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Antarctic Tourist Activity Descriptions - Southern Explorations

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The whole aim of adventure travel to Antarctica is to observe the wildlife at close range and experience the vast solitude of this unique landscape. Activities during each of our Antarctica tours vary from ship to ship and company to company. In general, most vessels have established daily routines on and off the ship that maximize the views of wildlife and stunning vistas as described below. To discuss the details of our Antarctica tours, please call.

Once the ship arrives at the Antarctic Peninsula, the goal is to leave the vessel each day for a minimum of two Antarctica tours, weather permitting. This often involves a Landing on the peninsula to reach the start of the excursion, such as observing a penguin colony, visiting a historic site or taking a scenic walk. For landings, passengers are transported to shore via a zodiac (a rubber inflatable boat). Depending on the terrain, time constraints and vulnerability of the area’s wildlife, these excursions will be more or less “guided.” The expert, trained guides will always be available to answer your questions and offer any needed assistance. For purposes of safety, boundaries are sometimes set, though passengers are free to roam within these limits. For walks, a guide generally leads the way. Another common activity is a Zodiac Cruise, piloted by a guide. Although capable of carrying more passengers, the boats rarely transport more than ten passengers at a time to ensure the best viewing opportunities for all. If possible, the Zodiacs cruise by stunning icebergs and large glaciers, often through brash ice and growlers that float on the surface. Seals may be seen on ice floes or in the water. Some fortunate travelers will also observe whales during their Antarctica tours. Landings and cruises can last anywhere from one to four hours. The duration of these activities is dictated by a number of different factors, including weather, safety and how navigable the ice allows the water to be.

Antarctica Activity Descriptions


Penguin Watching on Antarctic Tours
Adding Penguins to Your Itinerary
The Adélie Penguin
The Emperor Penguin
The King Penguin
The Magellanic Penguin and its Range
Magellanic Penguins on Tour
Sub-Antarctic and Antarctic Penguins on Tour
The Chinstrap Penguin
The Gentoo Penguin
The Macaroni Penguin
Breeding Colonies of the Magellanic Penguin
The Rockhopper Penguin
Baleen Whales on Tour in Antarctica


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