To celebrate the inaugural season of the Sylvia Earle, we’ve selected our top picks of adventures you could experience to some of the most remote, unique and spectacular places on the planet. Expedition travel is never predictable. Guided by our Expedition Team’s deep local knowledge, discover how each voyage is different, from SCUBA diving into the icy depths of Antarctica, hiking through tropical rainforests of Costa Rica or following in the footsteps of Celtic forefathers in Scotland.
The Sylvia Earle is a comfortable base camp for adventure. With an average of 132 expeditioners, our aim is to get you off ship experiencing the natural environment as much as possible and our smaller groups also mean we can tread lightly, minimising our impact to the environment.
Birdwatching on the Falkland~Malvinas
Steeped in history, the Falklands~Malvinas is a beacon for bird lovers. Discover an incredible diversity of charismatic penguin species including king, macaroni, rockhopper, Magellanic and gentoo. Watch as black-browed albatross wheel overhead, with approximately 85% of their global population returning to the precipitous, craggy bluffs of the Falklands~Malvinas to breed.
Camping on the Ice
Imagine rolling out your sleeping mat and settling in for a night on the ice. Prepare to witness the stunning beauty of the Antarctic night sky, as well as the sounds of ice cracking in the distance and wildlife carrying on their busy schedule around you. This is the activity for the ultimate bragging rights!
Kayak through the Northwest Passage
The icy and labyrinthine channels of the legendary Northwest Passage have enchanted explorers and adventurers for centuries. Paddlers come to marvel at the pack ice and abundant wildlife hoping to see beluga and orca whales, ringed and harp seals, caribou and the occasional narwhal.
Hike through National Parks of Costa Rica
Costa Rica (the ‘rich coast’) is one of the most biodiverse regions on earth. Hike along well-marked trails within Manuel Antonio, Drake Bay & Corcovado National Parks, not to only search for wildlife but also to experience the incredible wet tropical rainforests containing tall trees measuring over 60 metres (197 feet), lianas, epiphytes, palms, gingers and orchids.
Follow in the footsteps of Celtic forefathers
Discover the wild isles of Scotland, from the windswept Hebrides, inhabited for over 8,000 years, to the verdant Orkney Islands, where ancient Neolithic and Viking sites conjure images of civilisations long gone. Learn about the region’s ancient culture of storytelling, mythology and life intertwined with the Atlantic from our expert guides.
Dive into Antarctica's icy depths
In 1998 Aurora Expeditions offered the world-first commercial dive trip to Antarctica, and we’ve built on our polar experience ever since. Polar diving reveals a world of ice, where glaciers, gigantic icebergs and a unique blend of marine life greet us, making for a very special experience. A truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Cross the mighty Drake Passage
From a 6th century monastery on the Skellig Islands to the Christian origins at Iona Island, follow in the footsteps of the Celtic forefathers along Scotland’s magnificent northern coastline. Learn about the region’s ancient culture of storytelling, mythology and life intertwined with the Atlantic from our expert guides.
Rock Climbing in Greenland
Explore the remote and rugged summits of East Greenland, scaling sheer granite cliffs and glacial remnants in pursuit of breathtaking views of Scoresbysund’s ice-filled fjords. Experienced climbers will relish the chance to explore up and along the rarely-scaled peaks that dominate the landscape. And when you reach the top? A view that few people on earth will ever lay eyes on!