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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M/V Magellan Explorer
Best for: Cruise, Off the beaten track, Spectacular scenery
Developed in consultation with international polar experts, the M/V Magellan Explorer is a state-of-the-art vessel that has been custom designed for air-cruise expeditions in the most remote corners of the globe.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
The embodiment of cutting-edge polar expedition cruising, the M/V Magellan Explorer has been designed to offer a luxurious passenger environment whilst meeting the latest Polar Code specifications. Built with a double hull, retractable stabilizers to make sailing smoother in rough seas and the latest ice radar technology, a polar voyage on board the M/V Magellan Explorer puts the safety and comfort of its passengers at the fore. The designers of the vessel have paid particular attention to energy efficiency on board to minimise the environmental impact on the fragile polar environment. A recovery heat system recycles the heat from the engines to heat the water on board the ship and to produce the ship’s fresh water supply, and the engines comply with the most stringent emission standard in the shipping world.
Aside from the cutting-edge technology and advanced capabilities, life on board the M/V Magellan Explorer is one of innate comfort and relaxation. In consultation with eminent designers, the ship’s interiors reflect the stunning natural beauty of the ocean and the polar landscape that surrounds you. Muted colours, natural materials and innovative lighting create the feel of a boutique hotel, whilst large picture windows and vast observation decks foster a connection to the polar wilderness outside. The ship’s public areas are relaxed and stylish, with a spacious forward-facing observation lounge and a fully-stocked bar that doubles as a lecture theatre when expedition leaders deliver briefings and educational presentations. The outdoor observation deck and the accessible bow offer the opportunity for close contact with the polar environment and prime wildlife-spotting opportunities, whilst the gym and sauna are the perfect place to retreat to after a long day of 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
$500 Discount on M/V Magellan
Book your stay on the M/V Magellan Explorer by 30th April 2020 and benefit from $500 savings. 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.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Santiago, Punta Arenas, Antarctic Peninsula and Torres Del Paine
Perfect for anyone seeking dramatic landscapes and plenty of adventure, this itinerary showcases the contrasts between the bustling capital of Santiago, the iconic horns of Torres del Paine and the impressive icy peaks of Antarctica!