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Polar Circle Adventure

Travelling in January, at the height of the Austral summer, when weather and wildlife are arguably at their optimum, spend 15 days aboard a comfortable 114-passenger expedition ship as you make your way south to bisect the intangible Polar Circle.

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Trip type

Cross Polar Circle

Trip length

15 Days


$12,795 -$28,995

Ship Comfort

Comfort & Adventure

Polar Circle Adventure - 15 Days - $12,795

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 8 full days in Antarctica = 16 planned ‘off ship’ excursions
  • This ship’s spacious cabins are almost double the size of the average
  • Antarctic operational experience since 2013 
  • Expedition staff to guest ratio of 1:8
  • Only one departure in January when the channels are most ice free
  • Camping & kayaking (additional cost)
  • Complimentary 5* Ushuaia hotel stay + parka jacket

Start from Ushuaia and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks potentially visited on Polar Circle Adventure

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina

Our program starts in the city of Ushuaia. Enjoy your staying at a 5* lodge, part of the "Leading Hotels of the World".

Day 2: Embarkation day in Ushuaia

We embark and set sail down the Beagle Channel. Our ship heads south to icebergs and penguins, and even deeper south to the "boundary" of Antarctica: the Polar Circle.

Days 3-4: At sea towards Antarctica

The Drake Passage is named after the famous 16th century English pirate (and explorer) Sir Francis Drake. The passage has picked up an unpredictable character of the pirate; it might be rough sea there. However, we hope to make our crossing comfortable with the help of the ship's stabiliser fins. We plan to see the first sub-antarctic land on the second day of our sea passage.

Days 5-12: The South Shetlands and Antarctic Continent

This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. Our route and exploration opportunities in Antarctica are heavily dependent on weather and ice conditions. Our experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. We take advantage of long daylight hours to exploit every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife viewing, amazing scenery, and excursions via Zodiac.

The Antarctic Peninsula region contains some of the world's most impressive scenery and some of Antarctica's best wildlife viewing opportunities. Protected bays and narrow channels are surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered in permanent snow and immense glaciers. Icebergs of every size and description complete an image of incomparable beauty. Waters rich with krill are home to a variety of whale and seal species. The whole area is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large nesting colonies at special places on land. The area is also home to Antarctic research stations of various nationalities. Some stations have a gift shop and post office.

The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica and will likely be our first sighting of land. This wild and beautiful island chain contains numerous landing sites with abundant wildlife and historical significance. Among them is Deception Island, where the flooded caldera of an active volcano harbors an abandoned whaling station.

Farther south, on the Antarctic Peninsula, the vast Gerlache Strait area contains sheltered bays, accessible wildlife, and stunning scenery. Places with names like Paradise Bay are the epitome of everything Antarctic: glaciated mountains, towering icebergs, feeding whales, seals on ice floes, and bustling penguin colonies.

At the southern end of Gerlache Strait is the famous Lemaire Channel, also known as "Kodak Gap" because of the photogenic way the mountainous sides of the narrow channel are reflected in calm waters strewn with icebergs.

On this special voyage we have additional days set aside to push even farther south in our attempt to cross the Antarctic Circle. The landscape down here is especially desolate, the weather is particularly wild, and the waters are full of constantly shifting ice. This is real expedition cruising.

Our days in Antarctica are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by our experts, and enough incredible scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.

Days 13-14: At sea towards Ushuaia

Antarctic birds and whales escort our ship through the Drake Passage. We believe that now you can identify them all easily.

Day 15:  Ushuaia, disembarkation

Our voyage finishes at the same port where it had started - Ushuaia. Now you are the part of the select group of travellers who have been south of the Antarctic Circle.

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

Why our customers love Swoop

The Antarctic Experts.
No Compromises

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Our team has visited Antarctica over 150 times and has 100 collective years of polar experience, so from which trip is right for you to what shoes to bring - there’s no question we can’t answer.

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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.

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What our customers think of Polar Circle Adventure

Polar Circle Adventure trips scored 4.6/5 from 4 reviews

10/10 - Being able to do so much every day while on the ship was fabulous. Food and staff were great. Seeing the wildlife, kayaking, socializing - all great.

Travelled: January 2024

Anne Kinzie - Canada

10/10 - Truly phenomenal. Perfect amount of time. Very happy with it.

Travelled: January 2023

Stuart Prey - USA

10/10 - Our expedition leader Chris was outstanding. If bad weather prevented a landing, he always had a great backup plan. Our trip experience was his priority. I found him and his expedition guides extremely knowledgeable and fun and they told of some amazing Antarctic adventures.

Travelled: January 2023

Kathleen DeVries - USA


I was really wowed by this ship’s large cabins and an enthusiastic expedition team rounded off a terrific voyage.

Alex Mudd Head of Swoop Antarctica

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

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



* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $12795

Single Supplement And Child Policy

For those travelling solo who would like their own cabin, the single supplement is 1.7 to 2 times the cost of a single berth, depending on the cabin category. Please contact us for details. There is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin. 

Children aged 12 years old or over are welcome. Children aged 6 to 11 on a case-by-case basis. The rate for children (16 and under) is currently $250 per night, based on occupancy with two adults - please note that this is subject to change. Please contact us for details.

Optional Adventure Activities

Enhance your trip with the following add ons. Limited places per activity.
Get in contact to check availability.

Activity Cost Additional Information
Add on icon Kayaking Kayaking $795 All departures. Basic competency required.
Add on icon Camping Camping $285 Equipment provided.
Add on icon Photography Photography Complimentary All departures. Participation with own camera.


  • One 5* hotel night in Ushuaia with breakfast
  • Transfers as indicated
  • Complimentary parka jacket
  • Digital voyage log
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation & meals during the voyage on full board
  • All shore excursions and zodiac activities
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
  • Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
  • 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 landing sites


  • Flights to and from points of embarkation/disembarkation
  • Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
  • Transfers not specified in the itinerary
  • Optional adventure activities (e.g. kayaking)
  • Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature - laundry, beverages, etc
  • Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)
  • Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings

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