Antarctic Aurora Expeditions

If there is only one trip a person should do in their lifetime, it is a visit to Antarctica

A true adventure to the world’s most remote wilderness!

This trip is open to everyone..
including partners, men and friends or come on your own and share a cabin with other women adventurers.

Antarctic Specials 

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Sample Itinerary

This fly/sail adventure is your chance to ring in the New Year surrounded by busy wildlife and spectacular landscapes. This unique voyage features only one sea crossing for more time in Antarctica as well as a special South America Christmas Day dinner in Punta Arenas at the start of the expedition (and a fully-catered NYE party, of course!).

Duration: 11 days
From: Punta Arenas, Chile (Fly to King George Island)
To: Ushuaia, Argentina

Highlights include:

  • Travel on the 54-passenger Polar Pioneer
  • Fly directly into Antarctica – only one sea crossing!
  • Daily shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Wonderful summer wildlife; penguins, seals and whales!
  • Best New Year’s Eve party you’ll every experience!
  • Plus! South American Christmas dinner on Xmas day.
  • Opportunities to camp on the ice or sea kayak (kayak surcharge applies)
  • Free Expedition Jacket & Photo Book Momento!

Add a 10-day Patagonia Discovery Trek to your adventure to SAVE 20% off the price of both trips. (Terms and conditions apply.)

16th December 2016 – 25th December 2016

Our Patagonia Discovery Trek will take you to the wilderness of Chile and Argentina, home to world-famous national parks, pale blue glacial lakes, curious wildlife and mesmerising glaciers. In small groups of 4 to 14 travellers, and accompanied by our naturalist and expert guide, you will experience the best of Patagonia: eagles and condors will put on a show gliding above soaring ice-tipped peaks, native orchids and songbirds will complement your walks through pristine beech forests, you will get up-close with iceberg-calving glaciers and peaceful grazing guanacos will welcome you as you walk through the pampas. Welcome to Patagonia!

Expedition Highlights

  • See Puerto Natales & the Balmaceda Glacier
  • Zodiac cruise along Chile’s Serrano River
  • Beech forests, native orchids & glacial lakes
  • Day treks through Chile’s Torres del Paine
  • Condors, eagles and guanacos
  • Trek to ice-tipped Cerro Torre & Fitz Roy
View Itinerary

Days 1 to 2 – Los Glaciares National Park & El Chalten, Argentina

Arrive in El Calafate, gateway to Los Glaciares National Park, home of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Afternoon at leisure to explore the town or spot waterbirds along Lake Argentino, before meeting our guide for trip briefing. Next day, we depart early to visit the breathtaking Perito Moreno Glacier and later drive to El Chalten in the heart of the park.

Days 3 to 4 – Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre Base Camps

Crystal clear streams, beech forests in bloom, native orchids and birdsong guide you up to the climbers’ base camps of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. Enjoy dramatic rock spires piercing the Patagonian icecap, while Andean condors and eagles soar above.

Days 5 to 6 – Puerto Natales, Torres Del Paine National Park & Serrano River

Drive across the pampas to Puerto Natales on the shores of Seno Última Esperanza, renowned for its king crab and gateway to Torres del Paine National Park. Sleep well, then board a boat to the Balmaceda Glacier, switching to Zodiacs for a glorious trip along the Serrano River to Torres del Paine.

Days 7 to 8 – Torres Del Paine National Park

Iceberg-strewn, pale blue glacial lakes, breathtaking pale granite slabs and “Towers of Paine”. Our day walks are calibrated to the group’s fitness, with many of the park’s highlights requiring a 6-7 hour, round trip walk, well worth the effort.

Day 9 to 10 – Punta Arenas, Chile

We drive along the Patagonian steppes, with spectacular views of the Andes, to arrive in Punta Arenas in the afternoon. On our final day, carry on with your own travel arrangements or, for the ultimate adventure, join one of our Antarctic voyages.

From: El Calafate, Argentina
To: Punta Arenas, Chile
Group Size: 4-14 travellers



Photographer’s First Light

Sail out of the Falkland Islands and reach South Georgia before carrying onto the Antarctic Peninsula! Enjoy complimentary Polar Photography Workshops and lectures, walk in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton, witness some of the world’s largest king penguin rookeries and more!

Duration: 18 days
From: Santiago, Chile
To: Punta Arenas, Chile

Highlights include:

  • Travel on the 54-passenger Polar Pioneer
  • Daily shore excursions to walk around penguin rookeries
  • Zodiac cruises around sculpted icebergs and ice floes covered in seals
  • Visit South Georgia, home of the magnificent King Penguins
  • Educational talks from a team of expert naturalists and polar specialists
  • FREE  Polar Photography Workshops with expert photographers
  • BirdLife Australia specialists to interpret seabirds,
  • Free BirdLife membership, Expedition Jacket & Photo Book Momento!

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The Antarctica Experience with Aurora Expeditions

From South America, it takes less than two days’ sailing, or two hours’ flying, to enter a world that fills the heart, overloads the senses and imprints your memory forever.

The Antarctic Peninsula’s west coast offers ice-clad peaks towering over a maze of protected channels; the east coast a vast icecap and strange, fossil-rich islands. From spring to fall, this stunning landscape becomes furious with life as penguins, seals, petrels, and whales arrive to feed and breed. Follow in Shackleton’s wake along the Scotia Arc, from Elephant Island to South Georgia to discover a wildlife oasis like no other.

Whether you attempt to sail south of the Antarctic Circle, be awed by tabular icebergs in the Weddell Sea or trek across the interior of South Georgia, Antarctica and South Georgia offer the best of adventures and wildlife encounters.

Small Groups, Small Ships – All of our Antarctic expeditions are on board our small 54-passenger expedition vessel, Polar Pioneer. Less people means more solitude and greater flexibility if tides, currents, ice or weather dictate a schedule change. Because we have less people to ferry ashore, we often make more landings, with all passengers able to land and explore at the same time.

Antarctica’s wildlife is its true jewel, showing life’s hardiness and versatility in the most inhospitable and remote continent of the world. Penguins go about their day as we explore giant rookeries and baby seals playfully approach without fear. We encounter enormous humpbacks, orcas and minkes, and get close up to leopard seals who quizzically circle us.

Daily Shore Landings – Each day we plan to visit historic huts, whaling sites, scientific bases and set foot on the Antarctic continent. Enjoy magical Zodiac trips among sculpted icebergs, thrill to unexpected encounters with leopard seals and whales.

Optional adventure activities – Across all of our voyages, we offer the option to camp, kayak, climb, scuba dive, snorkel, improve your photography or simply enjoy being amongst the most accepting wildlife on Earth. Check the voyage info to find out what activity is offered.

Our new Antarctic gateway of Puerto Williams is Chile’s ‘Town at the End of the World’. Snuggled between the Beagle Channel and the dramatic Dientes de Navarino mountains, Puerto Williams offers easy access to the natural wonders nearby. A selection of our Antarctic cruises start or finish in Puerto Williams and include a spectacular flight over the rarely seen mountain scape and a complimentary town tour.

Contact us for all up to date departures, cabin categories and prices on all Aurora Expedition departures.

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