Antarctica

Antarctica & South Georgia, Antarctic Peninsula, Ross Sea Region

Antarctica

 

Set Out on an Antarctica Cruise & Experience the Outermost Edge of Human Exploration

Antarctica is considered by many to be the ultimate travel destination. It certainly lives up to the superlatives that have been applied by explorers and travellers. Around its icy shores countless penguins, seals and whales thrive in the bountiful waters that surround and protect Antarctica. Combined with the region’s breathtaking scenery of towering peaks, tumultuous glaciers and ice strewn waters, an expedition to the Antarctic remains one of the most exciting and memorable experiences anywhere.

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. 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!

Longer Antarctica expeditions often visit the island of South Georgia - one of the first gateways to the Antarctic, sitting about 1400 km south-west of the Falklands. With its sharp, heavily glaciated peaks and it’s massive 3,903 km2 land mass, South Georgia's rugged landscapes provide fantastic photographic opportunities, it is a real oasis in the stormy Southern Ocean. It is home to an incredible array of wildlife such as penguins, albatrosses, seals, whales and petrels, all in huge numbers. South Georgia has also been identified as an “Important Bird Area”(IBA) by Birdlife International.

Few Antarctica voyages take you to the mythical Ross Sea Region & Subantarctic Islands of Australia & New Zealand. Sometimes referred to as ‘the heart of Antarctica’, the Ross Sea region is the last great unspoiled part of the world’s oceans. To date there has only been minimal exploitation, and to enter this region of Antarctica is a privilege, with only a few hundred people able to visit each year. The East Antarctic coastline is some of the most remote in the world and is locked under ice for most of the year. The rest of the time it is buffeted by strong katabatic winds coming off the polar ice cap. Wildlife is abundant during these brief summer months and includes Adélie and Emperor penguins, South Polar Skuas, Snow Petrels, Southern Fulmars and many more species of bird. Both whales and seals abound here at this time and can be found feeding in the rich waters around the ice edge.

The Subantarctic Islands are tiny havens for some of the most abundant and unique wildlife on the planet. They lie in the cool temperate or Subantarctic Zone to the south and east of New Zealand in the great southern ocean that encircles Antarctica. This is a windswept and at times forbidding swath of sea, surprising in its fecundity. The Subantarctic Islands are comprised of six groups: the Bounty Islands, the Antipodes, the Snares, the Auckland Islands, Campbell Island and Macquarie Island. Flora and fauna are densely concentrated here: the number of indigenous plants and seabirds found in the Subantarctic Islands is far greater than that found on similar groups in the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

If you’re after a small ship cruise or an expedition ship cruise to any of the Antarctica regions Wild Earth Travel can help you find a trip of a lifetime. We are ready to guide you through our range of different options with impartial advice so you can experience the very best of this unique destination. Our team are all passionate expedition & small cruise ship travellers and our knowledge and stories come from our own personal experiences.


Antarctica / Antarctic Peninsula

Antarctic Voyage (Le Soleal)

15 days from
$NZD 1,289 per day
  • Antarctic Peninsula Luxury ExpeditionLuxury Expedition
  • Le Soleal in Antarctic PeninsulaLe Soleal
  • Next departure on Feb. 4, 2021
Antarctica / Antarctic Peninsula

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Antarctica / Antarctic Peninsula

Emblematic Antarctica (Le Lyrial)

12 days from
$AUD 1,278 per day
  • Antarctic Peninsula Luxury Small Ship CruiseLuxury Small Ship Cruise
  • Le Lyrial in Antarctic PeninsulaLe Lyrial
  • Next departure on Nov. 28, 2020

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