Antarctica

Overview

The haunting beauty of the planet’s southernmost continent is not your average holiday backdrop. Experience the humbling sight of soaring ice caps, creeping glaciers and a white expanse of wilderness, home to the most fascinating survivors on earth. See seals lolling on white-blue ice, the splash of a humpback whale and colonies of curious penguins.

Antarctica is a land of extraordinary landscapes. Its dramatic, snow-capped mountains serve as a backdrop to mile-long icebergs, glittering ice shelves and ancient glaciers. The Antarctic Peninsula is one of the best spots to land on the mainland, with sweeping natural harbours of frozen blue ocean contrasting against the whiteness beyond.

The continent remains so uninhabited that its wildlife are mostly unconcerned by human visitors. You can get up close to huge crowds of Emperor penguins as they cheerfully get on with their lives, spot the fur seals rolling playfully on the shore and look out for penguin-like colouring of the blue-eyed shags.

Whale watching in Antarctica is an essential experience. The freezing waters of the Southern Ocean are surprisingly rich in nutrients, making them a comfortable habitat for the tale-thumping humpbacks, gargantuan blue whales and orcas. January to March is their mating season and the best time to see them in large numbers.

When you need a little warming up, the Shetland Islands are an interesting insight into the other end of Antarctica’s climate spectrum. Among them is Deception Island, formed by a volcanic eruption and full of hot pools and geothermal lagoons – perfect for a dip!

Lightfoot’s team will use their expert knowledge to design your adventure tour in Antarctica, allowing you to experience what it’s like to reach the end of the Earth in luxury.

Best time to go: November to March. Each month offers unique experiences whether it is changing landscapes, penguin breeding season and increased whale sightings.

Antarctica Regions

Antarctica Cruises

Plunge into the planet’s most enchanting and challenging landscapes on a luxury cruise of Antarctica and sail through the glittering, ice-encrusted waters of the Southern Ocean. Experience…

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Antarctica Itineraries

Antarctica Properties

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Akademik Ioffe

Arctic, Antarctica, Luxury Arctic Cruises, Antarctica Cruises

Experience the ultimate Arctic or Antarctic adventure aboard the Akademik Ioffe with One Ocean Expeditions, an innovative, small ship polar cruise company offering exceptional personalised s…

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Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Arctic, Antarctica, Luxury Arctic Cruises, Antarctica Cruises

Set sail on an unforgettable adventure aboard the Akademik Sergey Vavilov with One Ocean Expeditions. This small ship polar cruise company specialises in once-in-a-lifetime cruise experience…

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Island Sky

Antarctica Cruises

Introducing the MS Island Sky, an all-suite, all-inclusive small expedition vessel with elegance imbued throughout. Constructed in an Italian Shipyard using the finest techniques, and re-rel…

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M/V Ushuaia

Antarctica, Antarctica Cruises

M/V Ushuaia is one of the smaller expeditionary ships we offer in Antarctica, accommodating only 88 passengers across 44 cabins. This well-appointed ice-strengthened polar vessel provides go…

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National Geographic Explorer

Arctic, Antarctica, Luxury Arctic Cruises, Antarctica Cruises

The National Geographic Explorer, first introduced in 2008, is the flagship of Lindblad Expeditions’ impressive fleet. A state of the art expedition ship, she is one of the most technologi…

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National Geographic Orion

Arctic, Antarctica, Luxury Arctic Cruises, Antarctica Cruises

National Geographic Orion, owned and operated by Lindblad Expeditions, is a purpose built, state-of-the-art expedition ship designed to explore Antarctica and Arctic as well as Europe. W…

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Ocean Nova

Antarctica, Antarctica Cruises

Offering an exclusive combination of flying and sailing, an Antarctica cruise aboard the M/V Ocean Nova makes it possible for adventurers to explore one of the most remote and inhospitable p…

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Ortelius

Arctic, Antarctica, Luxury Arctic Cruises, Antarctica Cruises

Ortelius was built in Poland in 1989 and began life as a Russian Research vessel perfect for playing the waters of the Arctic with its ice-strengthened hull. This high ice classification ena…

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Plancius

Antarctica, Antarctica Cruises

The stately Plancius was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy. The 293-foot ship sailed for the Navy for almost 30 years and in 2009, after being comple…

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Sea Adventurer

Antarctica, Antarctica Cruises

Sea Adventurer is a 101-metre passenger ship that lives up to its name, carrying travellers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world. The boat will undergo a multi-million dollar …

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Sea Spirit

Antarctica, Antarctica Cruises

Sea Spirit is a luxury all-suite expedition ship accommodating up to 114 passengers across 53 outside cabins with exterior views. Built in Italy in the early 90s and refurbished to an excell…

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Silver Explorer

Arctic, Antarctica, Luxury Arctic Cruises, Antarctica Cruises

The Silversea Explorer is one of the most luxurious ships to sail the waters of Antarctica and the Arctic. She was designed for Polar exploration with an ice strengthened hull and offers an …

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The Hebridean Sky

Antarctica, Antarctica Cruises

The Hebridean Sky (formerly the Sea Explorer) is a small expedition ship with an ice-strengthened hull accommodating up to 110 passengers. Following a 6.5 million dollar re-fit, she is perfe…

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Whichaway Camp

Antarctica

Whichaway Camp is a newly built luxury camp situated deep in the interior of Antarctica. Despite it being one of the most remote camps on the planet, it features innovative design, cutting-e…

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