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Antarctica and mid-Atlantic Islands trips

Our Antarctica Peninsula voyages depart from Ushuaia, Argentina, with selected voyages offering Fly/Sail Experience’ which replace one sea crossing with a short two-hour flight between Punta Arenas, Chile and King George Island at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula or Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands.

Remote and untamed, Antarctica is a wildlife paradise and adventurer’s playground. Those privileged to visit feel nature’s power, both in her storms and stunning beauty. Shackleton and Nordenskjold left a legacy of epic survival tales, scientific discoveries and historical sites. Like them, going south is possibly the greatest experience of our lives.

Whether flying from Punta Arenas or embarking Polar Pioneer in Ushuaia, Argentina, our small ship carries us to a paradise of ice-clad mountains, islands raucous with wild animals and comfortable passage through a glorious maze of sheltered channels and inlets. We’ll visit a unique continent, where penguins are curious, not afraid; seal pups sniff our gumboots and the cycle of life is on show. Cruising in Zodiacs, we might encounter spy-hopping humpbacks, slinky minkes or a leopard seal’s disquieting smile.

We are delighted to be introducing a fly and sail option on five new voyages to the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia, departing or returning from King George Island in the South Shetland Islands or Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands. Flights depart from either Punta Arenas or Santiago, cutting out one Drake Passage crossing and allowing passengers the opportunity of an in-depth exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula with a shorter overall trip.

For nearly two decades we’ve pioneered ship-based adventures to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, the Antarctic Peninsula and Weddell Sea. We are committed to small, low-impact groups keen to experience Antarctica, be it climbing, scuba diving, sea kayaking or sitting quietly and absorbing the beauty.

Each voyage differs with destination and seasonal change. Join us on the adventure of a lifetime!