Antarctic Classic Wildlife: Peninsula & Islands

Antarctic Peninsula

Whilst the Great White Continent may be vast and difficult to explore in its entirety, the Antarctic Peninsula is scenically the most dramatic region providing the greatest diversity of wildlife. A mountainous extension of the South American Andes, the Western Peninsula forms a coastal spine whose peaks rise 3,000 metres from the ocean.  Breathtaking glaciers, deep fjords and ice bergs more than a mile long offer magical vistas - an environment that will humble the most seasoned explorer.



Antarctic Peninsula voyages are the most cost-effective means of exploring Antarctica and require between 9 -11 days to enjoy, perfect for those seeking a memorable experience within a relatively short time frame. The return Drakes crossing can easily demand 3-5 days of this schedule, so if time is tight or you prefer to avoid this notorious passage then Flying to Antarctica or opting for a longer Polar Circle voyage may be the answer.

Aqua-Firma Antarctic Expertise

The Aqua-Firma team have been exploring the Antarctic Peninsula for many years; guiding, driving zodiacs, delivering inspiring onboard lectures and inspiring guests of the magnificent but fragile beauty of this region. It is this in-depth, on location knowledge and expertise which can assist with your choice of voyage to best match your timing, interest and budget.

Contact our Polar Team to discuss voyage options


Best time to visit the Peninsula

Our small ship Classic Peninsula voyages are available Oct-March. In early November, the ice and snow remains pristine and breeding is at a peak, by end December and January noisy penguin chicks dominate the scenery and by March, as the season progresses, we continue to witness an increased abundance of whales.

Peninsula Wildlife

The Peninsula is a rich breeding ground for several species of penguin of which Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo are the most common, inviting great opportunities for their intimate and often comical observation. Observers fall in love with penguins for good reason. Aqua-Firma guides and guests have spent many years enjoying their inquisitive close encounters, as one guest put it: "sitting in penguin heaven" amidst a continuous hum of noisy chatter. The icy oceans meanwhile provide an important feeding ground for many species of whale including orcas, blue whales, sperm, minke and humpbacks. On some voyages guests have been spellbound by more than 200 whales around the ship at one time.

Seals can be found in large numbers on the Peninsula, of which Crab eaters are the most abundant and Weddell seals are visually the most attractive with their spotted coats. The largest seal is the Leopard Seal, which at up to 3.2 metres in length, demands respect as one of Antarctica's top predators.

Small Ship Voyages

Carrying between 12 and around 199 passengers, our Antarctic Peninsula voyages are onboard some of the smallest and friendliest ships exploring the Antarctic waters. This creates an intimate atmosphere of like minded people who all share a common aspiration for remote wild and wonderful corners of our planet. Each ice strengthened vessel offers the freedom to roam the decks at all levels as well as the panoramic ship's bridge with the invitation to stand beside the captain as they navigate through the polar ice. Ships vary appreciably in level of comfort from an expedition ship to a more luxurious cruise offering spacious en suite cabins and excellent cuisine, all however maintain the prime objective of maximising time spent off the ship with inspired daily landings, informed presentations and exploration in the company of experts.

A full complement of Zodiac craft (rigid inflatables boats) allows everyone to disembark at the same time, perfect for small group expert-led landings and close encounters with wildlife. There is a natural history library onboard and the programme lectures span subjects such as Antarctic explorers and history, wildlife, conservation, birdlife and whales. Where possible, each voyage includes a visit to a  research station where you can learn about their work and understand how they survive in the harsh Winter environment.

Antarctica Adventure Options

Your guides are the key to inspire and enlighten your knowledge of the unique polar environment. Aqua-Firma marine scientists, guides, polar divers and kayakers have many years of in depth on location knowledge. Specialist knowledge on certain trips enable us to offer polar photography workshops onboard, and unique experiences such as diving in Antarctica, camping on the ice, sea kayaking and snow shoe walking.

Contact our Polar Team to discuss activity options


Our Promise & Your Protection

Polar voyages are a major commitment for most travellers. We offer a personal and professional service with a promise that for any experience which is directly comparable, our prices are never beaten.   Detailed information is provided throughout your booking and preparation process and with our first hand experience we are always available to answer any questions, no matter how small, giving 24 hour support for our clients before you depart and whilst away. 

