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Immersed in the shape of nature’s unique creational chime, hide secrets of mankind on this untapped continent of frozen time.

Antarctica, the seventh continent of this planet and the one known for being the coldest, windiest, remotest unhampered land with the least population. A journey here is counted amongst one of the most extraordinary experiences that may be accessible only to a few populace around the world. All the more reason for it to be exclusive for you! Choosing Antarctica for exploration is an act of sheer bravery and extreme enthusiasm! Veena World traces out the experience of this untapped land with a unique cruise experience along with our Antarctica tour package from India.

Blessed with breath-taking glaciers, serene white landscapes, and enchanting species of animals, this land is the perfect example of natural beauty frozen in time. The cradle of adventure, snow, nature, and sheer excitement awaits you with our Antarctica travel packages from India. The adventure calling with the freezing thrill and unforgettable experience that can be narrated in a book awaits you on this continent. This land is so unique that you have to turn the globe to locate and perceive it completely! This unimaginable land of white and blue along with our Antarctica holiday packages from India encourages you to actually see the whole world!

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We help you prepare for your trip and ensure an effortless and enjoyable travel experience.

How can I go to Antarctica from India?

Veena World’s Antarctica tour package from India commences at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Airport in Mumbai from where guests take a flight to Buenos Aires. After spending time sightseeing around Buenos Aires for a couple of days, guests are then flown to Ushuaia, the place where one boards the cruise to reach Antarctica. For the last leg of the journey, the cruise sails through the famed Drake Passage and the Antarctic Peninsula to reach the South Shetlands Island in Antarctica. Our Antarctica tour package includes all your flight tickets, cruise bookings, meals, accommodations and daily itinerary so you can focus on having the best time at this off-beat destination.  

Do Indians need visa for Antarctica?

Since Antarctica is not owned by any country, one does not require a visa to enter this frozen continent. However, our Antarctica holiday packages from India include a stopover at Buenos Aires, Argentina for which a tourist visa is required. To make your travel experience smoother, Veena World’s Antarctica holiday packages from India include your visa fees, airport taxes, international and domestic airfare, and several other inclusions. 

Is Antarctica worth a visit?

Antarctica is unquestionably worth a visit for adventurous travellers seeking a truly unique and off-beat experience. Antarctica is characterized by its pristine landscapes and untouched wilderness. Known as the “7th Continent” of the world, Antarctica has towering icebergs, expansive glaciers, and a vast array of wildlife ranging from penguins to seals and whales. With Veena World’s holiday packages to Antarctica, you can make this unique trip a reality. Our all-inclusive packages come with expertly crafted itineraries that allow you to enjoy this untapped destination to the fullest and create memories that will last a lifetime.

When is the best time to visit Antarctica?

The best time to visit Antarctica is from November to March and our Antarctica travel packages from India are usually scheduled during these months. The weather is warmer during this period which allows vessels to move with ease around the icebergs, and it is also the ideal time to explore the polar circle to the maximum as the ice has receded to a great extent. These months are also great for activities such as whale watching, observing colonies of penguins and spotting seals in and around the region. 

Do I need any special gear or clothing for an Antarctica tour?

When embarking on an Antarctica tour, it’s imperative to be well-prepared with suitable gear and clothing. Antarctica has a cold climate which demands warm and insulated clothing for protection. Although an expedition parka will be provided to each guest by the cruise company upon reaching Antarctica, here is a basic checklist to keep in mind while packing:

Insulated Outerwear: Good quality waterproof and insulated jackets and pants are essential to shield against cold winds and drops in temperature.

Boots and warm socks: Sturdy, insulated boots are crucial for walking on icy terrain. 

Thermal clothes for layering: It is advisable to carry warm thermal clothing for layering. This helps your body to keep dry and regulate normal temperature.

During your Antarctica tour package, you are accompanied by our expert and professional tour managers who provide important guidelines and recommendations for the trip and also take care of all the travel planning. Feel free to reach out to them at any time to resolve any doubts and queries. 

What is included in an Antarctica tour package?

Veena World's Antarctica tour package offers a comprehensive and hassle-free expedition to the enigmatic southernmost continent. This all-inclusive package encompasses every aspect of your journey, starting with travel bookings, including international to Buenos Aires and internal domestic flights. Comfortable accommodations are also provided before and after the cruise. The journey to Antarctica is done on a well-equipped, modern sea vessel which has comfortable cabin lodging and delectable onboard meals. The package also includes a plethora of exciting activities in multiple destinations, from sightseeing in Buenos Aires to wildlife watching in Antarctica. Throughout your adventure, a knowledgeable tour manager accompanies you, ensuring seamless logistics, providing insights into the region, and offering 24/7 assistance to address any queries. Veena World's specially curated tour package to Antarctica is your ticket to an unforgettable experience with your loved ones.

What activities can I expect during an Antarctica tour?

Our Antarctica tour packages include a plethora of activities that you can engage in to make the most of your holiday. Your stopover in Buenos Aires will include sightseeing activities around the city and a visit to the Tigre Delta and its surrounding islands. You will also have the opportunity to immerse yourself in Argentina’s history and culture by witnessing the iconic Tango dance show with dinner and riding the heritage End of the World train through Tierra de Fuego National Park in Ushuaia. Upon reaching Antarctica, get ready to be mesmerized by the continent’s varied wildlife as you traverse through the icebergs on a Zodiac safari to reach famous islands and bays. Every activity on our Antarctica tour has been carefully placed to make your trip memorable. 

Can I expect to see wildlife during my Antarctica tour?

Absolutely. When embarking on an Antarctica tour, you can expect to see an abundance of mesmerizing wildlife. Some of the incredible wildlife you might encounter are penguins in large colonies, the famed Antarctic fur and leopard seals, humpback, minke and orca whales, and numerous seabirds including albatrosses. These wildlife encounters are a highlight of Veena World’s Antarctica vacation packages which also include hikes and zodiac safaris to a number of islands and bays to let you witness the continent’s wildlife like never before. Additionally, our professional tour managers will provide you with insights about these remarkable creatures, making your experience all the more educative. 

Do you provide customized holidays to Antarctica?

As of now, we do not provide customized holidays to Antarctica. Since all our Antarctica tour packages are group tours, we cannot offer customizations. However, we do our best to accommodate everyone and our team is always available to look into any request made by you. We offer upgrades on flight and cab bookings, hotel rooms and cruise cabins at an additional cost. Further, you can also request for a shared room with a partner or a single occupancy cabin on the cruise if you do not wish to share it with anyone. Our tour itinerary is designed in a way that it provides every guest with enough time in between planned activities where they are free to relax or explore on their own. 

Is Group tour the best option to visit Antarctica?

Yes. Opting for a group tour to Antarctica is indeed the best way to experience this atypical destination. Group tours provide a rich, shared experience with like-minded people. Additionally, the logistics of travelling to Antarctica including transportation, accommodations and planning itineraries can become complex and time-consuming. A group tour to Antarctica designed by Veena World will not only save time and effort by having all your travel-related arrangements laid out for you, but you will also benefit from the companionship and safety provided by those travelling with you. 

How is the climate in Antarctica?

Antarctica’s climate is characterized by frigid temperatures, strong winds and vast ice expanses. The continent is located in the southern hemisphere which means that summer and winter occur at the opposite time of the year to the Northern hemisphere. Summer months stretch from October to March and the temperature ranges between -2 degrees to -5 degrees Celsius. The region experiences winter from the months of April till October when the temperature drops to a low of -50 degrees Celsius. Veena World’s Antarctica holiday packages are strategically scheduled during the summer months to ensure that you make the most of your time on this pristine continent. These months allow for better wildlife spotting and the receded ice caps make it easier to navigate around the continent. 

What are the cruise details?

Our Antarctica trip packages include travelling to the continent on a cruise ship that commences from Ushuaia. The ocean vessel is a newly designed cruise ship called Ocean Victory. The cruise has a modern, compact design and is specially made to navigate closely through icebergs. While journeying on the ship, you will be staying in the Balcony Staterooms which are spacious cruise cabins located on decks 4 and 5.  You can also get an upgrade at an additional cost by contacting our operations team. For your health and safety, the cruise has a small medical facility along with a professionally licensed, English-speaking medical practitioner.

What are Zodiacs?

Zodiacs are small, sturdy motorized rubber boats which are commonly used to make shore landings to gain access to smaller areas between the icebergs. These boats play a pivotal role in up-close wildlife encounters, navigating icy waters and approaching breathtaking glaciers safely. With Veena World’s meticulously designed holiday packages from India, Antarctica can be experienced without the hassle of planning logistics. This level of convenience allows you to focus solely on gaining new experiences – knowing that every detail has been thoughtfully arranged to make your Antarctica journey extraordinary. 

Get to know more about Antarctica before booking your tour packages

The choice of most peculiar and challenge-loving travellers, welcomes you in a completely different land which is painted in the shades of white and blue. The purity of the pristine white and the flawless blue, makes you feel as if you have landed on a different planet altogether! A trip to Antarctica, the seventh continent of this planet, known for being the coldest, windiest, unhampered land with least population is an act of sheer bravery and extreme enthusiasm! This unique land is a one-of-a-kind experience that most population on this earth wouldn’t experience!

Our Antarctica holiday packages available online give you an insight of the land blessed with breath-taking glaciers, white serene landscapes and enchanting species of animals that make it a perfect example of natural beauty frozen in time. The cradle of adventure, snow, nature and sheer excitement awaits you with our uniquely priced Antarctica travel packages from India. The adventure calling with the freezing thrill and the unforgettable experience that can be narrated from a book awaits you on this continent. Antarctica is blessed with a unique ecosystem that lies in the midst of the white wilderness. This land is so unique that you have to turn the globe entirely upside down to locate it and perceive it completely! At Veena World, Antarctica holiday packages from India available online are intricately tailor-made to provide you a perfect glimpse of this distinctive continent. Travelling is known to bring people closer to nature. Thereby the idea of travel, explore and celebrate is reflected in every tour that we undertake!

Your choice stands as our priority, may it be for adventure or for leisure, for some special reason like a honeymoon or just a short escape travel, for a desire to travel alone or with family; all of it is made possible with Veena World!    

The Geography

Explore Antarctica along with our Antarctica tour package from India and witness the land that is dominated by its south polar location and thus, covered completely by a blanket of pristine flawless snow and ice. Located at the Earth's southern hemisphere, Antarctica is cantered asymmetrically around the South Pole and largely south of the Antarctic Circle. With record wind speeds of 351 kilometres per hour (218mph), this destination is known as the seventh continent of this planet. It is the coldest, windiest, unhampered land with least population, making it an act of sheer bravery and extreme enthusiasm for exploration!  The cradle of adventure, snow, nature and sheer excitement awaits you with our uniquely priced Antarctica travel packages from India. Potentially rough waters add in to the cinematic adventure while sailing through this land, as it is unpredictable and always changing. Here at Veena World, Antarctica holiday packages from India available online are intricately tailor-made to provide you a perfect glimpse of this distinctive continent.

The Experience

The remarkable journey to the land that has risen from its winter slumber! Along with our Antarctica tour package from India embark on a cruise which will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This historic channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of excitement as you depart on the cruise for the next time you see land you will be in the world’s most southern continent! With our Antarctica travel packages available online, sail through the Drake Passage, for an amazing marine life experience. The first sight of land is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition along with our Antarctica travel packages from India.

The Highlights

Antarctica is explored from Argentina’s Buenos Aires. From where one proceeds to Ushuaia of Argentina to board Antarctica Cruise for over 8 nights! Along with our Antarctica holiday packages available online, we also explore Buenos Aires wherein we visit Cabildo which is the town hall, Casa Rosada, Plaza de Mayo, districts of San Telmo and La Bocca, The Palermo, Avenida 9 de Julio and Metropolitan Cathedral and an amazing Tango Show experience with Dinner. The land of Ushuaia awaits to take you for an amazing journey of Antarctica prior to which exploring the city of Ushuaia which is commonly regarded as the southernmost city in the world, is something that is an inseparable part of our uniquely priced Antarctica holiday packages from India. Embark the cruise which will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This historic channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of excitement as you depart for the cruise, for the next time you see land you will be in the world’s most southern continent! Potentially rough water adds in to the cinematic adventure while sailing on the Drake, as it is unpredictable and always changing. Antarctica travel packages from India welcome you for a remarkable journey to the land that has risen from its winter slumber! Sail through the Drake Passage as an experience of amazing marine life awaits you; where curious penguins nest and majestic whales thrive. Melting sea ice creates highways of water, inviting travellers with a sense of adventure to step off the beaten track and explore the world’s most remote, unspoiled and wildest continent. The first sight of land with our Antarctica tour package from India, is something that can be embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. That’s when the realisation of why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travellers alike hits you! Enjoy the expedition amidst the serene silence of Antarctica where noisy interludes become indelible memories. Cherish the sounds of penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour. The beautiful journey through Antarctica where every day will be different has been carefully crafted to entertain and educate us about this wonderful part of the world. The journey back across the Drake Passage provides us with some final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales. The journey from Drake Passage to Ushuaia lets you enjoy a few final presentations by our expedition team or gives you a chance to simply relax and reminisce about your incomparable experiences!

The beautiful journey through Antarctica where every day is different has been carefully crafted to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world; all this along with our Antarctica holiday packages from India. Veena World has a focus of innovating and building unrivalled tours. We bring together everything best available for a one of a kind memory and travel story that can be shared with your loved ones. It is a destination with so many surprises to offer every time, that travelling here once wouldn’t be enough! Raise your spirits as the travel story to the untapped land of Antarctica is waiting to come true along with our Antarctica tour package from India! 

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TRAVEL to ANTARCTICA – Tips and Information Guide (2024 Update)

Here is our complete guide to tell you everything you need to know to travel to Antarctica, based on our experiences of visiting and working on the White Continent six times. 

It may just be the number one bucket list adventure for millions of people around the world – travelling to Antarctica!

The remoteness and expense of this incredible destination makes it an unrealised dream for many, but we’re here to help you on your journey to experience it for yourself!

The White Continent is a truly unique place. From its phenomenal landscapes to diverse wildlife, nowhere else on the planet comes close to its beauty.

And that’s not the only things that make it unique. From a political point of view, did you know that there it is the only continent on earth with no official government and no permanent residents?

That’s because in 1959 a couple of countries signed a treaty that over 40 nations follow to this day.

Visiting Antarctica is an experience that everyone should have at least once in their lifetime.

Whether you would love to hang around with emperor penguins or go  kayaking in the company of humpback whales , or perhaps even climb one of the world’s seven highest summits, there are plenty of reasons to want to pack your bags and  t ravel to Antarctica !

So read carefully and find out why you should stock up on chocolate, what you should bring on your expedition and how to make the most of your trip!

Antarctica Travel Guide

We’ve been lucky enough to travel to Antarctica 6 times, with more trips booked in the near future, and we can safely say it was by the far the most incredible place we have ever visited.

That being said, it’s not an easy trip to make, and it’s especially not a cheap one, so if you’re lucky enough to have the opportunity to embark on a voyage, you’ll be one of only 100,000 people a year that actually visit!

In order to get the most out of your trip you need to be well prepared, so make sure to read through our detailed and informative  Antarctica Travel Guide .

After our very successful tour to Antarctica this season, we are going to be running another exclusive adventure down to the Peninsula in 2025, this time crossing the Antarctic Circle! Check out the  tour page  if you’d like to learn more.

Planning on exploring other parts of the polar regions? Don’t miss our brand new complete guide to help you  travel to South Georgia !

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Here are the basics about travel to Antarctica.

