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Antarctic Expedition Cruises

Many people dream of visiting the mysterious ‘white continent’ of Antarctica with its dramatic scenery and unique wildlife. Now you can make that dream come alive.

Join us on a voyage to Antarctica and experience this spectacular and pristine landscape on a choice of superb, specially designed expedition ships

  • Antarctic mountains
  • Penguins on an iceberg
  • Get close up to whales

About Antarctic Adventure Cruises

We offer a superb range of Antarctic cruises, including the best modern expedition ships like MS Fram, and luxury ships designed for polar conditions such as L'Austral, Le Boreal and Silver Explorer.

After rounding Cape Horn and crossing the Drake Passage you’ll explore Antarctica with its quite unique landscape and wildlife. Here you can visit penguin colonies, see majestic icebergs float by and watch seals basking in the sun.

You can even spend Christmas and New Year visiting the Falklands Islands and South Georgia, as well as Antarctica, giving one of the best wildlife trips in the world.

Most of our expedition cruises start from Ushuaia in the very south of Argentina and include flights from Buenos Aires. We can arrange flights to Buenos Aires for you, as well as hotel stays to make the most of this fascinating city.

Weddell Sea Iceberg Petrel in the Antarctic

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  • Legendary Magellan

    16 Nights - Punta Arenas and back

    Hurtigruten Ship - Midnatsol Midnatsol

    Combine the dramatic Chilean Fjords with the Falkland Islands and five full days in Antarctica 2017 - Dec
    2018 - Jan, Feb
    Exclusive £100pp discount!

    Legendary Magellan - Chilean Fjords and Antarctica Cruise Only
    From £4340pp
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  • Land of the Penguins

    13 Nights - Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

    Hurtigruten Ship - Fram Fram

    A superb expedition exploring the Drake Passage and Antarctic Peninsula, home to an abundance of wildlife, from albatross to penguins and whales. Includes an overnight hotel stay in Buenos Aires 2018 - Jan
    Exclusive £100pp discount!

    Land of the Penguins – Antarctica Expedition Voyage Cruise Only
    From £4949pp
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  • Antarctic Polar Circle Expedition

    15 Nights - Ushuaia and back

    Hurtigruten Ship - Fram Fram

    Explore the Antarctic Peninsula and Marguerite Bay on this Antarctic Polar Circle Expedition venturing further into the Antarctic than on shorter voyages. Includes flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia 2018 - Jan, Feb
    Exclusive £100pp discount!

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    From £5630pp
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  • Antarctic Explorer

    10 Nights - Ushuaia and back

    Exodus Ship - Akademik Sergey Vavilov Choice of Ships

    An 11-day expedition adventure from Ushuaia through the Drake Passage and the channels of the Antarctic Peninsula, which form arguably the most spectacular and pristine wilderness on earth, with included zodiac excursions for close encounters with wildlife 2017 - Dec
    2018 - Jan, Feb, Mar

    Antarctic Explorer Cruise Only
    From £5900pp
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  • Antarctica and the Chilean Fjords

    17 Nights - Santiago and back

    Hurtigruten Ship - Roald Amundsen Roald Amundsen

    Join brand new expedition ship, Roald Amundsen, on this unique voyage discovering the natural beauty of the Chilean fjords, awe-inspiring landscapes of Antarctica and rugged Falkland Islands, with the possibility of stepping ashore on Cape Horn. Includes hotel stay in Santiago and flights between Santiago and Punta Arenas 2018 - Nov, Dec
    Special early booking price PLUS exclusive £100pp discount!

    Antarctica and the Chilean Fjords Cruise Only
    From £6399pp
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  • Patagonia to the Chilean Fjords and Antarctica

    18 Nights - Valparaiso to Santiago de Chile

    Hurtigruten Ship - Roald Amundsen Roald Amundsen

    This unique expedition on brand new ship Roald Amundsen visits the breathtaking Torres del Paine National Park, picturesque Patagonia and the Chilean fjords, and the dramatic frozen vistas of Antarctica. Includes flight from Punta Arenas to Santiago de Chile 2018 - Oct
    2019 - Mar
    Special early booking price PLUS exclusive £100pp discount!

