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Across the Antarctic Circle

Traveling south at the west side of the Antarctic Peninsula.

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The Antarctic Peninsula and South of the Circle

Explore the deep bays and fjords of the Antarctic Peninsula where massive glaciers flank a rugged spine of snowy mountains. Scattered amongst penguin rookeries and basking seals, reminders of early explorers bring history to life. Scientific stations open the door to fascinating research. We hope to make landings two to three times a day. To get ashore we will use Zodiacs. Sometimes we will cruise along spectacular ice cliffs, or make contact with whales. In these situations we will appreciate the distinct advantage of being on a small vessel, which gives everyone the opportunity to experience these very special close encounters with wildlife.

Across the Antarctic Circle
Venturing across the Antarctic Circle beyond 66°33” South, takes you to a frozen region of brooding mountain ranges, massive blue icebergs and waterways taut with fast ice. Plentiful krill attracts the continent’s greatest variety and concentration of wildlife, including orcas, leopard seals, fur seals, penguins and snow petrels.

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
On some departures we also offer a Polar Scuba diving and Polar Snorkeling option. You will be one of the few divers and snorkelers ever witness the fascinating underwater world of these Antarctic waters. Please contact us for more details on these activities.

Crossing the Circle


This itinerary includes one of the most in-depth exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula, it also offers the opportunity to venture further south across the Antarctic Circle. As you head towards a milestone few travelers reach, you’ll feel you are in a world without borders, sailing through an endless stretch of sea, snow and ice.
Dramatic ice formations will ignite your imagination as you search the landscape for the wildlife that calls it home. Whether it’s humpback whales alongside the ship, a leopard seal diving beneath your Zodiac, penguins sliding into crystal waters from an iceberg, or a giant petrel soaring above cracking sea-ice, you’ll experience a sensory overload in Antarctica like you’ve never felt before.
Note:
This is a sample itinerary only. Final itiniraries, ports of embarkation and disembarkation and sites may change depending on vessel and departure dates, weather- and ice conditions.

  • Antarctic Peninsula & South of the Circle

    On King George Island we are at the stepping off point for the Antarctic Peninsula. A host of choices is now open to us and depending on the ice and weather conditions the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula is yours to explore. Our experienced leaders, will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day. This allows us to make best use of the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. Because we are so far south, we will experience approximately 18-20 hours' daylight and the days will be as busy as you wish. There is plenty of time for sleep when you get home!

    Once we arrive in the calmer waters of Bransfield and Gerlache Straits, we hope to make landings and do other activities like kayaking, diving and snorkeling two to three times a day. To get ashore we will use Zodiacs. Sometimes we will cruise along spectacular ice cliffs, or make contact with whales, penguins and seals. In these situations we will appreciate the distinct advantage of being on a small vessel, which gives everyone the opportunity to experience these very special close encounters with wildlife.

  • You may visit the following exciting places if conditions and time allows: Livingston Island

    A unique landing place on the Peninsula – tiny toes of land that are literally alive with wildlife. Here we will find two species of penguins breeding, chinstraps and gentoos. It is not uncommon to find wallows of elephant seals that are 60 beasts strong. Giant petrels nest on the ridgeline. The vegetation consists of mosses, lichens and the only grass species that grows in Antarctica. All this is set against a stunning backdrop, underneath long black scree slopes at the foot of the mountains and glaciers of Livingston Island.

  • Deception Island

    Visiting Deception Island is like making a journey to the moon. We sail through the narrow opening of Neptune's Bellows to enter the flooded volcanic crater. Inside is an unworldly scene, virtually devoid of life. We can explore the lifeless remains of a derelict whaling station and a vacant British base, or climb to the rim of the crater. Steam rises from the shore indicating that the water is actually warm enough for a swim, for those who dare. Outside the crater, if conditions allow, we might land at Bailey Head to explore the enormous chinstrap penguin rookery that featured in David Attenborough's Life in the Freezer series.

  • Paradise Harbour

    We might step on the continent of Antarctica at Paradise Harbour. Prepare to be dazzled by your first glimpse of the continent. The scenery here is amazing. We hope the weather will be mild enough to allow us all to step foot on the White Continent itself. Paradise Harbour is a protected bay surrounded by magnificent peaks and spectacular glaciers, the rocky cliffs provide perfect nesting sites for blue-eyed shags, terns and gulls. This is a haven for whales so keep your eyes open for humpbacks, orcas and minkes, as well as crabeater seals, as we explore the bay in Zodiacs. Imagine being so close to a whale that when he surfaces to blow, the fishy spray of his exhalation momentarily blurs your vision. Words cannot describe this experience.

