The Antarctic Peninsula is the ultimate destination to come face to face with vast colonies of Gentoo penguins and other wildlife including leopard seal and humpback whale; watch huge blocks of ice calve of 80 metre-high glaciers and crash into the icy black water; send a postcard home by penguin post from Port Lockroy; and enjoy a polar plunge before a hot shower back on board ship.
A visit to the Antarctic Peninsula is for many a once in a lifetime experience. Despite the harsh environment, the Antarctic Peninsula offers visitors a chance to see up close and personal a variety of birdlife, penguins, seals and whales. Besides the wildlife, there are ample opportunities to go hiking and kayaking as well as enjoy a night camping under the midnight sun giving you a more in-depth experience of this wild and fabled continent. Stunning and magnificent landscapes will surround you throughout your trip to Antarctica, and the unpredictability of the weather and wildlife add to the excitement and feeling of adventure. Classic Antarctica itineraries set sail from Argentina’s most southern point, the port of Ushuaia, or for those who prefer to avoid the Drake Passage, there are excellent Fly and Cruise options that depart from Punta Arenas in Chile. Unlike anywhere else on earth, a voyage to this wild and remote corner of the world will prove truly unforgettable.
More in-depth sailings to destinations such as the Polar Circle and the Weddell Sea truly original experiences and only undertaken by some cruises a couple of times per year. Witness incredible wildlife survive in one of the most extreme environments in the world. A journey as far south as the Polar Circle will take you through the archipelagos and waterway channels that make up the Antarctic Peninsula. You will pass by scientific bases and historic sites as well as enjoying the opportunity to go kayaking in this icy ocean or hike up past the penguin colonies for bird’s eye views of this pristine landscape. The Weddell Sea, home to some of the largest rookeries of Emperor Penguins and iconic tabular icebergs, is seldom visited. Pristine seas remain inaccessible for many months of the year due to pack ice, so this trip offers rare and unique insights into one of the most remote areas on the planet.
Those with more time to explore, may choose to follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest adventurers and sail to the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, rich in culture, natural history and home to the incredible King penguin colonies.