Main Destinations

South Shetland Islands, Port Lockroy, Errera Channel, Lemaire Channel, King George Island

Primarily USD on ships.

ENTRY / VISA:

Visitors to Antarctica do not require a visa, however permits are necessary. These will be acquired on your behalf by the tour operator you are travelling with.

English, Spanish, Russian and others depending on the bases.

Travelling to Antarctica comes with inherent risks such as cold weather exposure and possible wildlife encounters. The remoteness of the destination means medical assistance is not instant. All tour operators have trained medical professionals onboard and will mitigate risks to the best of their ability.

ELECTRICITY:

Depends on the ship you are travelling on.

TRANSPORTATION:

The only commercial airport is on King George Island, with charter flights available from Punta Arenas, Chile. Transport around the continent for tourists is primarily done onboard expedition ships and zodiacs.

Don’t Forget to Pack the Most Important Thing: Travel Insurance !

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TOP 5 TRAVEL EXPERIENCES IN ANTARCTICA

With so much to see and do in Antarctica, it really is hard to pick the top experiences.

However, we think that to truly appreciate Antarctica you need to plan to do these 5 activities during your visit.

Step Foot on the Continent

The quintessential experience for anybody visiting Antarctica is to officially step foot on the seventh continent. Make sure you book a tour on a ship that carries less than 500 people (less than 200 ideally) to ensure you can do this.

See our recommended Antarctica cruise operators here .

Kayaking In Antarctica

Go Kayaking or SUPing

Zodiac cruises and shore landings are incredible, but nothing quite beat the silence and connection to nature that you get from kayaking!

Read about how to go kayaking in Antarctica .

Camping Antarctica

Camp Under the Stars

If you love adventure and want real bragging rights, you need to experience the fun of camping the night amongst penguins and icebergs.

Learn about camping in Antarctica .

Polar Plunge

Do the Polar Plunge

Who would jump off of a perfectly good ship into the frigid Southern Ocean? You, you absolute badass! And you’ll get pictures to prove it.

Humpback Dorsal With Quark Zodiac Danco Island

Zodiac Cruise with Whales

In our opinion, the zodiac cruises you take in Antarctica are often better than the shore landings, particularly if you have epic wildlife encounters. Travel late season for humpback whales!

How to Get to Antarctica

EXCLUSIVE – We have partnered with the world’s top polar tour operator, Quark Expeditions, to offer readers of NOMADasaurus a very special deal on any trip to Antarctica or the Arctic! Contact us ([email protected]) if you’d like to learn more.

READ MORE: Check out our latest guide on how to choose the  best Antarctica cruise !

Departures from South America

  • Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands
  • Puta Arenas in Chile
  • Buenos Aires in Argentina
  • Santiago in Chile

Departures from New Zealand & Australia

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There are plenty of amazing places to visit in Antarctica, and while you are limited to where the ship can go based on weather conditions and permits, every location is sure to blow your mind.

At just 1600m wide, the Lemaire Channel is one of the most spectacular vistas on the entire Antarctic Peninsula. Navigating through is never guaranteed, but if conditions allow, it’s an experience you’ll never forget.

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Cuverville Island

Cuverville Island lies between the Errera Channel and the Gerlache Strait, and is home to over 7,000 breeding pairs of gentoo penguins.

Deception Island

Deception Island

Deception Island is the caldera of an active volcano, and skilled captains can sail their expedition ships right into the heart of it. It is home to an old, abandoned whaling station.

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Hanusse Bay, Antarctic Circle

Hanusse Bay lies south of the Antarctic Circle, and is a wintry, iceberg-riddled and wildlife-dense location on the Peninsula.

Visa Requirements for Antarctica

Antarctica doesn’t belong to any one government or jurisdiction, and for that reason, no visas are required.

That being said though citizens of nations that have signed the Antarctica Treaty’s Protocol on Environment Protection (USA, Canada, EU and Australia) are required to get prior permission before visiting.

Don’t worry though, as this is organised through your licensed tour operator.

5 Interesting Facts About Antarctica

  • It’s the coldest continent in the world, with the temperatures in wintertime dropping below -73°C (-100°F). The lowest temperature ever recorded on Earth was in Antarctica, and it was a very balmy -89.2°C (-128.6°F).
  • There are no permanent residents of Antarctica, only transit residents (around 1,000), that are usually scientists or workers living in different research stations spread all over Antarctica
  • Since Antarctica is situated in the southern hemisphere, winter is from May to October, and summer is from November to April.
  • Antarctica is actually a desert! That might be surprising to a lot of people, because when we think of deserts we think of hot, dry, large sand surfaces. Since it doesn’t rain or snow in Antarctica it’s considered a polar desert.
  • Antarctica holds 90% of the world’s fresh water!

Keen to learn more? Check out our full list of our favourite  facts about Antarctica !

The Best Time to Travel to Antarctica

Unless you are working for a government organisation, the only time to travel to Antarctica is in the summer.

But what month should you visit in? Well that depends on what you want to see, and what your expectations are.

Read our complete guide on the  best time to visit Antarctica , or read on for more information.

Some may argue that early season is actually the best time to visit Antarctica, because you can see it in its most undisturbed form.

After the long, cold winter, the landscape is covered in a fresh blanket of snow and ice, leaving everything looking clean and pristine (and quite other-worldy).

In terms of wildlife it’s possible to see whales, but not as much as later in the season as the water temperatures are still too cold.

If you visit at this time of year though expect to see lots of penguins, seals and birds.

The main downside to coming in November is that the temperatures are lower and polar ice is still breaking up, which means some areas of the continent are not accessible.

Peak Season – December to February

The peak season coincides with the brief summer, and is by far the most popular time to visit the continent.

Temperatures are at their highest and you get up to 20 hours of sunlight a day!

Whales are starting to visit the waters, baby penguins are plentiful, the birdlife is incredible and you’ll have a much better chance at seeing Antarctica with blue skies.

When we say it is the most popular time to visit though, we mean it. While the tour operators are strictly controlled to where and when they can visit certain areas, you may see other ships around and the foot traffic at the popular spots like Deception Island is much higher.

March to Early April

Late summer in Antarctica is the best time for whale spotting, and while a lot of the other animals have started their migration, you’ll see huge amounts of humpbacks, whales and minkes frolicking in the waters.

This time of year you will have access to almost all areas as the polar ice would have melted.

But with the temperatures slowly starting to drop as the season transitions to winter, it can be unpredictable, and snow storms are more frequent.

We personally believe travelling in the shoulder season is best!

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Travel Itineraries Suggestions

When you book your trip to Antarctica your itinerary is more or less determined by whichever journey you sign up for. You can’t deviate from this, so it’s important to pick an itinerary that encompasses everything you’d like to see and do.

Most standard Antarctica itineraries start and finish in Ushuaia, and go for 10 days. This includes 2 days each way to cross the Drake Passage, and a few days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula.

If you have more time, and would like to see extra places, we recommend looking for a voyage that visits the Falkland Islands and South Georgia as well. These kind of trips usually last for around 17-20 days.

These archipelagos have tremendous wildlife viewing opportunities, and are filled with fascinating history, such as the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton.

If you want a very in-depth Antarctic Peninsula adventure, you can look at crossing the Antarctic Circle, but only a few select companies do this mission.

We crossed the Circle in 2024 with Quark Expeditions and it was an incredible experience.

Budget for Travelling to Antarctica

We’re going to level with you – A tour to Antarctica is not cheap.

But when you compare everything you get to see and do, as well the remote location of the destination and just what is involved on an expedition, it is actually quite fair.

You can expect to spend anywhere from USD$500 per day right up to $3,000 per day, and this depends completely on the itinerary, the company and the type of berth you want to sleep in on the ship.

If you’re looking to save money on an Antarctica tour, the only way you can do this is to book a ticket last-minute.

Different Styles of Antarctica Tour Packages

When you’re doing your research on trips to Antarctica you might be amazed to see a huge difference in price from one company to the next. So why the fluctuation?

This often comes down to two things – the quality of the ship you will be travelling on, and the reputation of the company.

Cheap Antarctica Tours

Not all companies are created equal, and you need to take this into consideration when booking your trip. If a tour company is super cheap, there’s probably a reason for that.

The service of leaders and staff might not be as good, the ship might be much older, and you might only get a limited number of days on the actual continent.

We’ve seen trips for as cheap as USD$5000. Remember though, you get what you pay for.

Our Secret Tip –  Want to go with a reputable and responsible company to Antarctica, but aren’t ready to pay huge amounts? Book the cheapest cabin on the ship.

You still get the exact same service, same guides, same destinations, same activities, except you’re not paying a huge amount for a fancy room. And the truth is you won’t be spending much time in your cabin anyway, so save your money and just book a cheap berth with a good company.

There are plenty of luxury cruise ships that visit Antarctica, and if this is what you’re into, then perfect.

These ships will have all the creature comforts you’d expect to find on a high-end cruise ship, with hot tubs, swimming pools, masseuses, elevators, etc.

Luxury Antarctic cruises might include charter flight tickets to the Ushuaia too, so you can avoid any complicated flight itineraries and add maximum comfort during your trip.

Sometimes they are part of longer South America trips that start in places like Montevideo in Uruguay or Buenos Aires, and finishing up in Valparaiso in Chile.

But these tailor-made experiences comes at a hefty price, which can go up to $25’000 (or more)!

Is this the best way to visit Antarctica? In our opinion, sometimes – it depends.

You do get what you pay for. You’ll have a newer, better ship with nicer cabins, higher quality food and potentially more experienced expedition staff.

We’ve travelled at both ends of the spectrum – on super budget trips with companies like Intrepid, and high-end luxury ships with Quark Expeditions.

Both had their pros and cons. It comes down to your budget.

Last Minute Antarctica Cruises

So what about these last minute Antarctica cruises that people talk about? Is it really possible to cruise to Antarctica for less than USD$5000?

Short answer, yes. However last minute means last minute, and you’ll often have to travel to Ushuaia and register your interest with a number of tour operators in the town.

If an opening comes up (such as someone cancelling their trip) you’ll be on a waiting list to join the tour. But you may only be given a day or two’s notice, and you may end up spending a week or more down in Ushuaia waiting to hear.

A family we met managed to score some last-minute Antarctica tickets after waiting more than 3 weeks in Patagonia, and when they got the word that it was happening they had 36 hours to drop everything and get to Ushuaia in time to jump onboard.

If you have the time and funds to stay down in southern Patagonia for a few weeks this can be a viable way to visit Antarctica cheaply.

Can I Work on a Cruise Ship to Antarctica?

Yes, you absolutely can. But the idea that you can literally just show up at the dock and get a job cleaning rooms or working in a kitchen is unfortunately not true.

The employees of these companies have months of training and maritime-grade certifications before they are sent on a trip to Antarctica and often have to sign long contracts.

Sorry, to be bearer of bad news, but no, y ou can’t show up in Ushuaia and get a one-off job on a cruise to Antarctica.

Insider’s Tip – Book A Small Group Expedition

Very few people know this when booking their travels to Antarctica, but if you end up on a ship that has more than 200 passengers onboard, your time on the continent is severely limited!

That’s because IAATO rules states that no more than 200 people from any one voyage can get off the ship at any one time, and no more than 100 people can step foot on the continent at once, so if your tour has more than this, you’ll end up spending a lot of time waiting on the ship while the other group is off exploring.

If you have between 100-200 people onboard, you do what’s known in the industry as a ‘split landing’ – basically half the group go ashore while the other half zodiac cruise, then you swap midway through the excursion.

In our expert opinion this isn’t a bad thing. We personally prefer zodiac cruising anyway.

Even worse though, if you end up booking a large cruise ship with more than 500 people onboard, IAATO regulations mean nobody gets off the ship.

That means you won’t even get the chance to do anything more other than simply look at the landscapes from afar.

And while this is still pretty amazing, in our opinion you’re paying all this money to go there – you may as well actually step foot on Antarctica!

Here’s an article to give you some more  tips on how to choose a tour.

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Top 5 Places to Visit in Antarctica

Antarctica is one of the most isolated places in the world and as such it has managed to maintain its pristine nature with minimum human impact (although climate change is reeking havoc down there).

For anyone wishing to enjoy the dramatic landscapes covered in polar ice and beautiful wildlife, make sure your cruise includes our top places to visit in Antarctica!

The Lemaire Channel

The Lemaire Channel is a narrow passage on the Antarctic Peninsula that is stunningly beautiful to navigate. On all sides you’ll be surrounded by towering peaks, tumbling glaciers and glistening icebergs.

It’s also a dream come true for marine life lovers, as you can spot all kinds of seals and even whales, including humpbacks and orcas!

No matter how cold it gets, we guarantee you won’t go below the deck in fear you might miss something!

Deception Island always proves to be a highlight of people’s travels to Antarctica as it is incredibly beautiful, and has a human element to it with the old whaling station.

But why the name Deception Island? That’s because even though it looks like just an island, it’s actually a caldera of an active volcano!

The waters here are a tad warmer than the rest of the seas around, making it a popular spot for people to do the polar plunge.

Vernadsky Research Station

No trip to Antarctica would be complete without spending some time at a functioning science base, and luckily you can do just that at Vernadsky Research Station!

This Ukrainian-run base has a lot of history, and today the scientists working there open their doors to visitors.

It’s even home to the southern-most bar in the world! Read all about it in our article about  Vernadsky Research Station.

South Shetland Islands

The South Shetland Islands are a small group of islands about 120km north of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Their location makes them one of the most visited places on the peninsula, and they are a great place to visit in Antarctica because of the huge population of elephant seals and penguins.

South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands

While  South Georgia  and the Sandwich Islands don’t actually belong to Antarctica (they are part of the United Kingdom), we couldn’t write a list about the top places to visit without mentioning this place.

It has been called the Serengeti of the Southern Ocean due to the abundance of wildlife that congregates there.

You can see hundreds of thousands of king penguins hanging out on beaches, 4-tonne elephant seals battling each other for mates and the largest bird in the world, the Wandering Albatross.

South Georgia can be included on a few Antarctic cruise itineraries, so if you have the time we highly recommend visiting.

Top 5 Travel Experiences in Antarctica

So what exactly is there to do in Antarctica? Plenty!

We wrote this comprehensive guide on the  best things to do in Antarctica , but let us break down some of the highlights here.

Camping Under the Stars

Yes it is entirely possible to go  camping in Antarctica , but only if you join the right tour operator that provides the right gear.

It might sound risky because of the extreme weather conditions, but that’s why you should only do it with a company that takes all safety measures seriously.

You will sleep in winter-grade bivvy sacks with high-quality sleeping bags, and the expedition leaders will monitor the weather systems closely to make sure that it’ll be the optimum evening to do so.

The adventure won’t seem as challenging once night sets and you get thrown into a daze by views of the open sky and stars, with zero light pollution around to hide the universe.

Laying under the stars and waking up to the sun rising over the vast snowy landscape will be etched into your mind forever.

Take the Polar Plunge

How does swimming in the world’s coldest place sound to you? Well you can do just that in Antarctica, and it’s an experience that’ll give you the ultimate bragging rights.

Whether you’re jumping from a boat or do a sprint into the icy waters at the beach on Deception Island, it’s going to be frigidly cold. But the pain only lasts a minute, and you’ll have expert guides around you to warm you up with blankets and hot chocolate.

Climb Mount Vinson

For those that want a serious adventure, and have the skills to go with it, why not consider climbing the tallest mountain in Antarctica, Mount Vinson!

The mountain is 4897m high, but of course this isn’t for the average traveller to Antarctica, and you won’t find a standard cruise ship that goes there.