  • Half Moon Island

    A wildlife rich island tucked into a neat bay at the eastern end of Livingston Island. On a clear day the glaciers and mountains of Livingston Island dominate the scene. There is a large chinstrap penguin rookery tucked in between basaltic turrets coloured by yellow and orange lichens. Gulls nest on these turrets and there are often fur seals and elephant seals hauled out on the pebble beaches. At one extremity of the island there is a large colony of nesting blue-eyed shags. At the other end lies a small Argentine station that is sometimes occupied by scientists conducting research on the penguin colony and surrounding waterways.

*NOTE: Snorkeling & Diving activity on designated trips need a minimum of 6 participants.

Dates and Rates

  • Sea Adventurer Across the Antarctic Circle

    Dates
    • 14th Jan - 27th Jan 2018
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Suite
    USD 20,395
    De Luxe
    USD 16,495
    Superior
    USD 15,295
    Main Deck Twin window
    USD 13,995
    Main Deck Twin porthole
    USD 12,595
    Lower Deck Twin
    USD 11,495
    Triple
    USD 10,095
  • Le Soléal Across the Antarctic Circle

    Dates
    • 23rd Jan - 8th Feb 2018
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Owner Suite
    EUR 37,070
    Prestige Suite
    EUR 28,760
    Deluxe Suite
    EUR 23,450
    Prestige Stateroom
    EUR 17,170
    Deluxe Stateroom
    EUR 14,110
    Superior Stateroom
    EUR 12,030
  • Polar Pioneer Across the Antarctic Circle

    Dates
    • 30th Jan - 9th Feb 2018
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Punta Arenas
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    USD 15,900
    Superior Cabin
    USD 14,500
    Twin Private Cabin
    USD 13,500
    Twin Public Cabin
    USD 11,200
    Triple Cabin
    USD 9,500
    Full Charter
    POA
  • Polar Pioneer Across the Antarctic Circle

    Dates
    • 7th Feb - 17th Feb 2018
    • Embark: Punta Arenas
    • Disembark: Punta Arenas
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    USD 15,900
    Superior Cabin
    USD 14,500
    Twin Private Cabin
    USD 13,500
    Twin Public Cabin
    USD 11,200
    Triple Cabin
    USD 9,500
    Full Charter
    POA
  • Hebridean Sky Across the Antarctic Circle

    Dates
    • 12th Feb - 26th Feb 2018
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Owner's Suite
    USD 23,995
    Penthouse Suite
    USD 21,995
    Single Suite
    USD 19,595
    Veranda Suite
    USD 18,995
    Deluxe Suite
    USD 16,995
    Promenade Suite
    USD 16,495
    Window Suite
    USD 15,995
    Porthole Suite
    USD 14,495
    Triple Suite
    USD 10,995
  • Sea Adventurer Across the Antarctic Circle

    Dates
    • 16th Feb - 1st Mar 2018
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Suite
    USD 20,395
    De Luxe
    USD 16,495
    Superior
    USD 15,295
    Main Deck Twin window
    USD 13,995
    Main Deck Twin porthole
    USD 12,595
    Lower Deck Twin
    USD 11,495
    Triple
    USD 10,095
  • Ushuaia Across the Antarctic Circle

    Dates
    • 18th Feb - 1st Mar 2018
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Premier Single
    USD 14,830
    Suite Twin
    USD 13,720
    Superior Twin
    USD 13,060
    Premier Twin
    USD 12,350
    Standard Plus Twin
    USD 10,350
    Standard Twin
    USD 8,550
    Standard Plus Triple
    USD 7,990
  • Plancius Across the Antarctic Circle

    Dates
    • 8th Mar - 19th Mar 2018
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Superior Cabin
    EUR 9,100
    Twin Deluxe
    EUR 8,500
    Twin Window
    EUR 7,900
    Twin Porthole
    EUR 7,600
    Triple Porthole
    EUR 6,950
    Quadruple cabin
    EUR 6,150
  • Ortelius Across the Antarctic Circle

    Dates
    • 14th Mar - 28th Mar 2018
    • Embark: Ushuaia
    • Disembark: Ushuaia
    Prices from
    Superior Cabin
    EUR 10,500
    Twin Deluxe
    EUR 9,800
    Twin Window
    EUR 9,000
    Twin Porthole
    EUR 8,550
    Quadruple cabin
    EUR 7,850
    Triple Porthole
    EUR 7,050
  • Polar Pioneer Across the Antarctic Circle

    Dates
    • 2nd Mar - 12th Mar 2019
    • Embark: Punta Arenas
    • Disembark: Punta Arenas
    Prices from
    Captain's Suite
    USD 16,200
    Superior Cabin
    USD 14,800
    Triple Cabin
    USD 9,700
    Twin Private Cabin
    USD 13,800
    Twin Public Cabin
    USD 11,400
    Full Charter
    POA