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Join WILDFOOT Travel on a once in a lifetime Antarctica expedition cruise to explore the world’s last great wilderness. A land of extremes with unforgettable scenery that’s swarming with wildlife, the Antarctic is like nowhere else on earth. It truly is a breath-taking experience. 

Antarctica and the other polar regions of South Georgia and the Falklands are an unspoilt part of the world, rich with wildlife, spectacular scenery and panoramic views. A bucket list trip for all keen explorers and adventurers, experiencing the Antarctic’s wildlife is remarkable. It’s a wildlife haven. From towering iceberg whales to seals, birds, and an endless parade of penguins acting out their daily routine, it’s an intimate experience that you will treasure.

Our Antarctica expedition cruises are available between late October and March. For the more adventurous and thrill-seekers, you can fly in for extreme skiing and climbing. Whatever your choice, an expert will always be on hand to share their knowledge and experience.

Antarctica is by no means short of wildlife; you’ll be spotting mammals and birds from the moment you set sail. Scroll down to view WILDFOOT Travel’s latest deals or contact one of our expert travellers today for more information.

If there’s a particular destination in Antarctica that you would like to visit, whether it’s the mountainous Elephant Island or intriguing Deception Island, contact us today. Deception Island is part of the South Shetland Islands, which has one of the most secure harbours in Antarctica and an impressive caldera that was formed after a volcanic eruption.

Our experienced team will recommend a bespoke itinerary to suit your requirements perfectly. 

John Swindell
John Swindell
Antarctica Specialist

Speak to someone who’s been to Antarctica. Start planning your tailor-made trip by calling one of our friendly destination specialists on 0800 195 3385 or 44 1625 581143 for outside the UK.

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Considering a cruise to Antarctica? Watch our amazing Antarctica cruise video and take a look at what's in store on a cruise in this frozen wonderland.

Download Our Antarctica Brochure

Our Antarctica brochure contains a sample of some of our favourite Antarctica itineraries, created with you, the customer, in mind. Carefully selected by our team of wildlife-travel specialists, our exciting programme of out-of-the-ordinary travel adventures combines the planet’s most sought-after wildlife experiences with the very best in transport, accommodation and expert guiding.

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Top 5 reasons to visit Antarctica

  • Antarctica cruises allow you to see amazing polar wildlife including penguins, other birds, whales, seals and more
  • An Antarctica cruise delivers spectacular scenery - icebergs, glaciers and mountains
  • Take a break from you Antarctica cruise to enjoy extreme sporting activities like skiing, climbing, diving and more
  • Visit historical sites of the great Antarctic explorers
  • Joining an Antarctica cruise is the ultimate travel tick-box

Getting There...

The Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia are reached from South America, usually from Ushuaia (Argentina) or Punta Arenas (Chile). There are regular flights from Europe and North America to Buenos Aires and Santiago, with connections south. You will then board a vessel which will journey down to the Antarctica.


Our Fly the Drake expedition offers the exclusive opportunity to soar above the waters, giving you an eagle’s view of the icebergs and dramatic landscape, landing in the South Shetland Islands in just three hours.


The Ross Sea and Commonwealth Bay (East Antarctica) areas are reached from either South Island New Zealand or Tasmania, Australia. There are regular flights to gateway cities in both countries from most parts of the world.


Embark on an incredible expedition on a cruise across the seas and discover a whole new world from the comfort of a vessel which is recommended to you based on your needs. Most our trips depart from Ushuaia and go through the Drake Passage where there are opportunities to see stunning sea birds and albatross. You’ll rarely cross paths with another vessel, adding to the exclusivity of this amazing trip of a lifetime.


It’s imperative that travellers embarking on an Antarctica expedition cruise have adequate travel insurance. All expedition companies require evidence of this since evacuation costs from remote polar areas are incredibly high.

Travellers should be in good health and able to participate in normal expedition activities.