It’s one of the world’s seven highest summits, making it a must-do for any mountaineer looking to achieve the Holy Grail.

Kayaking With Whales

Sea kayaking in Antarctica is one of the best adventure activities on the continent, and it’s easy to see why.

Surrounded by icebergs, calm waters and huge glaciers, you can spend hours paddling around, being constantly amazed at the scenery.

This is the best way to get closer to Antarctica’s rich marine life, and if you’re really lucky, you might even have a close encounter with a humpback whale!

Hanging Out With Penguins

Hanging out with penguins is everyone’s number one item on their Antarctica bucket list.

There are six types of penguins living in Antarctica and they are one of the few animals on the continent that is pretty much a guarantee to see no matter when you go!

The guideline on interacting with wildlife on Antarctica is that you have to keep your distance, at least 5 meters away from all wildlife, but if they approach you that’s no problem!

These friendly birds are very unfamiliar with humans, so chances are they will come right up to you if you just hang out and wait.

Antarctica Travel Guide

Transport in Antarctica

Unless you’re working on a research station, the only form of transport you’ll get to experience in Antarctica is the floating kind.

Cruise or Expedition Ships

The main mode of transport in Antarctica is by ship, and you have a couple of different options – A luxury cruise ship, or a research expedition ship.

Cruise ships are comfortable and luxurious, but they might also lack the character and sense of adventure that you’d expect from a place like Antarctica.

We most recently travelled on a  polar expedition vessel called the Ultramarine , and it was amazing in that they were conducting real-life science research as we went.

Zodiacs (Inflatable Rubber Boats)

This is the most common, and fun way, to get your way around Antarctica.

They are used for getting from your ship to shore, or for just exploring around the gorgeous seas. They are open-air, which means you’re exposed to the elements, so make sure you wear plenty of protective gear.

We’ve already spoken about kayaks before, but if you have the chance to paddle around the continent you should definitely take it!

Safety in Antarctica

While Antarctica truly delivers on the promise of untouched nature and rich wildlife, one should seriously prepare to be exposed to the harsh climate and one of the most dangerous environments in the world.

But don’t stress too much about it – Chances are you’ll only be travelling to Antarctica in the summer, where the temperatures are warmer anyway.

Plus all Antarctic tours have qualified and experienced medical staff onboard, so you’ll be in safe hands.

Rough Sea Weather

When crossing the Drake Passage, which is a gruelling 48-hour journey, there’s a chance that you will encounter some rough sea weather.

Don’t worry though, because expedition ships are designed to charge through even the most turbulent of seas, so even though you might feel scared, the boats are absolutely fine.

If you’re prone to sea sickness you can take strong medication to help, or if you’re absolutely petrified we suggest booking a trip that has a flight to King George Island instead of boarding the cruise ship in Ushuaia or Punta Arenas.

Walking On Ice

The key to crossing the icy sections of the continent are to have good quality boots.

Sometimes the tour operator will supply you with these boots, but make sure you do your research before you show up.

The guide will offer you some practical advice how to walk across icy sections. Usually those instructions consist of keeping a slow pace and short, confident steps where you plant your feet.

Harsh Climate

The main issue travellers to Antarctica will come across is the harsh climate, so make sure you come prepared.

You need to pack all the necessities before you come, because the right clothing is the most important factor in whether you will have a good time or not.

Learn to layer up, because the temperature can change rapidly, and the last thing you want is to have one giant, warm coat on when the sun comes out, meaning all you have underneath is a t-shirt.

The expedition leaders will keep an eye on the weather to help keep you safe in Antarctica.

Cruise Ship Safety

Most incidents that happen to cruise ships in Antarctica involves the pack ice, but this is an extremely rare occurrence in this day and age.

It’s important to know that your tour operator evaluates all risks and manages the trip around perceived hazards. Safety is their number one priority.

Today we’re able to predict icebergs, pack ice and unexposed hazards with forward-scanning sonar and ice radars, and all cruise ships have them in use.

Transport In Antarctica Travel Guide

Medical System in Antarctica

All tour operators have a medical team on-board for any possible health issues you may encounter.

The only thing up to the traveller to take care of is to make sure you get the proper vaccinations before the expedition.

The vaccines that you should be up-to-date on are:

  • Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine
  • Diphteria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine
  • Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
  • Polio vaccine

The risk of acquiring of any of those diseases comes from the fact that they’re easily spread from person to person, and the close living quarters.

You will be sharing same space with people from many different parts of the world which carries an increased risk of contracting a disease.

Packing List for Antarctica

Making sure to pack everything you need for your Antarctica travels is the most vital part of your travel preparations.

Some of the tour operators will supply you with adequate waterproof jacket, pants and boots, but make sure to check with them.

Check out our detailed guide on  what to wear in Antarctica  to get you prepared.

Men And Women

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof pants
  • Boots (with the most grip)
  • Thermal underwear
  • Thermal socks x2
  • Merino wool socks x3
  • T-shirts x4
  • Long sleeve shirt x1
  • Hooded jumper x1
  • Down jacket x1
  • Wind/rain jacket x1
  • Glove liners x1 pair
  • Ski gloves x1 pair
  • Buff bandana x2
  • Sunglasses x1

Miscellaneous Items

  • Camera (here’s  our list of the absolute best travel cameras on the market )
  • Wide angle & zoom lens
  • Spare batteries x4
  • SD memory cards x4
  • Waterproof cases for electronics

Travel Tips To Antarctica

  • Wear layers! In some moments when you physically exert yourself you will start feeling a bit hot so then you should take off a layer. Later on when you feel cold again just put it back on – it’s important to regulate the body temperature.
  • Invest in your camera equipment! This is a trip that most people only take once in their lifetime – you want to be sure to  make memorable photos of it.
  • When booking your cruise make sure that somewhere it says ‘step foot on the continent’ because some cruise ships don’t allow passengers to leave the vessel!
  • Think of flying to Buenos Aries before connecting to Ushuaia. It might end up a cheaper and you can arrive a day or two earlier to explore Buenos Aries.
  • Buy a  good travel insurance policy ! Antarctica is so isolated and unpredictable that your travel policy should always include an emergency evacuation charge!

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Antarctica Expedition Cruise Tour Package

Starting from 425,000*.

Indulge the explorer within to a voyage to the far-side of the world. Discover Antarctica – the frozen frontier, with marvelous naturally-sculpted glaciers and magnificent wildlife.

Classic Antarctica

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Classic Antarctica Cruise

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Day 01 Depart from Ushuaia

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Embark the Antarctica Expedition Cruise USHUAIA in the afternoon and meet your expedition and lecture staff. After you have settled into your cabins we sail along the famous Beagle Channel and the scenic Mackinlay Pass.

Classic Antarctica Map

Day 2 & 3 Crossing the Drake Passage

  • Named after the renowned explorer, Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar water sinks beneath the warmer northern waters.
  • The Drake Passage also marks the northern limit of many Antarctic seabirds. As we sail across the passage, the lecturers will be out with you on deck to help in the identification of an amazing variety of seabirds, including many Albatrosses, which follow in our wake.
  • The USHUAIA’S open bridge policy allows you to join our officers on the bridge and learn about navigation, watch for whales, and enjoy the view.
  • The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains indicate that we have reached the South Shetland Islands , a group of twenty islands and islets first sighted in February 1819 by Capt. William Smith of the brig Williams. With favorable conditions in the Drake Passage, our lecturers and naturalists will accompany you ashore as you experience your first encounter with the penguins and seals on Day 3.

Day 4 - 7 Exploring South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula

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  • The South Shetland Islands are a haven for wildlife. Vast penguin rookeries , beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and southern elephant seals make every day spent in this amazing island group unforgettable.
  • King George Island , the largest of the South Shetland Islands, features colonies of nesting Adïlie and Chinstrap Penguins, Kelp Gulls, Blue-eyed Cormorants, Antarctic Terns , and Southern Giant Petrels and is home to scientific bases of many different countries. Macaroni, Chinstrap, and Gentoo Penguins as well as elephant seals await you at Livingston Island .
  • The Antarctic Peninsula’s remarkable history will provide you excitement often only associated with the early explorers. You will have plenty of time to explore its amazing scenery, a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains, and waterways, and an incredibly wide variety of wildlife. Apart from penguins and seabirds, you are very likely to see Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals as well as Minke, killer (orca) and humpback whales at close range.
  • Paradise Bay – perhaps the most aptly named place in the world and we attempt a landing on the continent proper. After negotiating the iceberg-strewn waters of the Antarctic Sound, we hope to visit the bustling Adélie Penguin (over 100,000 pairs breed here) and Blue-eyed Cormorant colonies on Paulet Island . The Nordenskjöld expedition built a stone survival hut here in 1903. Today its ruins have been taken over by nesting penguins.
  • Further exploration may take you to Melchior Island , Cuverville Island, Portal Point, Neko Harbour, Pléneau Island and if ice conditions permit, to Petermann Island for a visit to the southernmost colony of Gentoo Penguins.

Day 8 & 9 At Sea crossing the Drake Passage, northbound

  • We leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage.
  • Join our lecturers and naturalists on deck as we search for seabirds and whales and enjoy some final lectures.
  • Take the chance to relax and reflect on the fascinating adventures of the past days on the way back to Ushuaia.

Day 10 Arrival in Ushuaia

We arrive at Ushuaia in the early morning and disembark the USHUAIA after breakfast.

Please note: The above itinerary is a guide only. Our exact route and program will vary to take the best advantage of local weather and ice conditions and opportunities to view wildlife. Changes will be made by the Captain and/or Expedition Leader to facilitate the best results from the prevailing conditions. A daily program sheet will be issued on board. Flexibility is the key to success.

Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

Port of embarkation and disembarkation: Ushuaia, Argentina

Sailing Dates for the year 2024 – 2025

Classic Antarctica Cruise – The USHUAIA (Small Cruise):

Weddell Sea: Antarctica Expedition cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula, the South Shetland Islands & the Weddell Sea:

Package Cost Per Person in US DOLLARS on Twin sharing basis

* Book in Advance and Avail Special Discounts

* Family special – a child under 16 years old accompanied by two adults, sails free of charge in a triple Superior cabin or a triple Suite.

* Availability Status is Subject to Change. Please check with us.

Package Price Includes:

  • Voyage aboard the USHUAIA as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the USHUAIA.
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
  • Detailed post-expedition log.

Package Cost does not include:

  • Applicable TCS (Tax Collection at Source);
  • International Airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights;
  • Pre- and post land arrangements;
  • Transfers to / from the vessel;
  • Passport and Visa expenses;
  • Government arrival and departure taxes;
  • Meals ashore;
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (strongly recommended);
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Items of a personal nature such as bar and beverage charges and telecommunication charge
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages (guidelines will be provided).

The Ushuaia’s Cabin description

Suites: 5 Outside cabins with windows on the upper deck (G), private facilities, two lower berths, lounge, TV, DVD player and fridge. Suite 201 features two double beds, Suite 202 one double bed and a sofa bed. Suite 203 features two lower single beds. Suites 204 and 207 feature three lower single beds. Suite 207 has portholes. Superior: 10 Twin outside cabins with windows on the upper deck (G), private facilities, two lower berths. Cabins 205 and 211 feature portholes. Cabin 301 features one double and one single bed. A cabins: 6 Twin outside cabins with portholes on the upper deck (G), private facilities, two berths (upper/lower). B cabins: 12 Twin outside cabins with portholes on deck E and semi-private facilities, two berths (upper/lower). C cabins: 8 Twin inside cabins on the lower deck (D) with semi-private facilities, two berths (upper/lower).

* N.B. Semi-private facilities: Two cabins share one bathroom accessible from both cabins (shower and wc). Each cabin is also equipped with its own washbasin.

Terms and Conditions:

  • ALL RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE, ESPECIALLY POSSIBLE FUEL SURCHARGES. HOWEVER, THERE WILL BE NO FUEL SURCHARGE IF THE PRICE OF THE BARREL OF CRUDE OIL IS US$100 OR LOWER.
  • A limited amount of twin cabins (except suites) are available for single occupancy at 1.5 times the share rate.
  • Suites may be reserved at 2 times the share rate. A third berth in two of the suites maybe occupied at 50% of the published twin share rate.
  • Shared accommodation can be arranged on request.
  • All rates are subject to change and Our associate Expedition Cruise reserves the right to modify the published rates without prior notice.

Reservations and Payments:

  • A deposit of 30-50% of the cruise fare is required per person to confirm reservations with final payment due 90 days prior to departure.

Cancellations:

  • All requests for cancellations must be received in writing with a valid reason. Cancellations received 120 days prior to departure are fully refunded less an administrative fee of approx USD$750 Per Person.
  • From 119 days up to and including the day of departure all deposits and tariffs are forfeited. If cancellation occurs within the 119 day period and full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and unpaid money is due immediately.
  • For these and other reasons mentioned below, you are strongly encouraged to obtain trip cancellation insurance.
  • Our associate Expedition Cruise reserves the right to cancel any voyage prior to departure in which case payments will be refunded in full less administrative fee without further obligation on our part.
  • Our associate Expedition Cruise requests all passengers to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance including trip cancellation and mandatory medical evacuation and repatriation cover.
  • Our associate Expedition Cruise shall not be responsible for any injuries to persons (whether or not resulting in death) or damage or loss to property.
  • In case of a medical problem arising during the voyage, either on board or on shore, which results in costs for evacuation, use of aircraft or repatriation, the responsibility for payment of these costs belongs solely to the passenger and Our associate Expedition Cruise specifically decline any responsibility whatsoever (also if not covered by travel insurance).

Passenger Contract

  • The passenger must sign a passenger contract which constitutes the sole contract and his/her agreement to all the terms and conditions relative to the cruise. By accepting the cruise ticket the passenger also agrees to its terms & conditions.

For other destinations, email us your requirements to [email protected]

Disclaimer: We’ve tried to make the Antarctica Expedition Cruise information on this page as accurate as possible, but it is provided ‘as is’ and we accept no responsibility for any loss, injury or inconvenience sustained by anyone resulting from this information. You should verify critical information (like visas, health and safety, customs and transportation) with the relevant authorities before you travel.

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Polar Circle Quest Cruise

Day 2-3 crossing the drake passage.

Named after the renowned explorer, Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar water sinks beneath the warmer northern waters. This creates a great upwelling of nutrients, which sustains the biodiversity of this region. The Drake Passage also marks the northern limit of many Antarctic seabirds. As we sail across the passage, the lecturers will be out with you on deck to help in the identification of an amazing variety of seabirds, including many albatrosses, which follow in our wake. The USHUAIA’s open bridge policy allows you to join our officers on the bridge and learn about navigation, watch for whales, and enjoy the view. A full program of lectures will be offered as well.

The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains indicate that we have reached the South Shetland Islands, a group of twenty islands and islets first sighted in February 1819 by Capt. William Smith of the brig Williams. With favorable conditions in the Drake Passage, our lecturers and naturalists will accompany you ashore as you experience your first encounter with the penguins and seals on Day 3.

Antarctica Polar Circle

Day 4-9 Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula, the South Shetland Islands, and endeavor to cross the Polar Circle

Exquisite beauty and pristine landscapes are waiting for you on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula. Myriads of icebergs with different shades and shapes are floating free in the waterways around the continent. The Antarctic Peninsula’s remarkable history will also provide you with a type of excitement often only associated with the early explorers. You will have plenty of time to explore its amazing scenery and a wide variety of wildlife. Apart from Adélie, Gentoo, and Chinstrap Penguins and other seabirds you are likely to encounter Weddell, crabeater, fur, and leopard seals as well as Minke whales and orcas at close range. At this time of year, it is also very likely to encounter big cetaceans, such as humpback, Finn, and Sei whales in the area.

