Antarctica by Private Yacht
I seemed to vow to myself that someday I would go to the region of ice and snow and go on and on till I came to one of the poles of the earth, the end of the axis upon which this great round ball turns.
- Ernest Shackleton -
Being known as one of the world’s last truly inaccessible destinations, become part of an exclusive group that explores the Antarctica by superyacht, providing you access to the most inaccessible and remote regions of the frozen continent. With onboard assets such as helicopters, submersibles and kayaks to let you really experience the wilderness and the beautiful wildlife. Covered in endless ice almost totally uninhabited it can seem like the very edge of the world - let Antarctica become your next adventure.
If you want to discover Antarctica without compromising on comfort, service and privacy, a superyacht charter is the ultimate way to do so. We also organise several great small luxury cruises and provide an extraordinary land-based camp adventure in the region. Nevertheless, a private yacht charter offers a truly exclusive and completely personalised way to explore this White Desert. Furthermore, superyachts carry a wide selection of expedition tenders and water toys so you can gain access to those hard-to-reach inlets, bays, icebergs or even below the icebergs, explore beautiful glaciers by hiking and diving into the geothermal waters.
Exploring by yacht is magnificent, but the real unique experience of Antarctica is the diverse range of animals that make their home here. On day excursions we go out onto the tundra to see chinstrap penguins, seals, sea birds, or leave the ship by kayak, paddleboard to explore between the icebergs to spot whales. With expert guides leading the way you'll learn all about the wildlife that is supported on such an apparently uninhabitable part of the Earth. Back on board the super yacht, the crew are there to ensure everyone's safety, comfort and happiness during this exclusive opportunity, which includes gourmet dining, or a visit to the spa or enjoy the stunning views from your jacuzzi.
Each Antarctic yacht expedition we organise is entirely hand-crafted to exceed your expectations, and with the extreme changeable weather conditions in Antarctica, visitors should be prepared for some spontaneous excursions or small changes, and to our opinion that makes our Antarctica expeditions a unique adventure.
The sustainability of this extraordinary continent is highly important to Voyages & Journeys. Learn about all the wildlife and their environment on this frozen continent. We will join our expedition leaders and assist them with their scientific research that will help to sustain and improve this beautiful region for generations to come.
How to approach an Antarctica expedition
To organize an Antarctic private yacht expedition can take up to 6 months, due to the availability of the yacht, the permitting process and further procedures that must be taken. The ultimate time window to visit the Antarctic is between December and February, meaning that we should start the booking process no later than June. Nonetheless, we notice a growing demand for luxury yacht charter to this region, so the earlier you contact us the better. » Read more about favourite Yachts
Best Time to Go
December to February
Day 1 (Arrival in Punta Arenas):
In Punta Arenas you will be awaited by your driver to take you to the hotel. After settled in you will check your luggage and needed items with your expedition leader. In the afternoon you will meet the remaining expedition team.
Day 2 (King George Island):
After breakfast, we will make our way to the airport to aboard our flight from Punta Arena to the airstrip at Frei Station on King George Island, the main island of the South Shetland Islands. The yacht will be anchored close by. Once on board we will set sail out into the Bransfield Strait and south along the Antarctic Peninsula.
Day 3 (Gerlache Strait):
Your day begins with breakfast served on board, followed by a mandatory IAATO briefing which will outline the environmental responsibilities that we all have as visitors in Antarctica. You will set off into the Gerlache Strait where sightings of humpback whales are frequent. In the afternoon, we will drop anchor at Orne Harbour and head ashore to mainland Antarctica. Hike up to an impressive viewpoint overlooking the bay and then cruise through the Neumayer Channel to Port Lockroy.
Day 4 (Port Lockroy):
The team from Port Lockroy will join us aboard for breakfast and an introductory briefing on behalf of UK Antarctic Heritage Trust (UKAHT). Four fascinating women live in this remote outpost for 4 months of the year with no running water and only solar electricity. Go ashore to explore the specially protected historic site and museum, known as Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Learn more about Antarctic wildlife by your expedition guide. In the afternoon, make your way to Jougla Point on Wiencke Island to see Gentoo penguins and - if you’re lucky, their fluffy chicks. Once back on board, take the plunge into the polar waters swiftly followed by champagne in the hot tub. In the evening, a barbeque will be served outside on the deck, followed by after-dinner drinks.
Day 5 (Lemaire Channel):
You will start the day with an early morning departure that will take us through the Neumayer channel to Delconcle Bay. Watch leopard, weddell and seals calving - a totally unique spectacle. Launch the Zodiac tender and cruise through the brash ice, getting up and close to the wildlife – 3 to 5 meters to be precise. Weave through the scenic Lemaire Channel. Nicknamed Kodak Alley, it is a photographer’s dream. Lunch will be served on the aft deck as we cruise down the Penola Strait. We will drop anchor and head ashore to Vernadsky Station. Formerly the British base called Faraday, this station is now run by the Ukrainian Antarctic programme.
Day 6 (Cuverville Island):
Start the day in Andvord Bay looking out for humpback whales passing under the bow and pods of curious killer whales. Get on the Zodiac to investigate. We will cruise through the Gerlache Strait and into the Errera Channel where we will launch the Zodiacs again and shuttle ashore to land at Cuverville Island. A large colony of Gentoo penguins resides on the north shore of the island. Next stop is Foyn Harbour at Enterprise Island. Explore the wreck of the Guvernoren by kayak, searching the coastline for Antarctic fur seals.
Day 7 & 8 (Deception Island):
Just before breakfast we will arrive at the entrance of the flooded caldera of Deception Island. The island offers one of the few respites from the Antarctic storms and rollers. Better still, this land of fire is one of the few places in the world where you can sail directly into the crater of a live volcano. Explore the ruins of the whaling factory and scientific station, plus the eerie bones of Whalers Bay. Braver guests can dive into the (marginally) warmer waters heated by hot springs under the beach. Hike up Ronald Hill. Wander up to Neptune’s Window overlooking the Bransfield Strait. The ultimate photo opportunity lies even higher at The Nipple, where lava fields gently steam when air pressure is low. On nearby Bailey Head, 100000 pairs of Chinstrap penguins call the seashore home.
On the day after take a morning hike at Telefon Bay in Port Foster, the main bay of Deception Island. Featuring volcanic fumaroles, it is a stark contrast to the icy landscape seen earlier on our trip. We will sail to Baily Head, home to a very large colony of chinstrap penguins and several Gentoo penguins. Antarctic fur seals, Southern elephant seals, their pups and giant petrels will be scattered along the beaches. After dinner on board, they will reposition to Maxwell Bay at King George Island for the last night aboard.
Day 9 (Back to King George Island):
Before heading home, disembark at Frei Station where you can visit the Russian Orthodox Trinity Church. Say your farewells and depending on the weather conditions, board the flight to Punta Arenas, arrive back at the hotel and use the rest of the day / evening to your leisure, take in the unforgettable journey you just made.
Day 10 (Back Home):
After a good night sleep and breakfast, it’s time to pack up and prepare to travel back home. You will be picked up by your driver to take you back to the airport.
(1) Price per person based on double occupancy
(2) Detailed itinerary to be shared after first interactions with your Personal Travel Advisor