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Active Antarctic Adventure

Ideal for active travellers with an adventurous spirit. The voyage cost includes the chance to kayak past sculptural icebergs and spend a night open-air camping in Antarctica. Dip below the surface with a unique snorkelling activity and snowshoe past waddling penguins. A purpose-built expedition ship is your comfortable launchpad for adventure, staffed by expert guides.

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Trip type

Adventure

Trip length

15 Days

From

$16,995 -$34,895

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Comfort & Adventure

Active Antarctic Adventure - 15 Days - $16,995

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 8 full days exploring Antarctica = 16 planned ‘off ship’ excursions
  • A maximum of 132 guests for an intimate experience of the White Continent
  • Antarctic operational experience since 1992
  • A generous expedition staff to guest ratio of 1:8 
  • Snowshoeing, paddling, snorkelling and camping activities all included in the price
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 parka jacket and digital post-voyage photo book
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks included with dinner

Start from Ushuaia and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks potentially visited on Active Antarctic Adventure

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina

On arrival in the bustling city of Ushuaia, the capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego Province, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Your accommodation tonight is included in your itinerary.  

In the afternoon, confirm locally whether you would like to join tomorrow’s complimentary scenic cruise around the Beagle Channel and nearby Isla de Los Lobos (Sea Lion Island). The team will also be on hand to answer any questions about your upcoming journey to Antarctica. 


Day 2: Embarking on the ship in Ushuaia

You have the morning at leisure to explore the local shops and quirky museums. In the early afternoon, board the catamaran and sail towards the emblematic Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse. En route you’ll spot sea lions and cormorants sunbathing on the rocky outcrops, along with abundant birdlife, from skuas to petrels, in the skies. 

This is also a perfect opportunity to soak up views of Ushuaia’s setting with its scenic combination of peaks, glaciers and thick forests, all edged by the shimmering waters of the channel. 

Afterwards, you’ll embark on your awaiting expedition ship and your Antarctic voyage will begin in earnest. After your mandatory safety briefings, the expert guides in your experienced Expedition Team will cover key details about your upcoming adventure. 

As you set sail from Ushuaia and leave civilisation, head out on deck and look out for wildlife as the sun sets. Later on, the welcome dinner is the ideal chance to meet your fellow adventurers and the vessel's attentive crew. 


Day 3: Crossing the Drake Passage

As the ship takes on the Drake Passage – one of the world's most legendary sea crossings  – the Expedition Team will keep you busy with briefings on biosecurity procedures and wildlife guidelines to prepare you for your first landings. This is also when the engaging educational lecture series kickstarts, diving deep into Antarctica's diverse history, wildlife and environment. 

Your awe-inspiring wildlife encounters will begin here. Keep your camera pointed at the sky as an impressive variety of seabirds follow the ship's wake. Mighty albatrosses and giant petrels will effortlessly navigate the air currents created by the vessel, rising and falling in a graceful dance. Get involved with interactive citizen science projects including bird counts and cloud surveys for NASA. 


Day 4: Navigating the Drake Passage & South Shetland Islands

The anticipation will hang heavy in the air today as the ship closes in on the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. Stay out on deck or in the window-filled observation lounge as much as you can, searching the sea for your first iceberg of the trip. As you cross the Antarctic Convergence, the temperature of the ocean and air will drop. 

If the sailing and weather conditions allow for it, the ship may be in a position to make a bonus first excursion in Antarctica late this afternoon.  


Days 5 to 12: Exploring the Antarctica Peninsula

With the extended daylight hours this far south, your days exploring the White Continent are long and packed with adventures. Your seasoned Expedition Team, with countless voyages to this pristine wilderness under their belts, will craft the perfect itinerary to capitalise on the weather, ice conditions and impromptu wildlife encounters.

Weather permitting, the team will plan to offer landings or zodiac cruising opportunities twice a day. You might weave through mazes of surreally sculpted icebergs, all while keeping your eyes peeled for the blow of whales or the splash of penguins porpoising through the water. The sturdy zodiacs will also ferry you from ship to shore, where you can enjoy the antics of characterful nesting penguins in their chaotic rookeries and soak up the incredible landscapes of glacier-laden Antarctica. 

With ample time for exploration, the Expedition Team will also look for the optimal conditions to offer the exciting array of included additional activities. Each guest will have the option to sample each activity, giving a fantastically diverse experience of Antarctica from multiple angles. Listen to the crackle and pop as you kayak through brash ice without the background hum of an engine. Head below the surface for the snorkel of a lifetime as you come face to (chilly!) face with Antarctica’s nutrient-rich waters. Back on dry land, don a pair of snowshoes and hike through crisp white powder for spectacular views of the peaks draped with heavily crevassed glaciers. One evening, you might forsake your cosy cabin and spend a night out in a self-dug snow hole. Curl up in your provided sleeping bag listening to the eerie distant thunder of calving glaciers or the sound of penguins braying carrying on the wind.       

