Cruising Into the Great White on a Tour of Antarctica
The rugged, dreamy landscape of ice sheets, snowy mountains, and submerged icebergs, makes a tour to Antarctica a true adventure. As you make your way through polar waters, past ice floes and ancient glaciers, you’ll be awestruck at the abundant wildlife that thrives in this harsh, frozen habitat. Watch a rookery of native Adélie penguins build rocky nests, walk along colonies of breeding fur seals congregated on black sand beaches, or gaze in wonder at the incredible wingspan of a wandering albatross gliding overhead.
Trips to Antarctica are only possible between November and March. This is the summer season and from December to February the austral sun gifts the region 20-hours of daylight. Temperatures rise and some ice melts, allowing ships through.
Any journey to this dazzling white landscape of Earth’s most remote continent is an expedition. Let an Enchanting Travels consultant handhold you through the planning and execution of this voyage of a lifetime. We offer a choice of cruises on small ships with glass-domed observation lounges or all-boutique suite vessels with plush interiors and top-deck viewing platforms. On-board enjoy state-of-the-art amenities, gourmet meals, saunas, and a well-stocked library.
Choose to fly from Punta Arenas, Chile to Frei Station on gorgeous King George Island, avoiding sailing across the choppy waters of the Southern Ocean’s Drake Passage. Or sail the whole way starting your luxury cruise in Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost tip of South America. Either way, set aside a few days to explore these far-flung gateways to the white continent.
Day trips on Zodiac rafts or kayaks take you through Antarctica’s smaller channels and permit shore landings. Each expedition is unique, determined by the weather and wildlife, and made richer by the presence of passionate polar naturalists, who also arrange engaging lectures on the geology, history, flora, and fauna of the region. Stops include former whaling outposts and research stations set against majestic mountains, and sites like Elsehul Bay, Salisbury Plains, Drygalski Fjord, and more. Listen to the squawking of Cuverville Island’s gentoo penguins, which sport vivid orange beaks. On Deception Island forget the biting cold, and soak in a geothermal hot spring. The still waters of narrow Lemaire Channel, flanked by steep glacial cliffs, provide an altogether different view of this unique land. Antarctica is truly a pristine environment beyond compare.