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From its extraordinary wildlife and breathtaking scenery to the relics of a fascinating history of science and exploration, the vast ‘White Continent’ of...
Experience some truly rewarding wildlife encounters on a visit to the great White Continent. For half the year, much of Antarctica lies in darkness, a frozen...
An impressive list of cetaceans frequent the southern oceans during the fleeting austral summer. Orcas, humpbacks and minke whales feed on the ocean’s rich...
The very nature of an Antarctic holiday requires travellers to be escorted. It is after all, the most remote continent on earth, and even in the modern age of...
Re-live the spirit of adventure synonymous with great polar explorers such as Shackleton and Amundsen, on our Antarctica active holidays. The White Continent...
While Antarctica remains the habitat of intrepid explorers and scientific expeditions, its extraordinary wildlife and jaw-dropping scenery is also accessible to discerning travellers wishing to discover one the most pristine areas of the planet, under strict environmental guidelines.
Antarctica is the world's fifth largest continent and much of it is blanketed by a vast permanent ice sheet, averaging 2,000 metres in thickness. The wider region comprises a much larger area than the continent itself, including ice shelves, seas and islands off the coast of South America and Australasia.
The wildlife-rich Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands are the most accessible parts of the continent, and hence are the focus of many expedition voyages departing from South America. Longer voyages also take in South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, the former, with its links to Shackleton’s fabled trek across the glaciers, being a must for many intrepid travellers.
The lesser explored Weddell Sea region hugs the Peninsula and is home to emperor penguins nesting on the frozen oceans; little wonder that this area is known as 'iceberg alley'.
Dominated by an ice shelf the size of France, the Ross Sea region is inextricably linked to the golden age of exploration. The historic huts at Terra Nova Bay, Cape Evans and Cape Royds stand as monuments to Scott and Shackleton’s heroic expeditions. This area also boasts one of Antarctica’s most perplexing natural assets, the Dry Valleys, where no rain has fallen for at least 2 million years. Considerably more remote and inaccessible than the Peninsula, this is an area of dense pack ice most commonly reached from Australasia.
Popular Antarctica holidays
Classic Antarctica Cruises
Peninsula, Falklands & South Georgia
South Georgia via the Falklands
Off The Beaten Track Cruise
Antarctic Peninsula & South Georgia
Antarctic Circle Fly-In
Wildlife of the Falklands
Crossing the Antarctic Circle
In Search of the Emperor Penguins
Atlantic Odyssey Expedition Cruise
Active Antarctic Adventure
Falkland Islands Explorer
South Pole Adventure
Antarctic Peninsula East & West
Spectacular scenery and wildlife
Some may argue that it's impossible to describe the scenery of Antarctica in a single word, but ‘breathtaking’ comes close! It really is the world's last true wilderness area and during its fleeting summer, this inhospitable land plays host to some of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth. Millions of pairs of penguins, albatrosses, petrels and other sea birds breed in the region; five species of seal are regularly observed hauled out on ice floes; orcas, humpback and minke whales are often encountered feeding on the ocean’s rich pickings, adding to the impressive list of marine mammals.