Spectacular Ross Sea

Cruise to the southern reaches of the Antarctic Peninsula, Peter I Island, the Bellinghausen and Amundsen Seas, and on into the Ross Sea.

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In Polar Travel, choice of clothing can mean life or death

With temperatures like this, it is vital to be prepared. In fact, it is life threatening if you aren’t. My first impulse, when planning my journey...

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The first winter over in Antarctica

In 1899, Carsten Borchgrevink and his nine selected men became the first to winter-over in Antarctica. The 10 men were to spend the dark winter...

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Ross Sea cruise reviews

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cossart marc
Trip of a life
by cossart marc on Antarctica

Difficult in a short space to explain a trip like that, specially if English is not your first language.. For me, that was what I have expected, the weather was correct, that permits helicopter tours, but too...

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Valmar Kurol
Peter I island
by Valmar Kurol on Antarctica

A fantastic place to be on a clear day. One of the highlights of the Ross Sea trip, if the weather allows.

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Dale Jacobsen
Blue Ice
by Dale Jacobsen on Antarctica

I had waited a lifetime to do this trip. I hoped it would live up to my expectations. Well, it was so far above and beyond anything I had hoped for, two years later, I am still under its influence. Most likely...

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Ross Sea FAQ

What is the Ross Sea voyage like?

The Ross Sea in Antarctica is one of the most remote places on Earth. Due to heavy pack-ice cover for the biggest part of the year it is off the beaten tourist track of Antarctica. Only the strongest ice-strengthened ships are able to penetrate this high-Antarctic...


What is the weather at Ross Sea like?

As the Ross Sea is under the direct influence of the harsh Antarctic continental climate, temperatures are on the average low, around 1ºC (34ºF). In February – March, at the end of the Austral summer, temperatures can even drop slightly...


What to wear at the Ross Sea trip?

As it can be cold in the Ross Sea warm clothing is essential. Waterproof trousers and jacket against wind, rain and salt spray coming into the zodiac. Furthermore thermal underwear, fleece jackets, warm gloves and a warm hat are essential. Rubber-boots...


How do I get ashore at the Ross Sea?

There are no harbours in the Ross Sea. Landings are carried out by zodiac and helicopter.


Where is the Ross Sea Located and how big is it?

The Ross Sea is located between the Marie Bryd Land and Victoria Land in the Southern Ocean. This deep bay is part of the Antarctica region, and it is near the Amundsen Sea. During an expedition cruise to the Ross Sea, you will see several islands and...


Who Discovered the Ross Sea?

It is unknown for certain who first discovered and recorded the existence of the Ross Sea, but we do know that James Clark Ross commanded the first two ships to ever enter these frigid waters. Ross’ efforts to make it to the south magnetic pole...


About Ross Sea

Ross Sea weather

While temperatures during the Antarctic winter months can drop as low as around -50°C, you can expect slightly more comfortable temperatures around -10°C - 0°C during your Ross Sea cruise.

If you’re wondering what clothing to bring, don’t worry, we have you covered. Follow this link and scroll about one third of the way down the page to get all sorts of clothing guidelines and tips.

Facts about the Ross Sea

  • A colossal squid measuring longer than 10 metres and weighing almost 500 kilograms was found in the Ross Sea in 2007.
  • All the islands found within the limits of the Ross Sea have been claimed by New Zealand, although most countries don’t bother to recognise the claims.
  • The Ross Ice Shelf is the largest such shelf on Earth. At approximately 472,000 km2 it is roughly the size of Spain. It soars anywhere between 15 and 60 metres high and extends nearly 800 kilometres along the shoreline.
  • The Ross Sea is named after Captain James Clark Ross who mapped the area in the 1841.
  • Since the Ross Sea is the open waterway closest to the actual South Pole it has become the launching spot of many exploration expeditions that went on to journey inland.
  • The Ross Ice Shelf was the mother to what was quite possibly the biggest iceberg ever. The iceberg broke off of the shelf in the year 2000, measuring 295 km at its longest point and 37 km at its widest. Altogether it boasted a surface area of about 11,000 km2.
  • Wildlife flourishes despite the harsh cold of the waters. Some of the fish found in the Ross Sea have antifreeze in their veins to keep them from freezing solid.


Travel to the Ross Sea

Travel to the Ross Sea and experience one of the most pristine untouched landscapes left in the world. Your Ross Sea expedition will be full of activities that let you take in the rugged and clean beauty of the area – hike the shores of Antarctica, visiti historical sites from the Golden Age of Exploration like the huts of explorers Shackleton and Scott, and enjoy unique helicopter flights to the Dry Valleys and the Ross Ice Shelf.

Your Ross Sea trip will also introduce you to a surprising abundance of wildlife. Go bird watching on the lookout for albatrosses and Petrels. Cruise along the shores in a Zodiac and say hello to seals and a variety of whales. Your Ross Sea holiday even lets you take helicopter rides to gain the maximum of everything in this spectacular place.