No travellers visit Antarctica during the winter when the temperature plummets and the polar ice becomes hard to traverse. Most vessels sail from November to March.
Hear all about one of our client’s recent trips to Antarctica, Falkland Islands and South Georgia, where she discovered some of the most remote, magical and stunningly beautiful places in the world.
Antarctica is well-known for being the coldest, driest and windiest location on earth, making it a continent of extremes and pretty inhospitable to life. But despite this, this ice-crowned wilderness is home to a variety of species of wildlife that have adapted to this harsh environment and are surviving despite the odds. Wildlife peaks in the austral summer months, when seals, whales, penguins and a large diversity of other seabirds migrate to the continent to breed and feed on the virtually unlimited supply of krill, crustaceans and fish. Here’s our lowdown on the continent’s unique wildlife...
For our Latin America specialist Grant, visiting Antarctica was a real trip of a lifetime. Here, he explains why the ‘White Continent’ is so worth a visit and shares some of his favourite photos from his voyage of discovery…
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Best for: Cruise, Spectacular scenery, Wildlife
The Greg Mortimer represents the next generation in polar expedition. For the first time, luxury meets true adventure. Guests onboard can enjoy state of the art interiors, cutting edge technology and a multitude of active, adventure options.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
With its patented X-Bow design, the Greg Mortimer offers unparalleled stability through the roughest seas and is able to reach the unspoilt straits and bays of the great white continent that are off-limits to larger ships or those with a lower ice-class. Whilst a small expedition ship, carrying just 120 guests on board, the Greg Mortimer is certainly mighty: with its innovative X-Bow design, the Greg Mortimer can carve its way through the wildest of Antarctic seas, allowing for a smoother ride (great news for those lacking faith in their sea legs on the Drake Passage crossing!), lower fuel consumption and as a result, fewer emissions. We consider the Greg Mortimer a responsible choice in polar expedition travel. A commitment to preserving this fragile environment pervades the entire expedition experience, with low on-board plastic use, reduced light pollution (so as to not distress the wildlife) and a state of the art virtual anchor, which allows the ship to remain stationary whilst not disturbing the sea floor.
On board the Greg Mortimer there are endless opportunities for viewing the spectacular landscapes and wildlife as you cruise the icy waters. 360° observations decks, floor to ceiling windows in many of the staterooms and unique hydraulic viewing platforms allow maximum opportunity to immerse yourself in your incredible natural environment. Meals are served in the ship’s informal dining room, perfect for swapping stories with your fellow adventurers after a day exploring the wilderness. All cabins, known on board as staterooms, feature private bathrooms and plenty of space for storage and relaxation and are serviced daily. Many of the staterooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies to soak up those incredible views, whilst the opulent Captain’s Suite offers a large lounge area and walk-in wardrobe. Interconnecting cabins are available upon request, perfect for families travelling together.
But the real draw of any expedition are the shore excursions, getting you out amongst the unique flora and fauna of earth’s most remote regions. The Greg Mortimer houses 15 Zodiacs, launched from 4 dedicated platforms at sea level, allowing guests to maximise their time in the wilderness when they launch two to three times per day (weather permitting). Head to the innovatively designed activity launching platform to embark on a range of exciting adventures, from sea kayaking and mountaineering to snow-shoeing and even polar diving.
During a day at sea or a quiet interlude between shore excursions, the lecture room is a hive of activity, with resident naturalists and polar experts leading presentations aimed to educate and entertain. Visit the library to brush up on your wildlife knowledge, or the multimedia room should you wish to hone your photography editing skills. For the fitness enthusiast, there is a fully equipped gymnasium to be found in the Wellness Centre, alongside a sauna and Jacuzzi. To recharge your batteries after a long day on shore, book a massage to restore your weary muscles for your next adventure.
When to go
Antarctic weather is a lesson in extremes. Antarctica is the world’s coldest, windiest and driest continent. During the summer months the winds abate considerably and the weather is surprisingly comfortable, averaging between 20 and 50F. Summertime also means 18-24 hours of sunlight which allows life to flourish for a brief summer period. Long days also allow extensive exploration by small ship cruise to Antarctica. Antarctic weather allows for a short season of cruising from November to March each year.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Things to do
Up to 30% discount
Save up to 30% on selected sailings when you book your Antarctic cruise before 31st March 2020. Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Please speak to one of our specialists for more information.
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From the Falkands to South Georgia
As you travel from the Falklands to South Georgia you cross the Antarctic Convergence, a biological boundary unique to this region. Found at the meeting point of oceans, this boundary is responsible for an abundance of marine life.
Return across the Southern Ocean
Bid farewell to your Antarctic adventure as you cross the Southern Ocean, with time to attend lectures, wrap up your journey with your guides and fellow travellers and of course reflect on incredible scenes you have witnessed.
Across the Drake Passage
You will spend the next couple of days crossing the Drake Passage, including traversing the Antarctic Convergence, a biological boundary with exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities.
South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula
With some of the world’s most breath-taking scenery and unrivalled wildlife, the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands are a frozen landscape of soaring white mountain peaks and glaciers that tumble down to ice-strewn bays and channels.
Fly over the Drake Passage
Flying from Punta Arenas to Antarctica, you'll cross the legendary Drake Passage in just a few hours, soaring above it in a plane before arriving into the South Shetland Islands to meet your ship at King George Island.
Southern Ocean: South Georgia to Antarctica
Travelling southwest towards the Antarctic Peninsula, you may come across sea ice, and should have the opportunity to spot seabirds, including petrels, wandering albatross, south polar skuas and other seabirds that follow the ship on its journey.
Explore the Falkland Islands
With an extraordinary wealth of bird life, the Falkland Islands are a dream for ornithologists. Remote and sparsely populated, you’ll discover a haven for wildlife as you step ashore to explore the marine mammals and bids of the islands.
Cross the Polar Circle
This special voyage allows time to attempt a crossing of the Antarctic Circle. At 66°33’ S, the Antarctic Circle is the home of the midnight sun and dramatic, eerie ice formations.
Set Sail from Ushuaia
Today is the first day of your Antarctic adventure as you board the ship and set sail down the historic Beagle Channel, through the beautiful Tierra del Fuego archipelago at the very tip of South America towards the world’s southernmost continent.
Days in South Georgia
Spending a few days exploring the incredible scenery and wildlife of South Georgia, you’ll have the opportunity to observe king penguin colonies, visit abandoned whaling stations, and follow in the footsteps of early explorers such as Shackleton.
Towards the Falklands
As you begin your journey across the South Atlantic you can spend your time finding your sea legs and listening to lectures given by the expedition team that will prepare you for the wildlife and landscapes you’ll encounter.