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Humpback Whale Breaching, Antarctica

Antarctic Peninsula

The Peninsula is the first sight of continental Antarctica that greets travellers crossing the Drake Passage.

The Peninsula is the first sight of continental Antarctica that greets travellers crossing the Drake Passage. It is a mere spit of land in relation to the overall immensity of the continent, but it packs a punch.

The western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula is strewn with dramatic ice cliffs, rugged islands and spectacular coves and bays, all of which can be observed from expedition zodiacs or on foot. Paradise Bay is no misnomer, with pristine scenery and beautiful light, and the Lemaire Channel is so dramatic that it earned the nickname of Kodak Alley (before the onset of digital photography!). This is a place where you feel like you can touch the sides as you sail though it on a small expedition ship, and skuas and Adelie penguins are found in vast numbers.

The Antarctic Peninsula may be the most accessible part of the White Continent but this is no way means it is any less spectacular. It is notable for as much as what isn’t there as what is and so for lovers of unspoilt wilderness and exceptional wildlife an Antarctic peninsula cruise is an absolute must-do.

Walking with Penguins, Antarctica
Walking with Penguins, Antarctica
Diver, Antarctica
Diver, Antarctica
Kayaking, Icebergs, Antarctica
Kayaking, Icebergs, Antarctica

Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula

Explore Bransfield Strait by zodiac for dramatic views of the icy peaks and glaciated mountains of continental Antarctica, or take a polar plunge in the icy waters of Paradise Bay – exhilarating or bonkers, depending on your outlook. Kayak among icebergs in Wilhelmina Bay, photograph penguin rookeries on Cuverville Island, or cruise south along the peninsula’s spectacular coastline. Whale-watching in Antarctica is possible throughout the season, but the best sightings happen between February and March. Wilhelmina Bay is a hot spot for humpbacks and orcas are often seen up and down the peninsula, hunting for Weddell seals. For more specialised visits to the peninsula, we can arrange voyages with kayaking, snowshoeing, skiing, camping and diving.

Experiences

Falkland Battlefields

Explore the battlefields of the 1982 conflict.

Walking opportunities

Explore the stunning coastal paths and inland hills for magical sea views.

Photography Tour

Make the most of the light clarity in the Falkland Islands, as it provides wonderful opportunities for photographers and artists.

Icy Water Kayaking

Navigate alongside icebergs in Wilhelmina Bay, looking out for curious penguins and whales, or embark on an overnight camping expedition.

Snow Adventures in Antarctica

Try snowshoeing across the icy white plains of Antarctica, a challenging but exhilarating sport.

Navigate the Ross Sea

Sail through the remote ocean region that is home to emperor penguins, orca whales, and leopard seals, and see the largest floating body of ice in the world.

Photography Tour

Head out on a photography tour on Cuverville Island, known for its deafeningly noisy penguin rookeries.

Explore Bransfield Strait

Head out in a zodiac to take in views of the dramatic icy peaks and glaciated mountains of continental Antarctica.

The Polar Plunge

Plunge in the icy Antarctic waters of Paradise Bay, a completely exhilarating (and somewhat bonkers) way to experience the cold continent.

Diving in Antarctic Waters

Don a dry suit and take a dip in the icy cold waters of Antarctica to dive or snorkel with curious penguins and marvel at the ice beneath the surface.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Sue Grimwood

The vast continent of Antarctica is Sue’s happy place. Immune to the pungent smell of penguin poo and the halitosis of elephant seals, she fell in love with its seemingly endless snowscapes, icebergs the size of stadiums and fascinating history of the explorers.
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James Armitage

James has been lucky enough to visit Antarctica by boat, crossing the infamous Drake Passage and flying down to Antarctica, allowing time to visit the 7th white continent, observe charismatic penguins and kayak beside a breaching humpback whale.
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John Faithfull

It is not often that John struggles with words, but this is a destination that left him speechless.
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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
Travel Expert: Sue

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.

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue

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.

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue

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.

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue

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