A journey to Antarctica and the South Shetland Islands is an unparalleled adventure, an extraordinary experience with an abundance of wildlife and dramatic scenery. At Revealed Travel we have been updating our website and taking bookings for the October 2019 to March 2020 season which includes some new ships, new itineraries and new combinations for travel to some of the world’s remotest destinations.
The South Shetlands are located around 60 miles northwest of the Antarctic Peninsula and are regarded as the mildest and most accessible part of the region. Amongst the wildlife, there are colonies of chinstrap penguins, elephant seals breed on the beaches and humpback whales feed in the rich protected waters.
The spectacular Antarctic Peninsula is 600 miles south of Tierra del Fuego across the Drake Passage. The north-western tip is ice-free for most of the year attracting vast colonies of penguins and seals and forming the feeding waters for whales. The Gerlache Strait is the centre-piece for most journeys into the western Antarctic Peninsula with stunningly beautiful scenery and an abundant richness of wildlife. Some of the longer trips to the western Antarctic Peninsula aim to navigate through the spectacularly beautiful narrow passage of Lemaire Channel and push further south to cross the Antarctic Circle.
The Weddell Sea, on the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula, has a colder climate and more sea ice, making for more difficult navigation and unpredictable landings. But the sight of vast tabular glaciers (perhaps up to a mile in length) coming out of Antarctic Sound is truly breathtaking. Weddell and crabeater seals, humpback whales, killer and minke whales and adelie penguins abound.
Each year a number of expedition cruises include the Falkland Islands, visiting such places as West Point Island with notable colonies of rockhopper penguins and black-browed albatrosses, Carcass Island with gentoo and magellan penguins and Stanley. Amongst the birdlife are southern giant petrels, endemic Falkland steamer ducks, kelp and dolphin gulls, black-crowned night herons, red-backed hawks and peregrine falcons.
Some itineraries travel to South Georgia, 860 miles east-southeast of the Falkland Islands, which provides the greatest breeding and feeding grounds for warm-blooded marine life. The island supports some 5 million fur seals, 100 million sea birds, around half the planet’s elephant seals and millions of penguins. The beach at Salisbury Plain alone is the breeding ground for half a million king penguins.
For an altogether amazing experience you can travel between New Zealand and Argentina via the subantarctic Macquarie islands, Ross Sea, Polar Circle and Antarctic Peninsula on an expedition of over thirty days, or you can combine the Caribbean, Pacific, Antarctic and Atlantic on a 43-day journey from Miami through the Panama Canal and down the coast of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Chile to the Antarctic Peninsula before ending in Buenos Aires. If time is short, there are air-cruise itineraries which include a flight from Punta Arenas in Chile to King George Island in the South Shetlands which save a day and a half each way in crossing the Drake Passage.
Our Antarctica Revealed website has information on every ship that travels to Antarctica and includes some special itineraries at the start and end of the season when ships are being repositioned, taking in such remote destinations as Easter Island, St Helena , Tristan da Cunha and Cape Verde.
A quick note about costs:
As most of our bookings are for two passengers travelling together we have based costs on twin/double cabin with a private bathroom.
Some of the older ships travelling to Antartica offer shared bathrooms (between two cabins), triple or quadruple cabins.
Please also contact us if you are a single passenger. If you are willing to share it may be possible to avoid paying any supplement for your own cabin.
Download: Antarctic Dates and Prices 2019-20