Whilst our voyages can be enjoyed as stand alone experiences, we are a fully ATOL bonded travel company and able to provide flights and accommodation before and after your voyage.

Aqua-Firma have the expertise to extend your travel plans and are a specialist at tailor made travel within Argentina and other parts of Latin America.

"Antarctica just mind-blowing! ......Aqua-Firma you have given me a memory that is priceless and it has been my pleasure booking with you and I would not hesitate to do it again!"

Judy Parnell - Read more Antarctica Reviews

Photographs kindly provided by: Franco Banfi, Rinie Van Meurs, Chloe Burnett, Keith Hiscock, Charlotte Caffrey & Göran Ehlmé

Itinerary

11 Day Sample Itinerary

This is a sample only based upon an 11 day voyage. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Team and is influenced by local conditions, like ice and weather - in particular actual or anticipated headwinds affecting crossings of the Drake Passage.

Day 1: Embarkation in Ushuaia

Your voyage begins where the world drops off: Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the southernmost city on the planet, located on the far southern tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego – nicknamed “The End of the World” – and sail the scenic, mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the rest of the evening.

 

Day 2 - 3: Path of the Polar Explorers

Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, you can experience life from the perspective of the polar explorers who first braved these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling waves, maybe even a fin whale blasting up a column of sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer subantarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too: A variety of albatrosses and petrels show up, along with Cape pigeons and southern fulmars. Then, near the South Shetlands Islands, the first icebergs flash into sight.

Day 4 - 8: Antartica

Gray stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, and dramatically different wildlife below and above. You first pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel, sailing between Brabant and Anvers Islands.

Sites you may be able to visit include:

Cuverville Island – Stabbing up between Rongé Island and the Antarctic Peninsula, Cuverville houses a colony of several thousand gentoo penguins as well as pairs of breeding brown skuas.

Danco Island – Activities here may focus on the gentoo penguins nesting on the island, in addition to the Weddell and crabeater seals that may be found nearby.

Neko Harbour – An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow. You have the chance to set foot on the Continent here, and also to go for a Zodiac cruise with view of the ice-crusted alpine peaks.

Paradise Bay – You may be able to walk on the Continent again at this location, or to take a Zodiac cruise in the sprawling, ice-flecked waters. Here you have a good chance of seeing humpback and minke whales.

Port Lockroy – After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, you may visit the former British research station – now a museum and post office – of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. You might also be able to partake in activities around Jougla Point, meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. There are great opportunities for kayaking and camping here. When conditions are right, you can even snowshoe around the shore.

Booth, Pléneau & Petermann Islands – If the ice allows it, you may sail through the Lemaire Channel in search of Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. There’s also a good chance you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales as well as leopard seals. You may also visit Booth Island’s Port Charcot.

Wilhelmina Bay & Guvernøren – This is a great place to spot humpback whales, and you also may embark on a Zodiac cruise – and scuba dive, if you’re certified – around the ghostly wreck of Guvernøren, a whaling vessel that caught fire here in 1915. Around the Melchior Islands, amid a frozen landscape peopled with icebergs, you may encounter even more whales, leopard seals, and crabeater seals. You depart at noon, depending on conditions on the Drake Passage.

Day 9 - 10: The Drake's Passage

Your return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, you can again expect to be greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered from the passage south. But they seem a little more familiar to you now, and you to them.

