Characterised by calving glaciers, colossal icebergs, a miriad of islands and sheer mountain peaks, the extremities of the Antarctic Peninsula provide the ideal setting for our Antarctic Wilderness Adventure Voyages.
From your basecamp on a comfortable expedition motor ship, you are able to explore the Antarctic wilderness by whichever means you prefer: sea kayak, snow shoe walking, remote mountain treks, overnight camping, mountaineering and on some departures - scuba diving for those with the inclination and right experience. Specialist week long programmes are available whilst on some basecamp departures most optional activities are integral and free of charge!
Escorted by activity specialists you will be on constant watch for encounters with Adelie, Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins, many of which can be observed in large colonies and often with chicks. Inquisitive and charismatic by nature, close encounters are likely never to be forgotten be that above, on or below the water. Surfacing eloquently from the icy depths below, there may be chances to spot Humpback, Minke and Fin and other whales.
Aqua-Firma Adventure expertise
The team at Aqua-Firma has spent a considerable time in the Polar Regions, and often guide onboard these Adventure departures. We can help provide a first-hand insight into the activity options available and what to expect before you leave home. To speak to a someone with onboard guiding experience on these trips, or who has dived amidst Antarctica's icy waters, please just pick up the phone and contact us to speak to an Aqua-Firma professional polar guide.
All of the activities are undertaken under the guidance of skilled experts, whose enthusiasm and experience helps passengers to enjoy them to the full. The expertise of onboard polar experts may extend further to personal specialities such as marine biology, geology, glaciology, ornithology and history, aspects of which will inspire a programme of onboard presentations.
The Aqua-Firma polar team are keen kayakers, who when not in the icy waters of the polar regions can be found exploring our local rivers and coast. Ask us about kayaking possibilities. Some experience rather than expertise is required to enjoy Kayaking in Antarctica. You are invited to paddle between icebergs, or cruise along majestic glacier fronts, onboard sturdy single or double sea kayaks, escorted by an instructor and followed by zodiac support.
Causing minimal disturbance, kayaking is the ideal way to get close to resting seals and penguins out on the ice and with luck enjoy breath-taking encounters with whales. A kayak also provides a peaceful personal retreat from the rest of the adventure-fuelled voyage.
Camping in Antarctica
Adventures aboard these voyages do not cease come nightfall, with opportunities to camp in Antarctica, a memorable once in a lifetime experience. With all equipment supplied, campers will get the chance to feel at one with the surrounding ice, listening to the vast silence of the polar world, interspersed by the sound of glacial melt water, creaking glaciers, or chattering inquisitive penguins nearby.
Snow shoeing is a fun activity open for all to try and enabling you to confidently walk on virgin slopes to stunning vistas. Knowledgeable and experienced onboard guides will be on hand to help passengers identify and spot different wildlife and marine life species as well as provide an insight into the polar history of the region.
Photographic opportunities abound during these voyages and the addition of expert led workshops can help capture lasting photographic memories. With the guidance of an onboard photography professionals, workshops and guided excursions will provide advice on how to best capture polar landscapes and wildlife through exposure control and composition.
If you can manage more time for adventure in the Southern Hemisphere, then please Contact Us to speak to one of our experts about adventure travel in Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia and other parts of Latin America you will be passing through to reach Antarctica.
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