Welcome to Antarctica


Adventure

Antarctica’s surreal remoteness, extreme cold, enormous ice shelves and mountain ranges, and myriad exotic life forms invariably challenge you to embrace life fully. Everyone – scientist, support worker, government official and tourist – who comes to this isolated continent, must ‘earn’ it, whether by sea voyage or flight. Ice and weather, not clocks and calendars, determine the itinerary and the timetable of all travel here. Today, it’s even possible for visitors to climb Antarctic peaks or kayak icy waters. But there is nothing quite like the craggy crevasses of a magnificent glacier or the sheer expanse of the polar ice cap.

Wildlife

Preserved by the Antarctic Treaty, Antarctica is home to some of the world’s most extraordinary species. Some, such as the enormous whales, migrate from afar, while others, including the Weddell seal and emperor penguin, remain close to the continent. Millions of seabirds skim the Southern Ocean, the world’s most abundant, and species such as albatrosses and petrels circle the waters. Wildlife is generally unafraid of humans: visitors usually elicit no more than an uninterested yawn from seals and penguins focused on their young.

History

The names of explorers and their sovereigns and benefactors are written on Antarctica’s shores. Renowned explorers from Cook to Amundsen and Scott all tried to penetrate this vast, mysterious land: each with varying degrees of success. Visitors can follow in their footsteps and imagine what it was like to forge through the pack ice on a creaking wooden boat or to haul sledges across the polar plateau. Some of the historic huts actually remain, preserved frozen in rime ice, to tell the story of adventures long past.

Inspiration

Antarctica possesses an unnameable quality. Call it inspiration, call it grandeur…it is simply the indescribable feeling of being a small speck in a vast, harshly beautiful land. A land where striated ice towers float among geometric pancake ice, literally untouched mountains rear from marine mist, and wildlife lives, year in and year out, to its own rhythms, quite apart from human concerns. To let our minds soar in a place nearly free of humankind’s imprint: this is magic.


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$266.80 Day Trips & Excursions

Volunteer Point in Falkland Islands

The tour is usually runs for 6 to 6.5-hours, but we can reduce this for passengers on ships that are not in port for long. This time includes two hours of travel in each direction.The first hour of your journey travels from the pier where you came ashore to the privately owned Johnson’s Harbour farm of which Volunteer Point is a part of on gravel roads.All of our 4x4 vehicle drivers, who will be your guides during the journey, are extremely experienced at off-road driving.During the journey, your driver will answer any questions that you may have and tell you about sites and features on the way.Upon arriving at Volunteer Point, your driver will advise you of any areas you can't walk in. He will tell you your departure time and provide you with your packed lunch. You are then free to wander and photograph the amazing wildlife this location has to offer. You are asked to remain 6 meters away from all wildlife at all times to avoid causing disturbances. There are wardens in high visibility clothing positioned around the sand beach that can answer any questions that you may have at the time.The penguins can be particularly curious by nature and will often approach you if you sit quietly observing them. The area of Volunteer Point itself is fairly flat and easy to walk. The car park is very close to the penguins too.Upon our return to Stanley, your driver will, if time permits, give you a short tour of the town by pointing out the highlights before dropping you off at the pier where we met you in the morning, or alternatively at a location you have chosen. Museums, gift shops, and pubs are all very close and within easy walking distance of the pier.

$253.70 Shore Excursions

Gentoo Penguins at Berthas Beach Guided Tour from Stanley

This tour will take you to Bertha's Beach along the East coast of East Falkland Island, home to 500 pairs of Gentoo penguins. Known to be the second largest type of penguin on the Islands, you will be able to observe them in their natural habitat and watch as they feed their young and swim in the sea. As an added bonus, on most days you will also be able to see dolphins swimming near the area's long white sandy beach. You will also have the opportunity to take photos near the penguins. Complete the tour at the Island's Historic Dockyard Museum, where you can learn some history about this unique island environment. It's recommended that guests wear a warm jacket, layered clothing, and sturdy walking shoes. The car trip to reach the penguins is 10 minutes off road, but is fairly gentle. There are toilet facilities on this tour as well.

$7699 Marine

Antarctica Classic

The Antarctic Peninsula is anything but a world of white desolation. Join us on a true adventure to a world of immense scale and visual splendour. Passing huge icebergs in the flat calm of a polar morning will reshape the way you look at your world. Encounter huge whales, enormous rookeries of penguins, and stunning landscapes few have ever witnessed. This 11-day expedition will introduce you to the magic of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.

$9499 Marine

Quest for the Antarctic Circle

A massive rookery of penguins shuffles across a frozen shore; a pod of whales glides through frigid waters; dramatic landscapes float off in the distance — welcome to Antarctica. Join us on a voyage of discovery to our planet’s last frontier — a mysterious and virtually pristine paradise. Our ice-strengthened expedition ship is ideally suited to cruising this icy wilderness, and her expert staff are on hand to ensure you’ll fully appreciate all the majesty you encounter. Sail the Drake Passage past the South Shetland Islands, then really explore the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Prepare yourself for an adventure like no other — more like a private expedition than a traditional cruise.

$14499 Marine

Spirit of Shackleton

Experience vast penguin rookeries and seal colonies on this awe-inspiring voyage to Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands. This 21-day voyage illuminates Ernest Shackleton’s legend and recounts his courageous exploration of Antarctica. You’ll visit historical sites of past explorers, as well as Shackleton’s final resting place — the wildlife-rich island of South Georgia. Antarctica is beyond comprehension and sure to amaze any traveller seeking a true adventure to the world’s most remote wilderness.

$7599 Marine

Antarctica Classic in Depth

Like our "Antarctica Classic" tour, this 13-day expedition introduces you to the magic of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, but adds on two additional days to better explore its majesty. Part of the reward of arriving in Antarctica is the challenge of negotiating the Drake Passage — and the G Expedition will bring you there safely. Encounter leopard seals lazing on ice floes and immense rookeries of penguins surrounded by towering glaciers. The G Expedition’s expert guides and lecturers offer knowledge and insight that really bring the nature and history of the region to life, creating the adventure of a lifetime.