Day 11: Disembark Ushuaia

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia, but with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

Dates

Enquire / Book 20 Oct - 10 Nov 2024 - from £ 14,140

Extended voyage inc Chilean Fjords & Antarctic Peninsula
Valparaíso - Chilean Fjords - Cape Horn - Antarctica - Punta Arenas - Santiago (22 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 200 passengers
Includes: one-way flight Punta Arenas to Santiago, 1 post-voyage hotel night in Santiago
Notes: from price based on Twin Share cabin

Enquire / Book 27 Oct - 07 Nov 2024 - from US$ 12,645

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (12 Days)
Modern x-bow expedition ship: 126 passengers
Optional Activities: CampingKayaking, Snowshoeing, Ski Touring
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Jacket

Enquire / Book 30 Oct - 08 Nov 2024 - from US$ 7,725

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (10 Days)
Modern x-bow expedition ship: 169 passengers
Optional Activities: CampingKayaking, Snowshoeing, Photography Workshops
Includes: free Expedition Parka

Enquire / Book 03 - 12 Nov 2024 - from US$ 4,750

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (10 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 89 passengers

Enquire / Book 05 - 15 Nov 2024 - from £ 10,050

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Modern expedition ship: 176 passengers
Optional Activities: CampingKayaking, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Jacket

Enquire / Book 06 - 20 Nov 2024 - from US$ 16,445

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (15 Days)
Modern x-bow expedition ship: 126 passengers
Optional Activities: CampingKayaking, Snowshoeing, Ski Touring
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Jacket

Enquire / Book 11 - 20 Nov 2024 - from US$ 6,845

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (10 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 67 passengers
Optional Activities: KayakingHiking & Snowshoeing

Enquire / Book 11 - 23 Nov 2024 - from £ 6,689

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (13 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 134 passengers
Activities: CampingKayaking
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Jacket

Enquire / Book 12 - 22 Nov 2024 - from US$ 6,260

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 89 passengers

Enquire / Book 12 - 23 Nov 2024 - from US$ 13,545

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (12 Days)
Modern x-bow expedition ship: 126 passengers
Optional Activities: CampingKayaking, Snowshoeing, Scuba Diving
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Jacket

Enquire / Book 13 - 23 Nov 2024 - from € 6,590

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Modern expedition ship: 170 passengers
Optional Activities: Photography Workshops

Enquire / Book 14 - 23 Nov 2024 - from US$ 6,885

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (10 Days)
Modern expedition ship: 76 passengers
Optional Activities: KayakingHiking & Snowshoeing

Enquire / Book 14 - 24 Nov 2024 - from £ 10,850

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Modern expedition ship: 176 passengers
Optional Activities: CampingKayaking, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Jacket

Enquire / Book 16 - 27 Nov 2024 - from £ 12,900

Buenos Aires - Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia - Buenos Aires (12 Days)
Modern expedition ship: 199 passengers
Included Activities: Scenic helicopter flight
Optional Activities: Kayaking, Heli-Landing, SUP
Includes: free Expedition Jacket
Transfer Package (included): 1 pre-voyage hotel night in Buenos Aires, return charter flights Buenos Aires-Ushuaia and express bus tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park

Enquire / Book 20 - 29 Nov 2024 - from US$ 6,845

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (10 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 67 passengers
Optional Activities: KayakingHiking & Snowshoeing

Enquire / Book 22 Nov - 01 Dec 2024 - from US$ 5,620

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (10 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 89 passengers

Enquire / Book 22 Nov - 02 Dec 2024 - from £ 6,289

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 134 passengers
Activities: CampingKayaking
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Jacket

Enquire / Book 22 Nov - 02 Dec 2024 - from £ 9,250

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 128 passengers
Optional Activities: CampingKayaking
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Jacket

Enquire / Book 22 Nov - 03 Dec 2024 - from US$ 14,245

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (12 Days)
Modern x-bow expedition ship: 126 passengers
Optional Activities: CampingKayaking, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Jacket

Enquire / Book 23 Nov - 03 Dec 2024 - from £ 10,850

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Modern expedition ship: 176 passengers
Optional Activities: CampingKayaking, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Jacket

Enquire / Book 26 Nov - 07 Dec 2024 - from £ 12,900

Buenos Aires - Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia - Buenos Aires (12 Days)
Modern expedition ship: 199 passengers
Included Activities: Scenic helicopter flight
Optional Activities: Kayaking, Heli-Landing, SUP
Includes: free Expedition Jacket
Transfer Package (included): 1 pre-voyage hotel night in Buenos Aires, return charter flights Buenos Aires-Ushuaia and express bus tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park

