Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands

These special departures on the M/V Plancius include two wildlife hotspots:  The Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. The South Shetland Islands are located 500 miles from Tierra del Fuego, and 75 miles from the Antarctic Peninsula. Explore this 335 mile long archipelago full of mountainous and glaciated islands.  King George Island houses many international research stations, while the caldera of a volcanic crater forms the unique shape of Deception Island.  As you continue south, you’ll visit the Antarctic Peninsula, which consists of a 500 mile long mountain chain, and numerous off-lying islands.

Wildlife encounters include large colonies of Gentoo, Chinstrap, and Adelie penguins, with excellent chances to observe Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and Fin Whales. And of course, the entire area boasts no lack of seabirds and sea lions.   With your comfortable expedition vessel as your home, you’ll have options to camp, kayak and snowshoe (with advance notice) along the way.  Your specialist guides provide you with details on historical explorations, geology, and explanations about the wildlife activity you encounter.

Departures

Price: 

Quad from $7900 pp
Twins from $9600 pp
Superior from
$11,700 pp

Travel Style: 
group trip