Once the sole domain of whalers, explorers, scientists and soldiers, tours of Antarctica and the Antarctic Peninsula allow visitors access to a landscape of awe-inspiring majesty and haunting beauty. The best way to traverse this frozen land is by taking a tailor-made holiday. Cruising its otherworldly reaches is a once in a lifetime opportunity to escape from modern reality, to explore the wildest remaining frontier on the planet and experience a pure and extraordinary world unlike any other.
Despite its remote location, Antarctica is accessible by travelling from Argentina’s Tierra de Fuego on expeditionary ships that combine the spirit of adventure with levels of comfort and luxury unthinkable in the days of the great explorers. Cruising waters framed by turquoise cathedrals of ice and dotted with drifting blue-green icebergs is an unforgettable experience. However, breathtaking scenery is only half of the magic. Virtually unchanged since the days of Scott and Shackleton, this ice-bound paradise and its chilly waters are home to a huge concentration of wildlife. Zodiac expeditions ashore are guided by expert naturalists with bottomless funds of knowledge, while the dazzling daylight and lingering twilight of the polar night are a photographer’s dream.
Although passengers from the luxury cruisers are free to wander ashore on guided visits, the priority is, as the old cliché goes, ‘to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but memories’.
Time Difference (GMT) + 12 hour
Climate & average temperatures
Summer months Nov–March +8 to -10 degrees centigrade.
None. Occasional private charters
Flight time from UK
Either to Chile, Argentina or New Zealand & board ship.
Not with a UK passport
Contact your GP for information.
Setting the Ioffe apart is the unique opportunity to mix pampering and well-being with adventure.
Kayaking & camping, Gym, personal fitness instructor available, 6 suites
Venture deep into regions where other vessels cannot go while enjoying a privileged lifestyle that is simply second-to-none
Expert naturalists and special guest lecturers, Observation Lounge, Panorama Lounge, library and movie centre, beauty salon, 66 cabin suites all ocean view, Excursions & on-board theatre, 2 restaurants & 1 bar
Superb mega-yacht offers modern French elegance and sophisticated design
132 cabins, 2 restaurants & 3 bars, 1 pool, Spa
Flies over the Drake Passage allowing you to avoid the challenging sea crossing and enjoy the Antarctic Peninsula to the full
Observation lounge presentation room & library, 1 restaurant & 1 bar, Wildlife watching, tours, lectures & Zodiac boat visits
Quark are the original polar adventure company and offer some of the most comfortable cruise ships and some of the best guides and crew
Sea Spirit 53 cabins & Sea Adventurer 61 cabins, Kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing & Zodiac cruising
The camp offers portable comfort and security in extreme conditions
Tented accommodation, Expeditions, Games & activities organised by guides
Newly built ecological camp set in one of the last great wildernesses on earth
6 sleeping pods, Polar exploring, mountain hiking, kite surfing & penguin visits
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