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Polar Cruise Into The Antarctic Circle

To the South Shetland Isles and Antarctic Peninsula
From Ushuaia we navigate the Beagle Channel then head south across the Drake
Passage and across the turbulent waters of the Antarctic Convergence. This
meeting of cold polar water flowing north and warmer equatorial water moving
south pushes nutrient rich waters to the surface, attracting a variety of seabirds,
whales and other species. Reaching land at the South Shetland Islands we hope to
sail into the flooded volcanic caldera of Deception Island. We continue to the
peninsula and will revisit this area on our return. Ice-capped mountains, crevassed
glaciers and endless white expanses herald our arrival in Antarctica. Possible
landings include Paradise Harbour, Neko Harbour or Wilhelmina Bay and cruising
Lemaire Channel, Errera Channel or Neumayer Channel. Scientific research stations
and abandoned whaling stations will also be of interest. Conditions permitting, we'll
attempt two excursions per day to explore the rich diversity of wildlife and potential
wildlife sightings include Gentoo, Adelie and Chinstrap penguins, Fur, Leopard,
Weddell and Crabeater seals, Minke and Humpback whales - and possibly even
Polar Circle Crossing
We continue southward along the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, passing
colossal icebergs and countless colonies of penguins. After attempting to cross the
Polar Circle at 66°33'S. We will then turn north for the first time and head back
through the 'inside passage' (pending ice conditions) to continue our exploration of
the Antarctic peninsula.

Tour Highlights

  • Cross the Polar Circle - a true expedition a little deeper into Antarctica
  • Travel on a small ship, allowing access to inhospitable areas
  • Be encircled by rookeries of chinstrap, Adelie and gentoo penguins
  • Be dwarfed by colossal glaciers and icebergs towering above you
  • Explore on-shore - we hope to do two landings each day


Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select.

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  • 1
    Arrive Ushuaia

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  • 3
    Drake Passage

  • 4
    Drake Passage

  • 5
    Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

  • 6
    Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

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    Polar Circle Crossing

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    Polar Circle Crossing

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    Antarctic Peninsula

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    Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

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    Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

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    The Drake Passage

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    The Drake Passage

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    Depart Ushuaia

Trip notes

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We have the following different versions of the Antarctic Circle - Expedition trip available at present.

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Antarctic Circle - Expedition
Included meals 13 11 12
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Zodiac, Expedition
1 night Standard Hotel
12 nights Premium Boat
Trip Staff
Expedition Crew, Naturalist(s)
Ship Description
At a nimble 105 metres (345 ft) in length, with a capacity to hold 132 guests, the Expedition is an ideal vessel to ply polar waters. The ship is large enough to provide stability, speed, spacious cabins and ample public space, yet she is small enough to manoeuvre in remote areas and get you close to the action. Ship stabilizers ensure a smooth ride in rough waters, such as the infamous Drake Passage, allowing you to enjoy more of your time at sea. A fleet of ten zodiacs allows passengers to get out and actively explore the remote shores of our destinations. The Expedition is a speedy vessel. A top speed of 16 knots means you'll spend less time getting from A to B, and more time to explore your surroundings.