Conquer the Great White Continent on a far-reaching expedition that goes beyond most Antarctic voyages
Reaching Antarctica is the ultimate achievement so if you have the time, you’ll want to explore comprehensively. Spanning 23 days, this extensive expedition brings you further south than most Antarctic voyages, taking in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, the South Shetland Islands, and the Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll cross the Antarctic Circle and the Drake Passage, tour historic landing sites, and bear witness to wildlife and landscapes not found anywhere else.
Sail the historic Beagle Channel, spotting seldom-seen seabirds and magnificent whales with the help of wildlife experts.
Experience a unique opportunity to see the Sub Antarctic islands from several different perspectives by Zodiac and land, seeing frozen peaks, icebergs and glaciers rarely seen by others.
Uncover the fascinating histories, rich wildlife and incredible landscapes of the far-flung Falkland and South Georgia islands.
Ramp up your adventure by taking part in sea kayaking. Due to high popularity, be sure to book in advance.
Although our ice strengthened ships are big and sturdy, the waters of the Southern Ocean can be unpredictable and rough. Some people may experience seasickness, especially on open water crossings. Please be prepared with medications to combat this. There is also a doctor on-board should you need further assistance.
As you’d expect, temperatures in the the region can be freezing. A warm parka will be provided along with waterproof boots and unlimited hot drinks, but you should also bring base layers and lots of warm clothing. Please see the trip notes for further important information about what to bring.
Weather depending, you will be making regular excursions in a Zodiac boat to explore the local area and look for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy sea legs are needed as you make wet and dry landings from the boat, and on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. Some ships have a lot of stairs, so please hold on to the handrails if seas are rough.
The weather plays a pivotal part in this adventure and although there’s an itinerary in place, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to do everything that is planned for. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially to such a remote area. There are nearly 200 recognised sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands; the places mentioned in the itinerary may need to be changed to others (which are equally as interesting). We may also be confined to the ship during rough weather. The on-board library and educational lectures are ideal ways for keeping entertained.
On this itinerary, you'll be travelling aboard the Ocean Adventurer.
Arctic and Antarctic bookings have an increased deposit requirement of 20% of the full voyage cost (before any discount). The balance is due 120 days before departure.
If a booking is cancelled 120 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 119 days and departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a Polar voyage.
Kayaking is available to book on all Antarctic voyages. Some voyages also offer other activities such as camping, stand up paddle boarding, cross country skiing and mountaineering. All of these activities must be booked prior to departure and incur an additional cost. Spaces are limited so please enquire at time of booking. For kayaking, previous, recent experience is essential and a good level of fitness is required for cross country skiing and mountaineering. See the itinerary for Adventure options available on this voyage.
Your voyage is operated by our sister company, Quark Expeditions. All accommodation and transfer arrangements as listed in the itinerary are also operated by Quark Expeditions or their local representatives.