We hope to navigate some of the most beautiful waterways the area has to offer, such as the Gerlache Strait, Errera Channel, Neumayer Channel, and the extremely narrow Lemaire Channel. Possible landing sites may include Paradise Bay, which is perhaps the most aptly named place in the world with its impressive glacial fronts and mountains, Cuverville Island, home of the biggest Gentoo Penguin colony in the Peninsula surrounded by glaciers and castellated icebergs, and the British Museum and Post office Port Lockroy .

As further exploration will lead us far South of the Lemaire Channel in quest of the Polar Circle, we might also visit the Ukrainian Station Vernadsky , the former British base Faradey, where the ozone hole was first spotted , the rugged Yalour Islands and south of the Polar Circle Detaille Island .

On our way North we plan to explore the South Shetland Islands. The volcanic island group is a haven for wildlife. Vast penguin rookeries and seals hauling out on the shorelines make every day spent here unforgettable. Sailing through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island is truly amazing, so is visiting the crescent-shaped island Half Moon, home to Chinstrap Penguins in breathtaking surroundings.

Day 10-11 At Sea crossing the Drake Passage, northbound

We leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. Join our lecturers and naturalists on deck as we search for seabirds and whales and enjoy some final lectures. Take the chance to relax and reflect on the fascinating adventures of the past days on the way back to Ushuaia.

Day 11-12 Arrival at Ushuaia

Sailing dates for the year 2024.

Polar Circle Quest – Expedition cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, & endeavor to cross the Polar Circle.

  • Baggage, cancellation, and personal insurance (strongly recommended);
  • Items of a personal nature such as bar and beverage charges and telecommunication charges

The Ushuai’s Cabin description

Suites: 5 Outside cabins with windows on the upper deck (G), private facilities, two lower berths, lounge, TV, DVD player, and fridge. Suite 201 features two double beds, and Suite 202 has one double bed and a sofa bed. Suite 203 features two lower single beds. Suites 204 and 207 feature three lower single beds. Suite 207 has portholes. Superior: 10 Twin outside cabins with windows on the upper deck (G), private facilities, and two lower berths. Cabins 205 and 211 feature portholes. Cabin 301 features one double and one single bed. A cabins: 6 Twin outside cabins with portholes on the upper deck (G), private facilities, and two berths (upper/lower). B cabins: 12 Twin outside cabins with portholes on deck E and semi-private facilities, two berths (upper/lower). C cabins: 8 Twin inside cabins on the lower deck (D) with semi-private facilities, two berths (upper/lower).

* N.B. Semi-private facilities: Two cabins share one bathroom accessible from both cabins (shower and WC). Each cabin is also equipped with its own washbasin.

  • Suites may be reserved at 2 times the share rate. A third berth in two of the suites may be occupied at 50% of the published twin share rate.
  • From 119 days up to and including the day of departure all deposits and tariffs are forfeited. If cancellation occurs within the 119-day period and full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and unpaid money is due immediately.
  • Our associate Expedition Cruise reserves the right to cancel any voyage prior to departure in which case payments will be refunded in full less the administrative fee without further obligation on our part.
  • Our associate Expedition Cruise requests all passengers to purchase comprehensive travel insurance including trip cancellation and mandatory medical evacuation and repatriation cover.
  • In case of a medical problem arising during the voyage, either on board or on shore, which results in costs for evacuation, use of aircraft, or repatriation, the responsibility for payment of these costs belongs solely to the passenger and Our associate Expedition Cruise specifically decline any responsibility whatsoever (also if not covered by travel insurance).

Disclaimer: We’ve tried to make the Antarctica Expedition Cruise information on this page as accurate as possible, but it is provided ‘as is’ and we accept no responsibility for any loss, injury or inconvenience sustained by anyone resulting from this information. You should verify critical information (like visas, health, and safety, customs, and transportation) with the relevant authorities before you travel.

Classic South Georgia Cruise

October 13: day 01 depart from ushuaia.

  • Report at the Pier as per the Embarkation time in the afternoon.
  • Get onboard USHUAIA. A welcome drink is served. Later, an introduction to the crew and expedition staff will follow
  • Later, we will have time to get to know our new shipmates.
  • The ship will then set sail towards the Western Falkland Islands (Malvinas), known for their rugged beauty and wealth of seabirds and waterfowl.

South Georgia and The Falkland Islands is a British Overseas Territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean.

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October 14: Day 02 At Sea

  • The open bridge policy on the USHUAIA allows us to join the officers on the bridge and learn about navigation, watch for marine life, and enjoy the views of the open ocean.
  • Join the expedition staff and naturalists on deck whilst we are at sea as we search for seabirds and other local wildlife, such as Albatrosses, Petrels, Orcas and Dolphins.
  • An interesting selection of lectures will help us to prepare for our first excursions in the Falkland Islands (Malvinas).

October 15: Day 03 Western Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

  • The Island lies off the most north-westerly point of mainland West Falkland. The attractive settlement sits on the edge of a small harbor on the eastern side of the Island, in the lee of Black Bog Hill and Michael´s Mount . The valley between these two peaks rolls over the center of the island to the dramatic Devil´s Nose, one of the Island´s main attractions .
  • From here visitors are treated to splendid views of Cliff Mountain, the Island´s highest point at 1,250 ft (381 m), and the highest cliffs in the Falklands (Malvinas) .
  • We will encounter a vast colony of Rockhopper Penguins and Black-browed Albatrosses, nesting together in close vicinity.
  • Carcass Island lies to the north-west of the Falklands archipelago (Malvinas).
  • A mature tussock (tussac) plantation covers much of the lower ground below Jason Hill to the east. The availability of abundant cover throughout the island have made for a spectacularly large population of small birds, which is one of Carcass Island´s most delightful features.
  • Gentoo and Magellanic Penguins do also nest here.
  • Peale´s and Commerson´s dolphins come frequently close to the shoreline to get a glimpse of the visitors as well.
  • At the settlement with its beautiful gardens, we are invited to enjoy tea and cookies with the locals.
  • Later, we will sail Overnight around the northern islands of the archipelago in easterly direction to reach the capital, Stanley.

October 16: Day 04 Eastern Falkland Islands (Malvinas) - At Sea

  • Arrive into Stanley. The town was established in the early 1840´s. In the morning hours we will have time to explore the quaint little town of Stanley and its wonderful Museum, souvenir shops and pubs.
  • For those who are more interested in the outstanding wildlife the Islands have to offer, you do not even have to leave town to enjoy it. Southern Giant Petrels often fly close to the shoreline. The endemic Falkland Steamer Ducks abound on the shorelines while Kelp Gulls can often be seen flying together with Dolphin Gulls.
  • The less obvious but frequent visitors to Stanley area are Black-crowned Night Herons, Red-backed Hawks and Peregrine Falcons. Turkey Vultures are regularly seen on top of any prominent building. Many pairs of Upland Geese frequent the park and it might be nice to take a stroll around the gardens of town to see some of the singing birds as well.
  • In the early afternoon, we set sail, heading for South Georgia – South Georgia is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful and inspiring places on earth with more wildlife than virtually anywhere else on the planet.

October 17-18: Day 5 & 6 At Sea

  • An extensive lecture program will be offered during the days at sea.
  • Expert naturalists share their knowledge of the wildlife and unique ecosystems we will encounter throughout our voyage.

October 19: Day 07 At Sea - South Georgia

  • South Georgia – Though extremely isolated, it has amazing scenery ranging from high mountains and mighty glaciers to deep fjords and low-lying grassland . If the weather is favourable, we would aim to visit one of the following sites in the late afternoon:
  • Situated at the northwestern extremity of South Georgia on the eastern side of the knife-edged summit ridges of Parydian Peninsula , Elsehul is a beautiful little harbour. It is the only visitor site on the island, where colonies of Black-browed and Grey-headed Albatrosses can be viewed from zodiacs within the protection of sheltered inshore waters .
  • Right Whale Bay is a bay 1.5 miles (2.4 km) wide, entered between Craigie Point and Nameless Point along the north coast of South Georgia. The name dates back to at least 1922, when South Georgia was still a centre for commercial whaling.
  • Today we hope to encounter a small colony of King Penguins, along with Giant Petrels, gulls and breeding elephant seals on the black ashen beach.

October 20-24: Day 8-12 South Georgia

  • Our exact itinerary will depend on local land and sea conditions but the following destinations are among those that we would like to explore:
  • Salisbury Plain is a wildlife site without parallel. Several large glaciers provide a dramatic backdrop for the tens of thousands of King Penguins that nest in the tussock grass of this remarkable ecosystem .
  • The wide beach makes for excellent walking as we visit the colony, where we are literally surrounded and delightfully outnumbered by throngs of curious, gentle penguins.
  • Fur seals also abound, as well as Southern Giant Petrels and the occasional wandering Gentoo Penguin . Prepare for an awe-inspiring experience, as fur seal pups will want to engage with you and can be observed playing at the waterfront.
  • Prion Island is a beautiful tussock-grass covered islet.
  • If we are lucky we will get the opportunity to see a breeding colony of Wandering Albatross on top of it .
  • We will climb to the summit on a wooden boardwalk, which takes us close to their nests and offers comfortable viewing platforms.
  • Grytviken lies within King Edward Cove, a sheltered harbor tucked between Hope Point and Hobart Rock on the western shore of Cumberland East Bay .
  • The rusting ruins of the Grytviken whaling station are situated on a level plain at the head of the cove, backed by steep hills and mountains.
  • Now the site of the South Georgia Museum, the station remains a focal point of interest for many visitors, as does Sir Ernest Shackleton´s grave in the nearby whaler´s cemetery and his memorial cross on Hope Point. The scenery in this area is exceptionally beautiful even by South Georgia standards: the glaciers and snow covered peaks of the Allardyce Range – Mt. Sugartop, Mt. Paget, Mt. Roots, Nordenskjöld Peak, Mt. Kling and Mt. Brooker – form a magnificent backdrop to the cove, and the views from King Edward Point in particular, must be among the finest on earth.
  • Situated 9km east of Cumberland East Bay on the eastern shores of Barff Peninsula, Godthul is a 3km long inlet that lies between Cape George and Long Point. Gentoo Penguins are abundant on the tussac plateau and Light-mantled Sooty Albatrosses echo off the natural cliff amphitheater that encircles the harbor. A floating factory ship serviced by two whale catchers was stationed here each summer between 1908 and 1929. A small shore depot supporting the whaling operations was established close by the stream in the southeast corner of the harbor, and the rusting barrels, wooden shed and boats are fascinating relics of the whaling era, as is the impressive collection of whale and elephant seal bones scattered along the beach.
  • The surf beaten coastline at St. Andrews Bay runs north-south in a 1.86 mile (3 km) long uninterrupted sweep of fine dark sand, covered in penguins and seals and bounded in the interior by the Cook, Buxton and Heaney Glaciers. The bay hosts the biggest colony of King Penguins on South Georgia. Early in the season, the beach is also carpeted with fur and elephant seals. Such a large assemblage of wildlife attracts an entourage of persistent and voracious scavengers. Sheathbills dart in and around the penguin colony. Cape Petrels nest in a small number on the cliffs north of St. Andrews Bay. Leopard seals patrol the rocks at this end of the beach too, hunting for penguins along the edge of kelp beds. A few White-chinned Petrels and Light-mantled Sooty Albatrosses nest on the tussac slopes. Brown Skuas and Antarctic Terns breed on the outwash plain and scree slopes at the north end of the beach, defending their nest sites with their characteristic noise and vigor.
  • Cooper Bay is found at the southeast extremity of South Georgia. There is a wealth of wildlife at this site, in a spectacular setting. Chinstrap, Gentoo and maybe one or two Macaroni Penguins dot the tussac slopes and there are plenty of fur seals on the beaches. Fascinating volcanic rocks tower over small fjords, giving a stunning invitation for a thrilling zodiac cruise to watch wildlife from the waterfront.
  • Drygalski Fjord is also located in the far south east of the island. The glaciers found in this dramatic fjord have retreated significantly in recent decades, but they still remain one of the most striking features of this coastline, particularly the Risting and Jenkins Glaciers. With a little luck, we might see the glaciers calve and witness the birth of a new iceberg from on board the ship.

October 25 & 26: Day 13 & 14 At Sea

  • We spend the next two days crossing the Scotia Sea towards the Antarctic Peninsula offering opportunities to be out on deck, catch up on some reading, check through and edit our photos, or simply reflect on the magical experiences of the last days on South Georgia. Lectures and other activities will be offered throughout these days.

October 27: Day 15 Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands

  • Sir Ernest Shackleton fans will need no introduction to this historic windswept island. In 1916 Shackleton was forced to leave 22 of his men stranded on these shores, while he and five others embarked on an unbelievable last-ditch rescue attempt. What followed is one of the greatest rescue stories of all time.
  • Every passenger will return with a greater knowledge of this gripping tale of adventure in a truly remarkable part of the world.

October 28: Day 16 At Sea - Antarctic Peninsula: Antarctic Sound

  • Our expedition team will prepare you for our experience in the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands.
  • Later today, we hope to arrive at the Antarctic Peninsula in the area of the scenic Antarctic Sound. Here we will try to land at one of the following landing sites:
  • We will try to sail the passage to the east side of the Antarctic Peninsula, which traverses the Antarctic Sound and runs northwest-to-southeast. Hope Bay and the Argentine Station Esperanza are located on the western side of the Sound.
  • Brown Bluff, a promontory on the Tabarin Peninsula, is located south of Hope Bay. Both of them might be possible landing sites. The Weddell Sea represents the center of the Peninsula´s Adélie Penguin population.

October 29 to 31: Day 17 - 19 Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

  • Our expedition team will prepare you for our experience in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.
  • This region of broad straits, mountainous islands, protected bays, and narrow channels offer moments of solitude. A profusion of tall peaks humans have never climbed and vast glaciers flowing inexorably seaward are the physical features here.
  • We might visit Hydrurga Rocks, a small group of islets, which lie east of Two Hummock Island in the Palmer Archipelago, at the northern entrance of the Gerlache Strait. Chinstrap Penguins, Blue-eyed Shags and Kelp Gulls are confirmed breeders here.
  • We may also go to Cuverville Island, which lies in the scenic Errera Channel, in the center of the Gerlache Strait. A well-defined raised beach forms a nesting site for many Gentoo Penguins here. On our way north we plan to explore the South Shetland Islands.
  • We plan to sail through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island – the largest of three recent volcanic centers in the South Shetlands- which is truly amazing. Once inside, the rising slope of the black, cinder-covered volcanic rim can be walked uphill to a rather spectacular vantage point.
  • This crescent-shaped island, in the entrance of Moon Bay between Greenwich and Livingston Islands, is home to Chinstrap Penguins in breathtaking surroundings.

November 01 & 02: Day 20 & 21 At Sea

  • Join our lecturers and naturalists on deck as we search for seabirds and whales. We will also enjoy some final lectures.
  • Take the chance to relax and reflect on the fascinating adventures we have had over the past days.

November 03: Day 22 Ushuaia

  • We arrive at the port of Ushuaia in the early morning and disembark the USHUAIA after breakfast.

Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands – an epic voyage to remote Islands!!!

Highlights:

  • Set out on an epic Voyage to the planet’s most unspoiled topography – Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica Peninsula
  • Witness an abundant wildlife, history of human endeavour, Captivating landscape, Splendid views of Cliff Mountains, the Exquisite Icebergs in Antarctica Peninsula etc.

