Destinations Destinations
South America, Antarctica
Patagonia, Argentina, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
Activity Activity
Adventure, Cruise, Nature & Wildlife, Luxury, Photography
Physical Level Physical Level
Easy

Start your Antarctica adventure in Ushuaia, taking a day to explore the city or hiking to Marshall Glacier. Embark your boat in the afternoon and start your voyage with a lecture from your expedition leader, before settling in for the night. The next two days will see you cross Drake’s Passage, an 800km stretch of water known for its abundance of seabirds, whales and iceberg sightings, before landing on the White Continent at the South Shetland Islands, Bransfield Strait and the Antarctic Peninsula itself. Expect to make two landings each day (dependent on weather), where you’ll see penguins, seals, whales and some of the most remote and inspiring scenery in the world.

Top experiences

Our recommended activities and highlights

Whale watching
Antarctica

Whale watching

Antarctica is one of the best places on earth to see whales. From orcas to humpbacks, minke to sperm, the relative isolation whales have enjoyed in the Antarctic means they are curious of ships and even approach them.

Penguins in Paradise Bay
Antarctica

Penguins in Paradise Bay

Home to gentoo penguins and the occasional humpback whale, Paradise Bay is a must-stop on any Antarctica cruise. Come to see penguins diving off ice floes and huge chunks of jagged ice surrounding the harbour. Wrap up — Paradise Bay’s temperatures remain below freezing year round.

Navigating Drake Passage
Antarctica

Navigating Drake Passage

If you’re starting your voyage from South America, you’ll spend two days navigating Drake Passage. You’ll encounter giant albatross — and occasionally giant waves — as you await your first view of Antarctica’s icebergs.

Swim in Deception Island
South Shetland Islands

Swim in Deception Island

Deception Island in the South Shetlands is an active volcanic island, creating warm soil that heats its waters. This allows you to take a unique opportunity to take a dip in Antarctic waters with ice surrounding you.

Get your camera ready at Lemaire Channel
Antarctica

Get your camera ready at Lemaire Channel

Antarctica is a land of beauty, but perhaps the best views are reserved for the 1km stretch of Lemaire Channel, located between the mainland and Booth Island. It’s so photogenic that travellers have nicknamed it Kodak Gap.

Postcards from Port Lockroy
Antarctica

Postcards from Port Lockroy

This British research base was founded in 1944 and abandoned in 1962, and now operates as a museum staffed by volunteers. They operate the centre as it was in the 1940s, which means no internet or TVs, but you can buy and send postcards from one of the most southerly Post Offices in the world.

Sea kayaking
Antarctica

Sea kayaking

Not all excursions are on dry land! Your ship may carry kayaks, giving you a chance to explore the ice floes under paddle power.

Previous Next

Where to stay

Sample accommodations & classes

Expand
Sea Spirit

Superior

Carrying a maximum of 116 passengers this outstanding vessel is equipped with inflatable rubber boats (Zodiacs) for shore transfers and cruising...

Previous Next

Request a detailed itinerary

Your details are safe and will not be used for any other purpose. By clicking 'Send' you agree to our Privacy Policy

Other tours you might like

Why Horizon Guides?

Expert travel guide

Expert travel guides

Our guides are written by the leading experts in their destinations. We never take payment for positive coverage so you can count on us for reliable and impartial travel advice.

Authentic experiences

Authentic experiences

We curate exceptional trips in underrated places, organised by the very best tour operators who live and breathe their destinations and are passionate about authentic, responsible tourism.

Give back to mother nature

Give back to mother nature

We'll plant 50 trees for every trip booked via the Horizon Guides site in partnership with the International Tree Foundation, who carry out sustainable community forestry projects in Africa.