Antarctica Expeditions (Antarctic Peninsula | South Georgia | Falkland Islands)
For more information on our expeditions, including dates, number of days, itinerary, activities and what to bring, please click on the expedition names below.
The Antarctica Experience
From South America, it takes less than two days’ sailing, or two hours’ flying, to enter a world that fills the heart, overloads the senses and imprints your memory forever.
The Antarctic Peninsula’s west coast offers ice-clad peaks towering over a maze of protected channels; the east coast a vast icecap and strange, fossil-rich islands. From spring to fall, this stunning landscape becomes furious with life as penguins, seals, petrels, and whales arrive to feed and breed. Follow in Shackleton’s wake along the Scotia Arc, from Elephant Island to South Georgia to discover a wildlife oasis like no other.
Whether you attempt to sail south of the Antarctic Circle, be awed by tabular icebergs in the Weddell Sea or trek across the interior of South Georgia, Antarctica and South Georgia offer the best of adventures and wildlife encounters.
SMALL GROUPS, SMALL SHIP
All of our Antarctic expeditions are on board our small 54-passenger expedition vessel, Polar Pioneer. Less people means more solitude and greater flexibility if tides, currents, ice or weather dictate a schedule change. And because we have less people to ferry ashore, we often make more landings with everyone able to land at the same time.
DAILY SHORE LANDINGS
Each day we plan to visit historic huts, whaling sites, scientific bases and set foot on the Antarctic continent. Enjoy magical Zodiac trips among sculpted icebergs, thrill to unexpected encounters with leopard seals and whales.
OPTIONAL ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES
Across all of our voyages, we offer the option to camp, kayak, climb, scuba dive, snorkel, improve your photography or simply enjoy being amongst the most accepting wildlife on Earth. Check the voyage information to find out what activity if offered on each departure.
POLAR EXPEDITION JACKET
From our 2014/15 Antarctic season all passengers will receive our brand new polar expedition jackets included with your voyage. Designed exclusively for Aurora Expeditions, the 2-in-1 jacket offers sophisticated expedition styling and includes all of the important features for travelling to Antarctica.
Antarctica’s wildlife is its true jewel, showing life’s hardiness and versatility in the most inhospitable and remote continent of the world. Penguins go about their day as we wander around giant rookeries and baby seals playfully approach without fear. From the ship we encounter enormous humpback whales, orcas and minkes, and in Zodiacs leopard seals quizzically circle us.
Our popular Fly/Sail expeditions offer more time in Antarctica and South Georgia, and less time getting there! It also removes one sea leg, appealing to those who’d prefer just one Drake Passage crossing. Depending on the voyage, you can choose to fly in from Santiago or Punta Arenas Chile, or fly out from the Falkland’s capital, Stanley, or King George Island, right at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.
NEW ANTARCTIC GATEWAY
Our new Antarctic gateway of Puerto Williams is Chile’s ‘Town at the End of the World’. Snuggled between the Beagle Channel and the dramatic Dientes de Navarino mountains, Puerto Williams offers easy access to the natural wonders nearby. A selection of our Antarctic cruises start or finish in Puerto Williams and include a spectacular flight over the rarely-seen mountain scape and a complimentary town tour.