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Seals on Ice Floe, Antarctica

Cross the Antarctic Circle



13 Days

Prices Start from

£7,550 (ex. flights)

Travelling further south down the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula, this journey is ideally suited to those who are keen to really maximise their time on the White Continent and travel where few others go. 

At the height of the season, when ice conditions are such that the vessels can sail further south, the indescribable feeling of being utterly off the beaten track is quite overwhelming.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

MV Hondius 1

Expeditionary Vessels

Travel aboard one of our selection of comfortable ice-strengthened expedition vessel.

Detaille Island 2

Remote Base W

Visit an abandoned British station on Detaille Island, a time capsule from the 1950’s.

Map of the South Pole 3

Cross the Circle

Count yourself among the small handful of people who cross the Antarctic Circle each season.

Kayaking, Icebergs, Antarctica 4

Navigate Pack Ice

Sail some of the most pristine waterways on Earth through impressive narrow passageways.

On a most of our voyages you can get hands on with the citizen science projects to give whole new perspective on your travels. Gathering critical on-site data on a regular basis is a virtually impossible task for individuals and groups wanting to study the region so taking advantage of the vessels that regularly pass through the same region through their season data can be collected on a regular basis.  This may be anything from counting penguins and taking ocean samples to cloud mapping or taking photo identification images for the whale data bank.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1


  • Day 2 - 3

    At Sea

  • Day 4 - 6

    South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

  • Days 7 - 8

    Antarctic Circle

  • Day 9 - 10

    Antarctic Peninsula

    Heading north along the peninsula landing at various penguin colonies and possibly camping out for the night on the continent itself.

  • Day 11 - 12

    Drake Passage

  • Day 13


Day 1


Situated on the southern shore of Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia is the most southerly city in the world.

Day 2 - 3

At Sea

Lightmantled Sooty Albatross, Drake Passage

Sailing south in the company of soaring albatross and petrels. Learn about the explorers, wildlife and geography of Antarctica.

Day 4 - 6

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition.

Days 7 - 8

Antarctic Circle

Map of the South Pole

Count yourself among the small handful of people who cross the Antarctic Circle each season.

Day 9 - 10

Antarctic Peninsula

Day 11 - 12

Drake Passage

Golden sun over the Drake Passage

As you recross the Drake, Antarctica fades away, leaving you with a collection of memories to last a lifetime.

Day 13


Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

Iceberg, Antarctica
Iceberg, Antarctica

66° 33' 44" South

Arrive at 66.5 degrees south latitude, marking the start of the Antarctic, an impressive achievement that is reached by few vessels. After crossing the famed line, celebrate in style by sipping a bubbling glass of champagne. If crossing the Antarctic Circle was not quite enough, perhaps try snorkelling or diving in crystal clear waters to see the secret world of ice below the surface and an array of marine life.

Camping in Antarctica
Camping in Antarctica

Spend a Night on the Ice

Weather permitting, spend a night in a bivvy bag or tent on the continent. Aside from the bragging rights of having camped on the 7th continent, this is a truly remarkable adventure to take your Antarctic voyage to the next level. Limited spots make this an exclusive and intimate experience, and presents incomparable opportunities for marvelling at the polar night sky.

Adelie penguins, Antarctica
Adelie penguins, Antarctica

Daily Life in Antarctica

Volcanic, mountainous and mostly glaciated, the South Shetland Islands are renowned for their dense wildlife population. With vast penguin rookeries, lounging Antarctic fur seals and wallowing southern elephant seals dotting the landscape, the islands are inhabited only by a skeleton crew of scientists and offer up awe-inspiring scenery. Land at Deception Island and consider hiking the steep peak on the eastern side to a magnificent viewpoint. Alternatively, explore ice floes and icebergs by zodiac or kayak the islands’s flooded caldera for a genuine feeling of solitude.

