­cur­sions will range from spot­ting ele­phant seals and Mag­el­lanic and Gen­too pen­guins on Car­cass Is­land to vis­it­ing the mys­te­ri­ous Ele­phant Is­land. For more in­for­ma­tion or to book, see

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