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Poseidon Expeditions - your polar cruise operator

Poseidon Expeditions is a leading operator of polar expeditions in the cruise industry. Since 1999, we’ve offered voyages to the Arctic, Antarctica and the North Pole that combine the spirit of adventure with a generous measure of onboard comfort and well-being.

Antarctic Peninsula
Antarctic Peninsula Antarctic Peninsula map route

US$ 7 561

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Sea Kayak Club Camping Photography

Antarctic Peninsula Antarctic Peninsula map route

US$ 8 726

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Sea Kayak Club Camping Photography

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica
Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica map route

US$ 11 556

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Sea Kayak Club Photography

Antarctic Circle
Antarctic Circle Antarctic Circle map route

US$ 11 680

15

Sea Kayak Club Camping Photography

Departures

Itinerary Dates Days Activities Special offers Rates from
Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica
Antarctic Awakening
21 Oct - 12 Nov 2022 23 Sea Kayak Club Photography
US$ 13 395
per person
Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica
Antarctic Wildlife Adventure
11 Nov - 01 Dec 2022 21 Sea Kayak Club Photography
US$ 15 295
per person
Antarctic Peninsula
Realm of Penguins & Icebergs
10 Dec - 20 Dec 2022 11 Sea Kayak Club Camping Photography
US$ 8 795
per person
Antarctic Peninsula
Christmas in Antarctica
19 Dec - 30 Dec 2022 12 Sea Kayak Club Camping Photography
US$ 9 795
per person
Antarctic Peninsula
New Year in Antarctica
29 Dec - 08 Jan 2023 11 Sea Kayak Club Camping Photography
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Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica
Antarctic Wildlife Adventure
07 Jan - 27 Jan 2023 21 Sea Kayak Club Photography
US$ 18 195
per person
Antarctic Circle
Crossing 66º South Latitude
26 Jan - 09 Feb 2023 15 Sea Kayak Club Camping Photography
US$ 11 995
per person

itineraries

ABUNDANT ANTARCTIC WILDLIFE

ABUNDANT ANTARCTIC WILDLIFE

Antarctica is famous for its penguins. In the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula you can go ashore at sites where gentoo, chinstrap, and adélie penguins come together in boisterous nesting colonies. Meeting with an inquisitive penguin chick is an experience not to be forgotten.

The windswept and treeless Falkland Islands are a birders’ paradise. The islands boast a great abundance and diversity of birdlife including five species of penguin.

In the island of South Georgia, seabirds and marine mammals are counted in the millions. The island’s beaches are packed with fur seals and elephant seals jostling for space alongside innumerable king penguins.

The waters of Antarctica are also home to impressive numbers of weddell, crabeater, and leopard seals. Humpback and killer whales can also be spotted feeding in bountiful seas.
INCREDIBLE POLAR SCENERY

INCREDIBLE POLAR SCENERY

The scenery in Antarctic is like nothing else on Earth. Massive, rugged, gleaming white mountains—covered on all but their sheerest faces by permanent snow and innumerable glaciers—rise from deep blue waters to form protected bays and scenic passages such as the renowned Lemaire Channel.

Floating everywhere in these pristine waterways are fragments of the continent’s frozen surface. From gargantuan icebergs that dwarf our ship to billowy blankets of brash ice crackling in the wake of our Zodiacs, ice is the ever-present backdrop of our voyage.

During the authentic once-per-year Crossing the Antarctic Circle cruise we will see rarely visited regions south of the Polar Circle, the vast, white landscapes, which are both bleak and beautiful, the weather is especially wild, and the waters are full of constantly shifting sea ice and enormous tabular icebergs.

HUMAN ENTERPRISE, PAST AND PRESENT

HUMAN ENTERPRISE, PAST AND PRESENT

Antarctica has been the setting of many heroic adventures and journeys of discovery. On this voyage you will be following in the historic footsteps of early whalers, polar explorers, and scientific expeditions.

