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Antarctica: South Shetland Islands

The South Shetlands are a rugged, heavily-glaciated chain of four island groups and dozens of islets hugging the Antarctic Peninsula, providing a sheltered sea passage defined by towers of black rock. Names evoke the experiences and imagination of the early explorers – Deception and Desolation Islands, the Watchtower, and Elephant Island, where Shackleton’s expedition was stranded for 135 days.

Visitors include chinstrap, gentoo, macaroni and Adélie penguins; giant petrels, Wilson’s and black-bellied storm petrels, brown and south polar skuas, Cape pigeons, Antarctic terns, blue-eyed shags, Dominican gulls, elephant, fur, leopard and crab-eater seals; humpback, minke and orca (killer) whales offshore.

Our holidays to South Shetland Islands

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Albatrosses

Signature Antarctica: Highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula

14 days from £7028pp

Paradise Bay

Antarctica: Journey to the Antarctic Circle

18 days from £12450pp

Sunset over Ice

Patagonia, the Chilean fjords and Antarctica expedition cruise - 12 Nov 2016

22 days from £14638pp

Seals in Antarctic

Antarctic Peninsula: Fly and cruise

14 days from £12250pp

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