Antarctic Peninsula

See the boundless icescapes of the Antarctic Continent

Cruises to the Antarctic Peninsula

Antarctica - Whale watching discovery and learning voyage
Up to 2850 USD discount

Antarctica - Whale watching discovery and learning voyage

In search for the giants of the seas

HDS32-20. This Polar Circle and Antarctic Peninsula cruise will take you further south of Antarctica, crossing the Polar Circe. This expedition cruise passes through waters travelled by Humpback, Minke and Fin whales. Including photo workshops with Massimo Bassano and video workshops with Myriam Casper. Acous...

m/v Hondius

m/v Hondius

Cruise date:

17 Mar - 30 Mar, 2020

Price:

8500 USD 5100 USD 3400 USD discount

Antarctica - Polar Circle, Deep South Discovery voyage
Up to 1950 USD discount

Antarctica - Polar Circle, Deep South Discovery voyage

Whale watching voyage

OTL29-20. This Polar Circle and Antarctic Peninsula cruise will take you further south of Antarctica, crossing the Polar Circe. This expedition 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, and...

m/v Ortelius

m/v Ortelius

Cruise date:

18 Mar - 31 Mar, 2020

Price:

8500 USD 5100 USD 3400 USD discount

Antarctica - Whale watching voyage
Up to 2850 USD discount

Antarctica - Whale watching voyage

In search for the giants of the seas

PLA33-20. The 'Classic Antarctic' route. This cruise delivers you to wondrous landscapes found in one of the harshest environments on Earth. The great star-actors of Antarctica are the penguins and in total seven species could appear before your very own eyes.

m/v Plancius

m/v Plancius

Cruise date:

20 Mar - 29 Mar, 2020

Price:

on request

Antarctica - 'Basecamp'
Up to 4000 USD discount

Antarctica - 'Basecamp'

The best activity voyage in Antarctica

PLA32-20. 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:

9 Mar - 20 Mar, 2020

Price:

on request

Atlantic Odyssey, incl. Antarctic Peninsula

Visit several of the remotest islands in the world!

PLA34-20. The Atlantic Odyssey is a bird-watcher’s delight as we cross paths with the migratory routes of species such as the Artic Tern & the Long-tailed Skua. We visit some of the most remote islands in the world while crossing the Atlantic and the Equator.

m/v Plancius

m/v Plancius

Cruise date:

20 Mar - 22 Apr, 2020

Price:

on request

Video Antarctic Expedition

Customer stories

Basecamp Plancius: A True Antarctic Adventure

It was New Year’s Eve, and I was dressed in a full-body penguin suit, making my way to the buffet. We were three days into our cruise aboard...

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Blog

Oceanwide Expeditions’ “Wild, Wild South” video an Adventure in Motion finalist

Oceanwide’s short video, “Wild, Wild South: Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctica,” has been selected as a finalist in the sixth annual Adventure...

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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 199 votes

marina blanco romeu
Amazin trip and crew!!
by marina blanco romeu on Antarctica

I just arrived back home yesterday from Ushuaia and can't stop thinking about the amazing trip to Antarctica. Everything has been great, of course the place, but also very happy with the crew and all the...

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Janine Misa
We will be back
by Janine Misa on Antarctica

It was the most awesome experience ever! Oceanwide exceeded our expectations and more! We came into the cruise thinking it would be a boring 4 days at the Drake Passage but they have kept us alive and interested...

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Aneeta Madhok
Excellence across board
by Aneeta Madhok on Antarctica

Excellent Expedition Team (Especially Adam) Excellent hospitality (especially food) Excellent sailing Excellent sightings Excellent itinerary Excellent vessel Excellent journey

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Bob Bailey

We dreamed of this trip for 26 years before finally pulling the plug and spending the money. For us it would be a once in a lifetime experience. And it turned out to be everything we'd dreamed of, and more....

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Krishma Kansal
A beautiful experience
by Krishma Kansal on Antarctica

The entire trip was an unforgettable and life changing experience. The expedition staff were very knowledgeable and informative about the landings, wildlife and environment. The guides always made sure that we...

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Robert Miller
Fantastic Trip
by Robert Miller on Antarctica

These ten days of adventure exploring the Antarctic Region was the thrill of a lifetime. This expedition delivered more than what I expected in terms of educational seminars, zodiac cruises, landings, and ship...

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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.