    Patagonia to the Chilean Fjords and Antarctica Cruise Only
    From £6555pp
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  • Antarctica Land of Extremes

    10 Nights - Buenos Aires and back

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Lyrial Choice of Ships

    A luxury expedition voyage from Ushuaia through the famous Drake Passage to the breathtaking Antarctic Peninsula, with expert guides and the opportunity to get up close to wildlife on zodiac landings. Includes charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia 2017 - Dec
    2018 - Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec
    2019 - Jan, Feb
    Save up to 30%!

    Antarctica Land of Extremes Cruise Only
    From £6695pp
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  • Patagonia and the Antarctic

    17 Nights - Buenos Aires to Santiago de Chile

    Hurtigruten Ship - Fram Fram

    Experience the wonders of Antarctica, the amazing wildlife of the Chilean fjords and the scenic beauty of Patagonia on this diverse cruise. Enjoy a varied excursion programme and fascinating lectures from an onboard Expedition team. 2018 - Feb
    Exclusive £100pp discount!

    Patagonia and the Antarctic Cruise Only
    From £6815pp
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  • White Christmas in Antarctica

    19 Nights - Buenos Aires and back

    Hurtigruten Ship - Fram Fram

    Spend Christmas exploring the Great White Continent of Antarctica, remote Falklands and South Orkneys and rarely-visited South Georgia on this festive expedition. Includes return flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia and pre-cruise hotel stay in Buenos Aires 2017 - Dec
    Exclusive £100pp discount!

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    From £6915pp
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  • From Antarctica to Africa

    21 Nights - Ushuaia to Cape Town

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Lyrial Le Lyrial

    Sail from Ushuaia to the remote Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the volcanic British archipelago of Tristan da Cunha, before reaching Cape Town, on this luxury expedition voyage. Includes expert guides, Zodiac excursions and charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia. 2018 - Mar
    2019 - Mar
    Book now to save up to 25%!

    From Antarctica to Africa Cruise Only
    From £7205pp
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  • The Great Adventure

    15 Nights - Ushuaia to Montevideo

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Lyrial Choice of Ships

    From the Antarctic Peninsula and its stunning panoramas, set off in the wake of great explorers towards South Georgia on this superb luxury expedition, with Zodiac excursions and charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia 2018 - Feb, Nov
    2019 - Feb
    Save up to 20%!

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    From £7955pp
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  • In the Realms of Great Explorers

    22 Nights - Buenos Aires and back

    Hurtigruten Ship - Fram Fram

    This once-in-a-lifetime expedition on Fram takes in the isolated Falkland Islands, the awe-inspiring vistas of South Georgia and the vast wilderness of Antarctica, with landings ashore and an overnight hotel stay in Buenos Aires 2018 - Dec
    2019 - Jan, Feb
    Early booking price PLUS exclusive £100pp discount!

    In the Realm of the Great Explorers Cruise Only
    From £8665pp
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  • The Magic of the Antarctic Circle

    18 Nights - Ushuaia and back

    Hapag Lloyd Ship - Hanseatic Choice of Ships

    Observe penguins and seals rearing their young, discover breathtaking scenery and enjoy thrilling Zodiac rides on this fascinating luxury expedition cruise to Antarctica on board Hanseatic. Includes charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia 2018 - Jan
    2019 - Jan
    Save 5% on 2019 departure!

    The Magic of the Antarctic Circle Luxury Expedition Cruise Cruise Only
    From £9409pp
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  • The Realm of the King Penguin

    18 Nights - Ushuaia to Rio de Janeiro

    Hapag Lloyd Ship - Hanseatic Hanseatic

    Sail in the wake of legendary polar explorers and be enchanted by the awe-inspiring White Continent on this superb luxury expedition cruise to Antarctica, South Georgia, South Shetland Islands and South Orkney Islands, with a charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and exciting Zodiac landings 2018 - Feb

    The Realm of the King Penguin Cruise Only
    From £9460pp
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  • The Great Austral Loop

    15 Nights - Ushuaia and back

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - L'Austral Choice of Ships

    Discover the wild beauty of the rugged Falkland Islands, meet the colonies of king penguins on South Georgia and admire the majestic icerbergs of the Antarctic Peninsula on this unique 15-night luxury expedition voyage. Includes flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia 2018 - Nov, Dec
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    From £10085pp
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  • Beyond the Polar Circle

