Explore the Antarctic aboard Quark Expeditions' fleet of expedition vessels.

Antarctic Expeditions

This is very likely the farthest you will ever be from home. It’s an environment of exquisite isolation—rich wildlife, stimulating history, and majestic topography. Antarctica reaches a level of beauty that is unmatched in its simplicity, flawlessness and fragility. Your voyage to the bottom of the world yields unparalleled adventure in every sense of the word.

The Antarctic Peninsula

With its all glistening inlets, rocky cliff sides, pebbled beaches and floating ice sculptures, the Antarctic Peninsula is the northernmost stretch of land on the 7th continent—you’re in for total sensory overload. Whether you venture on our popular penguin safari or new photography voyages, this season’s line-up delivers sublime adventures beyond your wildest dreams.

Photo by David Merron

Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

11 or 12 days
from $6,695

Antarctica has been inspiring explorers for centuries. This expedition offers you the chance to discover why, with an unforgettable journey through the spectacular wilderness of the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. Encounter a world where nature creates the rules, her unpredictable temperament making each trip unique, exciting and personal.

Photo: David Merron

Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition

14 days
from $8,795

Not only does this expedition include the most in-depth exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula, it also offers the opportunity to venture further south across the Antarctic Circle. As you head towards a milestone few travelers reach, you’ll feel you are in a world without borders, sailing through an endless stretch of sea, snow and ice.

The Falkland Islands (Malvinas) and South Georgia

Encounter an unparalleled variety of wildlife and get a vivid picture of early Antarctic exploration at these two British territories in the South Atlantic Ocean. Hike through the tussock grass, wander the shorelines, listen to the stories, connect with nature—and get lost in the moment.

Photo: Acacia Johnson

Epic Antarctica: Crossing the Circle via Falklands and South Georgia

23 days
from $14,995

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure on this diverse expedition — you’ll experience the spectacular flora and fauna of the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) before immersing yourself in the unique history and exquisite, rare wildlife of South Georgia.

Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica: Explorers and Kings

20 days
from $11,795

This extended expedition encompasses the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, the remote Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), as well as the extraordinary beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll enjoy unforgettable encounters with untamed wildlife in a vast, dramatic and spectacular setting.

South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari

16 days
from $10,495

This adventure is the fastest way to get to the rarely visited South Georgia Island while also stepping foot on the 7th Continent. As we set sail, photograph massive albatross and pintado petrel as they swoop and soar around the ship, guiding us toward South Georgia.

Fly/Cruise Expeditions

Our convenient Fly/Cruise expeditions whisk you to the 7th continent for as few as eight days. Fly over the Drake Passage to embark on the rest of your journey by ship. This shaves off a little time, so you can make the most of every minute. We can get you kayaking the bays, cruising around icebergs and camping out under the Antarctic night sky in next to no time.

Photo by Acacia Johnson

Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle

11 days
from $17,495

Fully immersed in the Antarctic environment, experience a roller coaster of emotions, from excitement to exquisite solitude to incredible gratitude for the wonder of it all. Go in search of whales and find yourself bearing witness to a glacier calving. Antarctica will leave you in awe, but it won’t leave you unchanged.

Photo: David Merron

Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake

8 days
from $10,495

You’re ready to explore King George Island and the Antarctic Peninsula—and no Drake Passage crossings are required! With a spectacular aerial view, included charter flights between Punta Arenas and Antarctica have you experiencing the majesty of the 7th continent before transferring you to your ship in no time.

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Antarctic Peninsula

Your first step on the 7th continent will take place in the most readily accessible part of the Antarctic Peninsula, the most northern stretch of Antarctic land. Stepping foot on the 7th continent is a moment of pleasure and excitement that affects each traveler differently.
Photo by Quark passenger, Karine Bengualid

Buenos Aires, Argentina

This energetic port is the gateway to Argentina. Buenos Aires is often called the “Paris of South America” for its classic architecture and rich European heritage. The city has wide boulevards and cobblestone alleys, quaint cafés and markets.
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Drake Passage

The infamous Drake Passage extends about 1,000 km (600 miles) between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands. To reach the Antarctic Peninsula it is necessary to traverse this stretch of water at right angles to the current flow.
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Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

The Falkland Islands, also known as Islas Malvinas by the Argentines, are located some 400 km northeast of Tierra del Fuego, the southern-most point in South America. This archipelago itself consists of East and West Falkland, divided by Falkland Sound.
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Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas, Chile, is your gateway to Antarctica for all of Quark’s fly-cruise voyages. It lies 3,090 km to the South of Santiago de Chile and is the most important urban center in the Magallanes Region.
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South Georgia

This slightly crescent-shaped, mountainous island lies some 1,300 km (800 miles) east-south-east of the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas). It has not only an astonishing concentration of wildlife, but also glaciers, fjords and low-lying grassland.

