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 a southern wilderness of towering frozen mountains and icebergs and see penguins amble along the shores and sight hunting orcas if you’re lucky.
On your adventure, take in the fjords of the Antarctic Peninsula and the sheltered nature hotspots of Whaler’s Bay and Pendulum Cove. Visit Deception Island, the largest active volcano in the region, where volcanic activity formed a natural harbour bubbling with steaming lagoons and hot springs; do you dare take the Polar plunge!?
The forbidding landscapes offer many adventure opportunities for the would-be explorer. Explore the bays, islets and shore by zodiac boats and on foot as standard whilst some vessels offer kayaking, snow shoeing and even mountaineering. All the while, you’ll be accompanied by expert polar guides sharing their knowledge and experience of the wildlife, history and geology of Antarctica.
The wildlife that thrives on Antarctica’s icy planes and waters is some of the most fascinating on Earth. The nutrient-rich ocean attracts mating whales from November to March with numbers increasing the closer to March, so look out for humpbacks, minks, orcas and even the gliding shadow of the blue whale.
Once you step foot on the islands and Antarctic continent, expect to mingle with colonies penguins, leopard seals and flocks of petrels and blue-eyed shags skimming across the silent ice. Being virtually unpopulated, the fauna is usually unafraid and even uninterested in passing humans.
Lightfoot’s team are on hand to guide through one of the world’s most inaccessible landscapes, all from the comfort of a luxury cruise ship. With our first-hand knowledge of Antarctica and the various ships we are here to help design the perfect experience for you.