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5 epic adventures to Antarctica & the Southern Oceans

Antarctica plancius ship 2 c oceanwide expeditions

All the cruises we are about to present take place on fully licenced 108-passenger ships staffed by specialist guides and include onboard lectures, shore landings and zodiac rides. We hope they inspire!

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Antarctica kayaking cuverville island 2 c diego

1. Basecamp Antarctica Cruise: Why just look at Antarctica and admire it from a distance on a classic cruise when you can hike in snowshoes, paddle in the bays and spend a night under the Austral stars?

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Antarctica danco island snowshoers walking

On this 12-night cruise, the ship anchors up at key points and becomes a floating activity centre. You then enjoy all the active experiences along with the regular shore excursions and zodiac rides.

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Antarctica peninsula photographer orne island gerlache c diego

You can also book yourself onto a special photography workshop on this cruise. Mind you, with all that beauty all around, Antarctica can make a landscape photographer out of any of us!

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Antarctica camping sunset c Rustyn Mesdag Oceanwide Expeditions

Camping out on the snow is a true highlight. We say camping, there aren't actually any tents involved - it's more of a case of digging a burrow, hunkering down and watching the incredible skies come alive.

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Antarctica peninsula cuverville island wedell seal 2 c diego

On a Basecamp cruise you still get just as close to the wildlife. Our co-founder Diego came away with incredible images of seals, whales and penguins of which we were all rather jealous.

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Antarctica basecamp whale fluke c Morten Skovgaard Photography Oceanwide Expeditions

How to do it: Take a look at our Active Antarctica Adventure Cruise and do make an enquiry if you are interested. Cruises depart throughout the season, with availability for this coming January.

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Argentina el chalten and fitz roy c john main pura client6

2. Patagonia to Antarctica: As with all of these cruises, why not combine Antarctica with hiking in the beautiful wilds of Patagonia for the ultimate outdoor wilderness adventure?

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Chile patagonia torres del paine looking out from las cornisas

One option is to go walking in Chile's famed Torres del Paine National Park. The freedom of your own vehicle lets you combine headline hikes with quieter and wilder corners that few can reach.

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Argentina ruta 40 road to chalten adobe stock

Crossing into Argentina, you travel down the iconic Ruta 40 to reach the world class hiking trails around the fabled Mount Fitz Roy and enjoy a private audience with the Perito Moreno Glacier.

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Antarctica Port Lockroy c Dietmar Denger Oceanwide Expeditions

From the port of Ushuaia, you then set sail on the Antarctica cruise of your choice. The Basecamp option described previously is our most popular companion to a hiking journey through Patagonia.

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Antarctica scenery c Dietmar Denger Oceanwide Expeditions

How to do it: Please take a look at our Patagonia to Antarctica Holiday for inspiration and send us an enquiry if you'd like us to send full details, or to discuss your trip with our team.

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Antarctica Emperor penguins Snow Hill Island Ilja Reijnen Oceanwide Expeditions

3. In Search of Emperor Penguins: This is an Antarctica adventure like no other. Travel deep into the pack ice of the Weddell Sea before being lifted over the ice to a very special penguin rookery.

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Antarctica weddell sea helicopter ride c oceanwide expeditions

To reach the Emperors, a short and scenic helicopter ride carries you over the mountains and across miles and miles of unbroken ice, followed by a 45-minute walk to the rookery.

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Antarctica emperor penguins snow hill island c Ilja Reijnen Oceanwide Expeditions

The entire experience is strictly regulated by IAATO, ensuring the penguins are undisturbed and no impact is made on the landscapes. As with everything down here, it's also weather dependent.

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Antarctica emperor penguins c pura client sandra thomas2

Sharing her memories, our client Sandra Thomas wrote: "Back at the ship no one was talking. We were all reliving the magical sight that very few people have had the privilege of seeing"

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Antarctica weddell sea orca c Wim van Passel oceanwide expeditions

As well as Emperor, Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins, on this special cruise you might encounter orcas, humpback whales, leopard seals and countless sea birds.

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Antarctica Weddell Sea scenery Wim van Passel Oceanwide Expeditions

How to do it: This 10-night cruise next departs in November 2022 and has limited availability, so do act fast. Please fill in our Holiday Enquiry Form asking for details of the Emperor Penguin trip.

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Antarctica south georgia c Martin van Lokven

4. South Georgia Grand Tour: Land of penguins, South Georgia is one of the world's great wildlife destinations, most commonly visited on a Southern Oceans cruise with Antarctica and the Falklands.

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Antarctica south georgia hike godthul c Martin van Lokven

If you're lucky enough to have already visited Antarctica, a 19-night 'Grand Tour' focuses on South Georgia in more depth, spending nearly a week navigating the island.