South Orkney Islands

These are a group of rather barren islands 1,360 km (850 miles) north east of the Antarctic Peninsula. The climate is rather harsh, with strong winds, frequent rain and snow. Snow falls about 280 days each year.
Photo taken by Quark passenger, Chris Harbard

South Sandwich Islands

The South Sandwich Islands are located about 800 km (460 miles) south-east of South Georgia. The islands form a chain some 390 km (240 miles) long, comprising 11 major and several smaller islands. The islands are volcanic in origin and some remain active.
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South Shetland Islands

The South Shetland Islands are approximately 120 km north of the Antarctic Peninsula and will usually be your first stop en route to the Peninsula. Home to a great number of animals, you’ll spot an abundance of wildlife, including various species of penguins, seals and sea birds.
Photo by Quark passenger

Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. It is now a major tourist town, complete with casinos and a variety of restaurants. Ushuaia is commonly used as a base for hiking, and of course, cruises to Antarctica.
Camping on the Antarctic Peninsula, photo by Acacia Johnson

Camping in Antarctica

Not very many people have the opportunity to say they’ve camped on the 7th Continent. This is one of the best ways to experience Antarctica in a more intimate manner, and take your expedition to the next level.
Skiing in the Antarctic

Cross-Country Skiing in Antarctica

If you love cross-country skiing, why not experience it on pristine Antarctic snow? All you’ll hear will be the sound of your skis gliding through the fresh snow as penguins provide the soundtrack to your journey.
Photo taken by a Quark passenger

Mountaineering in Antarctica

Mountaineering is offered on select Antarctic voyages at the beginning of the season.

Paddling Excursion

Explore the ocean from a more intimate vantage point on a sit-on-top kayak. No experience is required to manoeuvre these very stable kayaks, allowing you to enjoy an unforgettable experience on the water, taking in breathtaking landscapes and wildlife.
Kayaking in Antarctica, photo by Sam Crimmin

Sea Kayaking in Antarctica

Kayaking in Antarctica is probably one of the most intimate and inspiring ways you can explore this incredible region. Glide through the quiet waters and take in the beauty of Antarctica. Paddle through astounding icebergs, watch penguins, seals and possibly whales swim around your kayak.
Snowshoeing in Antarctica, photo by Acacia Johnson

Snowshoeing in Antarctica

Included activity Experience the 7th Continent the way explorers of yesteryear did — by snowshoe.
Stand-up Paddleboarding, photo by David Merron

Stand-up Paddleboarding - Antarctica

Combining surfing with kayaking or canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding will give you a very personal and unique perspective on Antarctica. Taken in small groups in good weather conditions in Antarctica.

Currency (Antarctic)

There is no Antarctic currency. However, if you visit Port Lockroy in the Antarctic Peninsula, U.S. dollars, Pound Sterling and Euro are accepted, as are Visa and MasterCard where your transaction will be charged in U.S. dollars.
Photo taken by a Quark passenger

Gear Shop and Polar Boutique

The best place to prepare for your Polar expedition is the Quark Gear Shop. The online Gear shop carries all the clothing and equipment you'll need to make the most of your expedition to the Polar regions.
King George Island

Getting to Antarctica

Most of Quark’s Antarctic voyages begin and end in Ushuaia, Argentina, with the exception of our Fly-Cruise voyages that may start and/or end in Punta Arenas, Chile.
Expedition Essentials

Packing Tips

“There is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” Ranulph Fiennes We travel to the Polar Regions in the summer months when the weather isn’t that cold, however temperature can change unexpectedly.
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Passports and Visas

All passengers are responsible for obtaining all necessary passport and visas prior to the departure of your voyage.
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Seasickness (Antarctic)

Everyone reacts differently to sea conditions whether during the crossing of the infamous Drake Passage to Antarctica, or even during calmer seas.
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The Quark Parka