Visit Point Wild on Elephant Island, where Earnest Shackleton and his men spent part of their historic odyssey. Also in the South Shetland Islands are the historical remains of a whaling station at Deception Island, as well as a multitude of far-flung research bases operated by various countries.

In these areas you also have the opportunity to appreciate modern human ingenuity at scientific research stations of various nationalities. Some of these stations, such as Port Lockroy, even boast a museum, gift shop, and post office.

THROUGH THE VIEWFINDER

PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY

The world-class wildlife and landscapes found on this voyage offer a dazzling array of subjects for photographers of all backgrounds. Our free photography program gives you the chance to learn and practice your skills alongside an experienced expert.

An albatross, great wings outstretched, glides to the ground beside its downy chick. Two bull elephant seals stage a ferocious battle against a backdrop of glaciers. An iceberg casts its reflection upon water rippling with the motion of penguins.

With a stupendous abundance of animals and scenery beyond comparison, this voyage provides a cornucopia of inspiration for the photographer. Our expert will be available to help you make the most of this bounty in your viewfinder.

SEA KAYAK CLUB

Our optional kayaking program gives you the chance to experience these incredible destinations in a unique and interesting way. All three regions on this itinerary offer fantastic paddling opportunities, each one more rewarding than the last.

Sea Kayak Club participants in South Georgia encounter swarms of penguins and seals while paddling in a supremely wild and beautiful environment. The Antarctic Peninsula delights kayakers with spectacular polar scenery and ice features of every description.

This voyage takes you to some of the world’s most gorgeous locations and offers some of the best opportunities to paddle with wildlife. If you enjoy sea kayaking, then do not miss your chance to participate in this exciting adventure activity.

SEA KAYAK CLUB
ANTARCTICA CAMPING

ANTARCTICA CAMPING

Antarctica Camping is a unique and unforgettable way to expand your experience on the White Continent. This optional activity allows you to meet Antarctica on its own terms by spending a night out on the ice and snow.

Camping is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the Antarctic wilderness. Spend hours watching the drama of ever-changing light upon the landscape, capturing that perfect photo, or simply falling asleep to the mysterious sounds of the ice.

On your camping night you can take the time to fully experience whatever joy Antarctica holds for you. You will also gain undeniable bragging rights, lasting memories, and a newfound appreciation for your warm bed back on the ship.

Why go to Antarctica with Poseidon Expeditions?

There’s no place in the world like Antarctica – a land of icebergs and penguins, overwhelming icescapes and vibrant wildlife. We invite you on an authentic expedition to hidden and rarely visited corners of the White Continent. Why travel with us?

Wildlife encounters

Wildlife encounters

Our focus is on unique marine wildlife viewing at sites shared with countless penguins, seabirds, seals, sea lions and majestic whales.

23 years of polar experience

23 years of polar experience

Supported by a thorough understanding and appreciation of Antarctica, every aspect of your cruise is important to us.

Small ship – big advantage

Small ship – big advantage

This concept allows our passengers to have the greatest selection of landing sites, following the regulations and guidelines for Antarctic travel.

Expert expedition team

Expert expedition team

Our polar team will share their enthusiasm for Antarctica, while the expedition leader and captain will create the best routing possible.

Smooth sailing

Smooth sailing

M/v Sea Spirit is equipped with state-of-the-art stabilizers for comfortable cruising in the Drake Passage and across the Antarctic Convergence.

IAATO member

IAATO member

We are a member in good standing of IAATO, which works cooperatively to ensure safe and environmentally responsible travel.

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Antarctic Cruises, Expeditions & Tours

Discover the White Continent

Have you ever dreamed of exploring one of the most remote places on Earth? If you are an avid traveler who wants to discover the polar regions off the beaten path, our expedition cruises are perfect for you.

Experience scenic landscapes, unique wildlife and feel the same excitement as the famous explorers when you finally set foot on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Our expedition ship, the Sea Spirit, is perfectly suited for small group travel to the most remote places in comfort and style. Begin the trip of a lifetime now with the best expedition team on the planet!

