Visit the White Continent for a remarkable, once-in-a-lifetime experience and discover Antarctica.
Antarctica is an ecological wonder that has bewitched explorers, scientists and voyagers alike for two centuries. This fascinating territory contains more than 90% of the earth’s land ice, which transforms it into the largest fresh water reserve on earth. Among the main species that make up marine Antarctic fauna are whales, seals, penguins as well as a variety of sea birds.
Your adventure to the seventh continent will allow you to meet these incredible creatures while enjoying the indelible scenery of mountainous glaciers and roaming icebergs.
Antarctica’s matchless beauty and extreme climate conditions make this one of the most exotic destinations in the world. Experience the splendor hands-on by sea kayaking through glaciers, snow-shoeing, hiking and zodiac rides alongside the region's varied sea life.
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FLY CRUISES WITH ANTARCTICA XXI
Our partnership with Antarctica XXI ensures our clients the highest level of experience, service and value for their Antarctica adventures. Rather than spending multiple days on rough seas without any opportunity for excursions or witnessing wildlife, an Air Cruise allows travelers to fly directly from Punta Arenas, Chile to King George Island, right off the Antarctic Peninsula.
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PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO ANTARCTICA
WHAT'S THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT ANTARCTICA?
Antarctica's travel season is limited to the southern hemisphere's summer months, primarily from late November through the end of February.
NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER are the colder months, but allow you to experience Antarctica with even smaller crowds than usual and especially pristine surroundings, as few visitors have been around since the following season. Wildlife may not be as visible yet, but the lack of mud and the virgin scenery left by winter make for an unforgettable experience. By December sunlight increases to just around 20 hours per day.
JANUARY AND FEBRUARY are the warmest months and like December, January has nearly full days of sunlight. This is the best time of year to witness animal life, as penguins begin to hatch. January and February are the most popular months for Antartica cruises and journeys.
HOW LONG SHOULD I SPEND IN ANTARCTICA?
You've travelled all this way for your Antarctica trip so it's best to take the time necessary to thoroughly and properly explore it.
When you factor in travel time getting to and from Antarctica from Chile (or in some cases Argentina), plan on spending anywhere between 10-14 days on your Antarctica trip.
Our most popular package, the Classic Antarctica Air Cruise, is a total of 8 days, 7 nights. Five of the 7 nights are spent on the vessel in Antarctica, while 2 nights are spent in Punta Arenas. This gives you 6 days to truly explore the area. This is really the minimum amount of time we'd recommend spending to get the full experience.
Our Polar Circle Air Cruise is for those travelers who've been dreaming of Antarctica their entire lives. This more extensive expedition trip is a total of 10 days, 9 nights with 7 of those nights spent aboard the vessel in Antarctica.
Are you looking for just a quick glimpse at Antarctica and bragging rights for having touched down on your seventh continent? If so, the 6 day, 5 night Antarctica Express Air Cruise may be right for you. Leaving from Ushuaia, Argentina, this is the only option which includes a sailing component from South America. You'll spend several days at sea navigating the Drake Passage toward King George Island in the Shetland Islands before arriving to Antarctica. On Day 5, you'll fly back to Punta Arenas, Chile and be ready to fly home (or to your final destination) on Day 6. You can leave the US or Canada on a Saturday and arrive back home the following Sunday!
HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR ANTARCTICA TRIP
Antarctica is a remote, magical place that will greet you with its awe-inspiring beauty. See peaceful bays dotted with colossal icebergs; cruise along deep fjords and see massive glaciers; be amazed by sharp snowy peaks that jut out of the sea.
Adventure awaits in Antarctica. Cruise at sea level with our Zodiac boats and feel the spray of seawater on your cheeks. Follow in the footsteps of early explorers as you hike on Antarctic soil. Join our optional sea kayaking and hiking & snowshoeing programs.
Set foot on the seventh continent and add a new destination to your travel list. You will bring home indelible memories, while tales of your adventurous journey will arouse the curiosity and admiration of your friends and family.
In the austral summer, large numbers of penguins, whales, seals, and seabirds congregate along the Antarctic Peninsula to feed and reproduce. Unconcerned by your presence, these animals will provide endless inspiration for your
The average temperature in the Antarctic Peninsula area during the austral summer is about 0°C (32°F), although sometimes it may feel a little lower because of the wind chill factor. For this reason, it is best to wear several layers of light, warm clothing. The suggested clothing for Antarctica is very similar to that recommended for skiing: thermal underwear, a couple of warm and wicking mid layers, and windproof and waterproof jacket and pants as the outer layer. You will also need a hat, a scarf, waterproof and insulated gloves, and sunglasses with high UV protection. The pre-departure material provides further details.
As most landings in Antarctica are “wet landings”, the best footwear is knee-high waterproof boots. You will not need to carry them with you, as we will provide you with a pair of thermal rubber boots before arriving in Antarctica.
Good quality UV filtering sunglasses are essential. Glacier glasses have leather flaps at the sides to stop the light from passing through. Due to the high reflectance of UV radiation, you will also need good sun block lotion for your face (protection factor 30 and above) and lip balm.
To see the wildlife you should have a good pair of lightweight binoculars (the suggested magnification is 7x or 8x). If you are passionate about photography, do not forget a good zoom lens to shoot wildlife while avoiding close approaches. Also, take with you a good supply of memory cards and spare batteries since cold temperatures can reduce their life span.