Explore the Antarctic aboard Quark Expeditions' fleet of expedition vessels, photo by David Merron.

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.

Photo taken by a Quark passenger

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.
Photo taken by a Quark passenger

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.
Photo taken by a Quark passenger

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.
Photo taken by Quark passenger

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.
Photo taken by a Quark passenger

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 - Antarctic

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 - Antarctic

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 - Antarctic

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

Paddling Excursion - Antarctic

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 - Antarctic

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 - Antarctic

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

Stand-up Paddleboarding - Antarctic

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.
Passengers hiking in the Antarctic Peninsula, photo by David Merron

Walking/Hiking - Antarctic

Imagine standing on a hill, overlooking a stunning vista filled with brilliant white and blue icebergs. On almost every Antarctic voyage we offer walks and hikes for the more active traveller.

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.
Photo taken by a Quark passenger

Seasickness (Antarctic)

Everyone reacts differently to sea conditions whether during the crossing of the infamous Drake Passage to Antarctica, or even during calmer seas.
Photo taken by a Quark passenger

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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There aren't enough superlatives ...

5

From the booking process to the disembarkation, this was the most well-planned, superbly-executed journey to the most amazing place on Earth. I was in a state of awe from morning til night, as each place was more breathtaking than the last. I felt like a kid on Christmas as I ran to the window on the morning we arrived at the Antarctic peninsula.

I felt taken care of at each step of the journey. Pre-trip communication was excellent in addressing my concerns (what to pack, if the boots would fit me, do you have to be athletic to do this - you don't). The hotel in Buenos Aires was world-class (the best shower ever). The welcome to the ship makes you feel like the most important passenger they've ever had. The chef greets you personally at dinner every night. The expedition team leader and captain pore over weather charts every day to make sure we have the best places to have our excursions. The team of experts and guides makes you feel so safe and comfortable, and their efficiency at easily getting 200 people on and off the ship is mind-blowing. They've thought through everything you could imagine. I felt like the team had my back at all times, and they were so informative and friendly. I had my doubts about riding in a Zodiac, but honestly it's the most thrilling way to see this pristine place. It's a place you just have to experience. Seals, whales, penguins, birds ... it's a photographer's dream. I did things I never thought I could, and saw things I never thought I would.

I can't say enough great things about this company, their team, this ship, and this itinerary. Just do it. It's worth every penny and more.

great trip

5

great trip

Vincente Tang

5

The exploration team on Ocean Endeavor did a superb job in making sure we were able to see and feel all the different aspects of our polar expedition despite any weather-related challenges. The Team leader kept us posted every day on what to expect and what challenges lie ahead. From our charted course, one can see they even tried to circumnavigate through difficult weather and if necessary crisscrossed various ways to allow us to see what we should see.
A great team and a great company….did not short changed us nor did any short cuts!

Mr

5

It is good service

An Amazing Trip and Once in a Lifetime Experience

5

I was excited to book and go with Quark Expeditions, but never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I would meet friends both travelers alike and those who were actually part of the staff of Quark. From the delicious and amazing food, to the Quark staff always smiling, eating with at meals, asking them questions and to the staff of the ships operations, nothing was missed. The memories I have from landing on South Georgia, the sights, smells, lectures, overall feelings of being the minority in a King Penguin colony, it was a feeling i’ve never felt before. Seeing and actually landing on Antarctica was something I’ve wanted to do for decades. Just beyond wild that words can not explain.
I really have to commend the staff of Quark specifically Solan Jensen for losing many hours of sleep to make sure we made the landings, on South Georgia and a technical landing on Antarctica. He pushed his crew and they responded without hesitation specifically 3 in one day on our last day in Antarctica. His staff to name a few, Colin, Wayne, Allie, Jaymie, Marla, Jim, Ross, Juani, Jen, Daven, Nicky, Bella, Dagny, and i’m missing a few more, were absolutely amazing making my trip of a lifetime unforgettable. Hats off to Quark from the very planning aspect and me dealing directly with Miriam Higgins, to the check in at the hotel in BA, to the transportation to Ushuaia and all the other logistics we never even saw. I will absolutely be back with Quark in the future to book the Arctic and hopefully, once more, to the Antarctic!! Thank you for everything!!

Antarctica Birthday

5

Most amazing trip ever! The experts were fabulous! I learned so much from every member of the expedition team. The captain and crew were amazing! The hotel staff including the food service was excellent. I had a wonderful 60th birthday! WE met many wonderful people from around the world. I highly recommend this cruise.

Penguin Safari

5

The whole trip was fantastic. Only one suggestion. Travelling one way charter and return by commercial flight meant I had to pay $25.00 for overweight luggage. We were made to understand 20 kg was allowable but it was only 15 kg. Also no meal or anything included.

Wonderful Antarctic Trip

5

My wife and I took the Quark Expeditions trip to South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula and it was wonderful. The Quark people did everything they could to give us a fantastic experience. Everything they promised to do they DID. The ship was comfortable, food great, Zodiac landings and cruises were terrific. We had a great time. It was very exhausting, very exciting, very cold and uncomfortable away from the ship, but well worth the effort to see and experience things so different from home.

Fantastic adventure

5

Fantastic adventure

One of the most awesome trips I’ve taken!!!!

5

I would highly recommend Quark Expeditions to anyone! The staff, crew were virtuous , helpful, informative!!! I could not have been more pleased! Quark made my experience in the Antarctic one of a life time! I’m a lifelong traveler! I’ve been all over the world and yes this was my last continent!!! Quark made it extremely memorable!!!!!!

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