Antarctic Expeditions

Luxury Small-Ship Voyages to the White Continent

Adventure Options:  Kayaking and Camping



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 vessels, Hebridean Sky and Island Sky. Not only are they  the most capable and comfortable ship in the Antarctic fleet, but with our partners, Polar Latitudes, we also have only the most experienced, competent crews and renowned naturalist guides.

The emphasis is on adventure, but we don’t skimp on luxury. Hebridean Sky and Island Sky are very safe, polar-capable ships — but they were designed and built with comfort in mind (as opposed to the converted research vessels that some outfitters use). They feature 5-star cuisine, elegant lounges, extensive libraries 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.

Antarctic Peninsula Express

This slightly shorter, 11-day version of our classic Antarctic Peninsula Voyage offers the abundance of wildlife viewing and stops scientific and historic bases while allowing you to complete door-to-door travel within two weeks. Please note, there is no camping on Express departures.

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.

Whale Science Voyage

Join renowned marine mammal scientists and special guests for a unique 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 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 $ 9,995

Length: 12 – 15 days (depending on departure)

Jan 07 - 18, 2020
Feb 04 - 15, 2020
Feb 14 - 28, 2020
Jan 21 - Feb 02, 2021
Feb 06 - 18, 2021
Feb 13 - 25, 2021
Feb 16 - 28, 2021

Antarctic Peninsula Express

Cost: from US $ 8,995

Length: 11 days

Dec 18 - 28, 2019
Jan 17 - 27, 2020
Nov 20 - Dec 01, 2020

Crossing the Antarctic Circle

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

Length: 15 days (depending on departure)

Feb 10 - 24, 2020

Exploring the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica

Cost: from US $16,995 (depending on choice of cabin and dates)

Length: 20 – 22 days (depending on departure)

Nov 02 – 22, 2019
Jan 23 - Feb 11, 2020
Feb 23 - Mar 13, 2020
Nov 01 - 22, 2020
Jan 03 -23, 2021
Jan 19 - Feb 08, 2021
Feb 23 - Mar 15, 2021

Whale Science Voyage

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

Length: 14 days

Feb 27 - Mar 11, 2020
Feb 26 - Mar 12, 2021

What our guests say:

  • "Kayaking south of the Antarctic Circle, seeing marine life up close and personal, camping in a bivy sac on Horseshoe Island were all magical and my soul will never be the same. This was my fourth trip with Hidden Places, and I can't recommend them highly enough."

    Nola R. Toronto, Canada
  • If you want a travel experience where the owners have walked (or kayaked) the same paths before you, where the guides you meet know them personally, and the places you go are like none other, then choose Hidden Places. Hidden Places put me in a kayak in Croatia, in Kerala in south India, and amongst the seals, penguins and whales in Antarctica. Where to next?

    Don B. Calgary, Canada
  • It is hard to find words to describe our amazing Crossing the Antarctic Circle voyage. Our whole group is raving about the trip – for all of us the trip exceeded our high expectations. Thanks again for offering such a fantastic experience of a lifetime. 

    Kerry D. Calgary, Canada
  • "It was an incredible trip, maybe our best ever. Your advice was spot on about which voyage and suite to choose, when to go and to do the the kayaking."

    Lauren and Jim F. Harvard, USA
  • My voyage to the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula exceeded all my expectations: the ship and the crew were fantastic, we had great weather and landings and we saw an unbelievable amount of wildlife. The onboard lectures were really interesting, with a strong focus on science and history. The trip was awesome!

    Anne M. Victoria, Canada
  • The trip of a lifetime!  Utterly breathtaking and amazing!  Thank you for creating such an extraordinary journey!

    Sheryle R. Sedona, USA

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