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Witness the awe-inspiring, pristine beauty and staggering wildlife of Antarctica, the southernmost continent and site of the South Pole.

For many, this is the ultimate wilderness experience – nature at its most extreme. David Attenborough said it best: “At a time when it’s possible for 30 people to stand on the top of Everest in one day, Antarctica still remains a remote, lonely and desolate continent. A place where it’s possible to see the splendours and immensities of the natural world at its most dramatic and, what’s more, witness them almost exactly as they were, long, long before human beings ever arrived on the surface of this planet.”

This remote and unspoiled continent is one of the last true wilderness areas on Earth – it’s like visiting another planet without leaving this one, and everyone needs to gain this perspective in their lives.

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Antarctica Expedition

Why Visit Antarctica?

With its frozen otherworldly landscapes, unique wildlife and remote location, there are countless reasons why you should embark on a journey into the great white wonder of Antarctica.

When To Go?

Expedition ships begin visiting Antarctica in late October or early November (the Antarctic Spring) and continue through late February or early March (the Antarctic Fall).

Expedition Cruising

The Antarctic Peninsula Is On every itinerary, but other possibilities might include a longer cruise To South Georgia, the South Shetland Islands, the Falkland Islands And more. A standard cruise To the peninsula lasts around twelve days, commonly leaving from Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city In the world. This gives travellers the ideal opportunity To explore Argentina (Or more Of South America) before Or after a cruise To Antarctica, For a varied And unforgettable travel experience.

Our featured, all-inclusive expedition vessels, Silversea's Silver Explorer, Silver Cloud Expedition; Scenic’s latest addition Scenic Eclipse and Polar Latitudes’ two ships Hebridean Sky and Island Sky, designed for venturing into the icy waters of polar regions, are the ultimate way to visit the white continent in unprecedented comfort, safety and style. These five stunning ships boast world-class cuisine, all-suite accommodation and stylish public spaces, and can accommodate between 100 and 300 passengers to ensure an intimate guest experience.

Expedition leaders On the ship are world experts And you'll have access to professional photographers, dedicated lecturers, destination experts and a fleet of Zodiacs – small rubber boats that comfortably accommodate between eight to twelve people for shore landings.

Daily activities may vary depending On daily weather conditions, but will usually include two Zodiac trips, shore landings To vast penguin colonies And historic And current scientific bases, along With hiking, snowshoeing And kayaking opportunities And even camp-outs On the ice, depending On how much Or little you have signed up For.

Rubber boots are provided For getting In And out Of Zodiacs, but we strongly advise taking plenty Of layers, plus waterproof clothing And bags, To store And carry equipment such As binoculars And cameras.

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Majestic landscapes, extraordinary wildlife and surreal remoteness: regardless of where you have previously travelled, Antarctica is different from anything else you will experience.

Antarctica Whale


Charismatic penguins are the stars of the show – seven species reside in the area, including Adélie, Chinstrap, Gentoo, Rockhopper and Macaroni, as well as the orange-striped King and majestic Emperor – and hours can be spent observing these endearing and frequently comical flightless birds. Seals are also in abundance – six different species live in Antarctic waters: Ross, Weddell, Crabeater, Leopard, Fur and Elephant Seals, with their harems and pups. You’re likely to see Fin, Humpback, Minke, Orca and Blue Whales too, which feed on the swarms of Southern Ocean krill, as well as many species of birds including Albatrosses, Prions and Petrels, who nest amongst the craggy crevasses.



In addition to sightseeing from the deck of your expeditionary ship, there are many additional ways to explore the Last Continent, accompanied by the best guides, naturalists and expedition crew members. Zodiac rides (motor-powered dinghies), and shore landings are usually included in the cruise price; however, you may wish to participate in more intimate Antarctic encounters away from the motors of the ship by signing up for kayaking, snowshoeing, scuba-diving and skiing, to discover uninterrupted silence and impossible beauty.


Culture & History

The great white continent and one of the last true wilderness areas on Earth is largely unchanged since the early explorers. The Antarctic Peninsula – the main peninsula closest to South America – has a human history of almost 200 years, with explorers, sealers, whalers and scientists who have come to work. Often included in cruise itineraries are stops at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy to discuss life in these harsh conditions with the staff, as well as the historic base of Port Lockroy Museum, a former British Base and now a full-time post office where you can send a postcard home.


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