Antarctic Peninsula holiday

“Join the crew and other passengers onboard the MV Ortelius for a two week adventure in Antarctica. Optional activities, such as 2 nights camping and iceberg kayaking, set this trip apart from the pack.”


MV Ortelius Polar Expedition Ship | Beagle Channel | Drake Passage | Antarctic Convergence | High Antarctica | Wiencke Island | Optional two nights camping | Lemaire Channel | Scientific research stations | Optional activities include: hiking, climbing, Zodiac cruises, kayaking and snowshoeing | Potential animal sightings may include: whales, petrels, albatrosses, penguins, shags and seals |

Description of Antarctic Peninsula holiday

This two week holiday to the Antarctic Peninsula crosses the legendary Drake Passage to and from the South Shetland Islands and the Southern Ocean.

Crossing the Antarctic Convergence is a phenomenal and surreal feeling with opportunities to explore on land and at sea conjuring some outstanding glacial scenery and animal encounters. Humpback, Minke and Fin whales may all make an appearance at some point or another with albatrosses, penguins and petrels also bound to feature the closer we get to shore.

Although an expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula is an experience in itself, this particular tour provides additional activities to keep you on your toes. Kayaking, snowshoeing, hiking and wildlife watching by Zodiac are all exciting ways to explore Antarctica from a range of different perspectives.

On board the MV Ortelius – an ice strengthened polar expedition-style vessel – you’ll spend 11 nights in warm and cosy conditions, perfect after a day spent venturing ashore. An optional night will find you camping on the alpine environment of Wiencke Island. There aren’t too many Antarctica holidays where camping is an option and the level of onshore activities is unsurpassed.

Antarctica photography workshops are also another ideal way to make the most of your time both onboard and onshore. The remote natural beauty of ice encrusted Antarctica is simply breathtaking and capturing the wildlife and the ever-changing conditions is absolutely unmissable.

From relaxed Zodiac cruising and observing animals from the decks of the Ortelius to exciting onshore climbing and hiking adventures, this Antarctic Peninsula holiday really is one of a kind.

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Antarctica is the largest wilderness region on earth and deserves special protection. We are proud to be an Associate Member of the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) and abide strictly by their code of conduct. All of our polar guests on our Antarctica cruise are briefed not only on the guidelines set by IAATO but also on the scientific reasons for these guidelines. Everyone on our Antarctica cruise will learn how to enjoy the wildlife encounters without being intrusive and thus will get the most out of their visit without compromising the pristine environment.

From our pre-departure Responsible Travel Guidebook to our on-board comprehensive educational programme, passengers are well informed on all aspects of the environmental issues affecting Antarctica.

Our belief in small group adventure travel extends to Antarctica as we cruise in 100 passenger vessels, among the best in the business allowing for minimum impact landings and maximum enjoyment.

The natural landscapes we explore are some of the richest, often most challenging, yet at the same time some of the most fragile environments on earth. With education, experienced leadership and appropriate equipment and techniques, it is possible to travel responsibly through these regions. For us, it is critically important that such wilderness travel experiences do not diminish the natural values of the environment.

Our environmental sustainable principles: True sustainability is a guiding aspect in all aspects of our business planning and operations. Specifically our tour operations should be managed in a way where the natural and cultural values of the host region are undiminished in the long-term.

The Impacts of this Trip

Where possible, we engage in partnerships with local environmental groups and/or land managers to actively campaign for conservation or promote environmental protection and/or rehabilitation.

Our Responsible Travel Guidebook: Our philosophy since 1975 has been to leave only footprints and take only photographs. To reiterate this, every customer who travels with us receives a copy of our award-winning Responsible Travel guidebook. This detailed book outlines our environmentally sustainable principles, and outlines how each customer can minimize their impact while traveling.

Global Warming and Carbon Balancing: The root cause of Global Warming is society's dependence on emission creating fossil fuel. Planting trees is not going to reverse this trend or cancel our carbon emissions very quickly or effectively. We believe the way to reduce these dependencies is to create clean energy production. Therefore, we support renewable energy projects like wind and solar power, and we are aligned with Climate Friendly, the gold standard setter in effective, meaningful action addressing climate change. So, while we believe that tree planting can play a small role in greenhouse gas abatement, we have gone the extra mile in promoting a longer term solution. Is this cheap? No. Is it responsible? Absolutely!


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