Antarctic Peninsula

See the boundless icescapes of the Antarctic Continent

Cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula

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Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctica
Up to 3000 USD discount

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctica

Meet at least six penguin species!

HDS21-19. A cruise to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia & the Antarctic Peninsula. Visit some of the most beautiful arrays of wildlife on Earth. This journey will introduce you to at least 6 species of penguin and a whole lot of Antarctic fur seals! Including photography workshops with Neill Drake and video...

m/v Hondius

m/v Hondius

Cruise date:

3 Nov - 23 Nov, 2019

Price:

14900 USD 11900 USD 3000 USD discount

Weddell Sea - Antarctic Discoverer
Up to 1550 USD discount

Weddell Sea - Antarctic Discoverer

Tour one of Antarctica's most scenic seas

PLA30-19. The Weddell Sea Discoverer cruise sails through the iceberg-blessed Antarctic Sound on their way to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll get to spot out a variety of seals, the fantastically beautiful landscapes, and the noisy rookeries of thousands of nesting penguins.

m/v Plancius

m/v Plancius

Cruise date:

11 Mar - 22 Mar, 2019

Price:

7950 USD 6400 USD 1550 USD discount

Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp

The best activity voyage in Antarctica

PLA28-19. The Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp cruise offers you a myriad of ways to explore and enjoy the Antarctic Region. This expedition allows you to hike, snowshoe, kayak, go mountaineering, and even camp out under the Southern Polar skies.

m/v Plancius

m/v Plancius

Cruise date:

17 Feb - 28 Feb, 2019

Price:

on request

Polar Circle - Antarctic Peninsula

Crossing the Polar Circle

PLA29-19. This Polar Circle and Antarctic Peninsula cruise passes through waters travelled by Humpback, Minke and Fin whales. Anchoring in various spots around the region, the expedition offers the chance to hike, kayak, and dive in the iceberg-heavy waters.

m/v Plancius

m/v Plancius

Cruise date:

28 Feb - 11 Mar, 2019

Price:

on request

Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp

The best activity voyage in Antarctica

OTL32-19. The Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp cruise offers you a myriad of ways to explore and enjoy the Antarctic Region. This expedition allows you to hike, snowshoe, kayak, go mountaineering, and even camp out under the Southern Polar skies.

m/v Ortelius

m/v Ortelius

Cruise date:

7 Mar - 18 Mar, 2019

Price:

7950 USD

Video Antarctic Expedition

Customer stories

Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia: a Birding Perspective

Southern Giant Petrels zoomed around, and there were some interesting birds in the bay itself, notably Great Grebes. Three South American Sealions...

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The Ins, Outs, and Ups of Polar Mountaineering & Ski Mountaineering

To shed some light on these ultimate outings, here’s a rough guide to polar mountaineering and ski mountaineering, telling you what the activities...

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Wildlife

See the impressive array of wildlife you may encounter::

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Map of Antarctic Peninsula

Antarctic Peninsula cruise reviews

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Overall rating based on 123 votes

Les Howarth

My trip to Antarctica on board m/v Plancius by far exceeded my expectations. We were fortunate enough to have exceptional weather,.allowing us to make the most of the continuous activities. With 2 shore excursions...

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Kim Larkin

Visiting Antarctica is truly a once in a lifetime experience and Oceanwide is the company to go with. In addition to comfortable accommodations on the ship and great food, they worked incredibly hard to make...

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Andrew Burr
Fabulous Trip
by Andrew Burr on Antarctica

Quite incredible trip. Truly, intimately, and fully experienced the wild Antarctic environment and its wildlife. Highly recommend kayaking. The expedition staff were exceptionally helpful, enthusiastic, knowledgeable...

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Mark Sibree
Couldn't be Better!
by Mark Sibree on Antarctica

Our visit to the Antarctic Peninsula could not have been better. Even the weather teamed up to provide a great experience. We had a calm Drake Passage South and maybe a bit less so going North. The experience...

