Wildlife Holidays in Antarctica

Antarctica is a land of superlatives. It is the coldest, windiest, driest, iciest and highest of all the major landmasses of the world. It is a continent of extremes, but also one of extreme beauty. Those fortunate enough to explore its icy shores cannot fail to be awestruck by the sheer grandeur of the landscape: the towering glaciers, rugged snow-covered mountains and huge icebergs carved into myriad shapes by the relentless pounding of the Southern Ocean. This encircling ocean is, in turn, one of the richest on the planet and the basis for the food-chain that supports Antarctica's huge concentration of wildlife. Every spring, as the pack ice slowly retreats, millions of penguins, seabirds and other creatures leave the vastness of these turbulent waters to converge on the continent to breed and raise their young. By late January the breeding season is at its peak, penguins and albatrosses are busily feeding chicks, and the race to fledge is in full swing before the return of the polar night, and winter’s renewed grip.

Speak with our Antarctica specialist

Paul Stanbury
Operations Manager
Paul Stanbury

Our Specialist Recommends

"We recommend joining one of our exclusive wildlife charters to Antarctica – on our comfortable ice-strengthened ship – which we operate every couple of years. In our opinion, small ship cruising is the only way to enjoy the wildlife and scenery of this breathtaking continent. Cruises on larger vessels often don't have enough landing craft to allow all passengers to disembark at the same time and don’t have either the expertise on board, or the time available, to focus on the wildlife and visit the best sites. On our exclusive charters, you can be assured that the wildlife and landscapes will be the primary focus on the cruise, that you will be able to disembark at every stop and will be accompanied by our expert wildlife guides every step of the way!"

Operations Manager - Paul Stanbury

Naturetrek Tours to Antarctica