Last Chance to Book an Awe-Inspiring Adventure!

Spring in Antarctica and the start of our Antarctic season is just around the corner. Its arrival heralds fresh snowscapes, lingering sea ice and the return of wildlife, as courting and mating rituals begin. 

Not only do the pristine conditions make it a photographer’s dream, spring is also the best time of the year to do unique activities like camping on the ice, snowshoeing and even skiing, adding to the popularity of our early season itineraries.

Join us later in the season for Antarctic summer, between January and March, for the best chance to explore the ice-packed eastern peninsula and the Weddell Sea. This is the season for SCUBA diving and all expeditioners delight in watching comical baby penguins (nestlings) take their first steps and learning to swim. 

Our purpose-built ships, the Greg Mortimer and the Sylvia Earle, are designed for discovery with an average of 132 passengers. Travelling in small groups means that, unlike on larger ships, you can join every excursion, getting into the environment and exploring via our comprehensive activity program that includes Zodiac cruises, kayaking, snorkelling and diving.

Enjoy our informal style and experiential approach to expedition cruising, delivered by our highly skilled expedition leaders and their teams.

Until 30 September, 2022, you can save up to 20%* off select 2022-23 Expeditions in our Antarctica Sale.

*Terms & conditions apply

Just do it! -
5/5

“I would advise anyone who has even the smallest inkling of wanting to visit Antarctica, just do it! My trip was born from an off the cuff comment to my husband… After four years of planning and saving, we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary year there. One of the amazing memories, hearing snowflakes hit the water whilst kayaking.”

Ruth T.

Best Company -
5/5

“The best company I have ever travelled with. My trip to Antarctica was amazing. Would highly recommend it!”

Christine R.

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Snorkellers celebrating in Antarctica © Scott Portelli
Worth every cent -
5/5

“There is so much more to Antarctica than ice. I never thought that I would ever visit but I did and it was worth every cent. The landscape the flora and fauna, the people. I survived the Drake Passage and the reward was amazing. Words cannot explain the experience! If ever thought about it just do it. If you want it bad enough you will make it happen”

Rachel B.

Best thing you'll ever do -
5/5

“I’ve been twice and Loved it. I would go again tomorrow in a heartbeat. The best thing you will ever do.”

Carina H.

Will travel again -
5/5

“All of your experts are such wonderful and interesting people! Every day, on my two, wonderful Aurora expeditions, was an adventure and an education. Falling asleep each night was never an issue for me and neither was springing into ‘action’, (especially from a deep sleep) if something exciting was happening! Looking forward to travelling with you again.

Kathi A.

For the love of penguins -
5/5

“In 2017 I travelled to Antarctica with Aurora Expeditions. It was such an awesome trip, I loved every moment, especially the polar plunge! I have a major love of penguins. Seeing the King Penguins on South Georgia can’t be beat. Loved the Adelies and Gentoos too. Such characters. And the naughty naughty fur seals.”  

Linda B.

Anon.  “Loved it! I didn’t feel like it was a solo trip at all. The activities that were planned and the friendliness of the crew and other passengers was great. I still stay in touch with many today.”

© Sebastian Modak/Lonely Planet

'This is your brain on Antarctica' by Seb Modak, Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet Writer, Seb Modak, travelled with Aurora Expeditions to Antarctica earlier this year. He details how he returned as a changed person – and it turns out science can explain why. As Seb discovered, “A trip to Antarctica offers equal parts adrenaline-pumping adventure and quiet contemplation.

Read his feature story: ‘This is your brain on Antarctica: penguins, icebergs, and a lifetime supply of awe‘.

Small Groups

Travelling in small groups (average 132 passengers) means that, unlike on larger ships, you can join every excursion, getting into the environment and exploring via shore landings, Zodiac cruises, kayaking or diving. With a staff-to-passenger ratio of approx. 1:8, means more one-on-one time with your expedition team.

Expert Guides

Our highly acclaimed expedition specialists are some of the best in the business. Many are recognised world leaders in their fields, and they enthusiastically share their knowledge to ensure that each moment you spend with us is interesting and educational. And more than that, they just love being with people.

Flexibility & Freedom

We stop for breaching whales! Our itineraries are designed to be adaptable. If weather or sea ice blocks our way we have a Plan B, C and D! We're always on the lookout for new places to explore, and we're not afraid to adjust our schedule to make the most of unexpected wildlife displays.

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Spirit of Adventure

No matter where we are, we encourage a true sense of exploration. Zodiac cruise into a craggy cove to take a closer look at rockhopper penguins scaling a cliff, or take a guided hike across the tundra in search of the elusive arctic fox. You can also choose from a large selection of optional activities to make the most of your adventure.

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Relaxed Onboard Atmosphere

Our approachable expedition team will make every effort to ensure that you feel right at home. Whether that means sharing tales of adventure at the bar, dining in friendly groups or heading up to the bridge in your pyjamas for a polar bear sighting, our small groups and warm camaraderie create a relaxed, informal atmosphere on board.

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Solo Travellers

This style of travel tends to attract like-minded people who love to connect with the natural world. Our small group ethos fosters an open, friendly environment, where making new connections is easy. We welcome solo travellers: avoid single supplements with our cabin-sharing service, or ask about special deals for your own room.

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Our Experience

It's been more than 30 years since our co-founders, Greg and Margaret Mortimer started taking small groups of friends and keen travellers to Antarctica. Aboard small, ice-strengthened vessels, they took groups of intrepid explorers to places that few, if any, had been before, pioneering a long list of 'firsts' along the way.

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Book with Confidence

You can book with confidence when you book with Aurora Expeditions. Our Deposit Protection Program for all new bookings will protect your funds and our enhanced and in-depth Health & Safety policies and practices ensures the safety and well-being of expeditioners, expedition staff and crew in association with COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

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Added Extras

Whether it’s a polar jacket, drink bottle, flights for our Fly/Sail Antarctic program, pre/post voyage accommodation in South America or high Arctic activities in Longyearbyen, our inclusions are what most others would consider extras. For a full list of inclusions for each voyage, please see itinerary pages.

*Up to 15% off Antarctica 2022/23 Terms & Conditions.