Enquire / Book 30 Nov - 10 Dec 2024 - from € 7,190

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Lloyds 1A Expedition Ship: 108 passengers 
Included Activities: Navigational Workshops

Enquire / Book 01 - 10 Dec 2024 - from US$ 5,620

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (10 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 89 passengers

Enquire / Book 01 - 11 Dec 2024 - from £ 9,250

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 128 passengers
Optional Activities: CampingKayaking
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Jacket

Enquire / Book 01 - 13 Dec 2024 - from £ 7,649

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (13 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 134 passengers
Activities: CampingKayaking
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Jacket

Enquire / Book 05 - 12 Dec 2024 - from £ 12,450

Fly & Sail Voyage
Punta Arenas - Antarctica - Punta Arenas (8 Days)
Modern expedition ship: 176 passengers
Optional Activities: Kayaking, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Includes: free Expedition Jacket
Fly & Sail Voyage includes: 1 pre-&-post-voyage hotel night in Punta Arenas, return flights Punta Arenas to King George Island

Enquire / Book 06 - 15 Dec 2024 - from US$ 8,445

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (10 Days)
Modern x-bow expedition ship: 169 passengers
Optional Activities: CampingKayaking, Snowshoeing, Photography Workshops
Includes: free Expedition Parka

Enquire / Book 06 - 17 Dec 2024 - from £ 8,645
from US$ 9,945

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (12 Days)
Luxury expedition ship: 114 passengers
Optional Activities: CampingKayaking
Included Activities: Photography Workshops
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Parka

Enquire / Book 06 - 17 Dec 2024 - from £ 12,900

Buenos Aires - Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia - Buenos Aires (12 Days)
Modern expedition ship: 199 passengers
Included Activities: Scenic helicopter flight
Optional Activities: Kayaking, Heli-Landing, SUP
Includes: free Expedition Jacket
Transfer Package (included): 1 pre-voyage hotel night in Buenos Aires, return charter flights Buenos Aires-Ushuaia and express bus tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park

Enquire / Book 08 - 19 Dec 2024 - from US$ 14,845

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (12 Days)
Modern x-bow expedition ship: 126 passengers
Optional Activities: CampingKayaking, Snowshoeing, Alpine Trekking
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Jacket

Enquire / Book 10 - 20 Dec 2024 - from £ 9,250

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 128 passengers
Optional Activities: CampingKayaking
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Jacket

Enquire / Book 10 - 20 Dec 2024 - from US$ 6,260

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 89 passengers

Enquire / Book 12 - 22 Dec 2024 - from £ 6,489

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 134 passengers
Activities: CampingKayaking
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Jacket

Enquire / Book 15 - 22 Dec 2024 - from £ 13,250

Fly & Sail Voyage
Punta Arenas - Antarctica - Punta Arenas (8 Days)
Modern expedition ship: 176 passengers
Optional Activities: Kayaking, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Includes: free Expedition Jacket
Fly & Sail Voyage includes: 1 pre-&-post-voyage hotel night in Punta Arenas, return flights Punta Arenas to King George Island

Enquire / Book 16 - 27 Dec 2024 - from £ 8,645
from US$ 9,945

Christmas in Antarctica!
Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (12 Days)
Luxury expedition ship: 114 passengers
Optional Activities: CampingKayaking
Included Activities: Photography Workshops
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Parka

Enquire / Book 20 - 27 Dec 2024 - from £ 13,250

Christmas in Antarctica! Fly & Sail Voyage
Punta Arenas - Antarctica - Punta Arenas (8 Days)
Modern expedition ship: 176 passengers
Optional Activities: Kayaking, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Includes: free Expedition Jacket
Fly & Sail Voyage includes: 1 pre-&-post-voyage hotel night in Punta Arenas, return flights Punta Arenas to King George Island

Enquire / Book 20 - 29 Dec 2024 - from US$ 7,100

Christmas in Antarctica!
Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (10 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 89 passengers

Enquire / Book 26 Dec 2024 - 06 Jan 2025 - from £ 9,045
from US$ 10,445

New Year in Antarctica!
Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (12 Days)
Luxury expedition ship: 114 passengers
Optional Activities: CampingKayaking
Included Activities: Photography Workshops
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Parka