Highlights of your Antarctic Expedition Cruise

Discover iconic wildlife

It’s not only the penguins and their chicks that will steal your heart in Antarctica. Fur, leopard and elephant seals, as well as an abundance of seabirds will cross paths with us. Imagine iconic wildlife on a beautiful beach on South Georgia Island, with glacier covered mountains in the background.

Planning a Big Year? The most avid birder’s dreams come true on the Falkland Islands, where you can see five different species of penguins and seabirds. And don’t forget to look out for killer and humpback whales!

Experience polar exploration history

Follow in the footsteps of the historic Antarctic explorers! Learn about their courageous adventures. Visit ancient whaling stations on South Georgia and Deception Island and modern research stations on the White Continent.

Expand your horizons

Attend onboard lectures and learn about history, geography, marine biology and photography from our onboard specialists, or join our citizen science projects and work side-by-side with top researchers. Record cloud types, observe wildlife and help collect important data for research projects.

Indulge in our well-stocked polar library aboard the Sea Spirit. Share your passion for the Antarctic with fellow travelers from all over the world and make contacts and memories that will last a lifetime.

As members of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), we participate in various projects to protect wildlife and nature. One of the latest projects is the 10km/hour voluntary speed limit in the Gerlache Strait and adjacent whale-rich waters during whale season, launched in 2020.

Join the sea kayak club

This one’s an optional, but very popular feature on all of our cruises. Kayaking gives you the unique option to get closer to the action, surrounded by the most amazing landscapes.

Imagine approaching the icy shore when, suddenly, a group of penguins dives into the water right in front of you! Our sea kayaks are small and stable; therefore, they are easy to maneuver and don’t disturb nature and wildlife.

Camp on the ice

Few adventurers have spent a night in Antarctica and you can become one of them! State-of-the-art equipment will keep you warm throughout the night before you step back aboard our comfortable ship.

Explore polar research stations

Visit Port Lockroy, a functioning scientific station with a museum and gift shop. Make sure you send a post card home from their post office.

Discover the subantarctic islands

Depending on your cruise itinerary, you’ll have the chance to explore the South Shetland Islands (rich in history and wildlife), Enterprise Island (featuring a Norwegian whaling ship wreck), South Georgia Island and the Falklands.

Antarctic Destinations

Our Antarctic Expedition Cruises

Realm of Penguins & Icebergs (Antarctic Peninsula)

After departing from Ushuaia, Argentina aboard the Sea Spirit, you will cross the infamous Drake Passage. Your first glimpse of Antarctica will be the South Shetland Islands, where you will explore the local history and wildlife. We’ll continue along the Antarctic Peninsula before passing through the Gerlache Strait, surrounded by spectacular mountains, pristine glaciers and icebergs, before heading back to port.

New Year & Christmas in Antarctica (Antarctic Peninsula)

Celebrate the holidays aboard the Sea Spirit and discover the pristine polar wilderness of the Antarctic Peninsula. Leave Ushuaia in Argentina aboard the Sea Spirit and head south across the infamous Drake Passage. Explore the South Shetland Islands, rich in history and wildlife. Prepare yourself for an unforgettable holiday, celebrating with like-minded travelers over gourmet meals, drinks and dances aboard the Sea Spirit.

Antarctic Wildlife Adventure (Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula)

You will leave Ushuaia, Argentina aboard the Sea Spirit cruising to the Falkland Islands. For birders this is a real paradise with penguin rookeries and seabirds. Further along, we journey to South Georgia Island, where you will stroll pristine beaches while penguins and seals roam the beautiful landscape. Explore abandoned whaling stations and learn about the region’s history in the museum in Grytviken.

Crossing 66º South Latitude (The Antarctic Circle)

Take this unique voyage further south than any other cruise. From Ushuaia, Argentina we’ll cross the infamous Drake Passage aboard the Sea Spirit and explore the South Shetland Islands, rich in their own history and wildlife. We then continue on to the Gerlache Strait, framed with glacier-covered mountains and famous for iconic marine mammals and penguins.

