Antarctica – a Wildlife Oasis!

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Where else in the world can you experience the dramatic extremes of a frozen continent? Holding the title of the coldest, driest and windiest place on earth, it may surprise some that Antarctica is also one of the most wild-life rich continents in the world!

Encounter king penguins on a day trek, paddle alongside whales in your kayak, catch sightings of leopard seals, orcas, crab-eater and minke in the waters, as well as albatross, kelp gulls, petrels and blue-eyed cormorants in the sky. Find out where you need to go to get up close and personal with the Antarctica’s greatest wildlife!

Shetland Islands

The Shetland Islands have an abundance of wildlife, including Antarctic terns, chinstrap and Adélie penguins, blue-eyed shags and southern giant petrels. Venturing to the Shetland Islands will take you across the Drake Passage, justifiably famous for its cetaceans, large flights of albatrosses, as well as whales and dolphins that frolic in the waters. If your idea of a good time includes encountering huge penguin colonies; viewing seabirds soaring overhead; or perhaps spotting whales and seals that frequent the icy polar waters, then a visit to the Shetland Islands is a must!

Take me there!

Jump on the 11 day Antarctica Explorer and cruise to the magnificent South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula aboard the comfortable research vessel, the MV Ushuaia. On this exciting Antarctica Explorer trip that passes through the Drake Passage, you’ll be accompanied by an expert crew and experienced naturalists, so you can fully appreciate this unique region whilst receiving great value for money. Departs February 2017, book now!

Strapped for time? Jump on the shorter 9 day Taste Of Antarctica trip for an equally immersive experience with 2 days experiencing the Shetland Islands. Departs February, book now!

Explore Antarctica in December and be accompanied by Antarctica wildlife including sea birds, seals and whales as they make their migration south for the summer! The Explore Antarctica Trip departs December, book now!

South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

The sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia is blessed with huge glaciers and a profusion of wildlife. With over 45 species of birds including seabirds, albatrosses and many more, there’s no shortage of wildlife if you’re looking to the skies. You’ll also catch sightings of the world’s only meat-eating duck, the pintail, as well as Antarctica’s famous songbird the popit, not to mention literally thousands of king, macaroni and rockhopper penguins. The Falkland Islands offer the ultimate prolific birding experience, with some of the world’s rarest and most enchanting feathered friends residing within the archipelago.

Take me there!

If you want a white Christmas to remember, then hop on board the South Georgia and Antarctica Adventure for the ultimate Antarctica wildlife experience. We’ll visit the Falkland Islands New and Westpoint islands, the latter which has over 2000 albatross and about 400 pairs of rockhopper penguins residing, before spending time in South Georgia spending time visiting rockeries and viewing the diverse wildlife that resides on the island. Exploring the western flanks of the Antarctic Peninsula provides a further highlight before we recross the fabled Drake Passage to arrive in Ushuaia

We can’t think of a better way to spend Christmas and New Years than by cruising the magnificent Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula? Can you? Book on the December 2016 departure today!

Macquarie Island

Listed as a World Heritage area in 1997, Macquarie Island is a wildlife haven located 1,500 kms south-east of Tasmania. The island is recognised for its rich and diverse wildlife, designated as one of “‘the most important and significant natural habitats’ on the planet”. The cool temperate climate creates prime conditions to support a vast array of wildlife including albatross, penguins, petrels, prions, shearwaters and marine mammals like sea lions, fur seals and elephant seals!

Take a trip on the Macquarie Island Expedition for an incredible journey to four unique subantarctic islands ‑ The Snares, Aucklands, Macquarie & Campbell.

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