We must always remember with gratitude and admiration the first sailors who steered their vessels through storms and mists, and increased our knowledge of the lands of ice in the South.
— Roald Amundsen, Polar Explorer

ABOUT ANTARCTICA

 

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. 

Get to know our Vessels & AirCraft

  Ocean Nova  is a modern and comfortable expedition vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked water of Greenland. She was fully refurbished in 2006 and has since benefitted from annual upgrades and improvements. her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica. Ocean Nova has capacity for 67 passengers accommodated in comfortable outside cabins. The ship offers three categories of accommodation: Single, Twin and Triple Cabins. All cabins feature a picture window, a writing desk with a chair, a wardrobe, individually controlled heating system, and a private bathroom with a shower. In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, Ocean Nova also has a spacious dining room, a bar, a library, a small gym and an infirmary. This ship has a fleet of 7 Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.

Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable expedition vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked water of Greenland. She was fully refurbished in 2006 and has since benefitted from annual upgrades and improvements. her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica. Ocean Nova has capacity for 67 passengers accommodated in comfortable outside cabins. The ship offers three categories of accommodation: Single, Twin and Triple Cabins. All cabins feature a picture window, a writing desk with a chair, a wardrobe, individually controlled heating system, and a private bathroom with a shower. In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, Ocean Nova also has a spacious dining room, a bar, a library, a small gym and an infirmary. This ship has a fleet of 7 Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.

  Hebridean Sky  is a small, all-suite expedition vessel. She was built in 1992 and refurbished in 2005. In 2016 the ship underwent an extensive, multimillion-dollar renovation that transformed it into one of the finest small-ships in the world. The ship accommodates 71 passengers, She offers and exclusive and stylish base for adventurous exploration in Antarctica. Suites in eight different categories of accommodation are spacious, with premium appointments throughout. Each Suite features a sitting area, a private bathroom, a picture window, and two twin beds that, on request, can be joined to form a queen-size bed. A number of suites include private balconies. Triple cabins feature a sofa bed suitable for individuals who are no more than 5'6 tall. Public areas include "the Club" lounge, a library, a presentation lounge with audio-visual facilities, a dining room, an outdoor cafe, an exercise room, a medical clinic, a wraparound deck and an elevator serving all passenger desk. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiac boats.

Hebridean Sky is a small, all-suite expedition vessel. She was built in 1992 and refurbished in 2005. In 2016 the ship underwent an extensive, multimillion-dollar renovation that transformed it into one of the finest small-ships in the world. The ship accommodates 71 passengers, She offers and exclusive and stylish base for adventurous exploration in Antarctica. Suites in eight different categories of accommodation are spacious, with premium appointments throughout. Each Suite features a sitting area, a private bathroom, a picture window, and two twin beds that, on request, can be joined to form a queen-size bed. A number of suites include private balconies. Triple cabins feature a sofa bed suitable for individuals who are no more than 5'6 tall. Public areas include "the Club" lounge, a library, a presentation lounge with audio-visual facilities, a dining room, an outdoor cafe, an exercise room, a medical clinic, a wraparound deck and an elevator serving all passenger desk. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiac boats.

  BAE 146 AIRCRAFT  was manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace (which later became part of BAE Systems). It is a high-wing aircraft with very short runway requirements, which make it particularly suited for this kind of destination. It is operated by Aerovias DAP, which has more than 20 years of experience flying in Patagonia and Antarctica.  

BAE 146 AIRCRAFT was manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace (which later became part of BAE Systems). It is a high-wing aircraft with very short runway requirements, which make it particularly suited for this kind of destination. It is operated by Aerovias DAP, which has more than 20 years of experience flying in Patagonia and Antarctica.  

Optional Excursions

  Hiking and Snowshoeing in Antarctica.   Gain greater mobility and see more of the Antarctic landscape with our hiking and snowshoeing program. Excursion locations are selected for their scenic appeal and will provide unique vantage points for your photographs. Depending on the conditions of the terrain, some excursions may require the use of snowshoes and/or trekking poles, which will be provided.  This program is a small-group experience limited to a maximum of 12 participants led by a Mountain Guide.  Every day you are in Antarctica your Mountain Guide will work with the Expedition Leader to look for the best hiking or snowshoeing opportunities within the trip’s schedule, based on suitable and safe weather conditions. Each excursion will be approximately one and a half hours in duration.  To take part in the hiking and snowshoeing program you do not need previous experience. However, your level of physical fitness should be good. Minimum age for participation is 12 years.

Hiking and Snowshoeing in Antarctica.  Gain greater mobility and see more of the Antarctic landscape with our hiking and snowshoeing program. Excursion locations are selected for their scenic appeal and will provide unique vantage points for your photographs. Depending on the conditions of the terrain, some excursions may require the use of snowshoes and/or trekking poles, which will be provided.  This program is a small-group experience limited to a maximum of 12 participants led by a Mountain Guide.  Every day you are in Antarctica your Mountain Guide will work with the Expedition Leader to look for the best hiking or snowshoeing opportunities within the trip’s schedule, based on suitable and safe weather conditions. Each excursion will be approximately one and a half hours in duration.  To take part in the hiking and snowshoeing program you do not need previous experience. However, your level of physical fitness should be good. Minimum age for participation is 12 years.

  Sea Kayaking in Antarctica . Experience Antarctica from the unique vantage point of a sea kayak. The majestic landscape, the icebergs, the wildlife - everything looks different as you paddle quietly through the waves. This is quite a unique and unforgettable experience!  The program offered is a small-group experience limited to a maximum of 10 participants, under the guidance and leadership of an experienced Kayak Master. Every day you are in Antarctica, your Kayak Master will work with the Expedition Team to look for the best kayaking opportunities within the trip's schedule, based on suitable and safe weather conditions. The group will be supported by a dedicated safety Zodiac. Each kayaking excursion will be approximately one and a half hours in duration. At the end of the excursion the Kayak Master will strive to offer the group some time at the landing site so you can explore. The minimum age for participation is 16 years.  The sea kayaking option is available on all Classic Antarctica Air-Cruises and all Polar Circle  Air-Cruises. 

Sea Kayaking in Antarctica. Experience Antarctica from the unique vantage point of a sea kayak. The majestic landscape, the icebergs, the wildlife - everything looks different as you paddle quietly through the waves. This is quite a unique and unforgettable experience!

The program offered is a small-group experience limited to a maximum of 10 participants, under the guidance and leadership of an experienced Kayak Master. Every day you are in Antarctica, your Kayak Master will work with the Expedition Team to look for the best kayaking opportunities within the trip's schedule, based on suitable and safe weather conditions. The group will be supported by a dedicated safety Zodiac. Each kayaking excursion will be approximately one and a half hours in duration. At the end of the excursion the Kayak Master will strive to offer the group some time at the landing site so you can explore. The minimum age for participation is 16 years.  The sea kayaking option is available on all Classic Antarctica Air-Cruises and all Polar Circle  Air-Cruises. 

 
 

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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

LANDSCAPE
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
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.

GLORY
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.

WILDLIFE
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

SUGGESTED CLOTHING
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.

WATERPROOF BOOTS
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.

FACE PROTECTION
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.

PHOTOGRAPHY
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.

 

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