Antarctic Expeditions

Luxury Small-Ship Voyages to the White Continent

Adventure Options:  Kayaking and Camping

Last Minute Deal:  $ 1000 off Antarctic Peninsula Expeditions starting Jan. 15 and Feb. 15, 2018

Early Bird Special: $ 1500 off all Antarctic Expeditions from Nov 2018 to Mar 2019

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Overview

Overview

If you have an adventurer’s soul — that sense of restlessness, yearning and excitement to press beyond where others go — then at least once in your life, whether it’s with us or not (although we’d much prefer you went with us!) you must experience Antarctica in person. Check out the drone video below for a taste!

Gaze over its icy sweeps. Feel the sharp polar air on your skin. Stand surrounded by thousands of nattering penguins (some of the juveniles tugging at your shoe laces). Glide in a kayak past the long, sleek form of a leopard seal watching you with its snaky smile. Smell the fish breath of a humpback whale as it surfaces — beautifully, and a little frighteningly — only a few feet from your boat. You will never forget the beauty and awesomeness (and we mean awesome in the epic, biblical way) of the Great White Continent.

We place you in the path of magic, aboard our fabulous 110-passenger expedition vessel, Hebridean Sky. Not only is she the most capable and comfortable ship in the Antarctic fleet, but with our partners, Polar Latitudes, we also have only the most experienced, confident crews and the most renowned naturalist guides.

The emphasis is on adventure, but we don’t skimp on luxury. Hebridean Sky is a very safe, polar-capable ship — but she was designed and built with comfort in mind (as opposed to the converted research vessels that some outfitters use). She features 5-star cuisine, a spa, an extensive library, elegant lounges and spacious staterooms — which are actually suites — with portholes/windows and places to curl up with a good book.

Come along, and have your mind (and Instagram feed) blown. In comfort.


Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula

We explore this otherworldly landscape at the best time of the astral summer, when conditions are usually calm and mild — ideal for exploration and photography. Our route takes us to astonishing places such as Petermann Island, Wilhelmina Bay or Deception Bay, a dramatic sunken volcano caldera with hot springs. In zodiacs or kayaks, we view calving glaciers, get close to nesting sea birds and (with a little luck) see whales breach close by. Ashore, we observe penguin rookeries, hike up volcanic slopes for astounding views and visit scientific research stations. The hardiest adventurers among us have the chance to camp out on the ice overnight, and do some cross country skiing, mountaineering or kayaking.


Crossing the Antarctic Circle

If you are the type who wants to go further than others, if you crave a unique adventure that few others have experienced, we highly recommend this expedition. In February when the sea ice has receded, we will chart a course through the Drake Passage and along the Antarctic Peninsula with the ambition of crossing the Antarctic Circle.  The farther south we go, the more sea ice we are likely to encounter. Our aim is to cross the Circle before getting stopped by this ice.

Should we arrive at 66°33’S, we will become members of very small band of explorers and adventurous travelers who have made it this far south.

The big difference to the “Exploring the Antarctic Circle” is that you spend proportionally more time on the Great White Continent and are part of a true an exploratory adventure.


Exploring the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica

This is the ultimate polar experience. It encompasses three diverse destinations, each with distinctly different ecosystems and wildlife spectacles. The Falkands and South Georgia are home to albatrosses, fur and elephant seals and huge colonies of penguins. Both have a fascinating human history as well, and South Georgia is where one of the most heroic stories of exploration unfolded: Ernest Shackleton’s crossing of the island in a bid to save his shipwrecked crew. As a grand finale we visit the Antarctic Peninsula, marvelling at its frozen splendor and the myriad species thriving on the ice and in the water.


Marine Mammals of the Antarctic Peninsula – 14 days

Join Annette Bombosch, PhD, and special guests for a unique 14-day expedition focusing on Marine Mammals.

As the Antarctic summer comes to a close, migratory whale species like the Humpback whales are very active, socializing and feeding in preparation for the long journey ahead. Resident whale species like the Minke and Orca are abundant, and we stand a good chance of encountering Southern Right whales and some of the larger pelagic species. Leopard seals are also very busy in March, hunting na.ve penguin chicks as they mature and make their first journeys to the sea.

We’ll see all this action close-up; from Zodiacs, on shore landings, and from the deck and observation platform of Island Sky. Photographers and videographers will have ample opportunities to capture stunning images, and those of us with scientific interests will be thrilled to work with the Citizen Science team, contributing data and images to a variety of active marine mammal research projects.

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Trip Details

Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula

Cost:
from US $7295

Length:
12 days

Dates:
Nov 27 - Dec 8, 2017
Jan 05 – Jan 16, 2018
Jan 15 – Jan 26, 2018
Feb 25 – Mar 08, 2018
Dec 28, 2018 – Jan 8, 2019
Jan 18 – Jan 29, 2019


Crossing the Antarctic Circle

Cost:
from US $10,995 (depending on choice of cabin)

Length:
15 days (depending on departure)

Dates:
Feb 26 – Mar 12, 2019


Exploring the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctic

Cost:
from US $13,995 (depending on choice of cabin and dates)

Length:
20 – 22 days (depending on departure)

Dates:
Oct 29 – Nov 18, 2017
Jan 25 – Feb 13, 2018
Feb 12 – Mar 3, 2019


Marine Mammals Expedition

Cost:
from US $9,995 (depending on choice of cabin and dates)

Length:
14 days

Dates:
Mar 2 – Mar 15, 2019

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