Our guests play a crucial role in helping us care for the Antarctic environment. Please review the guidelines below as part of your pre-trip preparation. These guidelines explain your responsibilities and provide practical steps to help you minimize your impact. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Together we can keep Antarctic pristine for future generations!
Guidelines for Visitors to the Antarctic
One of the most important things that you can do is clean your equipment thoroughly before travelling. Antarctica is a relatively pristine environment, but human activity has the potential to bring in non-native species. More about Biosecurity
IAATO Site Guidelines
We fully support voluntary visitor guidelines and best practices established by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), a member organization, founded in 1991 to advocate, promote and practice safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic.
A number of requirements apply to the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)/drones in Antarctica, due to concerns about privacy, interference with scientific work, use in controlled airspace, and potential impacts if lost. ANI has developed UAV Guidelines to help our guests comply. Tell us if you plan to bring a UAV and be sure to review our UAV Guidelines.
Our ANI Info-Maps for Union Glacier, Mount Vinson, and the South Pole, include route information and provide guidance on safety, environmental and other procedures that should be followed. Maps are updated annually with current contact information and procedures and are provided to guests on applicable Experiences. These Info-Maps may be changed during the season as a result of operational updates.
- Union Glacier Info-Map provides guidance for field parties in the Union Glacier area
- Vinson Info-Map provides guidance for climbing parties on Mount Vinson
Some of our locations are within Specially Protected Areas and additional guidelines apply. We have produced the following two Info-Maps for the South Pole. These Info-Maps were produced in accordance with ASMA No.5 and are provided to expeditions supported by ANI.
- South Pole Info-Map VLF approach provides guidance for overland expeditions approaching the South Pole from the west/Ronne Ice Shelf
- South Pole Info-Map Hold-Short approach provides guidance for overland expeditions approaching the South Pole from the South/Ross Ice Shelf