Weddell Sea Holidays

Explore the Weddell Sea as part of an expeditionary cruise to Antarctica. Steppes Travel has been specialising in expeditionary cruises to the Southern Ocean for over 15 years. We offer a selection of voyages down into the Weddell Sea aboard small expeditionary boats,  ice strengthened to travel into the most challenging regions.

  • Find huge tabular icebergs and pack ice. This area inaccessible for much of the year, only a handful of ships venture here each season
  • Home to emperor penguin colonies including Snow Hill, the world’s most northerly rookery
  • Synonymous with Shackleton and his men who battled north to Elephant Island after the Endurance became trapped in ice
  • Possible to combine with the Antarctic Peninsula and Falkland Islands. It also makes an ideal choice for second time visitors

First discovered by James Weddell in 1823 The Weddell Sea is home to vast tabular icebergs, pack ice, a barren landscape, grand vistas and some of Antarctica’s greatest penguin rookeries. The south-western and southern borders of the sea are formed by the Larsen and the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelves which produce the huge tabular icebergs that are so abundant in the Weddell Sea.

The Snow Hill penguin colony; only recently discovered, offers a chance to see emperor penguins which you would normally have to travel to the Ross Sea to experience. Cruises with onboard helicopters will give the best chance of getting close to the colony. Epic stories of endurance and survival, such as Shackleton’s and Nordenskjold’s, will be fresh in the mind, but you will have the comfort of a well equipped expedition ship to return to each day.

Holiday Ideas in Antarctica

You are unique, so we believe your holiday should be too.

We listen to what you want and create a personalised itinerary tailored around you.

Your holiday. Your experience. Your way.

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

Call our Travel Experts on +01285 880 980
Start Your Journey


  • Established for over 25 years creating journeys across 100 destinations worldwide
  • Exclusive access to the best private guides


  • We negotiate the best rates with hotels and expert guides
  • Be protected from fluctuations in exchange rates


  • Each time you travel with us we donate £5 to a local charity in the UK and £10 to an international charity

Fully Protected

  • Your monies are financially protected
  • 24/7 Emergency UK contact whilst abroad

Featured in the Press

Financial Times
The Telegraph
Sunday Times logo

Our Partners

African Parks
Galapagos Conservation Trsut
Restless Development
Save The Rhino
Tusk Trust
World Land Trsut
Gorilla Doctors

© Steppes Travel, 51 Castle St, Cirencester, GL7 1QD, United Kingdom