Our holidays to Antarctica explore the spectacular landscapes and unique wildlife of this ice-smothered continent. Book with Journey Latin America.
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.
From expertly designed Pre-designed Holidays to trail-blazing Group Tours, browse our range of carefully crafted holidays.
Antarctic Peninsula: Fly and cruise
14 days from £16,830pp
Antarctica / Falkland Islands
Antarctica Wildlife: Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula
23 days from £14,150pp
Antarctica: In search of the Emperor penguin
15 days from £11,520pp
Antarctica: Ross Sea and the Far Side
37 days from £27,865pp
Places To Visit In Antarctica
Discover our guide to the most exciting, memorable and inspiring places to visit.
This more southerly section of the Antarctic Peninsula is home to pristine icescapes, undisturbed wildlife and seldom-trodden landfalls.
As the most accessible area of the continent, the Antarctic Peninsula hosts some of the most interesting scenery and wildlife, as well as many of the continent’s scientific bases.
Far Side and the Ross Sea
This remote territory boasts dramatic scenery and a unique wilderness experience; you’ll discover rookeries of the regal Emperor penguin.
This narrow island of glaciated alpine peaks, ice-scalloped fjords and protected valleys shelters a cornucopia of wildlife, including millions of penguins and seals.
Things to do
We proudly offer the widest range of activities, excursions and one-of-a-kind experiences across all our destinations, tried and tested personally by our travel experts.
Camp on the ice in Antarctica
Expedition cruising in Antarctica
Explore Antarctica’s heritage
Sea-kayaking in Antarctica
Where to go when - our guide to Antarctica
The weather in Antarctica is wide and varied
Antarctica is an otherworldly snow-blanketed wilderness, where sparkling icebergs and stark islands emerge from frosty seas. The continent is only accessible during the southern hemisphere’s summer: late October to March. This period sees impossibly long daylight hours- around the summer solstice in December, the sun does not set and you’ll experience entire days of perpetual light. You’ll find a typical maritime climate with average temperatures during the cruising season varying between 1°C and -15°C. Whether you time your visit to coincide with the pristine snows of the Antarctic spring (November), the endless days of mid-summer (January) or the March whale-watching season, a rich wildlife experience is all but guaranteed. Spot Emperor, chinstrap, gentoo and Adélie penguins in colonies millions strong, blue, orca, humpback, minke and southern right whales splashing offshore and Weddell, Ross, crab-eater, leopard and elephant seals which sprawl on the beaches.View our Antarctica weather guide
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Real Latin America Experts
Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Consultant
Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our Sales team.
Lina Fuller - Travel Consultant
Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.
Sophie Barber - Travel Consultant
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia.
Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Consultant
After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.
Carrie Gallagher - Travel Consultant
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Escorted Groups team.
Ben Line - Travel Consultant
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Manager of the Tailor-made Department.