Antarctica Expedition Holidays
The adventure of an Antarctic expedition is the ultimate holiday experience. The 7th continent, Antarctica, is for many the ultimate wilderness destination – a pristine area navigable only by small specially ice-strengthened vessels.
Until recently, Antarctica was accessible only to the men and women of meticulously planned pioneering expeditions. However, following strict environmental guidelines, small groups on expedition vessels can now follow in the footsteps of those explorers and navigate through sea-sculpted bergs and groaning, crumbling glaciers to discover sights rarely seen by humanity.
During the short summer months the vast pack ice opens and this often harsh and inhospitable environment plays host to one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth. Millions of penguins, petrels and albatrosses breed here, seals laze languidly on ice floes, and whales indulge Zodiacs benignly under virtual 24 hour daylight. Some choose the Peninsula, others further afield to the Circle and those with more time may visit the wildlife strongholds of the Falklands and especially South Georgia. Whatever the decision, this wilderness, seen from a small expedition vessel, not a monstrous cruise ship, will attract and enchant like no other.
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Visit the South Shetland Islands and the channels of the Antarctic Peninsula, arguably the most spectacular and most pristine wilderness on earth, but skip the Drake Passage sea crossing by flying instead.
For more details please see our Fly & Cruise Expedition. Alternatively, you can now include the Drake Passage sea crossing one way on the following itineraries: Fly South & Cruise North, Crusie South & Fly North Expeditions.
To find out more about this fascinating country check out our Country Guide to Antarctica