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Crossing the Antarctic Circle


Setting foot on the 7th Continent is a polar achievement relatively few people experience in their lifetime. Even more rare is the incomparable milestone that’s achieved when a traveler crosses the iconic Antarctic Circle. Navigating south of 66°33′ S is—for most guests—the highlight of the 14-day itinerary Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition, which rewards passengers daily with views of dramatic ice formations, humpback whales swimming alongside the ship, leopard seals diving beneath your Zodiac, penguins sliding off icebergs into crystal waters, or giant petrels soaring above the crackling sea. 

Destination Landing Sites

Most Deep South voyages that take travelers on an adventure to the Antarctic Circle will stop at these locations. However, itineraries vary and may not include all of these, or may include other extra excursions! If you have questions please contact our team!

Antarctic Peninsula

 This is the most visited region of Antarctica, known for its stunning glaciers, towering icebergs, and abundant wildlife such as penguins, seals, and whales.

South Shetland Islands

These islands are located just north of the Antarctic Peninsula and are home to several research stations as well as abundant wildlife, including penguins, seals, and seabirds.

Antarctic Circle

Crossing south across the Antarctic Circle, at 66°33′ S, is a milestone experienced by only a few polar travelers. Watch for unique ice formations, wildlife, and incredible scenery!

Regional Information


Guests have the opportunity to see incredible groups of penguins, whales, and seals as they cruise south. However, the wildlife will lessen the father south you travel. If you would like to see more wildlife, we encourage you to choose an itinerary with excursions on the Falkland Islands or South Georgia.


The ideal window for sailing across the Antarctic Circle is February. During this month, temperatures average around 34 degrees Fahrenheit. Guests should plan to bring warm layers as it can be windy as well as cold. This month often provides sunny weather, so though it may be cold it will also be beautiful.

When To Go

The best time to embark on this adventure is the month of February into March. The weather will be perfect for this southern expedition as the waters will be calm enough for ships to sail down to this remote location.

Destination History

James Cook was the first to cross the Antarctic Circle in 1773, along with his crew. Cook originally looked  for Bouvet Island but instead found that he and his crew had sailed higher in southern latitude than any ship ever had before.

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