Cruise to the Spectacular Antarctic Peninsula, Known for Its Stunning Landscapes, Accessibility & Mild Climate
"Glittering white, shining blue,
raven black, in the light of the sun
the land looks like a fairy-tale."
The most accessible part of the seventh continent, the dramatic Antarctic Peninsula extends a ‘welcoming arm’ north towards South America. From Argentina or Chile, travellers begin their journey to the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula, the warmest part of the continent known for its stunning landscapes, accessibility and mild climate.
Antarctica small ship cruises and expeditions offer the essential experiences of the wildest and most fantastic place on Earth. Usually, cruises begin in the city of Ushuaia – the southernmost city in the world. Next, you will experience the crossing the mythical Drake Passage, during which you will likely be escorted by albatrosses and cape petrels, the sentinels of these often-choppy waters.
Please note, that Wild Earth Travel offers a variety of Fly/Sail itineraries that not only feature the best of Antarctica but also allow for more exploration, with no crossings (or only one crossing) of the Drake Passage. Fly in comfort over the stormy Drake Passage and board your ship directly in Antarctica. No seasickness!
Once you reach the White Continent, you will have an opportunity of exploring the pristine wilderness of the Antarctic Peninsula, a narrow finger of land that juts into the ice-choked waters of the Weddell Sea. Witness a breathtaking panorama of icebergs, blue glaciers, and jagged, snow-capped mountains. Cruise aboard Zodiacs among ice floes; explore penguin rookeries, visit with scientists at research stations or maybe even venture further south across the Antarctic Circle!
Antarctic Peninsula Highlights may include:
• Danco Island – Activities here may focus on the gentoo penguins nesting on the island, in addition to the Weddell and crabeater seals that can be found nearby.
• Neko Harbour – An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow, Neko Harbour offers opportunities for a Zodiac cruise and landing that afford the closest views of the surrounding alpine peaks.
• Paradise Bay – You may be able to take a Zodiac cruise in these sprawling, ice-flecked waters, where there’s a good chance you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales.
• Pléneau & Petermann Islands – If the ice allows it, you could sail through the Lemaire Channel in search of Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. There is also a possibility you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales here, as well as leopard seals.
• Wilhelmina Bay & Guvernøren – This is a great place to spot humpback whales. You also may embark on a Zodiac cruise ending at the ghostly wreck of the Guvernøren, a whaling vessel that caught fire here in 1915.
• Port Lockroy – After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, you may get a chance to visit the former British research station – now a museum and post office – of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. You may also be able to partake in activities around Jougla Point, meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. There are great opportunities also for kayaking and camping here, and when conditions are right, you can even snowshoe around the shore.
Small ship cruises and expeditions provide the perfect mode of transport to visit the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands. Wild Earth Travel offers the most comprehensive range of Antarctic Small Ship Cruises from luxury to expeditionary. Wild Earth Travel's General Manager Aaron Russ has visited Antarctica over 80 times and still leads small ship cruises regularly, so we are perfectly equipped to help you decide on the Antarctic cruise that is right for you.