Classic South Georgia Cruise:

Expedition cruise to the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), South Georgia, Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

Duration: 21 Nights / 22 Days (Classic South Georgia)

Sailing dates: october 13, 2024 – november 03, 2024.

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Antarctica at Its Most Immersive

No one knows antarctica better.

Antarctica has been our only destination for 13 years. No one knows it more intimately, or can better seek out its elusive highlights. Our off-the-ship outings average 6 hours a day, among the most of any operator. Our expedition team averages twelve years’ experience, an invaluable asset in this unpredictable environment. And we’re still founder-owned and operated, so our commitment to every aspect of your experience is highly personal for us.

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An Emphasis on Discovery, Camaraderie, and Fun

We believe there is an explorer’s spirit in each and every one of us. So we make it our job to kindle that spirit and yes, to have a bit of fun along the way. Antarctica is an ever-changing, constantly surprising world of opportunity. So, while our daily landings and cruises are carefully planned, our unprecedented knowledge of the region allows us to embrace spontaneity, and create truly unforgettable experiences at a moment’s notice

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A Small Ship Made For Antarctica

Our 138-passenger Seaventure has the rare distinction of having been purpose built for Antarctica’s wild, unpredictable, and endlessly fascinating environment. Its ice rating is second to none, so it can escort you to sites that remain off limits to other vessels. It delivers a supreme level of stability, safety, and comfort even in challenging seas, and its smaller size enables us to provide a higher level of personalized service and casual luxury.

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Unforgettable Trips

Whether a key factor is timing, cost, or duration, every trip will emphasize getting you intimately engaged with the continent. And worth noting, this season we’re partnering with Oceanites on seven penguin counting voyages.

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Here are the key players who will ensure that you have the experience of a lifetime onboard and off. As for their own Antarctic experience, it’s second to none.

 Activities that Engage

From photography to kayaking to Citizen Science to sleeping under the stars, no passion need go unfed on a Polar Latitudes voyage.

All Penguins are Created Equal – All Voyages are Not

Any number of ships can take you to Antarctica. And the incredible landscape, the wildlife, and Antarctica’s ethereal light – it will all be waiting for you regardless. Yes, even those adorable penguins! But how you experience this mysterious place and how deeply it touches you will depend in large part on who you travel with.

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You Want the Most Immersive Antarctic Adventure

As luxurious as our ship is, our primary focus will always be on providing the “most Antarctica” on every day of this once-in-a-lifetime journey. Our off-ship excursions average 6 hours a day; our unique “silent Zodiac cruise” is said to be life-changing; and should the finicky Antarctic weather turn south, our expedition team’s extraordinary ability to counter with a “Plan B” means you’ll likely never miss a chance to explore.

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You’d Rather Be With a Company That’s “Been There, Pioneered That”

Our experience and environmental leadership in these waters are second to none. We were the first to bring a Citizen Science program onboard every voyage; the first to join and support the Polar Science Collective; the first to adopt a rigorous third-party training and accreditation system for our entire team; and the first to create a position of onboard passenger service manager – all to ensure each voyager has the safest and most experiential journey possible.

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You Prefer a Small Ship, More Personalized Experience

Maybe you’re one of those people who wants to feel part of a smaller, more like-minded team; who doesn’t like to wait, but does like a more personalized, stress-free adventure; and who likes the idea of being on a first-name basis with your expedition team. These are just some of the things that only a small ship experience can deliver.

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You Want the Best-Performing Team Around You

With more ships entering Antarctic waters, staffing them has become a challenge for many, but not for Polar Latitudes. Our Expedition Team averages 12 years’ experience, and most of them return to us year after year. Their experience and ability to work as a team is a big reason why we can take advantage of every opportunity Antarctica presents us, and seamlessly improvise whenever necessary.

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And Yeah, You’d Like It to Be Fun, Too

Our standards of excellence and performance are the highest in the industry. But we also place great value on the intangibles. We’re down-to-earth and fun to be around. You’ll come to know us by name, and we’ll undoubtedly share a few laughs (and maybe even a hug or two). People often say we make them feel like family. That’s something we’ve very proud of, since most of us really like our families.

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We embrace our responsibility to do everything we can to care for this place that we cherish so much, and to support others who feel the same way. Our newest ship, Seaventure, reduces fuel consumption per passenger by 20%. And through more than a dozen local and environmental partnerships, including our pioneering Citizen Science program, we look for every opportunity to be a force for global good, especially in our beloved Antarctica.

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How to Visit Antarctica

From how to get there to what to pack, here's what you need to know about visiting Antarctica.

Meena Thiruvengadam is a lifelong traveler and veteran journalist who has visited more than 50 countries across six continents. Her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal , Departures , TripSavvy , and other publications.

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There is at least one place left on earth where you really can disconnect: Antarctica.

There is no mobile phone service. There are no town squares, no restaurants, and no tourist traps. The local "airports" are really just ice or gravel landing strips.

Antarctica is nearly twice the size of Australia and mostly covered with a thick sheet of ice. It's one of the most remote destinations in the world and the trip of a lifetime for many travelers. It's also easier to travel to Antarctica than one might think.

Lars-Eric Lindblad first took a group of 57 visitors to Antarctica in 1966. "At that time it was more or less like accomplishing a moon landing," his son Sven-Olof Lindblad said. "In those days, we were not as prepared as we are now. There were no satellite ice charts. You were not that different navigationally from the early explorers."

Even now it can be hard to really understand Antarctica. It is the coldest and windiest place on earth and, by some measures, the driest. It has no currency of its own. It is a desert with no trees, no bushes, and no permanent residents. More meteorites are found in Antarctica than in any other place in the world.

"Antarctica is about the wildest place you can go on the planet," Lindblad said.

It's also an increasingly popular place to visit. According to the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators , tourism more than doubled from 2010 to 2020.

"The conversation around climate change has elevated people's interest and created a sense of urgency," Lindblad said.

The Best Times to Go to Antarctica

The Antarctic travel season lasts from November through March, the Antarctic summer. Temperatures are often below freezing at this time of year, especially in the continent's interior, but they can reach as high as 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

The best time for penguin spotting is late December or early January. Wait too long and previously pristine penguin colonies get dirty and smelly, said Nik Horncastle , a regional specialist with Audley Travel. For peak whale watching, try February or March.

Other activities, including snowshoeing, kayaking, skiing, camping, snorkeling, diving, and visits to historic sites from earlier expeditions, can be experienced throughout the season.

How to Get to Antarctica

One of the more common routes to Antarctica is by ship via Ushuaia, a city at the southern tip of Argentina. Several companies, including Hurtigruten Expeditions , Quark Expeditions , and Lindblad's namesake Lindblad Expeditions , specialize in Antarctic and polar cruising, offering journeys that range in length from just over a week to a full month and beyond.

On board, expect to mingle with scientists, naturalists, historians, and underwater specialists. "The onboard experience is a conversation around where you are and what does this place mean," Lindblad said. Internet service via satellite is available but comes with a hefty price tag.

Antarctica is one place where smaller boats offer a big advantage. "We don't recommend a boat over 200 people," Horncastle said. "Big boats can only stop at a few sites."

That said, if you want to visit Antarctica on a traditional cruise line, many major carriers can get you there — often on vessels that adhere to that fewer-than-200-guests rule of thumb. Some more affordable lines, like Norwegian and Royal Caribbean , stick to "cruise-only" itineraries, which sail along the Antarctic coast (and offer great views in the process) but don't allow disembarkation on the continent. A number of others, though, from Viking Cruises and Disney Cruise Line to Ponant and Silversea , take passengers right into the Antarctic interior, thanks to on-shore excursions and ships with icebreaker capabilities.

Booking an Antarctica Expedition

Expect to spend between $6,000 and $50,000 to visit Antarctica, depending on the length of the trip and the level of luxury you seek.

"It's an expensive trip," Horncastle said — but there are options if you're traveling on a budget.

Intrepid Travel and G Adventures both specialize in affordable trips to Antarctica, and neither requires single supplements for solo travelers. If you don't feel the need to set foot on the continent, you can also opt for a sightseeing flight. These flights, which cut costs by flying over Antarctica without stopping there, are available from most major cities in Australia at prices that start around $1,200 per person.

To both fly over and step onto the continent, Antarctica21 combines a two-hour flight from Chile with cruises that passengers can board in Antarctica. While this option doesn't give visitors the chance to cruise the famous Drake Passage, it does save time and minimize the risk of seasickness.

"The Drake Passage is a crossing full of unpredictable conditions," said Antarctica21's Francesco Contini. "When the crossing is rough, passengers tend to be not very comfortable."

Packing List for Antarctica

  • Knee-high waterproof boots
  • Waterproof pants
  • A warm parka
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Warm base layers
  • Extra socks
  • A tight-fitting beanie
  • A warm scarf
  • A camera and lenses
  • Seasickness medication

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Explore Antarctica on an out-of-this-world adventure 

With us, it’s good trips only. And as far as good old-fashioned adventures go, this is the big one. You’ll cross the infamous Drake Passage and set foot on the Antarctic Peninsula. Explore ice-dotted bays by Zodiac. Marvel at waddling gentoo penguins and spot migrating blue whales. The reasons why you should visit Antarctica are endless. By traveling with us, you'll experience this incredible part of the world in a way that builds human connection and gets closer to nature while respecting the environment. 

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The ocean endeavour: inside our expedition ship.

The Ocean Endeavour, is built tough to withstand even the harshest conditions, yet provides additional comforts like warm, 3-course meals, spacious common areas and extra amenities – including our day spa. With an enviable 1:8 crew-to-passenger ratio, you’ll enjoy a more personal, informative and comfortable trip. 

Why choose us

Our Ocean Endeavour is built tough; designed to handle the harsh Antarctic wilderness with ease while ensuring your safety at every step of the adventure.

Our experienced expedition team are at the top of their fields. You’ll find out everything you want to know from our Antarctic experts, including naturalists and ornithologists.  

We don’t call them hands-on, feet-on adventures for nothing. Get closer to the action with, not one, but two daily excursions on land and, via Zodiacs, at sea. 

Our onboard creature comforts will warm you up after your Antarctic outings. Expect 3-course meals, 24/7 tea and coffee and fascinating evening seminars.  

We’re committed to providing the highest safety standards, which is why the Ocean Endeavour, and all our operations teams undergo regular safety audits.

We’re deeply committed to being a responsible business and take considered steps to minimize our impact, support vital research and promote conservation in the Antarctic.  

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Eating and drinking.

Eating and drinking in Antarctica is done aboard your expedition ship, with all meals provided for the duration of your journey. Tea and coffee, as well as soft drinks and juices, are ready to greet you when you come back from a shore landing and at meal times, while alcoholic beverages are also available, but for an additional price.

Breakfasts and lunches tend to be buffet style, while dinners are typically served tableside and usually feature three courses. The range of food is diverse, with professional chefs preparing a wide selection of gourmet dishes, and a vegetarian option is always included. Afternoon tea, with pastries or cookies, is also provided every day.

If you have any dietary requirements or food allergies, please let us know before the trip starts. If you have a more restrictive dietary requirement (vegan, gluten intolerance, fructose intolerance, etc) it is likely you can be catered for. Unfortunately, we are unable to cater for a kosher diet.

There may not be any stores on the Antarctic Peninsula, but that doesn't mean you can't do any shopping. The Ocean Endeavour has its very own polar boutique equipped with every little knickknack and thingamabob you might need to help commemorate your journey to the seventh continent (think all the essentials, clothing and souvenirs).

Geography and environment

Encompassed by the Antarctic convergence (an uneven line of latitude where the cold waters of the Antarctic merge with the warmer waters of the world's oceans), Antarctica is both cold and remote, located in the Southern Hemisphere. Due to its south-polar position, the Antarctic continent is covered in ice and experiences very harsh conditions unsuitable for permanent human residency.

While plenty of animals live in Antarctica (such as various species of whale, penguin, seal and bird), there are very few humans that call Antarctica home, instead using the region as a base for research. There are no cities in Antarctica but there are several research stations positioned on the continent belonging to various countries like Russia, the United States and Australia.

History and government

Antarctica was formed around 35 million years ago and remained undiscovered until around 1820 when Russian explorers spotted the mainland. However, this may have only been the first documented discovery of Antarctica, as it's believed that Pacific Islanders may have reached the white continent in 650 AD.

There were many attempts to set foot at the South Pole in the early 20th century, so much so that it was dubbed the 'Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration', with many trying and failing until a Norwegian explorer by the name of Roald Amundsen reached in 1911. Exploration didn't stop there though with a total of 17 major expeditions launched in the following years from 10 different countries, the last one being Ernest Shackleton's last ill-fated voyage in 1917.

Antarctica isn't owned by one single country, instead governed internationally through the Antarctic Treaty system signed in 1959 by 12 countries who had sent scientists to Antarctica during and around that time. These countries included Argentina, Australia, France, Japan, New Zealand, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Further reading

Antarctica travel faqs, where is antarctica.

Antarctica refers to the seventh continent of the world and is largely situated in the Antarctic Circle - a line of latitude sitting at around 66.5° south of the equator - at the base of the globe.

The Antarctic refers to the region made up of south polar zones that include the seas and some outlying islands. 

What country is Antarctica in?

Antarctica isn't part of one single country, rather it is a continent governed under a series of recognized guidelines and agreements called the Antarctic Treaty System.

What are the possible landing sites in Antarctica?

Each expedition includes stops at various landing sites around the Antarctic, but when and for how long you stop often depends on the weather, sea ice and wildlife movement. 

What types of animals live in Antarctica?

While Antarctica may not be hospitable to human life, there are plenty of animal species that call the seventh continent their home. This includes penguins, whales, sea birds, seals, and more. 

What is it like travelling solo on a cruise to Antarctica?

While you can't embark on an expedition to the world's seventh continent alone, you can travel solo on a group tour to Antarctica.

This means you'll still have plenty of free time to do your own thing (and use the ship's excellent amenities) but also have the comfort of knowing expert leaders are handling the pesky logistics.

You can also choose from a variety of accommodation arrangements, from single cabins to room-sharing, depending on your preference. 

When is the best time to visit Antarctica?

Antarctica is best visited in the summer months from November to March when the weather is warmer and the sea ice has melted enough to get closer to the island shore.

What is the weather like in Antarctica?

The climate in Antarctica is the coldest one on Earth with cold summers and freezing winters. The warmest month is January with averages of around 50°F.

What do I wear in Antarctica?

You have to be prepared and thorough when packing for Antarctica due to its remote location. Make sure you bring lots of layers, gloves, sunscreen, and moisturizer among other items.

Is there internet, wi-fi, email or telephone access available on the ships?

Internet access is available on most Antarctic ships, at a cost. Alternatively, there may be a ship-based email system where you will have an email account to stay in touch with family and friends. Because of the remoteness of Antarctica, connections can be slow, so all ships charge for data used rather than time spent online. Please refer to your detailed pre-departure information for more information on Internet facilities on your ship.

Will my cell phone work in Antarctica? 

Your cell phone will not work during your Antarctica cruise as the continent is still considered extremely remote and doesn't have the right telecommunication infrastructure in place.

Can my family and friends contact me while I’m on board in the case of an emergency at home?

Yes. There is a number to call the ship and you can purchase data for the wi-fi onboard, although the connection is intermittent and not to be relied on.

How do I choose an Antarctic cruise?

Deciding on the Antarctic cruise that suits you best comes down to figuring out the time of year you want to go, the itinerary, and how long you want the cruise to be.

How much does a cruise to Antarctica cost?

The cost of an Antarctica cruise largely depends on the departure date, how long the cruise goes for, and the type of cabin you book on the ship but most cruises start from USD$4,500.