Enquire / Book 28 Dec 2024 - 07 Jan 2025 - from £ 11,650

New Year in Antarctica!
Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Modern expedition ship: 176 passengers
Optional Activities: CampingKayaking, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Jacket

Enquire / Book 29 Dec 2024 - 08 Jan 2025 - from US$ 7,850

New Year in Antarctica!
Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 89 passengers

Enquire / Book 02 - 12 Jan 2025 - from £ 7,289

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 134 passengers
Activities: CampingKayaking
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Jacket

Enquire / Book 06 - 16 Jan 2025 - from € 7,850

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 108 passengers
Optional Activities: Camping, Kayaking, Photography Workshops

Enquire / Book 06 - 17 Jan 2025 - from US$ 15,445

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (12 Days)
Modern x-bow expedition ship: 126 passengers
Optional Activities: Kayaking, Snorkelling, Paddling
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Jacket

Enquire / Book 08 - 18 Jan 2025 - from US$ 7,850

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 89 passengers

Enquire / Book 09 - 16 Jan 2025 - from £ 10,050

Fly & Sail Voyage
Punta Arenas - Antarctica - Punta Arenas (8 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 128 passengers
Optional Activities: Kayaking
Includes: free Expedition Jacket
Fly & Sail Voyage includes: 1 pre-&-post-voyage hotel night in Punta Arenas, return flights Punta Arenas to King George Island

Enquire / Book 14 - 21 Jan 2025 - from £ 10,050

Fly & Sail Voyage
Punta Arenas - Antarctica - Punta Arenas (8 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 128 passengers
Optional Activities: Kayaking
Includes: free Expedition Jacket
Fly & Sail Voyage includes: 1 pre-&-post-voyage hotel night in Punta Arenas, return flights Punta Arenas to King George Island

Enquire / Book 18 - 27 Jan 2025 - from US$ 7,100

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (10 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 89 passengers

Enquire / Book 18 - 29 Jan 2025 - from £ 14,500

Buenos Aires - Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia - Buenos Aires (12 Days)
Modern expedition ship: 199 passengers
Included Activities: Scenic helicopter flight
Optional Activities: Kayaking, Heli-Landing, SUP
Includes: free Expedition Jacket
Transfer Package (included): 1 pre-voyage hotel night in Buenos Aires, return charter flights Buenos Aires-Ushuaia and express bus tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park

Enquire / Book 19 - 26 Jan 2025 - from £ 10,050

Fly & Sail Voyage
Punta Arenas - Antarctica - Punta Arenas (8 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 128 passengers
Optional Activities: Kayaking
Includes: free Expedition Jacket
Fly & Sail Voyage includes: 1 pre-&-post-voyage hotel night in Punta Arenas, return flights Punta Arenas to King George Island

Enquire / Book 19 - 31 Jan 2025 - from US$ 19,745

Fly & Sail Voyage
Punta Arenas - Antarctica - Ushuaia (13 Days)
Modern x-bow expedition ship: 126 passengers
Optional Activities: Kayaking, Snorkelling, Paddling
Includes: free Expedition Jacket
Fly & Sail Voyage includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night in Punta Arenas, one-way flight Punta Arenas to King George Island

Enquire / Book 22 Jan - 01 Feb 2025 - from € 7,850

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Lloyds 1A Expedition Ship: 108 passengers 
Included Activities: Navigational Workshops

Enquire / Book 22 Jan - 01 Feb 2025 - from € 7,850

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Modern expedition ship: 170 passengers

Enquire / Book 26 Jan - 07 Feb 2025 - from US$ 19,745

Fly & Sail Voyage
Punta Arenas - Antarctica - Ushuaia (13 Days)
Modern x-bow expedition ship: 126 passengers
Optional Activities: Kayaking, Snorkelling, Paddling
Includes: free Expedition Jacket
Fly & Sail Voyage includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night in Punta Arenas, one-way flight Punta Arenas to King George Island

Enquire / Book 30 Jan - 09 Feb 2025 - from £ 7,089

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 134 passengers
Activities: CampingKayaking
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Jacket

