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Antarctica Holiday Ideas

One of the towering icebergs seen with our Antarctica Holiday Ideas

Antarctica is known for its vast, white stretches of land and the sub-zero temperatures which mean that it has no permanent human residents. One of the most beautiful, remote and untouched destinations on earth, this is the perfect place to see penguins, whales and other wildlife against a stunningly beautiful backdrop.

As you travel towards this fascinating, snowy continent, you’ll receive insightful lectures from the onboard expedition team who will tell you all about your surroundings and the exciting history of famous explorers who have ventured here in the past.

Antarctica is a fantastic place to visit but with so many differing itineraries to choose from, it can be hard to decide which trip is best for you. To help you out, we’ve come up with some handy Antarctica Holiday Ideas. Read more about the region’s fascinating wildlife, natural attractions and history to find your ideal trip.

Don’t worry if you don’t find what you’re looking for amongst the Antarctica Holiday Ideas below as we specialise in tailor-made holidays. Give us a call on 0333 800 2033 or speak to one of our friendly travel advisers using our online chat system (during office hours) and we’ll help you plan your perfect Antarctica getaway.

Smooth Sailing

A Polarcirkel boat and the MS Fram, the specialliy designed vessel used with our Antarctica Holiday Ideas

Antarctica has no permanent human inhabitants so the only way to access it is via ship and because you’re travelling for an extended period of time, we believe you should travel in style. The purpose built MS Fram boasts a host of comforts as well as a great restaurant, bars, a fitness suite and an on deck Jacuzzi, meaning that you can watch stunning sealife swim by as you relax in comfort. You’ll also be accompanied by a team of expedition staff who will give lectures on your surroundings and the history of the regions you visit.

All of our Antarctic expeditions travel via the MS Fram. Read on to discover great Antarctica Holiday Ideas.

Antarctic Animals

A albatross over the Antarctic waters

The amazing wildlife which frequents the area is one of the main reasons people flock to this awe-striking destination. Discover huge colonies of King Penguins and Elephant Seals as you head to South Georgia. See amazing Orca Whales, adorable Antarctic Fur Seals and majestic Emperor Penguins as you head out on expeditions during your time in Antarctica. See stunning dolphins jump up to say hello and fascinating albatross circle overhead as your sail across the ocean.

The wildlife you will witness on these journeys is incredible whenever you choose to travel, but knowing exactly what wildlife and behaviour you want to see on your Antarctic adventure can go a long way towards helping you decide on a departure date.

A voyage in November gives you the chance to see nature emerge from winter, penguins and seabirds begin courtship rituals, Elephant and Fur Seals establish breeding territories and the spring wildflowers begin to bloom on the Falklands and South Georgia Islands. As well as the wildlife opportunities, travel at this time of year gives you a real glimpse of the Antarctic winter. Look out for the pack ice and maybe even freshly frozen sea ice in the mornings and get a true taste of the Antarctic elements braved by the famous explorers as winter recedes.

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Antarctica: Antarctic Expedition Cruise

Embark on an Antarctic Expedition Cruise and on your own incredible exploration

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December and January see the height of the Antarctic summer. Penguins and other seabird chicks will start to hatch, seal pups will appear as Fur Seals begin breeding on South Georgia and the Falklands while whale sightings become ever more common as their migration brings them into Antarctic waters. The longer daylight hours also give you better opportunities for photography, letting you capture the perfect memento of your Antarctic experience.

Antarctica: Antarctica Christmas Cruise

An Antarctica Christmas Cruise guarantees a festive season to remember

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A late Antarctic summer expedition lets you see the peak of wildlife activity in the region. During February and March, whale sightings at are their best while the penguin and other seabird chicks are starting to leave their nests and can be seen when you venture onto the mainland. The snow algae begin to bloom around this time, bringing fresh colour to the landscapes and the sunsets and sunrises offer breathtaking photography opportunities.

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Embark on an Antarctic Expedition Cruise and on your own incredible exploration

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Historic Charms

Passengers on the Shackleton Walk out on the mainland in Antarctica

This enchanting area is rich with history. Anglo-Irish explorer, Ernest Shackleton, famous for escaping the jaws of disaster and saving the entire crew of the Endurance in 1916, actually died in South Georgia in 1922 and his grave is a place of pilgrimage for many. Also on these captivating islands, there are several whaling stations where you can learn about the history of whale hunting in the region. Even the places you pass by on your cruise boast interesting historical connections, for example the Washington Strait and Coronation Island which was named when King George IV took to the throne in 1821.