How fit do I need to be to travel to Antarctica?

While the destination itself might conjure up images of nefarious voyages only the fittest can endure, you only need to be in good health and be able to move around freely to participate in and enjoy Antarctica's numerous activities and adventures.

If you have an average fitness level (and above) you are compatible with Antarctica travel, so you don't need to spend hours in the gym before considering booking a trip. 

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This question is something we thought long and hard about before deciding to run our own ship in Antarctica. We’re deeply committed to being a responsible business and understanding the impact we have on the places we visit. All Intrepid trips are  100% carbon neutral , but we are driven to do more, from committing to science-based decarbonisation targets to and recently updating our  Seven-point Climate Action Plan . 

We’ve approached responsible travel in Antarctica with three areas of focus that we believe will create the greatest positive impact: inspiring travellers, supporting science and protecting the environment. 

Does my trip to Antarctica support The Intrepid Foundation?

Yes, all Intrepid trips support the Intrepid Foundation. In fact, we make a donation on behalf of every traveller. Trips to Antarctica directly support our foundation partner, WWF.

WWF-Australia is a well-established conservation organisation helping protect our natural environment. Donations from our trips help their pioneering whale research and conservation efforts to establish marine protected areas around Antarctica and save whale species from extinction. 

Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

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How to reach Antarctica from India (or anywhere in the world) - all you need to know

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Reaching the southernmost continent can be quite a challenge (even planning so) if the proper information and resources are not available. But no need to worry any further because this blog is going to answer all your questions. Read on to find how simply you can book a trip to Antarctica from India (or from anywhere in the world)!

The first question which people most often ask is 'Why Antarctica' ? The answer to this question can be answered very simply by saying 'It's the last place on earth which is as pristine as the day it was discovered!' And yeah, that is true because IAATO (International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators) has very stringent norms in place which goes to ensure that the biggest desert of ice remains unaffected by human activities (of research, travel etc). Its pristine beauty, deafening silence, endless stretches of icebergs and glaciers and the play of natural light on them creates an ambience where time stops and only contemplation on the true meaning of life exists. Also, one gets to see the cute penguins and the lazy big seals.

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Well, this is the million dollar question for which this blog is being published. For travellers, Antarctica can be reached by cruise or planes. The planes are very few and extremely expensive and is mostly suited for people who are in the field of research. The cruise is the most feasible and a readily available option. There are more than 30 tour operators who operate in the Antarctic and the Arctic regions. The names of some of the big ones are:

1. Poseidon Expeditions

2. Quark Expeditions

3. Hurtigruten

4. G-Adventures

5. National Geographic Expeditions

6. Silversea Cruises Limited (ultra-luxury)

For the full list of tour operators refer to this link https://apps.iaato.org/iaato/member/list.xhtml

I travelled with Poseidon Expeditions . They have a direct agency called Expedition Voyages in India with offices in Kolkata (managed by John Ambat) and Chennai (managed by Shanthini). I booked through Expedition Voyages for an 11 day trip from 14th - 25th Dec 2017 and John helped me get a really good discount! Very professional and helpful attitude, transparent dealings, and extending their help in whatever way they can makes me recommend them highly for anyone who is interested in doing any polar region cruise. They are also direct agents with G-adventures and Hurtigruten.

The cruises embark on the expedition mainly from Ushuaia (the southernmost town in Argentina. It is reached by a 3.5 hours from Buenos Aires. Tour operators are Aerolineas Argentinas, LATAM and IBERIA). It's a beautiful small town surrounded by the famous and picturesque Tierra Del Fuego National park which offers many opportunities for hiking.

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For travellers from India, one needs to secure an Argentina Visa. This has to be done by applying to the Argentina Embassy in New Delhi. I used the services of Jetsave India tours for my visa application. A few salient points for the Argentina visa are:

1. All letters (cover letter, itinerary, leave letter from employer etc) needs to be translated to Spanish and notarized.

2. The original copy of the cruise confirmation letter from the travel Company is needed with the seal of the company.

3. The embassy calls the applicants for a brief face-to-face interview. Applicants have time to plan it as the embassy usually gives a time frame of 2 weeks.

4. It pays off to reach early on the day of the interview!

Jetsave carried out the services of English to Spanish translation, notarization and application to the embassy. The entire process of Visa application cost me around 6000 INR. I just had to reach for the interview on time and voila, everything was taken care of! Cheers to you guys at Jetsave Delhi office for your professionalism!

The most important question - what should be one's budget for a trip to the Antarctic peninsula. Well here are the variable and break-ups:

1. Cruise cost - The cruise cost varies between 8000 USD to 14000 USD for a room on a twin/triple sharing basis depending on the season and the size of the ship. Here's a tip : Always choose a ship with a smaller passenger size since it can reach closer to the Antarctic peninsula than a larger ship.

The more lavish and expensive suites cost upwards of 16000 USD to 25000 USD even. They have a larger space, bigger bathrooms and butler service.

Some of the ships are M/V Sea Spirit (Poseidon Expeditions), M/V Ortelius, MS Fram, Ocean Adventures, Silver Sea, M/V Orion etc.

2. Flight cost - If booked in advance, a round trip flight ticket from India to Ushuaia costs a minimum of 2500 USD . The cheapest option is to fly with Emirates ex-Mumbai. Qatar Airways also operates via Doha but is more expensive, although the travel time is less. It takes more than 36 hours of flying time (including layovers) to reach Ushuaia from Mumbai!

The Emirates route is as follows: Mumbai to Dubai to Buenos Aires . From Buenos Aires one has to change airlines and go to Ushuaia , which is a 3.5 to 4 hour non-stop flight .

a. Frequency of flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia is more from the domestic airport than the International Airport.

b. Many travellers prefer taking the British Airways which connects through Heathrow, but in 2017 there was an instance when Heathrow got closed due to snow! One passenger nearly missed his cruise but somehow managed because he was arriving in Ushuaia 2 days before the cruise embarkation date.

3. Other expenditures - If one decides to do the glacier trip in Calafate or the Iguazu waterfalls or decides to spend more time in Buenos Aires, then it is going to add up to the cost starting somewhere from 300 USD to 1500 USD.

I hope this blog has been useful in helping you decide how you want to reach Antarctica and more importantly, how much you need to save before you start planning !

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There are generally very few extras to allow for on Antarctic cruises, the trips are "All Inclusive" in terms of the great majority of needs and requirements, typically trips are from port-to-port.

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  • Accommodation and all meals on board.
  • Snacks, coffee and tea.
  • Programme of lectures on the ship and guidance ashore by an expedition team.
  • Daily shore excursions, hiking program.
  • Transfers from hotel to ship on the day of departure and to the airport at end of the cruise.
  • Miscellaneous port fees, landing charges and taxes.

May be included in some trips

  • Loan of waterproof boots for landings.
  • Complimentary parka or wind/water resistant jacket to keep.
  • Some alcoholic and soft drinks.
  • Flights from South America to Antarctica and back for fly-cruise trips.
  • Photography program.

Usually not included

  • Flights to port of departure and back, transfer at port to hotel.
  • Personal communications, phone calls, email, fax, internet use.
  • Optional excursions where available , camping, kayaking, snow-shoeing, diving, cross-country skiing, mountaineering.
  • Medical and evacuation insurance (compulsory).

  When and where do trips take place?

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Temperature Range;  December to February +5C to -6C Late October to Early December (Late Spring / Early Summer)

  • Courting season for penguins and seabirds - see spectacular courtship rituals.
  • Seals visible on fast ice.
  • Spring wildflowers in the Falklands and South Georgia.
  • Elephant and fur seals establish their breeding territories.
  • Winter pack ice is starting to melt and break up. The scenery is white, clean and pristine with pack ice and giant icebergs.
  • Normally Antarctica's warmest months.
  • Longer days create great light conditions and fabulous photo opportunities at midnight.
  • Antarctic penguin chicks hatch.
  • South Georgia and the Falklands - first penguin chicks emerge and fur seals are breeding.
  • Seal Pups visible on South Georgia and the Falklands.
  • Receding ice allows for more exploration.
  • Whale sightings are at their best on the Peninsula.
  • Penguin chicks start to fledge, most Adelie and Gentoo penguin colonies are nearly vacated by late Feb to early March.
  • Blooming snow algae prevalent.
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  • More fur seals on the Antarctic Peninsula.

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  Ship size and the cruise

There are passenger ships of a variety of sizes that sail to Antarctica and the choice of ship can make a big difference to your journey and experiences. First of all Antarctic cruises aren't like other more well known cruises to warmer climates with professional entertainers, though the larger the ship, the more likely there is to be entertainment provided. What you will find are a number of very well informed and experienced cruise guides working on the ship who will give lectures on a regular basis about various aspects of Antarctic history and natural history. These will also often be around to socialize in the evenings. There are rules laid down by the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) covering such things as the size of cruise ship allowed to enter Antarctic waters and covering conduct at landing sites in Antarctica. This is a voluntary organization and is well respected, you should always make sure that the ship / tour company you go to Antarctica with is a member of IAATO.

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One of the main rules that will impact on your visit is that only 100 passengers at any one time may be landed in any one place in Antarctica. If you are on a small ship of up to 100 passengers, then you get a chance to go ashore every time. If the ship is larger, then there will be less opportunity for landings. Sometimes, trips ashore are time limited so that multiple groups can go, say for an hour or so before going back aboard the ship so the next group can go. Although there are a number of people who go to Antarctica and rarely or never leave the ship - the choice obviously is yours.

  How much does it cost?

From about USD $8,000 for a place in a twin cabin (triples or quads may be available for 15-25% less) plus the cost of air fares and other sundry costs to and from your point of embarkation and then up to USD$50 000 and beyond for the most luxurious ships and cabins on longer trips. You can usually have a cabin to yourself on payment of a supplement, though if you are a solo traveller it is more usual to share with someone of the same sex in a cabin at the standard twin or triple prices.

You could put together a trip of your own with other people with the help of a small vessel operator running your own itinerary, cost - negotiable, but not too different to the mid to high range scheduled trips.

$12,000 -$14,000 per passenger for a 10-14 day cruise is a reasonable amount to expect to pay with plenty of choice of vessel and cruise.

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  Can I fly to Antarctica?

Advantages of flying.

You don't cross the Drake Passage by ship - this can be a very rough crossing (it can also be very smooth) which for some people may prevent them going to Antarctica at all if they get sea sick.

Time saving - two sailings across the Drake Passage saves about 4 days in all meaning that is possible to go to Antarctica without spending so much time getting there and back.

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R - Ross Ice Shelf, 1 - Hobart - Australia 2 - Invercargill / Port of Bluff - New Zealand 3 - Macquarie Island, 4 - Commonwealth Bay 5 - Cape Adare, 6 - McMurdo / Scott bases

You can fly or sail to Antarctica via South America, tripss from New Zealand and Australia are sail only.

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Geographically speaking, India is far from Antarctica, around 11,835 km approximately. The wonders of Antarctica lie in its reputation as the southernmost continent and the place where South Pole lies...

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Travel to Antarctica from India via South America is easier and more affordable than to the east via Australia / New Zealand, despite the fact that India is somewhat closer to Australia and New Zealand than it is to South America.

There are many more trips that visit the Peninsula with a greater variety of itineraries, ships and duration than there are to Eastern Antarctica. It is also possible to fly from South America to join a cruise ship already in Antarctic waters.

There is a wide range of ships and accommodations on those ships available, cabins may have a simple a porthole or two and then range up to luxurious staterooms with a private balcony.

Flights from India to ports in Australia or New Zealand to visit Eastern Antarctica cost somewhat less than those to Ushuaia, Argentina at the tip of South America for the Peninsula region. The journey to the East is by ship only, it is not possible for tourists to fly to that side of Antarctica meaning a longer part of the journey will be spent at sea (6-7 days in each direction) than when journeying to the Peninsula with subsequently increased costs.

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        1 - Delhi, India    2 - Ushuaia, Argentina         3 - Antarctic Peninsula   4 - Hobart, Australia         5 - Invercargill, New Zealand   6 - McMurdo         7 - Commonwealth Bay

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We have had many clients from India traveling with us to Antarctica and fully understand that there is a lot of paperwork associated with booking a trip of this nature as you are required to have a visa to enter Argentina. You may be assured you are in the expert hands of our team who have dealt with this many times providing an efficient and effective service for our clients. Moreover, we have an office in Patagonia, Argentina making it very easy for us to help you with international flights from India to Argentina in addition to all the paperwork for your visa!

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The large majority of trips that leave for Antarctica are ship based cruises or fly-cruise trips leaving from the Argentinean port of Ushuaia, flights leave from Punta Arenas in Chile.  These trips visit the Antarctic Peninsula and nearby islands of the (mainly underwater) Scotia Arc (fig 2). This starts at the tip of South America reaching east from Tierra del Fuego across to South Georgia, down to the South Shetland Islands and then to the west through the South Orkney Islands and finally down to the north extremity of the Antarctic Peninsula. Peninsula trips typically take 10-12 days with options from 6-16 days and typically 8 days for a fly-cruise, cruises that take in the Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands are from 15-25 days.

The smaller number of cruises that depart from Australia or New Zealand visit Eastern Antarctica, the opposite side of the continent. These trips are longer and therefore more expensive with a sailing time of 6-7 days there and the same back again in a total trip duration of 26-30 days. They usually leave from Invercargill, New Zealand or less commonly, Hobart, Australia.

Antarctica is a relatively expensive to visit niche destination, voyages focus the wilderness and aesthetic experience. A coast-line rich in wildlife backed by snow covered mountains and glaciers with an extreme climate make this a truly magical place to visit unlike any other on the planet. Its remoteness and experiences make it the ultimate destination for many adventurous travellers.

The World's Cleanest Air

The air in Antarctica is used to set a pollution base-line for the planet, there is less air pollution there than anywhere. The WHO guideline for PM 2.5 (fine particulate matter in the air) is an average of 25 micrograms per cubic metre over 24 hours, levels in Antarctica sometimes peak at 0.4. In the world's heavily polluted cities, the figure frequently exceeds 150 and sometimes reaches 400+. (refs: 1   2 )

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  Travelling to the Antarctic Peninsula

Fig 3. Trips to the Antarctic Peninsula. The majority of tourist trips visit the Peninsula 6 and nearby islands such as the South Shetlands 5 . Longer trips may also take in the Falkland Islands 3 and / or the especially wildlife-rich South Georgia 4.

Ships almost always cruise along the western side of the Peninsula, the eastern side and Weddell Sea frequently have much heavier potentially problematic sea ice.

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        1 - Ushuaia, Argentina    2 - Punta Arenas, Chile         3 - Falkland Islands / Islas Malvinas         4 - South Georgia         5 - South Shetland Islands    6 - Antarctic Peninsula

  Travel to the Ross Sea / Commonwealth Bay Region - Eastern Antarctica

Fig 4. Trips to the more remote and less visited Eastern side of Antarctica usually depart from Australia or New Zealand, Hobart, Australia 1, Invercargill / Port of Bluff in New Zealand 2, Invercargill has the airport, Bluff, 30km away by road has a deep-water port. Less commonly trips may leave / return from or other ports in New Zealand such as Dunedin or Lyttleton. These trips take 26-30 days, there are no shorter voyages.

Trips may depart and return to the same port though often leave from one and return to another in either direction. It takes about seven days sailing to reach Antarctica in this part of the world, the journey there and back is broken up with visits to the wildlife rich Macquarie Island 3 and other island groups such as Snares, Auckland and Campbell that lie between Macquarie and New Zealand.

