The incredible destinations surrounding the Antarctic continent are each bucket-worthy in their own right! Between stunning polar scenery and unique wildlife, Antarctica’s destinations never fail to stun travelers.
The stunning Falkland Islands are home to five species of Penguins – Rockhopper, Magellan, Gentoo, King, and Macaroni. These islands are also the location of the largest breeding population of Black-Browed Albatross, even though some of the largest groups are on remote inaccessible islands. Seal breed on this island as well, the elephant seal, sea lion, and fur seal. There are fifteen species of whales and dolphins that call these islands home, and at least 200 species of birds have been recorded here.
South Georgia is home to more wildlife than any other place on the planet – Thousands of King Penguins, plus Wandering Albatrosses and southern elephant seals. Thousands of fur seals breed in this area. The spectacular scenery includes mountains as high as 7,000 feet, glaciers, and fjords.
For the history buffs, you may have the opportunity to visit early whaling stations and the gravesite of the great explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton.
The South Shetland Islands are a group of islands located north of the Antarctic Peninsula. The region consists of 11 major islands and numerous smaller ones. The islands are largely mountainous and glaciated. The islands are made of volcanic materials. Although the islands might have been sighted before, the first recorded sighting is that of William Smith, a British sailor whose ship was blown off course while rounding Cape Horn in 1819. Soon after, seal hunters frequented the islands in search of Fur Seals.
February travelers have the special opportunity to sail all the way South to the Antarctic Circle. This trip may only happen once the sea ice has receded slightly from January’s warm and lengthy sunlight.
Watch the sea for whales! They’re now starting to return to Antarctica as well.
Fly to the South Pole, and stand at 90° South, the ultimate goal of polar explorers Amundsen and Scott. Availability is limited to experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Our tented camp at the South Pole is designed to provide as much comfort and security as possible given the extreme environment. Guests on overnight experiences will sleep in two-person mountaineering tents like those used by ski expedition teams. The tents are unheated, but you will stay nice and warm with your insulated sleeping mat and polar-rated sleeping bag.
We will chart a course through the Drake Passage and along the Antarctic Peninsula with the ambition of crossing the Antarctic Circle. Our tour ships are fully equipped ice-strengthened vessels, and with favorable sea conditions, we will get to 66 degrees 33.7′ South. Crossing the Antarctic Circle will put you in rare company — Very few travelers have been below the Antarctic Circle. Enjoy the wildlife of the Peninsula and colossal icebergs along the way. The farther south we go, the more sea ice we are likely to encounter.
Learn everything you need to know about the 7th continent in our guide to Antarctica! This comprehensive guide was assembled by our staff members who have almost 20 years of experience with Antarctic travel. Ensure you know all about the continent for your Antarctic cruise! Read about wildlife, destinations, travel tips, general information, and more.
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