Abandoned British Base W, Detaille Island, Antarctica
Abandoned British Base W, Detaille Island, Antarctica

Visit Base W

Aside from the small rookery of Adelie penguins that inhabit Detaille Island, the real draw is Base W. Visit this abandoned British research station, which was occupied by a team of scientists in the 1950’s, was hurriedly evacuated when unstable ice around the island blocked the access of its supply ships. A curious time capsule of sorts, the scientific outpost was once the base of everything from meteorological studies to mapping projects.

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Sue’s extensive first-hand knowledge of Antarctica was so apparent from our first phone call. She was able to help us select the ideal route and vessel for our needs, and with her guidance we were able to see the emperor penguins!

Destination: Antarctica
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Sue forewarned us that there would be no words to describe South Georgia and that our photos wouldn’t do it justice, and how right she was. All we can say is “see for yourself”. Thank you, Sue, for your indispensable advice.

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We were blown away by Sue’s in-depth knowledge of everything from endemic species to the history of Shackleton and his men. No question we had went unanswered, and no little detail was missed.

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue

Sue's in-depth knowledge of Antarctica, the route options and each of the vessels was invaluable in our preparation for the trip and was a strong differentiator when we were choosing a travel agent. When talking with Sue, we quickly got an honest perspective.

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Both telephone and e-mail responses were excellent and all of Sue's expert advice was very much appreciated. She was prompt, supportive and engaging throughout and our expedition to Antarctica was spectacular.

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Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Ortelius £££££

  • Antarctica

Originally built in Poland in 1989 as an ice-strengthened passenger vessel, the 298-foot-long Ortelius spent many years plying the frozen waters of the Arctic and Northern Pacific before being totally refurbished in 2005. Sleeping a total of 108 passengers, the vessel provides comfortable (but not luxurious) cabins that range from quads to suites, each with a private bathroom. She carries a fleet of zodiacs for landings, and on some Antarctic departures helicopters are even used.

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Spirit of Enderby £££££

Originally built in 1984, the 236-foot-long Spirit of Enderby was fully refurbished as an ice-strengthened vessel in 2004 and now provides comfortable accommodation for just 50 passengers. One of the last of the former Russian small research vessels which still service polar waters, she is still run by a Russian crew and boasts a fine reputation for polar expeditionary cruising due to her strength and manoeuvrability. The 24 cabins are simple and vary both in size and amenities (only half have private bathrooms), and there is a bar, a library and lounge, a dedicated lecture room and a fleet of zodiacs for shore excursions.

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Ocean Endeavour £££££

  • Canada

Launched in 1982 as a purpose-built vessel for remote environments, Ocean Endeavour boasts a 1B ice-class that enables her to navigate freely throughout the Arctic summer. At 453-foot-long, she is a stable and spacious vessel with a shallow draft and impressive manoeuvrability that allows her to access isolated fjords, bays and secluded communities. Accommodating up to 199 passengers, Ocean Endeavour has cabins arranged over multiple decks and offers outdoor dining spaces, a swimming pool, a sauna, a hot tub and three lounges.

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Ocean Adventurer £££££

  • Russian Arctic

Originally built in 1976 in Yugoslavia, Ocean Adventurer underwent extensive upgrades as part of a multi-million pound renovation in 2017. On this nimble, ice-strengthened vessel, facilities include a well-stocked library, a lounge area, a gym and observation decks. With major technical enhancements, including two new Rolls Royce engines, to increase fuel efficiency and minimise carbon footprint, Ocean Adventurer has the capacity to carry 128 passengers across 63 cabins. Ship-to-shore satellite communications allow for email and wireless internet access, and a stocked library houses a large collection of polar books.

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Greg Mortimer £££££

  • Greenland

Launched in October 2019, the Greg Mortimer is a purpose-built expedition vessel that features a revolutionary X-Bow design. One of the most dynamic and state of the art ships on the seas, it is designed to slice through the water rather than riding over the waves making for comfortable and fast travels through the polar seas.

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A note on price

Prices vary throughout the season and depending on the departure dates, ship and cabin type that you book.  Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Low Season
From £7,500 Per person
High Season
From £22,200 Per person

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