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Rachel Uzzell

Senior Travel Specialist

01242 386 477

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Best Time To Go

October - February

Holiday Length

14 nights

Price guide

From £12,298pp

This price is a guide – based on two people sharing a porthole cabin.
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Crossing the Antarctic Circle

Embark on the expedition vessel Island Sky for an Antarctic adventure. You’ll be accompanied by experienced, knowledgeable guides as well as a professional photographer to help you capture those memorable moments. Travel through some of the world’s most remote landscapes, passing spectacular waterways such as Crystal Sound, as you head towards the Antarctic Circle. A vast array of wildlife can be seen from the comfortable and spacious ship, including whale, dolphin, seal and various species of seabird. Camping and kayaking are also available for a supplement.

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Island Sky




This departure is aboard the vessel Island Sky.

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Ahead of your expedition, explore Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the world. This Argentinian settlement is bounded by ice-capped mountains and the sparkling Beagle Channel. Sample South American cuisine, wander the leather markets and hop on a steam engine dubbed the ‘Train at the End of the World’. Sleep in style at the luxurious Arakur Hotel & Resort, ensuring you’re well rested ahead of your embarkation. The expedition rundown in the evening offers the ideal moment to ask questions and meet fellow travellers. 


In the morning, take in more of Ushuaia and its Patagonian surrounds, or relax at the luxury resort. Transfer to Island Sky in the afternoon to meet the ship’s officers and your expedition team. After a safety briefing and dinner with the captain, gaze out at the scenery as the ship sails through the Beagle Channel. Keep an eye out for penguin, cormorant and sea lion.

Drake Passage

As your ship edges closer to the Antarctic, polar experts will prepare you with presentations covering this region’s wildlife and history. Watch the mercury drop once you cross the Antarctic Convergence – you’re now in the most southerly ocean in the world. If you’re interested in citizen science, take part in a seabird sighting survey, or help collect salinity samples and weather data along the way. Spot towering icebergs, breaching whale and soaring seabirds from the deck of the Island Sky.

South Shetland Island

Explore the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula by inflatable boat, marvelling at the natural beauty of this region up close. Your expedition team will craft a flexible itinerary to visit the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula. Stop at penguin rookeries, seal wallows and whale feeding areas, as well as sites of historic and scientific interest. Your first sight of land will likely be the volcanic South Shetland Islands. Visit Half Moon Island or the historic Deception Island. Whilst here, spot chinstrap penguin and southern elephant seal.

Antarctic Circle

Sail further south across the Bransfield Strait, towards the Antarctic Circle, before cruising northward through the narrow channels of the Antarctic Peninsula. Visit spectacular inlets such as Crystal Sound, or the living museums of Detaille and Horseshoe Island. These waters are significantly further south making sea ice more common. The ice determines the direction of adventure in these lesser travelled waterways, ensuring no two journeys are the same.

Antarctic Peninsula

Heading north, enter Gerlache Strait and Trinity Coast. Here you may explore the sheltered Paradise Harbour, Wilhelmina Bay where humpback whales swim, Penola Channel with its abundant wildlife or the majestic Neumayer Channel. Stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi, or a historic base such as the UK’s Port Lockroy. Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguin abound, along with the predatory leopard seal and the assertive Antarctic fur seal. You’re likely to spot orca as well as minke and humpback whale, all frequent visitors in the late season.

Drake Passage

Whilst the Island Sky returns north through the Drake Passage, enjoy more of the expedition team’s fascinating presentations. There are still plenty of chances to spot the wildlife that flourishes in this sub-zero paradise. During your trip back to Ushuaia, relive your fond memories with a slideshow of your Antarctic expedition.


This morning, disembark from the Island Sky. You can take a flight to Buenos Aires, or remain to explore more of Ushaia and surrounding Patagonia. Once home, share your stories and snaps with friends and family. The spectacular scenery and majestic wildlife you’ve encountered on your Antarctic journey will leave a lasting impression on you. 

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