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Toronto, ON, Canada

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The land looks like a fairytale

Roald Amundsen

It was an excellent experience and made so by the quality and professionalism of the staff and crew…Thanks to the determination of the crew, we found our way there. As with most of the passengers, I've traveled extensively, and can tell you that without exception, the One Ocean staff was as accommodating, responsive and caring as any I have experienced.  Ken Lomasney, Antarctic Circle Voyage 2016

Antarctica

No other destination in the world will leave you feeling as insignificant before nature, yet as alive, as Antarctica does.  Giant glaciers calving enormous icebergs; penguins porpoising through the waters, chased by leopard seals; whales feeding and coming up for air, curiously inspecting you in your zodiac.  Hike along pristine shorelines and up snowy ridges to experience incredible views.  This is Planet Earth at it's best, a proverbial Eden, earth as it was before the arrival of humankind.  Antarctica will change you forever.

When to go

October is best for emperor penguins  November - Early December sees pristine ice and the courting season for penguins; elephant and fur seals establish territories.  Mid December - Mid-January has wildlife in full swing in Antarctica.  Mid January – Mid February has penguin chicks fed by adults, whales have arrived and seals are abundant.  Mid-February - Mid-March sees most active wildlife, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, best whale sightings, penguin chicks roaming, predators increasing patrols.

Must-See Places

Signature Experiences

 
 

A note about polar cruises

When cruising in the polar regions, one can never be sure which places one will visit.  A sudden change in weather conditions may necessitate a reroute.  Or you may find a pod of whales to follow, or an iceberg to circumnavigate.  And that is the beauty of polar cruises - you never know what is around the corner; you just know it will be yet another highlight.

 

 

Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands have a rich and storied history and it is a great place to experience what life at the ends of the earth is like.  The islands are wonderful for birding and of the five species of penguins to be seen here, it is the only place en-route to the Antarctic Peninsula to see the rockhopper penguin.

 

South Georgia

Stunning mountainous South Georgia has abundant wildlife and is a destination all in its own right.  Get up close to nesting albatross and witness massive rookeries of king penguins (by the hundreds of thousands).   Late October marks the beginning of the breeding cycle for many species and you may see male elephant seals battling for control of the beaches and harems.  Is it a wonder polar explorer Shackleton requested to be buried here?
 

Elephant Island

Elephant Island is where Ernest Shackleton and his crew were hauled up under upturned lifeboats after their ship the Endurance had sunk.  Visiting the island is difficult, but a real thrill for history buffs.

 

South Shetland Islands

Spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife and enormous glaciers mark the South Shetlands, a group of islands featured on nearly all polar cruises.  Highlight for many is the cruise into the flooded volcanic caldera at Deception Island, home to several penguin rookeries along the black sand beaches and a great spot for a swim!

 

The Antarctic Peninsula

Deep bays, pristine coves and inlets, numerous small islands and heavily glaciated mountains are the hallmarks of the Antarctic Peninsula.  Here you will find three species of penguins - Adélie , chinstrap and gentoo and it is also a great place to see humpback and minke whales as well as leopard seals.   Sail through spectacular Lemaire Channel.  At Wilhelmina Bay you may see playful humpback whales, while Paradise Bay offers an excellent hike providing stunning panoramic views.

 

Ross Sea

The remote Ross Sea offers spectacular tabular ice bergs as well as explorer's huts such as those built by Shackleton and Scott.  Weddell seals and Adélie and emperor penguins make their home here while steaming Mt. Erebus and its dry valleys wait exploration by helicopter.  The Ross Ice Shelf, a floating mass of land-ice with a front 30 meters high was accessed by Amundsen on his way to the South Pole from the Bay of Whales.  Contact us if you are interested in travelling to the Ross Sea.

 

Weddell Sea & Snow Hill Island

Accessible to powerful icebreakers only, the Weddell Sea is home to the famous emperor penguin rookery just south of Snow Hill Island.  The rookery is seldom visited, but you may spot individual emperors out on the ice on their way to open water.  Enjoy scenic flights by helicopter and land in places otherwise inaccessible.  Contact us if you are interested in seeing emperor penguins.

 

See elephant seals battle for dominion

South Georgia in late October is where one of nature's most spectacular rituals takes place - that of elephant seals battling for dominion of the beaches and its attendant harems of females.

 

Get close to a penguin

While we discourage you walking up to penguins, you will find them equally curious about you.  Sit down on the snow or rocks and wait for them to come over.  A once-in-a-lifetime experience!

 

Pay homage to Shackleton

After rowing by open boat 800 miles from Elephant Island Shackleton and his two companions then trekked across the mountains of South Georgia to get help for their stranded crew mates.  Shackleton requested to be buried at South Georgia and it is here you can visit his grave and that of his right hand man, Frank Wild.

