Antarctica

Unless you start a long journey on ski across the continent, the best way to discover Antarctica, is probably from the sea. However, access is mainly possible from South America, Australia and New Zealand during the short summer season from November to March.

Our selection of voyages to Antarctica

From South America:

This is the most commonly proposed journey starting in Ushuaia Argentina, for 5 to 12 days. After two days at sea you can visit numerous places in the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. This side of the continent is highly mountainous, with numerous bays, islands, fjords and channels, surrounded by glaciers giving birth to high number of icebergs and mountain peaks. Thus the Peninsula is probably the most beautiful part of the entire continent! The wildlife is easy to observe (thousands of penguins, many seals and whales…). After your journey there, it is two more days at sea to return to Ushuaia. There is also the possibility to go to the Falkland Islands and South Georgia (see Subantarctic section for more information).

Map of the Antarctic Peninsula
☞ Highlights: seabirds (including penguins, albatrosses), seals, icebergs, glaciers, landscapes, cetaceans, history…
☞ Contrasting high lights: low biodiversity, except if you go to South Georgia on the way (see Subantarctic section for more information)

Our selection of voyages to the Antarctic peninsula…

Landscape in the Antarctic peninsula Crabeaters Seals
Gentoo Penguins Tabular iceberg
Landscape Humpback Whale

From Australia or New-Zealand:

This long but fantastic voyage of 25 to 30 days will bring you to the edge of the Antarctic continent, south from the Antarctic Circle Latitude. This journey starts from Hobart in Tasmania or the port of Bluff in New-Zealand. Nowadays only one tour operator still works on this side of the Southern Ocean. This is probably the most remote journey that’s possible to do visiting on the way to Antarctica the Subantarctic islands of New-Zealand (Snares, Campbell and Auckland) and Australia (Macquarie). These islands are characterised by a high biodiversity regarding plants and wildlife (see Subantarctic section for more information).
Once in Antarctica, different options are proposed like going to the Ross Sea or Commonwealth Bay, to visit the historic huts of Shackleton, Scott, Borchgrevink and Mawson and sometimes research as well station like McMurdo (USA), Dumont d’Urville (France), Scott Base (New Zealand)… Last but not least, a fabulous encounter with the sea ice, glaciers, tabular icebergs, Ross Ice Shelf, and Mount Erebus the active volcano…

Map of East Antarctica
☞ Highlights: birds (penguins, albatrosses, petrels), seals, ice (icebergs, sea ice, ice shelf, glaciers) and a fabulous voyage, far away from everything and from the normal itineraries
☞ Contrasting high lights:long days at sea and difficult weather conditions sometimes

Our selection of voyages to the East Antarctica…

Scott's hut Icebergs
Erebus volcano Killer Whales
Adélie penguins Sea ice

Other:

Journeys on the ice are also possible. There are different options for a safari camp far inland the continent, flying from Chile or South Africa. From these base camps, you can climb mountains, visit emperor penguins colonies, do skiing, exploration…

Whichaway Camp Mountains