Enquire / Book 31 Jan - 10 Feb 2025 - from £ 10,850

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Modern expedition ship: 176 passengers
Optional Activities: Kayaking, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Jacket

Enquire / Book 01 - 11 Feb 2025 - from € 7,850

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Lloyds 1A Expedition Ship: 108 passengers

Enquire / Book 03 - 13 Feb 2025 - from € 7,850

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 108 passengers
Optional Activities: Camping, Kayaking, Photography Workshops

Enquire / Book 06 - 14 Feb 2025 - from US$ 13,445

Fly & Sail Voyage
Ushuaia - Antarctica - Punta Arenas (9 Days)
Modern x-bow expedition ship: 126 passengers
Optional Activities: Kayaking, Snorkelling, Paddling
Includes: free Expedition Jacket
Fly & Sail Voyage includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia, one-way flight King George Island to Punta Arenas, 1 post-voyage hotel night in Punta Arenas

Enquire / Book 06 - 17 Feb 2025 - from £ 8,645
from US$ 9,945

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (12 Days)
Luxury expedition ship: 114 passengers
Optional Activities: CampingKayaking
Included Activities: Photography Workshops
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Parka

Enquire / Book 09 - 19 Feb 2025 - from £ 10,850

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Modern expedition ship: 176 passengers
Optional Activities: Kayaking, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Jacket

Enquire / Book 12 - 24 Feb 2025 - from US$ 19,145

Fly & Sail Voyage
Punta Arenas - Antarctica - Ushuaia (13 Days)
Modern x-bow expedition ship: 126 passengers
Optional Activities: Kayaking, Snorkelling, Paddling
Includes: free Expedition Jacket
Fly & Sail Voyage includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night in Punta Arenas, one-way flight Punta Arenas to King George Island

Enquire / Book 16 - 25 Feb 2025 - from US$ 8,445

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (10 Days)
Modern x-bow expedition ship: 175 passengers
Optional Activities: Kayaking, Photography Workshops
Includes: free Expedition Parka

Enquire / Book 16 - 27 Feb 2025 - from £ 8,645
from US$ 9,945

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (12 Days)
Luxury expedition ship: 114 passengers
Optional Activities: CampingKayaking
Included Activities: Photography Workshops
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Parka

Enquire / Book 18 - 28 Feb 2025 - from £ 10,850

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Modern expedition ship: 176 passengers
Optional Activities: Kayaking, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Jacket

Enquire / Book 19 Feb - 02 Mar 2025 - from £ 13,700

Buenos Aires - Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia - Buenos Aires (12 Days)
Modern expedition ship: 199 passengers
Included Activities: Scenic helicopter flight
Optional Activities: Kayaking, Heli-Landing, SUP
Includes: free Expedition Jacket
Transfer Package (included): 1 pre-voyage hotel night in Buenos Aires, return charter flights Buenos Aires-Ushuaia and express bus tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park

Enquire / Book 19 Feb - 03 Mar 2025 - from US$ 10,895

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (13 Days)
Modern x-bow expedition ship: 169 passengers
Optional Activities: Kayaking, Photography Workshops
Includes: free Expedition Parka

Enquire / Book 20 Feb - 03 Mar 2025 - from US$ 17,045

Fly & Sail Voyage
Ushuaia - Antarctica - Punta Arenas (12 Days)
Modern x-bow expedition ship: 126 passengers
Optional Activities: Kayaking, Snorkelling, Paddling
Includes: free Expedition Jacket
Fly & Sail Voyage includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia, one-way flight King George Island to Punta Arenas, 1 post-voyage hotel night in Punta Arenas

Enquire / Book 25 Feb - 06 Mar 2025 - from US$ 8,445

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (10 Days)
Modern x-bow expedition ship: 175 passengers
Optional Activities: Kayaking, Photography Workshops
Includes: free Expedition Parka

Enquire / Book 26 Feb - 08 Mar 2025 - from US$ 6,590

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 89 passengers

Enquire / Book 01 - 10 Mar 2025 - from US$ 6,845

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (10 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 67 passengers
Optional Activities: KayakingHiking & Snowshoeing

