Weddell Sea

Be part of a true expedition voyage as you cruise into an area of amazing wildlife and huge tabular icebergs.

Cruises to the Weddell Sea

Weddell Sea - In search of the Emperor Penguin incl. helicopters

Searching for the Elusive Emperor Penguins

OTL22-21. A true expedition, our Weddell Sea cruise sets out to explore the range of the Emperor Penguins near Snow Hill Island. We will visit the area via helicopter and see a variety of other birds and penguins including Adélies and Gentoos.

m/v Ortelius

m/v Ortelius

Cruise date:

14 Nov - 24 Nov, 2021


11300 USD


Customer stories

A helicopter flight over Antarctica

Dutch journalist Gemma Venhuizen embarked on the m/v Ortelius during the Weddell Sea cruise ‘In search of the emperor penguins – including helicopters’....

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Our Third Consecutive Landing at Snow Hill Island

For the third time in as many years, Oceanwide Expeditions has achieved helicopter landings at Snow Hill Island, hiking our passengers to the...

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Weddell Sea wildlife

See the impressive array of wildlife you may encounter::

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Map of Weddell Sea

Weddell Sea cruise reviews

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Overall rating based on 6 votes

Alessandra Coppa
by Alessandra Coppa on Antarctica

When I told my friends I was going to Antarctica for the second time, they didn't seem to understand why. It's difficult to explain to those who don't love this continent, how much it can offer. There...

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Beckianne Kilkenny
Best experience of my life!
by Beckianne Kilkenny on Antarctica

Our trip was so successful it felt as if we might be under some sort of spell of providential protection and luck. Every landing occurred in calm waters with favorable weather and abundant wildlife. We were able...

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sandra thomas
emperor penguins
by sandra thomas on Antarctica

a terrific trip all the crew were fantastic Claudia chief guide was amazing and organized all very well. The food was worthy of a 5 star restaurant thanks to Mr Khabir. The lectures all were interesting and informative,...

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Fred Atwood
An AMAZING trip!
by Fred Atwood on Antarctica

Excellent guides, amazing scenery and wildlife, comfortable cabins and ship, very good food, a nice family feel. Expedition leader did an amazing job reorganizing our itinerary as the wind and sea ice blocked...

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Jânio Tjoe-Awie
Weddell Sea 2019
by Jânio Tjoe-Awie on Antarctica

Trip to remember. The original trip location was the Weddell Sea, because of wheater condition (ice) we where not able to enter this area. The replacement programme was good organised and for me as a first time...

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Claudia Wu Chang
Awesome trip
by Claudia Wu Chang on Antarctica

Captain Barria and Toni Salo, made the Drake seameless!! Not even dramamine was needed! Beau and the expedition team, was just extraordinary! We had 12 days or magnificent sunlight, and they made sure every day...

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Weddell Sea FAQ

Where is the Weddell Sea?

The Weddell Sea is a marginal sea of the Southern Ocean that is situated along the coast of Antarctica south of the Atlantic Ocean. The Antarctica Peninsula is situated at the West of the Weddell Sea. Much of the Weddell Sea is covered with Ice through...


What animals can I spot at the Weddell Sea?

You can see enormous amounts of animals in and around the Weddell Sea such as  Adelie penguins, Emperor penguins, Weddell seals and Orca. 


What is the climate at the Weddell Sea?

The Weddell Sea has a big impact on the local climate. The area typically has strong surface winds, and this carries strong winds into the mountains and lower latitudes. These winds also have an impact on the South Atlantic Ocean because they tend to...


How can I reach the Emperor Penguins?

Although we may not be able to reach the emperor penguin rookery of Snow Hill Island in the Weddell Sea (less than 50% chance) we have good chances to observe individual emperors on the edge if the pack-ice.


Where is the Weddell Sea Located?

The Weddell Sea is located between the land boundaries of the Antarctic Peninsula to the west and Coats Land to the east. When you travel to the Weddell Sea region, your cruise will take you through territorial areas that have been claimed by Britain,...


What is the Average Temperature and Weather of the Weddell Sea?

The Weddell Sea has a big impact on the local climate. The area typically has strong surface winds, and this carries strong winds into the mountains and lower latitudes. These winds also have an impact on the South Atlantic Ocean because they tend to...


About Weddell Sea

Weddell Sea Weather

The eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula (where the Weddell Sea is located) is known for its wild weather. At its warmest you can expect temperatures around 0°C. What you really have to dress for on your Weddell Sea cruise is the winds which can howl through the area to carry away your body heat.

If you scroll one third of the way down this page you’ll find a handy guide to help you pack for your trip.

Facts about The Weddell Sea

  • The majority of the southern part of the Weddell Sea is permanently covered by sea ice.
  • The Weddell Sea is the body of water that sits to the east of the arm that is the Antarctic Peninsula and the main body of the continent.
  • The Weddell Sea (along with the Antarctic Peninsula) is the most diverse area for marine life in the Antarctic region. The food chain starts with the massive amounts of krill that are found in the waters.
  • The Weddell Sea as a whole is claimed by both Britain and Argentina, and Chile also claims a portion of the area.
  • The Weddell Sea is named after James Waddell who, on the Jane and the Beaufoy, was the first to be able to sail into the area in 1823.
  • There are over 200 species of fish in the area, including the Channichthyidae which are known as “bloodless fishes.”
  • The Weddell Sea is said to have the clearest water of all the seas in the world.

Travel to the Weddell Sea

Heading to the east of the Antarctic Peninsula, your Weddell Sea expedition takes you to an area of amazing wildlife depth and diversification despite the harsh conditions. On your cruise including the Weddell Sea you’ll have the chance to encounter whales, seals, birds, and thousands of penguins, all of which have adapted to the remarkably difficult yet beautiful environment.