Antarctic Circle

Cross the Polar Circle. We’ll help you choose from a variety of cruises that offer you the chance to experience the Antarctic via hiking, kayaking, diving, and more.

Cruises to the Antarctic Circle

Polar Circle - Antarctic Peninsula


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.

Cruise date:

8 Mar - 19 Mar, 2018


7950 USD


Customer stories

Humpback Whales Sing for Food, Not Entertainment

The normal call of a humpback whale can be heard from miles away, and they often make noises that sound similar to crying, howling and moaning....

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8 Whales You Might See during Your Antarctica Cruise

They’re powerful. They’re beautiful. Some of them are really really big. Whales are a wonder of the natural world. Whale-watching is one of the...

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Antarctic Circle wildlife

See the impressive array of wildlife you may encounter::

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Map of Antarctic Circle

Antarctic Circle cruise reviews

Overall rating based on 6 votes

Luise Buisman
Dec/Jan 2017 Antarctica
by Luise Buisman on Antarctica

My trip to Antarctica on the Plancius 2016/17 was the most wonderful trip of my life. I love the Plancius, have also been to Spitsbergen on her. It is an excellent ship, homey yet graceful, the crew and the meals...

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Elizabeth Turton

Words are not adequate. Astounding scenery - surprising colourful Falklands, historic South Georgia with so many penguins, majestic islands, fascinating and colourful icebergs, sea ice and bergy bits - how many...

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jacques payant
professional team
by jacques payant on Antarctica

Great trip,great sea sick hahahah great weather.staff very very kind loved every minute of it just the drake passage was a little bit rought on the way to antartica but perfect on return with the pacth of doctor...

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Marie-Jose Godby
An Amazing Adventure
by Marie-Jose Godby on Antarctica

I have returned from this trip hungry to read all about the early Polar explorers thanks to two riveting talks by Henryk. I am looking to go to the Antarctic too as I have been wowed and inspired by the sights,...

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Nicole Versteeg
Wonderful and very special
by Nicole Versteeg on Antarctica

What a great trip! Warm people, fantastic ship, beautiful animals, great weather, wonderful nature, very friendly crew/staff .... This was a very special experience. Plenty of time to do whatever you want, take...

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wim van passel
best time of my life
by wim van passel on Antarctica

The past 20 years I have experienced the prevelage of being guest on board for 20 times or more. Both the arctic and Antarctic regions not only are the most impresive regions of this planet, but they also offer...

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Antarctic Circle FAQ

Where is the Antarctic Circle Located?

The Antarctic Circle, which is also referred to as a polar circle, is one of the five latitude circles that are used to divide maps of Earth. An expedition cruise to the Antarctic Circle will take travelers south of the Equator to the 66°33′45.9″...


What is the Average Temperature and Weather of the Antarctic Circle?

Due to the range of the Antarctic Circle, the average weather conditions can vary greatly. However, most expedition cruises that go near the Antarctic Circle stop at Detaille Island. This area can be warmer than many travelers would imagine. For example,...


How Big is the Antarctic Circle?

The Antarctic Circle is slowly moving southward. This movement changes its exact coordinates by approximately 15 meters (49 feet) every year. At the current time, the entire area beneath the Antarctic Circle takes up 20 million square km (7.7 million...


Who Discovered the Antarctic Circle?

Although we do not know which individual determined the existence of this polar circle, history does tell us that James Cook was the first person to travel to the Antarctic Circle. Cook reportedly crossed the circle via boat in 1773 as part of his second...


What Wildlife Can Be Seen in the Antarctic Circle?

The exact area of the Antarctic Circle that you visit will directly impact the type of wildlife that you might encounter. During a cruise to the Antarctic Circle, it is possible that you will see a variety of penguin species, along with whales, seals...


What Are the Unique Features of an Antarctic Circle Cruise?

A cruise to the Antarctic Circle is definitely a unique experience, and you may see a variety of photo-worthy things. Examples include wildlife, glaciers and icebergs. One of the most intriguing facts about the Antarctic Circle is the region’s 24...


About Antarctic Circle

Antarctic Circle Weather

While much is said about just how frosty it can get in the Antarctic, your Polar Circle trip will happen in a more hospitable time of year. When you visit the islands and the continent you can expect temperatures to range from around 0°C up to about 5°C.

However, when you’re thinking about what clothes to bring don’t forget about the famous Polar Circle winds which can whisk away your body heat. 

Facts about the Antarctic Circle

  • The magnetic South Pole is constantly on the move, travelling about 8 km a year.
  • The southern Polar Circle contains the driest, coldest, and windiest continent on Earth – Antarctica!
  • The western portion of Antarctica is actually an archipelago (chain of islands) that are all joined together into one big mass by ice.
  • The South Polar Circle is defined by anything south of 66°30’ S line of latitude.
  • This line of latitude was first crossed by Captain James Cook on January 17, 1773.
  • The hours of daylight on any particular day in the southern Polar Circle are matched by hours of night in the northern Polar Circle.
  • Winds in some places within the South Polar Circle can reach 320 km per hour.

Travel to the Antarctic Circle

Your Polar Circle cruise to the Antarctic region brings you to one of the coldest, windiest, and driest places on Earth… and yet one that is teeming with a huge variety of wildlife and fantastic rugged landscapes.

Our Polar Circle expeditions are a trip to Heaven for bird watchers. You’ll be able to go ashore on islands and the continent, and the experienced can even go diving into waters shared by seals and whales. On your Polar Circle holiday you’ll be able to kayak, join photography workshops, make friends with thousands of penguins, an enjoy great whale watching opportunities.