Calving icebergs, breaching whales, deep-diving seals and cavorting penguins are just a few of the marvelous sights. Then there are the intangibles: space, silence, remoteness and dramatic vistas.
Antarctica is a land of extremes: it is the coldest and driest continent on Earth and has the highest average elevation. As the fifth largest continent in the world, Antarctica is also the most Southern, overlying the “South Pole”. Scarcely touched by humans, the frozen land boasts breathtaking scenery, broken by only a handful of scientific bases and a “permanent” population of scientists numbering only a few thousand. Although several countries have laid claim to various portions of Antarctica, it is governed by the 1958 Antarctic Treaty, which establishes the continent as a peaceful and cooperative international research zone.
Antarctica can be explored by sea departing from Argentina or Chile, and by land departing from Cape Town, South Africa.
The northernmost tip of the White Continent, the Antarctic Peninsula hosts some of the most scenic glacial landscapes, natural ports and international scientific base camps in the mainland.
Home to a colony of 600 majestic Emperor Penguins, Atka Bay offers the chance to witness first-hand the raw beauty of a unique wildlife event.
Long hailed as the world's most unforgettable sea-crossing, the Drake passage connects the South American continent with Antarctica by sea.
The dramatic setting of South Georgia boasts a rich wildlife that has attracted some of the most famous Antarctic explorers across centuries.
This vast iceberg-fringed sea sits at the Antarctic Convergence, offering a spectacle of ever-changing azure hues and a thriving marine life.
geographic south pole
Tread where few have done before by reaching the planet's lowest point and intersection of Earth's axis of rotation. The Amundsen-Scott scientific base is the only permanent human structure in this extreme and isolated region of Antarctica.
South Pole Milestone
Follow in Roald Amundsen's legendary footsteps and become one of the few to have set foot on Earth's lowest point, where there is no South, East or West.
Up Close & Personal
Despite the extreme geographical conditions, Antarctica is home to some of the world's most fascinating creatures. Get up close and personal with majestic whales, emperor penguins, elephant seals and many more.
Peaks of Antarcitca
Explore the virtually untouched peaks of Ellsworth Mountains. Take on steep ice couloirs, classic ridge traverses, icy crests, rock pyramids and hidden valleys.
Throughout your trip, expert field guides ranging from seasoned biologists, naturalists, historians, ornithologists, oceanographers and glaciologists will offer unique insight into the scientific research taking place in the White Continent.