Enquire / Book 01 - 14 Mar 2025 - from US$ 18,645

Fly & Sail Voyage inc Chilean Fjords & Antarctic Peninsula
Punta Arenas - Antarctica - Chilean Fjords - Punta Arenas (14 Days)
Modern x-bow expedition ship: 126 passengers
Optional Activities: Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Paddling
Includes: free Expedition Jacket
Fly & Sail Voyage includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night in Punta Arenas, one-way flight Punta Arenas to King George Island

Enquire / Book 04 - 14 Mar 2025 - from £ 6,289

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 134 passengers
Activities: Kayaking
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Jacket

Enquire / Book 08 - 17 Mar 2025 - from US$ 5,620

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (10 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 89 passengers

Enquire / Book 11 - 21 Mar 2025 - from £ 8,850

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Modern expedition ship: 176 passengers
Optional Activities: Kayaking, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Jacket

Enquire / Book 13 - 22 Mar 2025 - from US$ 6,885

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (10 Days)
Modern expedition ship: 76 passengers
Optional Activities: KayakingHiking & Snowshoeing

Enquire / Book 13 - 23 Mar 2025 - from £ 5,889

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 134 passengers
Activities: Kayaking
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Jacket

Enquire / Book 13 - 25 Mar 2025 - from US$ 14,545

Extended Voyage inc Chilean Fjords & Antarctic Peninsula
Punta Arenas - Chilean Fjords - Antarctica - Ushuaia (13 Days)
Modern x-bow expedition ship: 126 passengers
Optional Activities: Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Paddling
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Jacket

Enquire / Book 15 Mar - 07 Apr 2025 - from £ 12,345

Extended voyage inc Chilean Fjords & Antarctic Peninsula
Santiago - Punta Arenas - Antarctica - Cape Horn - Chilean Fjords - Valparaíso (23 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 200 passengers
Includes: one-way flight Santiago to Punta Arenas, 1 pre-voyage hotel night in Santiago
Notes: from price based on Twin Share cabin

Enquire / Book 17 - 26 Mar 2025 - from US$ 5,620

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (10 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 89 passengers

Enquire / Book 22 - 31 Mar 2025 - from US$ 6,885

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (10 Days)
Modern expedition ship: 76 passengers
Optional Activities: KayakingHiking & Snowshoeing

Enquire / Book 24 Mar - 01 Apr 2025 - from US$ 6,585

Special Whale Watching Voyage 
Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (9 Days)
Modern x-bow expedition ship: 175 passengers
Optional Activities: Kayaking, Photography Workshops
Includes: free Expedition Parka

Enquire / Book 26 Mar - 04 Apr 2025 - from US$ 5,620

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (10 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 89 passengers

Enquire / Book 17 - 27 Nov 2025 - from € 6,900

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Modern expedition ship: 170 passengers
Optional Activities: Kayaking

Enquire / Book 01 - 11 Dec 2025 - from € 7,190

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Lloyds 1A Ice Class Expedition Ship: 108 passengers
Optional Activities: Scuba Diving
Diving Supplement: from €950 per person

Enquire / Book 17 - 28 Dec 2025 - from £ 8,645 £ 7,350

Save up to 15% on Standard and 20% on Premium cabins!
Christmas in Antarctica!
Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (12 Days)
Luxury expedition ship: 114 passengers
Optional Activities: Camping, Kayaking
Included Activities: Photography Workshops
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Parka
New bookings only. Offer expires 30 June 2024

Enquire / Book 27 Dec 2025 - 07 Jan 2026 - from £ 9,050 £ 7,650

Save up to 15% on Standard and 20% on Premium cabins!
New Year in Antarctica!
Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (12 Days)
Luxury expedition ship: 114 passengers
Optional Activities: Camping, Kayaking
Included Activities: Photography Workshops
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Parka
New bookings only. Offer expires 30 June 2024

Enquire / Book 08 - 18 Jan 2026 - from € 8,250

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Modern expedition ship: 170 passengers

