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Antarctic Circle - M/V Polar Pioneer

To the South Shetland Isles and Antarctic Peninsula
From Ushuaia, navigate the Beagle Channel then head south across the Drake Passage and across the turbulent waters of the Antarctic Convergence. Continue to the peninsula and make our way to the Polar Circle, stopping along the way. Icecapped mountains, crevassed glaciers and endless white expanses herald our arrival in Antarctica. Possible landings include Paradise Harbour, Neko Harbour and
cruising Lemaire 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 orcas.

Tour Highlights

  • Come nose-to-beak with Adelie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins
  • Cross the Polar Circle - and head deep into Antarctica
  • Take photos of seals, walruses and myriad birdlife
  • See a variety of seal species including fur, Weddell and leopard
  • Sail alongside minke, humpback and orca whales


Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select.

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    Drake Passage

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    Antarctic Convergence and South Shetland Islands

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    Antarctic Peninsula

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    Antarctic Peninsula

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    Antarctic Peninsula

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    Antarctic Peninsula

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    Antarctic Peninsula

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    Antarctic Peninsula

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    King George Island to Punta Arenas

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    Punta Arenas

Tour notes

Each departure date has it's own dedicated tour note, detailing all you need to know about that tour. Whether you've already booked, or weighing up your options, please choose carefully the relevant itinerary for you.

We have the following different versions of the Antarctic Circle - M/V Polar Pioneer tour available at present.

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Why Book this tour
Here are the average costs of drinks, in USD, on board the Polar Pioneer - bear in mind, they may change:
Bottle of wine - from $12
Bottle of beer - from $3
Spirits (gin, whisky, vodka, port, rum) - from $5
Cocktails - from $5.50
Soft drinks (fizzy, fruit juice and water) - from $2.50
There is no internet access on board our ships, however you can pay to send and receive emails (no attachments). On the Polar Pioneer, the prices start from approximately 20 US cents per one kilobyte. Wi-fi access is available for laptops, with an email account set up for US$5, with the same download/sending fees.
A satellite telephone is available for use, and prices start from US$10 for 5 min.

Please Note: Due to the remote location of your voyage, making contact with the ship via telephone can be difficult and expensive.

It is better to carry US dollars for tipping and payment of bar bills on board the ship. You can also pay with all major credit cards including Visa, Mastercard and American Express.
Included meals 10 9 10
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Zodiac, Polar Pioneer
9 nights Comfortable Boat
1 night Standard Hotel
Tour Staff
Expedition Crew, Naturalist(s)
Ship Description
Polar Pioneer is a Finnish ex-research vessel, refurbished to provide an adventurous journey in the polar regions; its ice class means it has excellent manoeuvrability. The vessel accommodates only 54 passengers, meaning more time with the experts and a friendly on-board experience. Informed crew and experts will ensure you learn about how a polar expedition runs, your unique surroundings and the wildlife; Zodiacs will take you to shore for close encounters.