If you have any doubts or concerns, please give us a call and chat with one of our travel experts. We’re happy to discuss any aspect of your cruise. 


Entry requirements to Antarctica depend on the country of access. 



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The Antarctic is rich in marine wildlife. This polar region has several species of whales including Humpback, Minke and Orca, as well as other cetaceans and pinnipeds either native or visiting throughout the season. The prime time for whale watching is January to mid-March; however, they can be spotted throughout this polar region between late October and March. The Drake Passage and the Lemaire Channel are where you are most likely to enjoy observation. If your sole reason for visiting Antarctica is for whale watching, you certainly won’t be disappointed.

For a more intimate experience, try cold water scuba diving for a unique, unforgettable encounter. You can find out more about Antarctica’s marine animals here.

Visit our whale watching page to learn more about this spectacular marine wildlife.

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There are 46 species of birds that are native to Antarctica, including Storm-Petrels, Cormorants, Jaegers, Egrets and more. Penguins are the most popular bird that live in Antarctica, with 17 different species, but, the Emperor and Adelie are the only real native birds from this polar region. WILDFOOT Travel has itineraries available for penguin experiences, speak to one of our experts for more information.

The best time of year to visit Antarctica for an unforgettable birdwatching experience is during mid-season. However, South Georgia is the best place to see Albatrosses during the summer months. To experience something more remarkable, visit the season early for nesting and later for chicks. Find out more about Antarctica’s birds here.

Your trip to Antarctica won’t disappoint. You can walk amongst thousands of nesting penguins and get up close and personal to nesting Albatross and other native birds. An Antarctica expedition cruise is a birder’s haven.

The best time of year for birdwatching is to earlier in the season, and the Falkland Islands and South Georgia are the perfect locations. 

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Land based

Land Based Options

For land-based experiences, we have ‘Basecamp’ activities available from the ship. For more intrepid activities, we have fly-in extreme skiing, snowshoeing, mountaineering, kayaking, and camping. Speak to one of our experts or download our brochure for more information or visit our Antarctica land-based page on our website.

Our Antarctica trips are especially popular with avid photographers, who are offered the opportunity to capture incredible scenery and diverse wildlife in their natural habitat.

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Side Tours

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When travelling to the Antarctic, you’re venturing to the bottom of the world on an exciting and unforgettable Antarctica expedition. If you choose to fly over the Drake Passage, you will glide over some of the most beautiful, diverse and unspoilt countryside’s on Earth to get to the southern polar region.

South Georgia for example is the ‘jewel of the crown’. It will create some of your best memories and photographic opportunities, blessed with dramatic snow-capped mountains, Kind penguins and birdlife. It’s an isolated island in Antarctica and like nowhere else in the world.

Antarctica is a once in a lifetime experience, so take advantage and have some extra time before or after your Antarctica trip to explore something else of this fantastic continent. WILDFOOT Travel has some suggested tours in Argentina to give you a taste of what else you can do and experience. Speak to our team for more information.

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How WILDFOOT creates your holiday Adventure

Talk to someone who knows. Our specialist consultants are here to help you every step of the way – here’s how..

1 Travel Expert

Talk to a specialist
travel expert

Visit the wildfoot website for inspiration on your choice of adventures and destinations, then call us and speak to one of our specialists for first hand advice. We can start the planning process straight away, if you are ready.

2 Globe

Create your personal
holiday adventure

Your specialist consultant will set the ball rolling and work with you to choose the right itinerary (and the right ship, if you are going to the arctic or antarctic) just for you, to suit your requirements and budget.

3 Departure

Help right up
to departure

We will answer any questions about your trip that may arise and, when you have paid your balance (12-15 weeks prior to departure), we will send you your detailed itinerary and go through it with you.

4 Booking Process

...and after
departure too

We are still there for you even when you have left home – our partners overseas are there to assist, especially for emergencies and you can contact us at any time in the uk by e-mail or telephone.

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