    16 Nights - Ushuaia and back

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Soleal Le Soleal

    Le Soleal crosses the Polar Circle for the very first time on this unique expedition exploring the rugged Falkland Islands and dramatic scenery of South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. Includes Zodiac excursions and charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia 2018 - Jan

    Beyond the Polar Circle Cruise Only
    From £10459pp
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  • Christmas and New Year in Antarctica

    16 Nights - Ushuaia and back

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - Le Soleal Le Soleal

    A luxury festive expedition voyage to the famous Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the breathtaking Antarctic Peninsula. Includes expert guides, Zodiac excursions and charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia. 2017 - Dec

    Christmas and New Year in Antarctica Cruise Only
    From £12335pp
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  • Antarctica to South Georgia and the Falklands

    18 Nights - Ushuaia and back

    Exodus Ship - Akademik Ioffe Choice of Ships

    An 18-night expedition voyage combining the fascinating history of the Falkland Islands, an exploration of South Georgia and the spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife of the Antarctic 2018 - Jan

    Antarctica to South Georgia and the Falklands Cruise Only
    From £16500pp
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  • Antarctic Luxury Expedition

    19 Nights - Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

    Silversea Ship - Silver Explorer Silver Explorer

    A 19-night luxury all-inclusive Silversea Expedition to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula on board superb expedition vessel Silver Explorer. Includes pre-cruise hotel stay in Buenos Aires and charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia 2017 - Dec
    Two-category suite upgrade, 50% off second suite or $1000 on board credit!

    Antarctic Luxury Expedition Cruise Only
    From £18200pp
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  • Classic Antarctica Expedition

    11 Nights - Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

    Silversea Ship - Silver Explorer Choice of Ships

    A once-in-a-lifetime luxury expedition from Ushuaia with five full days exploring the Earth's least-visited continent, Antarctica, with its majestic icebergs and abundance of wildlife. Includes pre-cruise hotel stay in Buenos Aires and charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
    Roundtrip Economy Air from just £999pp PLUS post-cruise hotel stay!

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  • Chilean Fjords and Antarctica

    14 Nights - Santiago de Chile and back

    Hurtigruten Ship - Midnatsol Midnatsol

    Discover the diverse Chilean fjords, rich in wildlife and explore the stunning scenery of Antarctica on this unique expedition on board Midnatsol. Includes charter flights between Santiago de Chile and Punta Arenas
    Exclusive £100pp discount!

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  • South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula

    15 Nights - Ushuaia and back

    Hapag Lloyd Ship - Hanseatic Hanseatic

    Observe colonies of penguins and seals on Zodiac excursions and admire dramatic scenery, from majestic icebergs to snow-capped peaks, on this once-in-a-lifetime expedition to rarely visited South Georgia, the picturesque South Shetland Islands and breathtaking Antarctic Peninsula. Includes charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia

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  • South Atlantic to Antarctica and Patagonia

    17 Nights - Montevideo to Punta Arenas

    Hurtigruten Ship - Midnatsol Midnatsol

    Discover the treasures of the South American coast, including the breathtaking Chilean fjords, and explore the dramatic landscapes of Antarctica on this once-in-a-lifetime expedition from Montevideo on board Midnatsol. Includes charter flight from Punta Arenas to Santiago de Chile

    South Atlantic to Antarctica and Patagonia View Full Details

  • The Great Antarctic Expedition

    19 Nights - Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

    Hurtigruten Ship - Fram Fram

    Following in the footsteps of great polar explorers from Ushuaia to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica. Includes flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
    Exclusive £100pp discount!

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Antarctic Adventure Highlights

Antarctica (Antarctica)

The spectacular region of Antarctica, known as the White Continent, is dedicated to research and has no permanent human inhabitants. Depending on weather and ice conditions, landings may be made at Livingston for sightings of Weddell and Elephant seals, and the King George Islands, where the waters offshore are a feeding ground for humpback whales. On crescent-shaped Half Moon Island is a colony of Chinstrap penguins, whilst further south in the region of Paradise Harbour and Hope Bay, the mainland scenery is dramatic and awesome, with ice cliffs and numerous floating icebergs shining blue and indigo in the sunshine. Calved from glaciers, as they melt they create fantastical shapes and arches, or remain flat-topped and sheer-sided. Visits may be made to one of the many research stations.

