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Once upon a time, Antarctica and Latin America were one. Then, 70 million years ago, the opening of the Drake Passage kick-started the separation of Antarctica from the rest of the southern hemisphere land mass. Later, the final break with Australia completed the isolation, and created a new, soon-to-be ice-smothered, continent.

Antarctica has a dazzling display of larger-than-life landscapes, a kaleidoscope of colours and a symphony of sounds. Along the shores and among the hauntingly beautiful bergs and glaciers thrives a vociferous, agitated, sometimes violent, always entertaining wildlife. Penguins in their hundreds of thousands, seals, whales and a huge variety of bird-life breed, wheel, feed and die here. In the translucent light of a never-ending day visitors can watch them, walk among them, film them, and listen to their plaintive cries.

Nowadays it doesn’t have to be just a case of staring boggle-eyed as the Antarctic drama unfolds. A growing range of active adventures such as camping, hiking and kayaking give visitors a thrilling, intimate experience in the snow and ice.

Our holidays to Antarctica

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Icebergs in Antarctica

Antarctica: Ross Sea and the Far Side

35 days from £17321pp

Seals in Antarctic

Antarctic Peninsula: Fly and cruise

14 days from £12250pp

King penguins

Antarctica Wildlife: Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula

23 days from £9868pp

Paradise Bay

Antarctica: Journey to the Antarctic Circle

18 days from £12450pp

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Things to do in Antarctica

Heritage Site

Explore Antarctica's heritage

Whale tail in Antarctica

Whale watching in Antarctica

Sea Kayaking

Sea-kayaking in Antarctica


Expedition cruising in Antarctica

Our insider tips for Antarctica

Sophie Barber

Sophie Barber

Taking your first steps on the continent at Paradise Bay. On a good-weather day the glass-like water is calm and silky, the white continent rising up behind the shore, and there’s not a breath of wind. The sun shines brightly and the sky is a deep cobalt blue.

Nicola Gude

Nicola Gude

Landing at Whalers’ Bay on Deception Island, an active volcano you access through its open caldera. The many haunting vestiges  of the island’s past industry-- the whaling station, the sealer’s communal huts, the wooden grave-markers.
Claire Milner

Claire Milner

Cruising around the icebergs in Zodiacs and spotting close up leopard seals and humpback whales, maybe with their calves. They can pass under your boat and come up breaching almost close enough to touch.


David Nichols

Swimming in the Antarctic Ocean! It’s a bit like trying to dip your toe into a piping hot bath while someone throws iced water at you.

What our experts say

There's nothing like speaking to someone who has been there to get a real feel of what it is like to travel on an expeditionary ship on one of the various Antarctic cruise holidays we offer. I myself and a good dozen of our staff have taken complete cruises on a variety of craft and will be more than happy to inspire you with personal information and anecdotes. 

Chris Parrott

Chris Parrott


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