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Antarctica south georgia king penguins c Erwin Vermeulen Oceanwide Expeditions

South Georgia is one of the most remote islands on earth, with a vast concentration of seabirds, including King, Macaroni, Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins, as well as the mighty albatross.

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Antarctica south georgia elephant seal c Martin van Lokven Oceanwide Expeditions

Beyond the birds, it's also home to a great array of wildlife and has an incredible depth of human history, not least stories of Shackleton's heroism in the Golden Age of Exploration.

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Antarctica enjoying the view c Fotografie Dietmar Denger Oceanwide Expeditions

How to do it: To visit South Georgia with Antarctica, please take a look at our Southern Oceans Cruise. Or if you've already been to Antarctica, please ask for more details of the South Georgia tour.

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Antarctica south georgia c martin van lokven oceanwide expeditions

5. Atlantic Odyssey Cruise: This remarkable 31-night cruise visits Antarctica and South Georgia before turning north to some of most remote islands in the world, crossing the Atlantic and the Equator.

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Antarctica tristan da cunha island c hadoram shirihai oceanwide expeditions

After two weeks exploring Antarctica and South Georgia, the ship pushes deep into the Atlantic to territories seldom seen by travellers, with colourful stories to tell and bountiful birdlife to admire.

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Antarctica stargazing c Y Beletsky oceanwide expeditions

This might also just be the ultimate astronomical adventure, with guided astrophotography, sextant navigation and stargazing under the constellations of both northern and southern hemisphere skies.

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Antarctica st helena hiking c rob tully oceanwide expeditions

The tropical volcanic island of Saint Helena is the last stop. This British overseas territory has a vivid and controversial history, having been an outpost of the East India Company.

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Antarctic st helena napoleans grave c rob tully oceanwide expeditions

700 miles from the nearest landfall, Saint Helena is most famous for being the place where Napolean was exiled to in 1815 after defeat in the Battle of Waterloo. He would end his days on the island.

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Antarctica tristan island rockhoppers c oceanwide expeditions

How to do it: This trip departs in March 2023, flying to Ushuaia in Argentina and back from St Helena or Cape Verde. Please fill in a Holiday Enquiry Form asking for details of the Atlantic Odyssey.

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Antarctica plancius ship 2 c oceanwide expeditions
Antarctica kayaking cuverville island 2 c diego
Antarctica danco island snowshoers walking
Antarctica peninsula photographer orne island gerlache c diego
Antarctica camping sunset c Rustyn Mesdag Oceanwide Expeditions
Antarctica peninsula cuverville island wedell seal 2 c diego
Antarctica basecamp whale fluke c Morten Skovgaard Photography Oceanwide Expeditions
Argentina el chalten and fitz roy c john main pura client6
Chile patagonia torres del paine looking out from las cornisas
Argentina ruta 40 road to chalten adobe stock
Antarctica Port Lockroy c Dietmar Denger Oceanwide Expeditions
Antarctica scenery c Dietmar Denger Oceanwide Expeditions
Antarctica Emperor penguins Snow Hill Island Ilja Reijnen Oceanwide Expeditions
Antarctica weddell sea helicopter ride c oceanwide expeditions
Antarctica emperor penguins snow hill island c Ilja Reijnen Oceanwide Expeditions
Antarctica emperor penguins c pura client sandra thomas2
Antarctica weddell sea orca c Wim van Passel oceanwide expeditions
Antarctica Weddell Sea scenery Wim van Passel Oceanwide Expeditions
Antarctica south georgia c Martin van Lokven
Antarctica south georgia hike godthul c Martin van Lokven
Antarctica south georgia king penguins c Erwin Vermeulen Oceanwide Expeditions
Antarctica south georgia elephant seal c Martin van Lokven Oceanwide Expeditions
Antarctica enjoying the view c Fotografie Dietmar Denger Oceanwide Expeditions
Antarctica south georgia c martin van lokven oceanwide expeditions
Antarctica tristan da cunha island c hadoram shirihai oceanwide expeditions
Antarctica stargazing c Y Beletsky oceanwide expeditions
Antarctica st helena hiking c rob tully oceanwide expeditions
Antarctic st helena napoleans grave c rob tully oceanwide expeditions
Antarctica tristan island rockhoppers c oceanwide expeditions

Antarctica. Its very name conjures up imagery of epic icebergs and sweeping snowscapes, evoking larger-than-life stories from the Golden Age of Exploration. Classic cruises can show you our planet's last true wilderness. But these small-ship expeditions go much, much further to truly immerse you in the rare beauty and remote intrigue of the world's most isolated landfalls. Expect unique experiences, priviliged wildlife encounters and journeys into the farthest reaches of the globe. None come cheap - budget anywhere between £10-20,000 each with flights. But in exchange for your investment and your explorer's spirit, you will experience something that is truly, sincerely, the ultimate trip of a lifetime.

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