A once-in-a-lifetime expedition cruise to the emperor penguins of snow hill island



We are excited to see one of the world's most exclusive wildlife opportunities in the world back on the roster: an expedition cruise to the emperor penguins of Snow Hill Island in Antarctica. It is an adventure expedition that only occurs every 2-4 years.


Starting with a domestic flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, you board your ship at the southern tip of Argentina. From there you spend three days crossing the Drake Passage and sailing into the ice-choked waters of the Weddell Sea. When not on deck observing birdlife and icebergs, join in for one or more lectures by world-renowned experts (including penguin scientists, biologists and polar historians) which will enhance your expedition to Antarctica.


Our specially designed polar exploration vessel will get as close to Snow Hill Island as possible, at which point helicopters will ferry guests to within a kilometer of the rookery. Here 8000 breeding pairs of rarely-seen emperor penguins., along with their chicks await for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.


The goal of the expedition is to get every guest to the remote rookery once and you will have a chance to observe the birds up-close, see them care for their young, watch how they body-surf on the ice and learn about their behaviour from the knowledgeable expedition team.


When not at the rookery there are activities to join in on, such as taking the polar plunge, or test your balance on a stand-up paddleboard. And should weather or ice conditions prevent us from visiting the colony or shorten the duration of our visit, there are plenty of other sites to explore, including rookeries of Adélie and gentoo penguins and explorers' huts.


Your Antarctic expedition cruise to the emperor penguins of Snow Hill Island will end with another crossing of the Drake Passage and a flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires.


This trip is guaranteed to sell out soon, so contact us to reserve your spot.


See the trip on our website

Download the expedition brochure