Enquire / Book 09 - 19 Jan 2026 - from € 8,250

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 108 passengers

Enquire / Book 18 - 28 Jan 2026 - from € 8,250

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Modern expedition ship: 170 passengers

Enquire / Book 22 Jan - 01 Feb 2026 - from € 8,250

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Lloyds 1A Ice Class Expedition Ship: 108 passengers
Included Activities: Navigational Workshops
Optional Activities: Scuba Diving
Diving Supplement: from €850 per person

Enquire / Book 06 - 16 Feb 2026 - from € 8,250

Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 108 passengers
Optional Activities: Camping, Kayaking

Enquire / Book 07 - 18 Feb 2026 - from £ 8,645 £ 7,350

Save up to 15% on Standard and 20% on Premium cabins!
Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (12 Days)
Luxury expedition ship: 114 passengers
Optional Activities: Camping, Kayaking
Included Activities: Photography Workshops
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Parka
New bookings only. Offer expires 30 June 2024

Enquire / Book 17 - 28 Feb 2026 - from £ 8,645 £ 7,350

Save up to 15% on Standard and 20% on Premium cabins!
Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (12 Days)
Luxury expedition ship: 114 passengers
Optional Activities: Camping, Kayaking
Included Activities: Photography Workshops
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Parka
New bookings only. Offer expires 30 June 2024

Enquire / Book 10 - 20 Mar 2026 - from € 6,640

Special Whale Watching Voyage
Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (11 Days)
Modern expedition ship: 170 passengers
Optional Activities: Scuba Diving
Diving Supplement: from €700 per person

Enquire / Book 23 Mar - 01 Apr 2026 - from € 5,990

Special Whale Watching Voyage
Ushuaia - Antarctica - Ushuaia (10 Days)
Comfortable expedition ship: 108 passengers

Notes 

Our prices include

- Voyage as indicated in draft itinerary
- All meals, snacks, coffee and tea
- All shore excursions and zodiac activities
- Loan of rubber boots on selected departures
- Free expedition jacket on selected departures
- Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced
  expedition staff
- All miscellaneous services taxes and port charges throughout the programme
- Comprehensive pre-departure material
- Aqua-Firma automatically offsets the Carbon Emissions of your polar voyage

Prices exclude
- Airfares.
- Fuel surcharge where applicable*
- Optional activities (e.g. kayaking, diving) unless stated
- Pre and post land arrangements.
- Transfers to and from the vessel.
- Cancellation and personal insurance.
- Passports and visas.
- Arrival and departure tax.
- Meals ashore.
- Items of a personal nature (alcohol, laundry etc).
- Tips.

Activity Level Low unless you select an adventure activity such as kayaking, mountaineering or scuba diving.

Single supplement
Single occupancy price is between 1.5x - 2x the per person cabin price depending upon date and vessel. However this does not apply if you are prepared to share a cabin with another passenger of the same gender.

*Fuel surcharge:
The cost of fuel is currently volatile, so a fuel surcharge may be applied by the ship without notice. We will let you know if this applies to your booking and send you an updated invoice.

 

Polar Activities

Argentina

  • Iceberg Antarctica Philip Lillywhite
  • Gentoo Penguin & Chick Antarctica Huw Francis
  • Plancius Antarctica Aqua-Firma
  • Rib Boat Antarctica
  • Saunders Island Macaroni Penguin Jan de Groot
  • Humpback Whale Antarctica
  • Adelie Penguins Antarctica
  • Port Lockroy Antarctica
  • Weddell Seal Antarctica
  • Camping in Antarctica
  • Zodiac Cruise along Glacier Front

Antarctica

Trip Reviews: Antarctic Classic Wildlife: Peninsula & Islands

  • Gentoo Penguins Antarctica May Chan
  • Antarctic Photography from Rib
  • Antarctic Scenery Paul Aynsley
  • Sleeping Seal in Antarctica
  • Kayaking through icebergs in Antarctica
  • Gentoo Penguin Antarctica Paul Aaynsley
  • Humpback Whale Antarctica
  • Snowshoeing in Antarctica
  • Chinstrap Penguin Antarctica
  • Blue Eyed Shags Antarctica Siegfried Woldhek
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