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Megan Shannon
Trip of a lifetime
by Megan Shannon on Antarctica

Quite simply, the most outstanding trip! The natural beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula with its abundant wildlife and pristine ice structures is breathtaking. I paid extra for the camping and kayaking options...

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Jon Kimble

A great time with great staff and crew service! I’d definitely recommend this team to anyone wanting to travel to the polar regions.

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Antarctic Peninsula FAQ

What is the Time in the Antarctic Peninsula?

The Antarctic Peninsula follows Coordinated Universal Time -3 (UTC -3). This means that if it is 18:00 UTC-3 (6 p.m.) during your expedition cruise trip to the Antarctic Peninsula , it would be 17:00 (5 p.m.) in New York City, USA and 22:00 (10 p.m.)...

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What is the Temperature and Weather Like in the Antarctic Peninsula?

The climate in the Antarctic Peninsula is much milder than most people would imagine because it is located near the most northerly part of Antarctica. If you travel to the Antarctic Peninsula during January, which is summertime, you can expect an average...

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What Wildlife Can I See in the Antarctic Peninsula?

Animal lovers who take their holiday in the Antarctic Peninsula will be treated to a diverse list of wildlife that is especially suited to the area’s cold climate. It is common to encounter several penguin species such as the Gentoo penguins. Other...

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What Unique Features Does the Antarctic Peninsula Have?

The Antarctic Peninsula is one of the most beautiful regions of the entire continent. Your cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula will reveal the most diverse mixture of wildlife throughout Antarctica. The scenery in this region is dramatic, filled with...

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How long has Oceanwide Expeditions been running expeditions?

Even though Oceanwide Expeditions was founded in 1996, we look back at 32+ years of experience in expedition cruising with a thorough knowledge of the areas visited. The Dutch Plancius Foundation (1981-1996) was the predecessor of Oceanwide Expeditions.

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Who owns the ships that the expeditions of Oceanwide Expeditions are on?

Oceanwide Expeditions owns its own ships. We have 5 vessels on our disposal; m/v Hondius, m/v Ortelius, m/v Plancius and s/v Rembrandt van Rijn. The vessel s/v Noorderlicht is a charter vessel. 

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About Antarctic Peninsula

Antarctic Peninsula Weather

The weather patterns on the Peninsula can vary significantly depending on where you are. The west coast of the Peninsula down to about 68°S are actually fairly mild with the local summers averaging around 0°C and the winters only dipping down to around -10°C.

Moving below 63°S along the west coast the averages drop to -15°C in the winter.


Facts about the Antarctic Peninsula

  • The Peninsula is the only part of the Antarctic that extends out beyond the border of the Antarctic Circle. It is the part of the continent that is the furthest out from the South Pole.
  • The only flowering plants on the continent (the Antarctic Pearlwart and the Antarctic Hair-grass) are found on the Peninsula.
  • The Peninsula is about 2000 km long.
  • The Peninsula was originally named the Palmer Peninsula by the U.S., named after an American explorer who journeyed to the area in November of 1820. Other countries later gave it different names – Graham Land and Trinity Peninsula (Britain, 1832), San Martin Land (Argentina, 1940), and O’Higgins Land (Chile, 1942). It didn’t gain the name of the Antarctic Peninsula until 1964 when an international agreement was reached.
  • The Peninsula is regulated under the international Antarctic Treaty System which promotes use of the area for scientific study (especially in regards to environmental safety). There are currently 28 research posts stationed along the Peninsula.
  • The Peninsula is actually a continuation of the Andes Mountains which run down almost the entire west coast of South America
  • There are 28 countries currently contributing to the scientific research conducted on the Peninsula.

Travel to the Antarctic Peninsula

An Antarctic Peninsula cruise carries you into a world of beautiful stark landscapes and a surprisingly vast array of animal life. Embark on one of our Antarctic Peninsula expeditions and use our ice strengthened cruise ships as a home base as you explore the region while snowshoeing & hiking, kayaking, bird watching, mountaineering, or even camping overnight onshore.

Your Antarctic Peninsula holiday will introduce you to 5 seal species, 37 flying seabird species, whales, and more penguins than you can count.