A voyage to cross the Antarctic Circle is one many dream of, venturing deeper south than most have travelled - beyond latitude 66°33'39".
Aqua-Firma guides and scientists have explored this region in-depth. You will be accompanied by leading natural history professionals, eager to introduce you to some of the most dramatic coastal mountain, glacier and iceberg scenery; and inspire you with their knowledge of the wildlife, geology, marine life and polar history.
Throughout your extended journey South take the opportunity to stand beside the captain at the bridge and watch as he skillfuly navigates using ice charts to find the best passage South. You will explore from the mother ship and onboard rigid inflatable boats, deployed to skirt close to the coast and enable you to maximise your time on land.
Why choose Polar Circle?
Antarctic Circle voyages combine the best of the wildlife and scenery of a Classic Peninsula trip and are often a day or two longer to facilitate the push further South. This effectively allows more time in Antarctica to explore. Fly and sail voyages beyond the Polar Circle can further reduce lost time by removing the obstacle of the Drakes passage.
One of the most scenically impressive passages is the Lemaire Channel, which is only ½ mile wide in places, it's characteristic glaciers and rocky outcrops encapsulate the dream of Antarctic perfection.
Your ultimate objective is Crystal Sound where the noise of birds reach you from both shore and air as you pass other islands. It may be possible to spot humpback whales, orcas, minke and fin whales, whose breath can be heard in constant rasps over the water in early morning silences.
Will I reach the magical line?
In our experience, reaching the Antarctic Circle is a truly memorable achievement, but very much subject to sea and weather conditions, picking your way through ever-changing sea ice and icebergs. Speak to an Aqua-Firma guide with first hand experience regarding your chances, depending on ship strength, ice and weather.
Adventure options beyond the Polar Circle:
Pioneering in its own right Aqua-Firma also offer a broad range of adventures within this wilderness setting: camp out for the night with the full support of the mother ship not far away, or for those with some previous kayaking experience, the opportunity also exists to pre-book one of the limited Sea Kayaking spots.
For the experienced dry suit diver or snorkel, a dedicated team of scuba experts will help you exploring the icy seas beyond the Antarctic circle . Diving beyond the polar circle is a true expedition which very few have had the privilege of experiencing. Ask one of our Antarctic dive guides of polar marine scientist for full details.
"Our trip was fantastic and exceeded all of our expectations.It really was the trip of a lifetime! The expedition team were fantastic and they made sure every possible opportunity was seized. Crossing the circle and the iceberg 'grave yard' were two personal highlights......
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