Antarctica

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina. Shuttle buses take visitors from its busy port to the city centre half a mile away. Near historic Plaza de Mayo, Calle Florida is the main shopping street, a good place to buy cheap leather goods, jewellery and designer clothes. Buenos Aires has many good cafes and tango bars, where you can see the dance being performed. Eva Peron's grave can be found in the picturesque Recoleta Cemetery.

Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Deception Island (Antarctica)

Enter the volcanic caldera through a narrow entrance to find hot geothermal springs bubbling up close to shore – a place for both hot and cold baths

Drake Passage (Antarctica)

Named after Sir Francis Drake, the Drake Passage is one of the world's greatest seaways connecting the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Infamous and legendary, it is steeped in the history and lore of exploration and discovery. At the Antarctic Convergence the temperature drops as the cold waters of the Antarctic Ocean meet the warmer waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and albatross and petrels are frequently seen.

Falkland Islands (Antarctica)

The Falklands are a remote British territory, with wildlife and landscapes reflecting their sub-Antarctic climate. On the high cliffs of West Point, rockhopper penguins and the black-browed albatross can be seen, and visits might be made to Carcass Island for its Gentoo and Magellanic penguins and to Saunders island to see colonies of the highly-coloured King penguin and the black-browed albatross on the sandy isthmus of The Neck.

Falkland Islands

Lemaire Channel (Antarctica)

This narrow and spectacular channel is hemmed in on either side by 1000-metre high mountains, stretching for 11 kilometres of calm, sheltered waters. The Lemaire Channel is sometimes blocked by icebergs, necessitating a diversion around Booth Island to sail south.

Paradise Bay (Antarctica)

Cliffs surround a natural harbour, with possible shore landings for fine views

Paradise Bay

Paulet Island (Antarctica)

This narrow and spectacular channel is hemmed in on either side by 1000-metre high mountains, stretching for 11 kilometres of calm, sheltered waters. The Lemaire Channel is sometimes blocked by icebergs, necessitating a diversion around Booth Island to sail south.

Port Stanley

The Falkland Islands are a photographer's paradise, with fantastic landscapes and tiny settlements nestling in large open spaces amongst varied wildlife and the delicate beauty of Falklands flowers. The Falkland Islands have a rich military and maritime history, and there are some remnants of the most recent conflict still in evidence. Port Stanley is the capital and has Victorian houses, a pub, and an Anglican Cathedral with an arch made of whalebones.

South Georgia (Antarctica)

South-east of the Falkland Islands is the mountainous landscape of South Georgia island, which has over a hundred glaciers and is an important breeding habitat of the King penguin, perhaps seen on landings at Salisbury Plain and Gold Harbour. Elephant seals lie in the tussock grass, and petrels and skuas can be seen soaring in the sky. The explorer Ernest Shackleton’s grave is situated on South Georgia and the whaling stations at Grytviken, Stronsnes or Fortuna Bay might also be included on visits.

South Georgia

South Shetland Islands (Antarctica)

The South Shetland Islands are a volcanic island chain almost entirely covered in ice. Elephant Island is well known, as it was from here that Sir Ernest Shackleton set out in a small boat for South Georgia in 1916 on a rescue mission for his men. The largest island is King George, where Admiralty Bay is a favourite feeding ground for humpback whales. The remarkable caldera of Deception Island which has hot springs and steaming black sand beaches, Half Moon and Livingstone Islands are all part of the South Shetlands. Livingstone’s Byers Peninsula is a Site of Special Scientific Interest under the Antarctic Treaty, as it contains most of the regions historic sites.

Tristan de Cunha (Antarctica)

The isolated island chain of Tristan de Cunha may be visited on voyages sailing south from Europe to Antarctica. North-east of the Falklands in the middle of the South Atlantic, the landscape is dramatic, with mountainous, volcanic terrain basking in a tropical climate. The archipelago includes the uninhabited islands of Inaccessible and Nightingale, untouched wildlife havens where the indigenous Moseleyi rockhopper penguin and the Tristan albatross might be spotted.

Ushuaia

Situated on the shores of the vast Beagle Channel, Ushuaia is the world's most southerly city, situated in the Argentinian provice of Tierra del Fuego. It is overlooked by Mount Martial to the west and by Mounts Olivia and Cinco Hermanos to the east, and is the departure point for cruises to the Antarctic and the Falkland Islands. There are a number of museums in the town tracing the maritime and military history of the area.

Ushuaia (Argentina)

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