Once in Antarctica trips spend their time either in the Commonwealth Bay area 4 or the Ross Sea region between Cape Adare 5 and McMurdo 6 with possibly a short trip along the front of the Ross Ice Shelf R

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        R - Ross Ice Shelf     1 - Hobart - Australia         2 - Invercargill / Port of Bluff - New Zealand         3 - Macquarie Island    4 - Commonwealth Bay         5 - Cape Adare    6 - McMurdo / Scott bases        

Eastern Antarctica, Ross Sea Region v Antarctic Peninsula Cruises

  • Remoteness - You will see few if any other ships and get a greater feeling of isolation and being at the end of the world, this is a little visited part of the planet. You are going where the world's biggest icebergs are and the most extreme weather conditions.
  • Greater chance of rough seas due to longer spent crossing the open ocean which can take 6-7 days in each direction, no flights available.
  • See Emperor Penguins, the birds of the deep south that rear their young in the depths of the Antarctic winter, the largest of all penguin species.
  • See Mount Erebus, the world's southernmost active volcano and the Ross Ice Shelf, a 600km long wall of ice between 15m and 50m high.
  • Visit the huts of Scott, Shackleton, Mawson and other Heroic Age explorers depending on where your cruise goes. This is the area where much of the early exploratory history of Antarctica was played out and where historical remains still stand.
  • Exclusivity - of the people who go to Antarctica, only a small proportion visit regions other than the Peninsula, there are relatively few trips here and they are often fully booked up well in advance.
  • Trip length of 26-30 days, sometimes there may be the possibility of a semi-circumnavigation over a similar time period from the Ross Sea to the Peninsula.
  • It takes 2 days to cross the Drake Passage to reach the Antarctic Peninsula, rough seas are possible though short-lived, you can also fly across it in 2 hours on a fly-cruise trip.
  • Varied mountainous scenery with glaciers and icebergs, some of the most beautiful scenery on earth.
  • The most wildlife rich area, with huge penguin colonies, and many other breeding birds, seals are common and whales may be seen. The sub-Antarctic islands you may visit en route are particularly wildlife rich, especially South Georgia.
  • Historic preserved British Base, now a working Post Office at Port Lockroy, you may also visit other currently active research bases and historic sites.
  • Easier to reach, The closeness of the peninsula to the tip of South America  means that travel time to reach Antarctica here is much less than in the East. It also means that a greater portion of the trip is spent in Antarctica rather than travelling there and back.
  • A larger number and variety of trips available, duration from 6-24 days, a wide range of ships and choice of travel dates and itineraries.

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Southernmost post office in the world:

After being abandoned for over 50 years, the most southerly post office in the world has re-opened. It’s possibly the most visited place in Antarctica even though it has no telephone, internet, electricity, or running water. Each letter sent from there will receive a highly-prized Antarctic stamp and postmark. Stamps are available that say “South Pole” as well as other commemorative and interesting stamps that are sure to delight collectors and non-collectors alike.

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Antarctica is home to 6 of 17 species of penguins: Adélie, Chinstrap, Emperor, Gentoo, Macaroni, and Kings. Penguins are the most common birds in the arctic and live in colonies that can have populations larger than some cities. They can survive in the harshest conditions, but only two species (the Emperor and the Adélie) are native to Antarctica. Other species that can be found in Antarctica breed on the northern tip, where conditions are not as harsh.

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Errera Channel:

This is one of the most beautiful areas of the Antarctic Peninsula. It’s almost 6 miles long and runs south before it turns west around Ronge Island. It has a constant current and can fill with small icebergs or occasionally be blocked by some very large ones. Errera Channel is home to several Gentoo penguin colonies and also to a few hundred of the rare chinstrap penguins.

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Drake Passage:

Cruise south through the fabled Drake Passage, named for the explorer Sir Francis Drake. Warmer waters of the north meet the colder, denser waters of the south here in the Antarctic Convergence, making the area rich in marine life. Spot whales and sea birds as you begin this voyage of exploration. Experts provide presentations on history, biology and geology throughout your adventure.

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Hurtigruten Cruise:

Hurtigruten offers a unique advantage and takes you to ports and waterways that other cruise ships cannot reach. Enjoy an incredible nature-based experience on one of their 11 different ships.

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Polarcirkel boats:

These rugged boats will be your form of transportation while venturing off the ship in Antarctica. They are very safe and versatile vessels that allow you to get closer to nature than any other boat can. The boats fit roughly about 12 people plus cargo.

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Roca Lake is a glacial lake in the southern part of Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. Camping, hiking, fishing and climbing are fantastic in these parts as it is an ideal place to enjoy the Patagonian landscape. There are also horseback riding tours and lots of birdwatching opportunities.

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Neumayer Channel:

Because it’s shaped like an ’S’, Neumayer Channel is said to be a maze since it looks like there’s no way out. The channel is known for its majestic cliffs, but also as a summertime feeding ground for humpback whales. Humpbacks are the most active species of whale and one of the biggest creatures known to science. Very entertaining to watch, humpbacks can be seen bubble netting, breaching, spy hopping, and competing against other whales. However, they tend to be alone or with just one other mate, so it’s a rare treat to catch them in a small group. Since they’re so big and move so slowly, it’s easy to study them up close from a boat.

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How can I go to Antarctica from India?

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To reach Antarctica from India, there are a few options available:

  • Route 1: You can travel from India to Tierra del Fuego, at the tip of South America, and then take a flight or sail from there to Antarctica. This is a common route and provides more South American departures, shorter trips, and various transportation options.
  • Route 2: Another option is to travel from India to New Zealand and then take a ship to the deep south of Antarctica. This route is less frequent and usually only offers ship transportation.

Both routes require appropriate permits and documentation, as well as a stopover in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which may require a tourist visa. It’s important to check visa requirements and make the necessary arrangements beforehand.

Can you visit Antarctica from India?

Yes, it is possible to visit Antarctica from India. Since Antarctica is not owned by any specific country, you do not require a visa to enter the continent. However, most organized trips from India include a stopover in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which may require a tourist visa for Indian citizens.

Can a normal person go to Antarctica?

Yes, normal individuals can visit Antarctica. The Antarctic Treaty allows for tourists, military personnel, and scientific researchers to be present on the continent, but they must obtain an appropriate permit from a Treaty Party. It is important to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and respect for the delicate ecosystem of Antarctica.

How much will a trip to Antarctica cost?

The cost of a trip to Antarctica can vary depending on several factors. On average, a round-trip ticket can cost between $5,000 and $15,000 per person. Accommodation prices also vary, with budget options starting from $500 per night and luxury options exceeding $2,000 per night. It’s essential to consider additional expenses such as transportation, permits, and optional excursions, which can increase the overall cost.

Is there a hotel in Antarctica?

No, there are no hotels in Antarctica. However, there are accommodation options available for visitors. While there are no traditional hotels, various research stations and expedition cruises offer lodging alternatives. These accommodations provide the necessary amenities and services for visitors to experience Antarctica’s unique environment.

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There are multiple ways to travel to Antarctica, including from Chennai, India. As mentioned earlier, you can choose to travel via Tierra del Fuego in South America or from New Zealand. It’s important to research and select a reputable tour operator or cruise company that offers Antarctica expeditions. They will provide the necessary information, guidance, and transportation options for your trip.

Why is a trip to Antarctica so expensive?

There are several significant factors that contribute to the cost of a trip to Antarctica. These include the size of the ship, the standard of accommodation, and the quality of food and service provided. Additionally, the remote location and extreme environment require specialized logistics, equipment, and experienced staff, which contribute to the overall expense of organizing and operating trips to Antarctica.

What country is the closest to Antarctica?

Chile and Argentina are the countries that are closest to Antarctica. In particular, the Alberto de Agostini National Park in Chile and the southern end of Argentina are the regions closest to the Antarctic landmass. New Zealand is also relatively close, as it meets Chile at the very southern end of South America.

What is the closest city to Antarctica?

The closest city to Antarctica that serves as a gateway for tourism is Ushuaia, Argentina. Approximately 90% of tourists visiting Antarctica depart from Ushuaia. Most passengers travel to Antarctica by cruise ship from this city, exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding areas.

Do I need a visa for Antarctica?

No, you do not need a visa specifically for Antarctica. As mentioned earlier, Antarctica is not owned by any country, and there are no visa requirements to enter the continent. However, depending on your travel route, you may need visas for transit or stopover destinations such as Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Can I go to Antarctica from the UK?

Yes, it is possible to travel from the UK to Antarctica. UK citizens do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days in Argentina, which is a common stopover point for Antarctic expeditions. However, it is important to arrange necessary permissions and permits for visiting Antarctica, which can be facilitated by specialist tour operators.

How far is India from Antarctica?

The shortest distance between India and Antarctica is approximately 7,556.19 miles (12,160.51 kilometers) by air. The driving distance between the two is not applicable due to the vast ocean between them. Traveling by air from India to Antarctica would require multiple flights with layovers and connections.

What is India doing in Antarctica?

India, like other countries, has a presence in Antarctica for scientific research purposes. Indian scientists and researchers participate in studies and exploration by drilling into the ice sheets to extract ice cores, contributing to our understanding of the Earth’s climate history. India adheres to the Antarctic Treaty and conducts its activities in a cooperative and peaceful manner.

What is the cheapest way to see Antarctica?

The cheapest way to see Antarctica is by cruising on a larger ship that sails by the continent without allowing passengers to go ashore. These cruises typically take you to the Antarctic Peninsula and nearby bays, where you can observe wildlife, mountains, icebergs, and other scenic sights from the ship. While this option may not provide the full experience of setting foot on the continent, it is a more affordable way to witness Antarctica’s beauty.

How many people live in Antarctica?

The population of Antarctica varies depending on the season. During the summer months, the population can reach around 5,000 people, including researchers, support staff, and tourists. However, in winter, the population decreases significantly to about 1,000 people. Most inhabitants are based at research stations, with the largest being McMurdo Station.

Does anyone live near Antarctica?

Antarctica does not have any permanent human habitation. However, there are permanent human settlements in the form of research stations. These research stations are occupied by scientists and support staff who rotate on a seasonal basis. The research stations are primarily located along the coast, providing necessary facilities for scientific research and logistical support.

Which three countries are closest to Antarctica?

The three countries closest to Antarctica are Chile, Argentina, and New Zealand. Chile and Argentina are physically closest to the Antarctic landmass, with their respective territories reaching close to the continent. New Zealand, although slightly farther away, has close proximity to Antarctica and plays a significant role in supporting expeditions and research activities.

How cold is Antarctica?

Antarctica is one of the coldest places on Earth. The mean annual temperature in the interior is approximately -43.5 °C (-46.3 °F), while temperatures along the coast are relatively warmer, averaging around -10 °C (14.0 °F) in the warmest parts of Antarctica. Inland areas, such as Vostok, can experience much colder temperatures averaging approximately -55 °C (-67.0 °F).

Is it illegal to fly over Antarctica?

No, it is not illegal to fly over Antarctica. However, flying over Antarctica can be challenging due to limited infrastructure, lack of landing strips, and absence of refueling stations for planes. While it is technically allowed, most regular airlines do not have the necessary resources and logistics to navigate across the continent. Specialized flights, research missions, and charter flights are the main means of air transportation in Antarctica.

Is Antarctica larger than Russia?

No, Antarctica is not larger than Russia. Antarctica has a total land area of approximately 14 million square kilometers, while Russia has a land area of about 17.1 million square kilometers. Russia is larger than Antarctica by approximately 3.1 million square kilometers.

Who controls Antarctica?

Antarctica is not controlled by any single country. It is governed by a unique international partnership established through the Antarctic Treaty of 1959. The treaty designates Antarctica as a continent devoted to peace and science. The treaty parties, which include various nations, work together to ensure the protection of the environment and promote scientific research on the continent.

Do you need money in Antarctica?

While on a trip to Antarctica, most expenses are typically included in the price of your cruise or expedition. However, you may need money for additional drinks, optional activities, or tips. Some cruises offer onboard currency or payment systems, so it’s essential to carry some cash or payment methods accepted on the ship.

Is it fun to go to Antarctica?

Visiting Antarctica is an extraordinary and unforgettable experience. The sensation of being at the very end of the world, surrounded by pristine natural beauty, wildlife, and vast icy landscapes, is truly awe-inspiring. Exploring Antarctica allows you to appreciate the planet’s untouched wilderness and gain a deeper understanding of the Earth’s environmental challenges. It is an adventure that is often described as life-changing.

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Regulated tourism in Antarctica: India working to save fragile environment

Discussion on regulating tourism in antarctica will be on the agenda at the antarctic treaty consultative meeting (atcm) and a meeting of the committee for environmental protection (cep)..

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  • Travel to Antarctica costs an estimated Rs 1 crore per person
  • India's research stations in Antarctica are meticulously maintained
  • It costs the government Rs 150 and Rs 200 crore to maintain the research bases

India is working with like-minded countries to promote regulated tourism in Antarctica as a steady increase in the number of tourists threatens to harm the fragile ecology in the White Continent.

Discussion on regulating tourism in Antarctica will be on the agenda at the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) and a meeting of the Committee for Environmental Protection (CEP) scheduled to be held in Kerala's Kochi from May 20 to May 30.

"The problem is that tourism in Antarctica is not properly regulated. So this year, there is a discussion on its regulation," M Ravichandran, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, said in an interaction with PTI editors here.

The Ministry of Earth Sciences is hosting the 46th meeting of the ATCM, the highest governing body for Antarctica, and the 26th CEP meeting.

Ravichandran also hinted at plans to facilitate visits to Indian research stations in Antarctica for the general public.

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Travel to Antarctica costs an estimated Rs 1 crore per person for researchers who travel onboard a ship from Goa to Cape Town in South Africa and from there, to the White Continent.

Thamban Meloth, Director of the National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR), said India operates two active research stations in Antarctica -- Maitri and Bharati -- where scientists from different institutes across the country conduct research throughout the year.

It costs the government anywhere between Rs 150 and Rs 200 crore every year to maintain the research bases in Antarctica.

Ravichandran emphasised that India's research stations in Antarctica are meticulously maintained, subject to regular inspections to ensure that those are kept in pristine condition.

He emphasised the strict protocols in place for waste management, including the requirement to transport all waste, including human waste, back to the mainland.

Notably, the number of tourists visiting Antarctica has been steadily increasing each year, with several thousands of visitors making the journey annually, transiting through Argentina or Chile.

"There is a major working group in the ATCM and they will discuss and recommend to the Antarctic Treaty to have some criteria that a tourist needs to fulfil when visiting Antarctica," Ravichandran said.

Tourism began in Antarctica way back in the 1950s with tourists hitching rides on supply ships and the numbers have increased steadily over the years.

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  • Book early! Fewer than 60,000 people step foot on Antarctica each year and many ships fill up many months or even years ahead of time. Plan your trip at least a year ahead of time, or even earlier if you can, for the best prices and selection.
  • Choose a smaller ship, preferably with less than 200 passengers. By choosing a smaller cruising vessel for your Antarctica cruise, you are guaranteeing yourself a superior on board  experience with more opportunities for daily excursions to small bays and ports. Ships carrying more than 500 passengers are not allowed to land their passengers ashore in Antarctica.
  • Choose your cruise based on activities, destinations, and cruise line experience. Use this guide, or contact one of our Antarctica cruise experts  and we'll help you find the itinerary and ship that is best suited to your you. 
  • Be prepared for rough seas. If you are affected by motion sickness, then take tried and tested medications or treatments. Consider taking a flight cruise that can fly you either one, or both ways from Punta Arenas, Chile to King George Island.