Scroll through our Antarctica Holiday Ideas below and see how you can visit these fantastic sites for yourself.

Antarctica: Antarctic Expedition Cruise

Embark on an Antarctic Expedition Cruise and on your own incredible exploration

Sensational, 23 day, once-in-a-lifetime voyage on board the MS Fram, visiting Antarctica, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. This exciting voyage sets sail from Argentina and takes you on an unforgettable journey to Antarctica, South Georgia...

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Antarctica: Antarctica Christmas Cruise

An Antarctica Christmas Cruise guarantees a festive season to remember

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Exhilarating Excursions

A rib safari in front in the icy polar water

If you’re an energetic type and want to fill every second of your trip with adventure, try some of the inclusive and optional excursions. The Tierra Fuego National Park near Ushuaia is a great way to witness Argentina’s fabulous wildlife and plant life before heading off on your Antarctic voyage. And when you arrive in Antarctica, you can enjoy several hiking expeditions as you explore the vast, beautiful land.

Excursions in South Georgia and the Falklands

If you’re eager to explore the fascinating Falkland Islands, just choose from our exceptional range of optional excursions from Port Stanley. Enjoy a guided tour of this small capital and get a feel for its unique heritage or set out towards the Blue Cove Lagoon and see the penguin colony as you wander along the white sand beach. Capture incredible photos of this breathtaking stretch of land, maybe even with Sea Lions and dolphins in the water! For something altogether different, take to the sky and experience stunning aerial views of the landscape as you fly over it in a twin engine Britten-Norman Islander aircraft. There are so many optional excursions to choose from in the Falklands, please enquire for details of any and all that catch your eye! Of course, there are plenty of included excursions in South Georgia as well! See the region’s famous King Penguins and Elephant Seals for a fascinating wildlife discovery, and set out to explore abandoned whaling stations and visit the resting place of Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, the renowned Irish explorer, for a taste of South Georgia’s history!

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Embark on an Antarctic Expedition Cruise and on your own incredible exploration

Sensational, 23 day, once-in-a-lifetime voyage on board the MS Fram, visiting Antarctica, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. This exciting voyage sets sail from Argentina and takes you on an unforgettable journey to Antarctica, South Georgia...

23 Days From £10483

Antarctica: Antarctica Christmas Cruise

An Antarctica Christmas Cruise guarantees a festive season to remember

Unique, 21 day, expedition on board the MS Fram, visiting the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, the South Orkneys and Antarctica over the Christmas and New Year period, offering fantastic photographic opportunities. A truly memorable festive season...

21 Days From £7170

Antarctica: The Great Antarctic Expedition

An Antarctica Cruise provides an epic journey through the great white wilderness

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Excursions in Antarctica

Add to the adventure with our optional excursions on the Antarctic mainland! Set out after dinner and spend a night in unforgettable explorer style as you camp out with nothing but a tent between you and the polar elements. This once-in-a-lifetime experience gives you a real taste of what Antarctic discovery was like for the likes of Scott, Amundsen and Nordenskjold and is an opportunity that’s not to be missed! Explore by day on hiking expeditions through this pristine wilderness, seeing sights that many could never even dream to lay eyes on. Cruise through the Lemaire Channel and experience the elements up-close as you pass through the iceberg-filled waters, with towering glaciers rising up to 1000 metres on either side of you. If a true explorer’s experience sounds perfect for you, just speak to our team and we’ll give the full details.

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Antarctica: The Antarctic Polar Circle Cruise

Discover a Polar Circle Cruise and follow the famous explorers

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Antarctica: The Great Antarctic Expedition

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And There's More

A seal diving off the ice, into the water

Can’t find the right trip amongst these Antarctic Holiday Ideas? Fear not! Just tell us which places you would like to visit and which wildlife you're hoping to see and we’ll do our best to arrange it for you. Simply speak to one of our travel advisers on 0333 800 2033 or using our online chat system (during office hours).

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