Thirty million years ago, Antarctica broke away from South America and became the world’s fifth largest continent. As the oceans flowed freely around the isolated land mass, and temperate and polar waters mixed, the Antarctic continent cooled and ice sheets blanketed the land. The result—a vast white desert which holds over 70 percent of the world’s fresh water. With remarkable scenery, unique wildlife, and a history rich with heroic exploits of famed explorers, it is no wonder that exploring Antarctica tops many travelers’ trip-of-a-lifetime lists.
But, traveling to this remarkable destination takes careful planning and consideration. Each year, Zegrahm offers one special Antarctic expedition. This singular voyage is ideally timed during austral summer, offering unparalleled opportunities to explore, and is always much anticipated by our field staff—in fact, their passion for this magical corner of the world is infectious as soon as you step on board!
On this expedition, be prepared to set foot on the Antarctic continent and revel in the incredible scenery of snow-capped peaks, mighty glaciers, and glistening icebergs. You’ll get up close and personal with Gentoo, Rockhopper, King and Magellanic Penguins. Additionally, you’ll be traveling with historians, ornithologists, geologists, and naturalists who know the region intimately and are there to answer all your questions and share the history and science of this amazing polar desert.
Built in 1992 and recently refurbished, the Island Sky is a comfortable and contemporary expedition vessel. Public spaces include a large lounge, elegant bar with piano, library stocked with fiction and reference books along with a selection of games, and a single-seating dining room. Outside decks feature a bar and a sun deck where meals are served in pleasant weather. All suites feature ocean views, a sitting area, en-suite bathroom, large wardrobes, a small refrigerator, and television.
Weather and ice conditions are at their most friendly/most visitable during the austral summer, November – March. January is considered by many to be the best month to visit, as the temperatures are usually mild and the vast penguin colonies are busy with parents tending to downy chicks. Our expedition departed in early January during this time you may experience:
There’s a lot more to Antarctica than just ticking off a list for bragging rights. There’s a lot of amazing things to do in Antarctica, making it one of the world’s best adventure travel destinations. Options include:
Originally from Bishops Waltham, a quiet village on England’s south coast, Caroline has gone on to travel the world and explore some of its remotest corners. Caroline has been fascinated by history and archaeology since she was a child and could often be found digging up the garden in search of artefacts from another era.
Please See Below For Per Person Cabin Rates On Zegrahm Expeditions Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands Small Ship Cruise (rates based on double occupancy) :
Thirty million years ago, Antarctica broke away from South America and became the world’s fifth largest continent. As the oceans flowed freely around the isolated land mass, and temperate and polar waters mixed, the Antarctic continent cooled and ice sheets blanketed the land. The result—a vast white desert which holds over 70 percent of the world’s fresh water. In these pages, you’ll learn all you need to know about visiting this legendary continent.