 

Hike the mountains

There is no experience quite like hiking up a pristine mountain in Antarctica, walking past penguin rookeries and enjoying the spectacular panorama of icebergs, sea and glaciers.

 

Kayak the seas

Hear the swish of water passing your hull, glide across a still bay with mountains and glaciers reflected in the water, get up close to whales and other wildlife. Experience the serenity of Antarctica to its fullest.

 

Cruise by zodiac

Zodiacs are sturdy inflatable boats used to explore hidden coves and inlets, always on the lookout for wildlife.  Cruise through the ice and land on a beach none has gone before. 

 

Ski the slopes, snowshoe the hills

Skiing and snowshoeing are unique ways to experience the beauty of Antarctica away from the ship.

 

Dive the ice

For experienced cold-water divers the combination of sunlight and ice formations make for an overwhelming, ever-changing spectre of colours, with an incredible variety of shades and brilliance.  Contact us if you are interested in polar diving.

 

Camp on the ice

Experience a night in Antarctica like no other, listening to crackling and grumbling of glaciers, the ice washing up on the beach and perhaps the blow of a whale, feeding in the bay nearby. Sleeping under the midnight sun is an experience not to be missed.

 

Have a BBQ

As you enjoy the camaraderie and great food served on deck, the captain will make sure the ship turns slowly a full 360 degrees, giving you a fantastic view of the panorama around you.

 

Swim!

While a quick plunge in Antarctic waters will be invigorating for sure, a dip in the thermal waters on the black-sand beach at Deception Island, drink in hand, is an experience to be enjoyed by all.

 

Be out on deck

With the long daylight of polar summer nights you may find yourself waking up at unusual hours.  Take the opportunity to go out on deck alone and watch the scenery and wildlife drift by.  Deckside is where it all happens!

 

Learn from the experts

Polar cruises all bring expert lecturers along, teaching you about such subjects as history, wildlife, photography and exploration.

Suggested Tours

 

Antarctic Peninsula

 

Tour code: VAPE

 

Why we love this trip: a great introduction to the wildlife and scenery of Antarctica

 

Places visited: Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula

 

Signature Experiences: get close to a penguin, hike the mountains, cruise by zodiac, have a BBQ, swim, be out on deck, learn from the experts; on some departures we offer the following at a fee: ski the slopes, snowshoe the hills, dive the ice, camp on the ice, kayak the seas

 

Length: 10-14 days

 

Accommodation: expedition cruise ship in a cabin of your choice

 

Included meals: all meals while on cruise

 

Transport: ice-strengthened expedition cruise ship

 

Departures: regular cruise dates from November through March

 

Customizable? we can host private groups on board

 

Price: departures priced from US$5,995 - US$17,995 depending on lenght of cruise and cabin type

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica

 

Tour code: VFSA

 

Why we love this trip: the best trip you will ever do - full stop.  An in-depth exploration of the wildlife and scenery of three very different polar areas

 

Places visited: Ushuaia, Falklands, South Georgia, Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula

 

Signature Experiences: see elephant seals battle for dominion, get close to a penguin, pay homage to Shackleton, hike the mountains, cruise by zodiac, have a BBQ, swim, be out on deck, learn from the experts; on some departures we offer the following at a fee: ski the slopes, snowshoe the hills, dive the ice, camp on the ice, kayak the seas

 

Length: 19-23 days

 

Accommodation: expedition cruise ship in a cabin of your choice

 

Included meals: all meals while on cruise

 

Transport: ice-strengthened expedition cruise ship

 

Departures: regular cruise dates from November through March

 

Customizable? we can host private groups on board

 

Price: departures priced from US$12,150 - US$31,795 depending on cruise length and cabin type

Antarctic Peninsula by Air

 

Tour code: VAPA

 

Why we love this trip: fly to the Peninsula, bypassing potentially stormy seas and maximizing your time in Antarctica

 

Places visited: South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula

 

Signature Experiences: get close to a penguin, hike the mountains, cruise by zodiac, have a BBQ, swim, be out on deck, learn from the experts; on some departures we offer the following at a fee: ski the slopes, snowshoe the hills, dive the ice, camp on the ice, kayak the seas

 

Length: 6-10 days

 

Accommodation: expedition cruise ship in a cabin of your choice

 

Included meals: all meals while on cruise

 

Transport: flight, ice-strengthened expedition cruise ship

 

Departures: regular cruise dates from November through March

 

Customizable? we can host private groups on board

 

Price: departures priced from US$4,595 - US$18,995 depending on cruise length and cabin type