It’s the final frontier – a frigid and perilous world, the most isolated land on earth. 

Take a holiday to the end of the world, where stepping stone islands lead to the blinding white of Antarctica. Voyage through wild seas and cruise through an array of icebergs as you make your way to the earth’s most extreme continent. Antarctica has some of the world’s best whale-viewing, seal-gazing and penguin-watching experiences, not to mention the birdlife in the region. This southern land even has a modest history of its own, with British outposts – The Falkland Islands and South Georgia – exuding warmth from their pubs and old-world hospitality.

 

 

Why we love Antarctica

  • Between them, our leaders have made hundreds of polar voyages. Enjoy regular lectures about the history, geography and wildlife of the Antarctic by an on-board team of experts, who are always at the ready to point out new species of seals and birds
  • No two days in Antarctica are ever the same. Sit quietly on a beach in the middle of penguin rush hour, visit a research station or cross the Antarctic Circle into remote territory where very few have ventured before
  • We stop for whales! If conditions allow, we’ll launch the Zodiacs to get a closer look and cruise through the Antarctic waters. These magnificent creatures are usually as curious as we are
  • Cruise along the wild and less-visited east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Vast icy plains, blue glowing icebergs, glaciers calving into the sea – the landscapes here are like nowhere else on Earth
  • Explore the frontier landscapes of the Falkland Islands, and strike up a conversation with a friendly local in the remote outpost of Stanley
  • South Georgia Island is rich in rare wildlife and history. See over 30 species of birds and visit the grave of the renowned explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton 
  • Antarctica is the perfect place to try something new for your next holiday. From polar ice camping to kayaking among icebergs, or even taking a plunge into the frigid waters of Neko Harbour, there are plenty of options to broaden your horizons

Antarctica highlights

Take your first steps on Antarctica

Antarctica is so far removed from most people’s reality that it may as well be on a different planet. While it’s a mesmerising travel destination, it is also an interactive experience for travellers. Step from a Zodiac onto land and into the world of bustling penguins.

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Witness the wildlife of South Georgia and the Falklands

Savour wildlife encounters while exploring the islands dubbed the “Galapagos of the South”. Venture to the site of black-brown albatross colonies and the breeding grounds for thousands of king penguins. Visit the old whaling settlement of Gritviken and follow in the footsteps of the polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.

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Meet penguins on Deception Island

Deception Island, a haunting environment set on a sunken volcano, is the prime place to encounter gentoo, chinstrap and Adelie penguins. While the port has a dark history as a former whaling station, these days it’s used as a scientific outpost and the launching point for expeditions.

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Kayak around the White Continent

Glide across glass-like water with nothing to disturb you but the pull of your paddle and the anticipation of your next wildlife encounter. All equipment is provided and the excursion is led with an experienced cold-water guide. Some kayaking experience is essential for this optional activity.

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Trips & tours in Antarctica

Trip Name Days From CAD
Antarctic Explorer from Ushuaia 12 day

12

$11,585

Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands & South Georgia from Ushuaia

20

$17,310

Crossing the Circle: From Buenos Aires

14

$14,025

Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands & South Georgia: From Buenos Aires

20

$18,395

Antarctic Explorer: From Buenos Aires 11 day

11

$10,415

Crossing the Antarctic Circle from Ushuaia

14

$11,875

Crossing the Antarctic Circle via Falklands & South Georgia from Buenos Aires

23

$18,665

South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula From Buenos Aires

16

$13,735

Antarctica offers

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Our ships in Antarctica

Antarctica travel FAQs

There are no visa requirements for Antarctica, but visas may be required for Argentina and Chile which is where you’ll probably depart from.

The ship has a laundry service that you can use at an affordable price.

The Zodiac takes travelers on excursions from the ship to the shore. You’ll have the option of going out to research stations, penguin colonies and pebble beaches. You can also stay on the vessel if you don’t feel like going out that day.

Penguins are naturally curious and may come quite close to you. Approach them slowly by sitting or kneeling so that you appear less threatening but don’t get closer than 5 meters. Wait a few moments and you’re sure to get some fantastic shots.

Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.

Antarctica stories

Antarctica holiday information

Antarctica is one of the few places on earth that has never had a native population. The whole continent is jointly governed by most of the world’s nations, which presently stands at 50 members. These states have entered a treaty that ensures Antarctica remains a peaceful demilitarized area of exploration and discovery, and a reserve for the preservation of wildlife. Everyone who lives on Antarctica is part of a research expedition and stays for a season at one of the stations. It’s a place almost entirely populated by scientists.

Antarctic Polar Plunge

Due to the impermanence of Antarctica’s population, festivals and events are uncommon. The Antarctic polar plunge however is celebrated by any and all nationalities that come to stay. It is usually held in Deception Bay, where daring punters take quick dives into the freezing waters.

Antarctica is known for its cold, wind and ice, but technically it’s a desert and is also a very dry place. The landmass itself is buried under an ice sheet 4 km thick, giving the whole continent a higher altitude than most places on earth. Despite the huge amount of ice and snow, the landscape is spectacular, with features like misty mountains and ice caves. Antarctica’s neighbours can only be reached by crossing the Southern Ocean and include Argentina, Chile and New Zealand.

  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
  • Mawson's Will: The Greatest Polar Survival Story Ever Written by Lennard Bickel
  • An Adventurer's Guide to Antarctica and the Subantarctic Islands by Marilyn J. Landis