Holidays & Sabbaticals to Antarctica – In a Nutshell
The Great White Continent of Antarctica offers one of the most remote and extraordinary travel experiences on the planet.
Experience the magic of a wilderness region first discovered by Adrien de Gerlache’s Belgian expedition at the end of the 19th century.
Pass icebergs the size of a small country and visit Emperor Penguin colonies which are endemic to Antarctica.
How to Get to Antarctica
The Antarctic Peninsula is the most easily accessible part of the 7th Continent with travel options by ship or by air:
Cross the Drake Passage by expedition ship from Ushuaia in Argentina.
Travel by air to Antarctica’s King George Island or Union Glacier with a flight from Punta Arenas in Chile.
Fly from Cape Town, South Africa to Wolf’s Fang on the Antarctic Peninsula.
When & Weather – Antarctica
The best time to visit Antarctica is during the summer months of the Southern Hemisphere between October and March.
Late December to early February is peak travel season.
Temperature range: between 4°C (39°F) and 8°C (46°F).
Who will Antarctica Appeal To?
A trip to Antarctica doesn’t get much further from the beaten path and so visitors tend to fall into the following categories:
- Expedition travellers with strong sea legs and a love of winter climes
- Wildlife enthusiasts
- Active travellers
- Solo travellers
We work with a range of expedition boats from traditional ice-breakers to small luxurious cruise ships.
Private charter superyachts offer the ultimate in luxury and comfort for an epic exploration of Antarctica.
Beyond the expeditions ships, there are exclusive options to sleep at private camps and retreats located on the Peninsula.
Off The Beaten Path
- Your choice of expedition may also include a navigation through South Georgia, the South Shetland Islands and the Falkland Isles (Malvinas).
- Explore remote outposts dotted throughout the Peninsula and partake in activities ranging from gentle treks to ice-climbing and cross-country skiing.
- For a deeper understanding of the White Continent, visit one of the scientific research centres and learn about their work.
- All trips promise the most dramatic of awe-inspiring scenery combined with a rich variety of wildlife.
- In November, witness the mating rituals among seabirds and penguins.
- In December and January observe penguin colonies feeding their new-born chicks.
- Whale-watching is at its best during February and March.
Antarctica Experiences you shouldn’t miss:
- A micro-dip in Antarctica waters – for the bravest!
- Kayaking between glaciers for an eye level view of penguins, seals and whales.
- Overnight camping on the ice and wake up to the call of penguins.
- Cross-country skiing.
- Stand-up paddleboarding.
Get involved in a Citizen Science programme onboard a Polar Latitudes cruise – offered to all guests as an optional activity.
Learn how climate change is impacting the birdlife, sealife, ocean temperatures and weather patterns.
Activities may include penguin surveys, measuring ocean salinity, photographing and identifying whales.
For more information see: Citizen Science
Peruse our Signature Antarctica itineraries featured below and browse our Antarctica gallery for inspiration.
Our experienced team will guide you through a number of ideas based on how you would like to experience Antarctica.
On a winter sabbatical or longer trip, Antarctica represents one of the ultimate bucket-list travel experiences.
Consider visiting Antarctica in combination with Patagonia in Chile or Argentina.
Or add a relaxing and contrasting beach stay in Brazil or the wine region in Uruguay.
Please contact us should you wish to start planning a holiday or sabbatical to Antarctica.