Inside the Antarctic Circle beats the unbridled and capricious heart of wildest Antarctica.
This special voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula departs from Ushuaia, Argentina. Daylight grows longer and the air gets colder as we head south across the Drake Passage, accompanied by soaring albatross. Our first explorations of the White Continent are in the South Shetland Islands, historically important and rich with iconic Antarctic wildlife.
Next we visit the Gerlache Strait where immense glaciers, towering mountains, and blue icebergs form a picture-perfect setting for amazing marine mammal and penguin encounters. We continue south into rarely visited territory, crossing the Antarctic Circle and exploring wherever the wind and ice will allow.
Penguins and other seabirds abound in Antarctica’s nutrient-rich seas. In the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands you can go ashore at sites where chinstrap, gentoo, and adélie penguins come together to nest in boisterous colonies. Meeting with a curious penguin chick is an unforgettable experience.
The waters of Antarctica are also home to huge concentrations of marine mammals. Pinnipeds such as crabeater, weddell, and leopard seals are often seen hauled-out on shore or reposing on ice floes. Humpback whales, minke whales, and orcas are also commonly spotted now at the height of their summer feeding frenzy.
The scenery in Antarctica 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 Antarctica’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.
This special, once-per-year voyage includes extra days so we can push deep into rarely visited regions south of the Antarctic Circle. In so doing, we are following in the historic footsteps of legendary polar explorers and early scientific expeditions.
The vast, white landscapes here are both bleak and beautiful, the weather is especially wild, and the waters are full of constantly shifting sea ice and enormous tabular icebergs. This is expedition cruising at its most authentic.
The Antarctic Peninsula is the ultimate destination for novice and experienced photographers alike. Our free photography program gives you the chance to learn and practice your skills alongside an expert photographer.
Antarctic wildlife is famously obliging to photographers. Having evolved without land predators, animals such as seals and penguins do not spook easily when on ice floes or ashore. At sea, whales and seabirds make excellent subjects too.
With scenery beyond comparison and ice features of every description, Antarctica also offers an abundance of inspiration to the landscape photographer. Our experienced expert will be available to help you make the most of this bounty in your viewfinder.
Antarctica is truly a paradise for paddlers. The White Continent rewards kayakers with spectacular polar landscapes, abundant marine wildlife, mesmerizing ice features, and a variety of excellent paddling locations.
Kayakers in Antarctica have the unique opportunity to paddle with playful penguins in waters sparkling with ice while enjoying magnificent vistas of mountains and glaciers. On this voyage there is also the rare chance to paddle south of the Antarctic Circle.
The legendary waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula offer some of the most memorable paddling opportunities on the planet. If you enjoy sea kayaking, then be sure not to miss your chance to participate in this optional adventure activity.
Antarctica Camping is a special way to expand your experience in Antarctica. This optional activity allows you to meet the White Continent on its own terms by spending a night out on the frozen landscape.
Camping is your best chance to immerse yourself in the Antarctic wilderness. For hours you can watch the drama of ever-changing light upon the landscape, capture that perfect photo, or simply fall asleep to the mysterious sounds of ice all around you.
On your camping night you can take the time to experience fully the peace and joy of Antarctica. You will gain lasting memories, undeniable bragging rights, and a newfound appreciation for your warm bed back on the ship.