We push further south to cross the Antarctic Circle to see the real spirit of the White Continent with bleak white landscapes and harsh weather conditions.

Antarctica travel guide – get ready for your expedition cruise

How to get to Antarctica

Our expedition cruises start in Ushuaia or Buenos Aires, Argentina (depending on your itinerary) where you will board our small expedition ship, the Sea Spirit. Airport pick-up and transfer to the hotel, as well as a one-night accommodation before our trip starts, are included in the price. You will just have to arrange airfare to and from Ushuaia (or Buenos Aires) by yourself. But, of course, we can assist you with booking if needed!

Travel arrangements

Depending on your nationality, you may require a visa to enter Argentina (where the cruise begins). We are happy to advise you on visa arrangements, the required set of documents and can also assist with contacting the relevant consulates.

Interesting facts about Antarctica

  • Antarctica is the driest, windiest and coldest continent. The blizzards on the White Continent can lift snow at speeds of up to 320km/h.

  • No country owns Antarctica according to the Antarctic Treaty, signed in 1959 (and which came into force on June 23rd, 1961). It’s listed as a nature preserve and place to conduct peaceful activities and science, with 48 nations supporting the agreement.

  • Antarctica features a diverse landscape, including Mt. Erebus (an active volcano), Mt. Vinson (the highest peak at 4,892m) and numerous lakes under the ice. One of them, Lake Vostok (a freshwater lake), is covered by 4km-thick ice.

  • Antarctica currently hosts 70 permanent research stations representing 29 nations.

Discover the historic explorers of Antarctica

Ronald Amundsen

After Cook and Peary claimed to have reached the North Pole, Amundsen abandoned his target and changed his route to the South Pole. En route to Antarctica in 1910 on the Fram, he reached the Bay of Whales near the eastern edge of the Ross Ice Shelf in January 1911 and set out to the pole in October 1911. Travelling by dogsled and skis proved successful and Amundsen ultimately won the race to the South Pole on December 14th, 1911, a month before Scott’s party.

Robert F. Scott

Scott first journeyed to Antarctica aboard the Discovery expedition in 1901-1904 together with Sir Ernest Shackleton. While not reaching the pole, they were able to collect valuable experience and data. On his second attempt on the Terra Nova Expedition of 1910-1913, he was challenged by Amundsen, who suddenly changed course to the South Pole. Scott started his march on November 1st, 1911. After a grueling march, five men reached the pole on January 17th, 1912, where they found remains of Amundsen’s party. Scott presumably perished on March 29th, 1912 on his return to camp.

Sir Ernest Shackleton

Shackleton’s ill-fated Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-17) on the Endurance got trapped in pack ice in the Weddell Sea. Venturing over pack ice, they reached Elephant Island, from which Shackleton and a few men sailed to South Georgia Island in a small lifeboat. Leaving his second-in-command, Frank Wild, back on Elephant Island with the rest of the crew, Shackleton made it safely to South Georgia, where he reached the Stromness whaling station after crossing the island on foot. Every member of the expedition survived.

A typical day aboard our expedition ship

We want to show you the best of the Antarctic and its most breathtaking places. Weather permitting, we will land on pristine shores, hike to beautiful viewpoints and cruise in our small motorized Zodiac boats. Join the kayak club and you can paddle close-up to wildlife and nature at your own pace. But even at days at sea, ship life aboard the Sea Spirit will keep you busy. Visit lectures by our specialists, hit the gym, read books about Antarctica in our polar library, enjoy gourmet meals in our restaurant, meet fellow travelers at the bar or in our coffee and tea lounge, or just enjoy the beautiful views from your comfortable cabin.

When stepping ashore…

While you already get the best views from our small expedition ship, the Sea Spirit, cruising ashore with our Zodiac boats will bring you even closer to the action. These motorized, safe and durable boats are designed for a maximum of 16 passengers and are perfect for ecologically-sound cruising, minimizing your impact on nature and wildlife.