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  • Zodiac Expeditions: Delve into the heart of Antarctica's icy realm on Zodiac expeditions. Get unbelievably close to massive icebergs and glaciers that defy imagination. Encounter unique wildlife such as seals, penguins, and majestic whales, making every moment a captivating memory.
  • Antarctica Camping Trips: For an unparalleled connection with the environment, camp under the starry skies of Antarctica. Some cruises offer camping experiences complete with all the necessary equipment, ensuring your safety while you immerse yourself in the raw beauty of the continent.
  • Kayak Among Marine Life: Glide through the pristine waters of Antarctica in a kayak, coming face to face with the remarkable marine life that calls this continent home. Paddle through stunning ice formations and observe seals and penguins in their natural habitat.
  • Snowshoeing and Skiing: Embrace the adventure spirit by snowshoeing or skiing on the pristine slopes of Antarctica. Some cruises include these exhilarating activities in their itineraries and provide top-notch equipment for guests seeking an adrenaline rush.
  • Glacier Hikes: Embark on glacier hikes through awe-inspiring white landscapes, all while spotting the incredible wildlife that inhabits this unique region. It's an opportunity to stay active and witness wildlife thriving in their natural habitat.
  • Scientific Explorations: Visit science research stations and onboard science labs to delve into the cutting-edge research conducted in Antarctica. Learn about the history of exploration in Antarctica and gain insights into the current challenges facing the continent.
  • Breathtaking Sceneries: Be prepared to be mesmerized by the inspiring and breathtaking sceneries of Antarctica. Marvel at the incredible species that call this pristine wilderness home every step of the way.
  • Relaxation and Luxury: Amidst the adventure, take time to unwind and pamper yourself. Enjoy moments of relaxation as you tour or sail through the blue waters of Antarctica. Many cruises offer onboard services like spas, massages, fine dining, hot tubs, and more, ensuring you have the best of both worlds during your expedition.

Top 10 Things to Do and See in Antarctica: A Complete Guide

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  • Antarctic Peninsula : This is one of the most visited regions in Antarctica and is known for its stunning landscapes, research stations, and abundant wildlife, including penguins, seals, and whales. Cross the Lemaire Channel back or from notable visitor sites along the Antarctic Peninsula include Paradise Bay , Deception Island , Neko Harbor, Cuverville Island, Half Moon Island, and Petermann Island.
  • East Antarctica: The vast and largely unexplored eastern portion of Antarctica contains the coldest and driest areas of the continent.
  • West Antarctica: This region is characterized by its massive ice sheets and glaciers, including the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. It is an important area for scientific research on climate change.
  • Ross Sea : Located in the southernmost part of the Pacific Ocean, the Ross Sea region is home to the Ross Ice Shelf, the largest ice shelf in Antarctica. It is a critical area for studying the continent's marine ecosystem, Visit Brown Bluff (Tabarin Peninsula) or sail to the remote Peter I Island and Macquarie Island as you approach New Zealand .
  • Weddell Sea : Situated off the eastern coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, the Weddell Sea is known for its diverse wildlife and historic significance, including the famous Shackleton expedition.
  • South Orkney Islands: These islands are a sub-Antarctic archipelago located in the Southern Ocean, not far from the Antarctic Peninsula. They are home to various bird species and marine life.
  • South Shetland Islands : This archipelago is a popular stop for Antarctic cruises, serving as a gateway to the continent. It is known for its research stations and wildlife, including penguins and seals. Notable visitor sites within the South Shetland Islands include Livingston Island, Hannah Point (Livingston Island), Elephant Island , and Aitcho Islands.
  • South Sandwich Islands : This group of uninhabited islands located in the South Atlantic Ocean is home to a variety of seabirds and marine mammals, including chinstrap penguins, fur seals, albatrosses, and orcas.
  • Sub-Antarctic Islands: These islands are scattered throughout the Southern Ocean and are known for their unique ecosystems, including various bird species and marine life. Sail to the Falkland Islands and South Georgia Island . Explore visitor sites such as Port Stanley (capital), Saunders Island, Carcass Island, West Point Island, and Sea Lion Island.
  • Scotia Arc: This chain of islands and undersea ridges connects South America with the Antarctic Peninsula. It is an important migratory route for marine animals.
  • Balleny Islands: These remote sub-Antarctic islands lie in the Southern Ocean and are known for their isolation and unique geology.

Antarctica Travel Guide

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  • November: This is when tourism to Antarctica begins to kick off. Days start to lengthen, and sea ice retreats, marking the Antarctic "spring" in full force. While temperatures are still chilly, it's a great time for those seeking pristine landscapes and wildlife, including penguin mating rituals and seals having pups. Skiers and snowshoers will find ideal conditions in November and early December
  • December: Among the most popular months for visiting, December offers optimal weather, long days, and access to stunning scenery and wildlife. It includes the austral summer solstice, providing extended daylight and relatively warmer temperatures. Penguin hatchlings and chicks are a highlight, and it's a great time for various activities, including kayaking and camping.
  • January: Another prime month for tourism, January features ideal weather conditions, long daylight hours, and extensive access to the mainland and coastline. Temperatures are at their warmest, and there's an abundance of wildlife to observe, including penguins and increasing numbers of whales.
  • February: Although tourist numbers start to decline from the December/January peak, February continues to offer fine weather. Daylight remains ample, and sea ice is at its yearly minimum, allowing for deeper exploration into the Antarctic wilderness. Whale-watching is particularly rewarding during this time. Scuba divers may prefer mid-December through mid-February
  • March: The tail-end of the austral summer provides less-crowded sightseeing opportunities, minimal sea ice, and the chance to experience the "Antarctic fall." While temperatures cool off, March offers lower cruise prices, clearer waters for diving, and unique wildlife experiences, such as leopard seals hunting penguin chicks.
  • Don't introduce any non-native species that could become invasive species.
  • Always listen to your guides and the ship's crew while on day-trips.
  • Make sure to observe animals from a safe distance and never try to touch them (at least 15 feet is a good recommendation).
  • Don't feed any animals.
  • Stay on designated walking paths.
  • Allow animals enough space to make their own navigation decisions. 
  • Do not surround any animal or go between baby animals and their mothers.

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  • The cruising season in the Arctic is from May to September, while in Antarctica it runs from November through March.
  • While temperatures in Antarctica can be more extreme than in the Arctic, the cruising season tends to stay between 20-30 degree Fahrenheit, with plenty of sunny days (sometimes with 24 hours of sunlight each day). 
  • A trip through the Arctic might bring you through any of the following countries: Canada, the US, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Finland. Longer comprehensive cruises might do the whole Northwest Passage or cruise almost all of the Arctic Circle. Cruises board either in Scandinavia, Russia, or Canada.
  • Antarctica trips either start in Ushuaia, Argentina for cruises or Punta Arenas for the fly cruises over the Drake Passage . 
  • Polar bears or Penguins - While penguins are so prolific in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean that the idea of not seeing hundreds on your cruise seems absurd, the polar bears of the Arctic can be much harder to spot (though some feel that they are more majestic and rewarding when you do spot them). NOTE: Polar bears live in the Arctic and penguins live in the southern hemisphere, so there is nowhere (other than perhaps a zoo) where you will see them both living in their natural habitat on the same trip. 
  • Wildlife in Antarctica features more whales and many different types of seals. 
  • Active travelers might prefer Antarctica for the chances to do activities like camping, kayaking, mountaineering, cross-country skiing, paddleboarding or scuba diving, which aren't included on Arctic tours for safety reasons.
  • Ice vs. Land: Antarctica is aptly named the White Continent because its landmass is almost entirely permanently frozen ice and glaciers with towering rocky mountains, while the Arctic Circle goes through a summer season of lush vegetation when its icy coat melts away.

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  • Adelie Penguins - are common along the entire coast of the Antarctic continent and is the most widely-spread penguin species.
  • Emperor Penguins - the tallest, heaviest and perhaps most famous of the penguin species.
  • King Penguins - the second largest penguin, and similar in appearance to the Emperors, King Penguins live in the sub-antarctic islands and northern regions of Antarctica.
  • Rockhopper Penguins  - get their name because they are found jumping from jagged rock to rock instead of waddling like most penguins. 
  • Chinstrap Penguins - are easily distinguishable by their black chinstrap, which makes it look like they're wearing a bicycle helmet!
  • Gentoo Penguins  - are related to the Adelie and Chinstraps, and perhaps the speediest of the penguins in the water. 
  • Macaroni Penguins - with their distinctive spikey orange crests, are perhaps the world's most abundant penguin species, though they only visit Antarctica part of the year.

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5 Possible Ways for Ordinary Individuals to Travel to Antarctica

W hen we think of Antarctica, we usually imagine floating icebergs, vast colonies of penguins, and a place that seems distant and otherworldly, almost like a planet outside of reality, based on what we’ve seen on TV. Antarctica covers 9.2% of the Earth’s land surface. Since the first humans set foot there in 1821, Antarctica has become a bucket-list destination for explorers and travelers for over 200 years. However, finding someone in our surroundings who has been to Antarctica is like finding a needle in a haystack. So, is it possible for ordinary tourists to visit Antarctica, the southernmost continent on Earth? Of course, if you’ve studied Antarctic-related subjects, you could visit as a scientist or research facility staff member. Professionals like chefs, beauticians, and plumbers can also apply to work at Antarctic research bases. However, in this article, we’ll focus on purely travel-related ways for people like us, ordinary individuals, to visit Antarctica. Here are five ways for normal individuals to travel to Antarctica.

1. Embark on a Cruise Journey

The most common way to reach Antarctica is through a cruise journey. Most cruises to Antarctica depart from Ushuaia, the southernmost city in Argentina, in South America. Typically, you can choose from 10-day to 3-week packages. However, it’s important to note that the grand luxury cruises we often imagine are not feasible due to the difficulty of navigating the large Antarctic ice. The available ships range from 45 to 280 passengers. Remember that these cruise packages can cost anywhere from a minimum of $4,500 to as much as $16,000 for a 10-day trip.

2. Take a Day Trip by Plane

The quickest way to reach Antarctica and see the entire continent in one go is through a day trip by plane. However, you won’t be able to step on the continent and can only enjoy the Antarctic view through the plane’s windows for a few hours. Tour guides provide snacks inside the plane and kindly explain the surrounding landscapes and history. Currently, these day trips by plane to Antarctica depart exclusively from Australia. Reservations are usually fully booked, and prices can range from $1,000 to $8,000, depending on seat availability and peak/off-peak seasons.

3. Reserve a Luxury Airline + Ski + Camping Package

Luxury airline packages, available only a few times a year, are offered in Australia, Chile, and South Africa. Some of these packages include camping, skiing, and hiking courses. Camping for one night and two days can be arranged for around $4000, but ski or hiking packages spanning one to two weeks can cost between $40,000 and $55,000. Prominent companies offering these packages include The White Desert, The Antarctic Company, and Adventure Network International.

4. Board the French Supply Ship

By signing a contract for a €8,030 (approximately $9,000) package with the travel agency Mer et Voyages in Paris, you can embark on the French supply ship called Marion Dufresne II, which departs from Réunion Island in the southeastern part of Africa and travels to Antarctica for a month. It’s worth mentioning that ordinary individuals can also board this supply ship.

5. Participate in Extreme Marathons or Ski Competitions

That’s right. The Ultra Ice Marathon and Half Marathon occur annually in Antarctica. By paying around €15,000 (approximately $16,500), which includes the cost of the flight departing from Chile, anyone can register for these events. Additionally, through the company Ski Antarctica, you can apply to participate in the Antarctic ski competition.

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How India-China Direct Flights Went From 539 … to Zero

Peden Doma Bhutia , Skift

June 27th, 2024 at 12:01 AM EDT

Two tourism powerhouses, two economic giants, two of the world's most populous countries — and yet, not a single direct flight between India and China.

Peden Doma Bhutia

In December 2019, India and China were connected through 539 direct passenger flights. Now there are none.

IndiGo and Air India had operated flights to China while Air China, China Southern Airlines, and China Eastern Airlines, had connected Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou to Indian cities.

The two countries suspended these flights during the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent border clashes in June 2020 – there are still thousands of troops mobilized on both sides.

A recent Reuters report said that China has been pushing to resume direct air links between the two countries, but India remains cautious due to the strained diplomatic relations.

Current Travel Routes and Costs

In the absence of direct flights, travelers between India and China must rely on connecting flights through third countries, such as Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Singapore. The detour adds time and cost.

In 2019, a round-trip economy class ticket between New Delhi and Beijing typically ranged between $350 to $550, and took around six hours. Currently, the shortest flight duration between New Delhi and Beijing is 10.5 hours, with fares around $1,280. The cheapest available flights take roughly 12 hours and cost $650.

“China’s strict Covid-19 travel policies, including the ‘circuit-breaker’ rule which suspended flights if passengers tested positive upon arrival, further complicated the resumption of direct flights,” said Linus Benjamin Bauer, founder and managing director of Bauer Aviation Advisory. Although China has relaxed this rule, it has not yet led to the resumption of direct flights, Bauer noted.

Visa Restrictions

Visa restrictions are also a barrier.

Nuo Li, a sustainable tourism consultant from Beijing, experienced this firsthand when applying for an Indian e-visa in March 2024 in London, where she currently lives.

Li first visited India in March 2019 on a straightforward double-entry e-visa to meet her boyfriend’s family in the southern Indian state of Kerala. This year, she found no travel visa category for Chinese nationals.

“During my appointment at the VFS office in London, the staff handling my application informed me that they could not accept my application and advised me to seek special approval from the Indian Embassy in London,” Li told Skift. She said she wrote to the Indian embassy but hasn’t received any response so far.

Responding to a Skift query, a VFS Global spokesperson said, “Chinese nationals applying for an Indian visa must submit their applications from their home country as per the directives of the High Commission of India.”

The spokesperson said that for further clarification, applicants would need to directly contact the High Commission of India in London.

The Consulate General of India’s office in Guangzhou states on its website that e-visas for Chinese nationals are “temporarily suspended.” “All those who have a compelling reason to visit India may contact the Embassy of India in Beijing or the Indian consulates in Shanghai or Guangzhou, as well as the Indian Visa Application Centres in these cities,” the notice reads.

Tourism Demand

Wolfgang Georg Arlt, a China tourism expert, noted that even before the pandemic, travel between India and China was relatively low, as most of the traffic was made up of business people, students or medical tourists.

Arlt, who is also the CEO of Chinese Outbound Tourism Research Institute (COTRI), cited COTRI research that highlighted that Chinese travelers have a negative perception of India, while Indians do not feel welcome in China.

Arlt said that while direct flights would help, improving political relations and addressing these negative perceptions would have a more significant impact on travel demand.

Mary Li, CEO and founder of travel tech startup Atlas , said that political tensions, changing policies and the pandemic have greatly affected travel between the two countries.

Despite this, Li said there is still significant demand for travel: Chinese travelers have conducted almost 24 million flight searches for India so far this year, according to Atlas data.

The most popular routes include Shanghai-Mumbai and Shanghai-Delhi, followed by Chengdu and Guangzhou as other popular departure cities.

Business Travel

Li said that many Chinese companies having stopped operations in India, and that this has led to a decline in business travel demand.

With 539 scheduled flights suspended, FCM Travel India has also seen a drop in business travel, said Sunny Sodhi, managing director of FCM Travel India.

“It is not just the lack of direct flights between India and China, but also the complexities around getting visa approvals which impact the ability and ease to travel between these two countries,” Sodhi said.

However, Sodhi noted that this has also led to Dubai emerging as a popular business hub for Indian travelers and Singapore for China. He said this is also backed by easing of visa processes between these countries.

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