As well as these activities, your ship will cruise through some of the slender straits that split the offshore islands from the mainland and linger in spectacularly scenic bays to watch whales on the hunt for krill. Enjoy the jaw-dropping views whether in the warmth of the panoramic observation lounge with its large windows or out on deck. Or jump into your swimsuit and luxuriate in the bubbled heat of the outdoor jacuzzis, watching snoozing seals on ice as you pass.


Days 13 & 14: Returning via the Drake Passage

On Day 13, if conditions allow, there may be time to squeeze in one final morning in the South Shetlands before the ship pivots north towards  the Drake Passage. Relax with your new travel friends and reminisce about your favourite memories as you cross this iconic waterway bound for South America. Your Expedition Team will continue with their fascinating educational program and take time to recap all the amazing sights you’ve experienced. Seek out a quiet spot to flick through the hundreds of photos you’re bound to have taken or head out on deck to look for birds following in the wake of the ship. 


Day 15: Arriving back in Ushuaia

After the ship slips up the Beagle Channel and pulls back into Ushuaia, you'll say farewell to the fantastic onboard crew and continue your journey onwards. A transfer back to the airport is included for those flying north today.


PLEASE NOTE: Each optional included activity (kayaking, camping, snowshoeing and snorkelling) is offered once during the voyage. Antarctica is a wonderful, wild destination with unpredictable weather and ice conditions; because of this, it’s not guaranteed that every departure will offer all activities, though the expedition team and Captain will certainly try their best.

This itinerary is for guidance only as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, as well as opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is key and all part of the adventure of an expeditionary cruise.

Why our customers love Swoop

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Choosing the right voyage is complicated, Swoop makes it easy. We offer no-nonsense advice on 1500 voyages across 30 ships to find you the right trip, cabin, price - and we don’t charge a fee.

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We want to protect Antarctica for future generations - which is why we became a certified B Corp and set up our own conservation fund. So your adventures can be a force for good.

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We leave nothing to chance in delivering your perfect trip and have over 6500 happy travellers to show for it. With a dedicated Antarctic co-ordinator & support throughout - you’re in safe hands.

With her slick lines, small number of guests, well-priced balcony suites and onboard hot tub, this is one of the hottest ships in Antarctica right now.

Alex Mudd Head of Swoop Antarctica

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.

2025

Triple Porthole Stateroom Balcony Stateroom Superior Balcony Junior Suite Captain's Suite
November 2025
20-Nov-2025 $16,995* $17,495 $18,995 $23,495 $29,495 $34,895 Enquire
December 2025
3-Dec-2025 $16,995* $17,495 $18,995 $23,495 $29,495 $34,895 Enquire

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $16995

Single Supplement And Child Policy

For those travelling solo who would like their own cabin, the single supplement is 1.5 times the cost of a single berth. Please contact us for details. There is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin. 

Children aged 8 years old or over are permitted on this trip. There is no concession on pricing. Please contact us for details.

Optional Adventure Activities

Enhance your trip with the following add ons. Limited places per activity.
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Activity Cost Additional Information
Add on icon Camping Camping Complimentary One-off night of open-air camping is included for all guests, subject to suitable and safe weather conditions. All the necessary camping gear is provided for your night sleeping away from the ship. Truly adventurous, there are no tents, you'll dig your own snowhole for the night.
Add on icon Paddling Paddling Complimentary A one-off kayaking session is included for all guests. This is suitable for novices and will only be offered in calm conditions. Your kayaking equipment will be provided.
Add on icon Snowshoeing Snowshoeing Complimentary A one-off snowshoeing excursion is included for all guests, subject to suitable snow conditions on shore. No prior experience needed, but a reasonable level of fitness is required as you may be hiking uphill for the best views. Snowshoes are provided.
Add on icon Snorkelling Snorkelling Complimentary A one-off snorkelling excursion is included for all guests, subject to safe conditions in the water. Participants must be able to swim. Your snorkelling equipment is provided, including a dry suit, hood, gloves, fins and snorkel.

Includes

  • Pre-embarkation hotel night (Day 1)
  • Afternoon catamaran cruise in Ushuaia on Day 2
  • Optional adventure activities: camping, paddling, snowshoeing and snorkelling (all weather dependent)
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers as noted in the itinerary 
  • Accommodation during the voyage on full board basis
  • Captain's Welcome Dinner and Farewell drinks reception
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • All shore excursions and zodiac activities
  • Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
  • Complimentary WIFI (subject to the satellite connection)
  • Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • Loan of rubber boots for the voyage's duration
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Port taxes and any entry fees to historic landing sites
  • A digital photo book produced with photos and ship logs from your voyage

Excludes

  • Flights to and from points of embarkation/disembarkation
  • Any additional services before and after your voyage
  • Transfers not specific to the itinerary
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Items of a personal nature: laundry, beverages, etc
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)
  • Gratuities for ship crew 

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