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Antarctica

Antarctic Destinations

Antarctica, at times an unforgiving continent marked by harsh temperatures and rugged terrain, is home to a rich diversity of wildlife that inhabits the glaciers, mountains, bays, fjords, inlets, pebble beaches and rugged coastlines. The Antarctic Peninsula, for instance, is abundant with minke, humpback, right, blue, sperm and killer whales. Snow Hill Island, in the ice-choked Weddell Sea, is the site of one of the world’s largest colonies of Emperor penguins. The sub-Antarctic destinations of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia are equally rich with wildlife.

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Region Highlights

The Infamous Drake Passage

Crossing the 800-km Drake Passage where the Atlantic, Pacific and Southern Oceans converge, is a rite of passage for many travelers.

Iconic Wildlife

Wildlife enthusiasts can observe at least five species of penguins in the Falkland Islands.

Historic South Georgia

Antarctica abounds with historic sites and landmarks associated with early polar explorers such as Sir Ernest Shackleton, who’s buried at Grytviken, South Georgia.

Crossing the Antarctic Circle

Crossing south across the Antarctic Circle, at 66°33' S, is a milestone experienced by only a few polar travelers.

What You Need to Know

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What to Expect

What you see and do during your Antarctic expedition will depend on when you go. From October to December, the 7th Continent is ice-covered and penguins are busy laying their eggs. If you visit December to late-February, you can see the penguins hatch. Mid-February to March is an ideal time to see whales as they return to the region to feed. Talk to your Polar Travel Advisor about the best season for your Antarctic voyage.

Embarkation Day

How to Get There

Some transfer flights are included in your package. Speak to a Polar Travel Advisor who can explain where your voyage will embark and the nearest airport. Some embarkations require passengers to book flights at preferred times.

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Visas & Passports

Pack your passport, ensuring it’s valid for at least six months. Since Antarctica doesn’t belong to anyone country, however, no visa is required. You still need to verify visa requirements for any country you may pass through en route to your embarkation point or ones you visit before or after your expedition.

Antarctic Destinations

Antarctic Peninsula
Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula is an 800-mile (1,300 km) stretch of land and ice extending northward from the Antarctic continent towards South America. First-time visitors are typically overwhelmed by the staggering beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula: glaciers, snow-covered mountain tops, deep blue waters and icebergs of every conceivable shape and size.

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Antarctic Peninsula
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

The sub-Antarctic archipelago of the Falkland Islands, or Islas Malvinas, is known for its wildlife—penguins and bird species are plentiful—as well as its dramatic history. Sovereignty disputes between the United Kingdom and Argentina led to the 1982 Falklands War. There’s everything from Magellanic penguins to military history to pique the interest of polar travelers.

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Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
South Georgia
South Georgia

South Georgia, which is 1,300 km (800 miles) south-east of the Falkland Islands, has a handful of temporary human inhabitants. The crescent-shaped, mountainous island is known for its diverse wildlife (including a massive king penguin colony at Salisbury Plain), glaciers and fjords. South Georgia is often called the “Galapagos of the Poles” because of its biodiversity.

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South Georgia
Snow Hill Island
Snow Hill Island

Snow Hill Island, off the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, is home to a colony of 4,000 pairs of breeding Emperor penguins. Reaching Snow Hill is challenging. Travelers must navigate the icy Weddell Sea by icebreaker and then take a helicopter flight before completing the trek on foot to reach the penguin rookery.

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Snow Hill Island

Special Insights from Our Guests

Every aspect of this journey has been outstanding. I feel privileged to have been able to experience Antarctica alone, but in the company of such passionate, energetic, capable, and talented staff I am honored and feel immensely grateful.

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