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.
Photo taken by a Quark passenger

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.
Photo taken by a Quark passenger

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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The time of my life

5

This trip was the most special thing I've done in my entire life and I've been to all seven continents. Every part was so so personal and unbelievable and beautiful and I can not recommend it enough. I'm so so grateful for Quark Expeditions and I can't tell you how much you should go on one of their trips. Completely life changing.

It was an awesome travel

5

Was a tryp incredible
A beautiful landscape
Amazing interaction with animals

Top notch

5

Great crew, excellent service, delicious food.

Excellent

5

Excellent

5 STAR TREATMENT

5

It might have been the weather, it might have been the other passengers, or even the fantastic views we experienced. But somehow those alone did not make the trip as truly exceptional as it was. The Quark Expedition team lead by Laurie were part of this great adventure. Each and everyone of her team were always helping out on the excursions and providing their learned knowledge. And they showed they loved what they were doing and it rubbed off on us. The Diamond Queen was equally 5 Star with the food and Service they provided. Well don Quark

Antarctica Expedition

5

Absolutely amazing trip led by outstanding professionals. The ship’s crew were totally professional in every respect. Captain Oleg in particular is worthy of special note. His leadership was totally evident with the professional of his crew. I also valued his personal touch and approachability. I would specifically like to acknowledge Erick, Andrea, Akai, and Paolo from the dining room staff. They took amazing care of us and went well beyond what might be expected by staff in that position.
The Quark staff were also consummate professionals. Whether it was during their highly interesting and professional lectures, guiding us in zodiac cruises or short parties, or their knowledge and help while we were ashore, they were truly amazing. Their knowledge, their passion, and their interest to share their expertise was absolutely first class. In the earlier evaluation I provided, I specifically cited Laurie for all aspects of her professionalism. I would like to get in and mention without standing expedition leader she was. If she is typical of all the work expedition leaders, I will deathly travel with cork i in the earlier evaluation I provided, I specifically cited Laurie for all aspects of her professionalism. I would like to again mention without standing expedition leader she was. If she is typical of all Quark expedition leaders, you have hired wisely and well. Two members that I particularly thought stood out were Jean and Erin.
In summary, I had had no previous experience on either a cruise-type ship or on an expedition like this, and I was totally blown away. I am very interested, based upon my experience on this particular trip, with future Quark expeditions. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to comment.

Elizabeth Gorrell

5

Fantastic - was treated like the queen.

The trip was stellar in

5

The trip was stellar in every way! My only disappointment is that no Stand up paddle boarding photos were posted. Maybe it is yet to come. And the photos were not really part of the trip, it was an extra that I was really looking forward to.

The Most Amazing Magical Trip Ever!

5

This was our first cruise and it's going to be hard to beat this one! We certainly lucked out, from the fantastic weather, calm waters and all the penguins, whales and birds we saw. Not to mention the scenery. The guides and crew were very knowledgeable and friendly and it felt like we were a large family by the end of the trip! All the staff on the boat were so kind and helpful - and the food was excellent! I just can't say enough about this trip. It was a dream come true for us and Quark Expeditions certainly delivered. Having said this, Antarctica is an adventure frontier, one with many surprises. There were people on our trip who were making a 2nd and 3rd attempt. If the weather is really bad Quark may not be able to fly you out to King George Island. Buy cancellation insurance and be a little flexible so if this happens you are covered and can try again. Quark will do their best to get you out there, but weather is beyond their control. Carol & Rick, Ecuador

Fly the Drake trip of 2/12/19

5

I had high expectations but the trip exceeded them all. I wondered what I was going to do on the ship for eight days but it seemed to be over before it started. Wonderful trip!

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