We know that packing for your Polar voyage may be challenging, so Quark takes the guess work out of packing an appropriate coat. All our passengers will receive our signature yellow expedition parka on the first day you’re onboard the ship.
Photo by Quark passenger

Travel Insurance

Included in the cost of your expedition is an emergency evacuation insurance policy with a maximum benefit of USD$500,000 per paying passenger. This included policy provides coverage only while traveling with Quark Expeditions, between the first and last day of the expedition.
Photo by Quark passenger, Sam Crimmin

When to Go

A common question travelers have is “When is the best time to travel to Antarctica?” The answer depends on what you want to see or do. Keep in mind that you cannot cruise to the Polar regions all year round.
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Trip of a Lifetime

5

I love to travel and this was on my bucket list. And I can truly say it was a lot more than I expected. It was was the most beautiful place I have been to. The ship, crew and passengers were excellent and great fun. The wildlife was amazing. Literally I took over 1000 pictures. Walk out the door and click your camera as you exit to the deck and you have a fantastic photo

One of the best trips I have ever taken

5

My trip with Quark to Antarctica was fantastic. The expedition team were all amazing, Solan, our expedition leader, was awesome. The food was great, the scenery was stunning, the water was freezing and the whole thing was incredible. It was worth every penny.

Wonderful Experience

5

This trip exceeded our expectations. We expected to see some great scenery but as a bonus the scenery was spectacular and beautiful with the added bonuses of beautiful sunsets and sunrises. The animal encounters were amazing including penguins and seals. The stars of the show, however, were the whales - especially the humpbacks - which approached our Zodiacs to distances less than 50 metres. These gentle giants never once touched any small boat or kayak but performed smoothly and splash-free! Amazing trip!

Post Antartica

5

Back home but still in Antartica.

Amazing trip with a perfect smooth organization conducted by La, perfect weather, nice travel companions, professional crew from the Bridge, till house keeping and

Best trip I’ve been on to date.

5

This was my 7th continent and my favorite to date. The kayaking was mind blowing seeing a humpback whale just feet in front of me and a leopard seal next to my boat was some of the highlights. The photography portion was helpful and I will use my new knowledge in all my future travels. Antarctica is ruggedly pure and healing to my soul! The staff was professional, kind, and super fun. I thought this would be a once in a lifetime trip… but I may have to go again.

5

Excellent expedition team and crew service

Above my expectation.

5

Above my expectation.

Trip of a lifetime!

5

This was a wonderful itinerary and Quark made the trip an incredible experience. Their attention to detail is exceptional and the emphasis on learning and knowledge is outstanding. The trip was absolutely more than I expected.

Great Trip Overall

5

This trip was very good overall. The guides were very friendly and helpful. The presentations were interesting. The ships and the rooms were clean. The food had good variety and high quality.

We were very fortunate with the weather. It was clear and sunny almost every day, and very little wind. We were able to walk on land there 7 times (twice on the mainland), spending about 10 hours total on land. Also, we went on about 15 zodiac cruises, lasting 1 - 2 hrs each.

There was abundant wildlife. both from shore and from the zodiacs. Penguins: Chinstraps, Gentoos, and Adelie. Whales: Humpbacks and Minke. A Gentoo bit my jacket and a humpback surfaced only 5 meters from the zodiac.

It was also amazing to walk on a piece of sea ice south of the circle. Quite a unique experience.

My main complaint through is that we could have gone further south. It would have been nice to have gone more than just 7 miles south of the circle! That was the biggest disappointment!

It also would have been nice to have spent more than just 1.25 days south of the 65 degree line. These shortcomings, however, were due to a medical evacuation, which cost the ship over 400 miles of added distance.

King George Island was interesting though, taking a zodiac cruise there and seeing an ice-free landscape quite different from the rest of the peninsula.

The best excursion of the trip was Deception Island, thanks to the excellent weather. The atmosphere there was truly other-worldly. How unique it was to see a beautiful sunset on Baily Head with almost 100000 chinstrap penguins!

It was great to spend a full 7.25 days in Antarctica itself.

Seeing Cape Horn on the way back was nice as well.

A great trip overall.

Excellent

5

Could not falt. Excellent in many ways. Would recommend your company to others. Staff in all departments, food excellent, clean in all areas what more can I say. A big thank you to Quark Expeditions.

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