Weddell Sea

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

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

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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.

Cruise date:

27 Nov - 7 Dec, 2016

Price:

$11550 $8650 $2900 discount

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

OTL23-17

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.

Cruise date:

26 Nov - 6 Dec, 2017

Price:

$11550

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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...

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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. 

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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How Big is the Weddell Sea?

The Weddell Sea takes up an area that is approximately 2.8 million square km (1.1 ×106 square miles). The widest part of the Weddell Sea is 2,000 km (1,200 miles). 

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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.

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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.