How to keep busy aboard…

Ship life aboard the Sea Spirit, will keep you busy. Enjoy gourmet meals in the restaurant or open-air bistro on deck, or join your fellow travelers for a chat at the bar. Our Salon Club offers coffee and tea 24/7 and snacks in-between meals.

Visit the captain’s bridge to be the first one to spot wildlife. Pick up binoculars, chat with the crew, or just simply enjoy the best views from this part of the ship.

We bring top scientists aboard and encourage our passengers to participate in their research. Check with us on what projects will be available on your cruise.

Stay active during your cruise

Visit our gym whenever you feel the need to stretch your legs or take a stroll on deck and take in the fresh ocean breeze.

FAQ

What important things should I consider when traveling to Antarctica?

  1. Choose your expedition ship wisely! To get the full experience and make the most of wildlife sightings, landings and activities, join a cruise with less than 200 passengers. You’ll get a more personal experience, get closer to the action and form closer bonds with like-minded fellow travelers!

  2. Cruise with the best! Choose a company that has many years of experience with a top team. This is important to guarantee your safety and the trip of our lifetime! We at Poseidon Expeditions go the extra mile – we hire the best of the best. We stay up to date on the latest environmental requirements, engage in research and citizen science projects! We are also very proud of being fully in compliance with the Antarctic Treaty and all IAATO requirements.

  3. Choose your cruise – pick the right itinerary. There are lots of ways to explore the White Continent, so choose the best for you! Typical cruises to Antarctica last for 10-12 nights, with ample time for landings. Cruises from 20 to 24 nights feature not only the Antarctic Peninsula, but also the subantarctic islands like South Georgia and the Falklands.

  4. Communication and Planning For a trip of a lifetime ensure you have the right travel partner to plan it. Make sure to go with an operator that speaks your language, understands your needs and helps you proactively plan your trip!

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes, you will require travel insurance that covers you for the duration of the cruise. Please ensure that it includes travel to the polar regions and has an evacuation and repatriation coverage for no less than 200,000 USD.

While we do not require it, we do encourage passengers to also have cancellation insurance.

What do I do if I get seasick?

Everyone reacts differently to the occasional, rough water of the Drake Passage. Passengers should consult their personal physician prior to travel to Antarctica and carry the recommended preventative medications at all times. That said, not all Drake Passage crossings are tumultuous.

What clothes do I need to bring?

We recommend layering your clothes, so you can add or subtract based on weather conditions. Start with warm thermal undergarments made from merino wool or synthetics (not cotton), layer with polar fleece, wool and finish off with water and windproof materials. Keep your body warm, but let it breathe! Don’t forget your hats, scarves and gloves. We’ll have our warm expedition parka ready for you aboard, which you can take home with you, as well as rubber boots for landings, which are yours for the duration of the trip.

Click here to review our check-list on what clothes to bring with you!

What currency do you accept for payment on board?

Currency on board is US dollars. At the end of the voyage, you may pay your tab in cash, or with a major credit card (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX). We don’t accept traveler’s cheques.

How cold will it get during my voyage?

We cruise during the Antarctic summer. On the subantarctic islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, temperatures average around 0°C during our cruises.

What is included in the cruise fee?

Airport transfer from Ushuaia to your hotel, as well as the first night, are included in your cruise package. Accommodation aboard the Sea Spirit, all port fees, meals aboard and Zodiac cruises and landings are included. Alcoholic beverages, additional activities such as kayaking and camping are separate.

How much luggage can I bring?

It’s always best to pack for the segment of your flight itinerary that has the smallest baggage allowance requirement - baggage allowances on international flights are often larger than domestic flights. Also, be sure to check with your airline to confirm what you are allowed to carry.

Our ships have laundry facilities. Baggage allowance onboard is 2 pieces per 1 person.

Go to our How to pack page for more details.

Will there be Wi-Fi, phones or mobile coverage aboard?

Our expedition ship, the Sea Spirit, is equipped with Wi-Fi, which is included in the cruise package.


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