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Traversing the Antarctic Circle

For an unparalleled Polar Circle experience spending 8 full days in Antarctica, choose this trip. Head south when penguin and whale activity is at its peak, accompanied by a highly experienced team. This elegant 139-passenger ship combines true comfort and enhanced stability with a keen sense of adventure.

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Trip type

Cross Polar Circle

Trip length

15 Days

From

$15,555 -$27,655

Ship Comfort

Comfort & Adventure

Traversing the Antarctic Circle - 15 Days - $15,555

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 8 full days in Antarctica, the longest time that any voyage spends down there
  • We love this ship for its high levels of comfort, unparalleled calibre of staff and spirit of adventure
  • Antarctic operational experience since 2012
  • A low expedition staff to guest ratio of 1:7, which ensures a high level of personalisation
  • Only one departure in January when the channels are most ice-free
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks are included with lunch and dinner
  • Camping and kayaking (additional cost)
  • Complimentary pre-cruise stay in a 5* hotel in Ushuaia, with parka jacket and 500Mb free Wi-Fi

Start from Ushuaia and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks potentially visited on Traversing the Antarctic Circle

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia

Arrive in Ushuaia anytime today; enjoy a complimentary stay at Ushuaia's finest 5 star hotel (please enquire for more details). Explore the trails, take a spa, head into town, or relax and soak in the surroundings. 

Please note that for voyages operating from November 2025-March 2026, it will be a 1 night stay included in Ushuaia rather than 2 nights.


Day 2: Ushuaia

Explore the sights of Ushuaia such as the museums and markets or relax in style and comfort at your hotel. Attend the optional evening briefing; the ideal opportunity to ask questions about your upcoming expedition and meet some of your fellow explorers.

Please note that for voyages operating from November 2025-March 2026, this will be the first included night of your trip.


Day 3: Embarkation

After a final morning spent either exploring Ushuaia or at the resort, a mid-afternoon transfer will take you to your vessel. Our Expedition Team and ship staff will be waiting to greet you onboard, followed by a safety and orientation briefing and then the Captain’s welcome dinner. You’re on your way to Antarctica!


Days 4 & 5: Drake Passage

Join our polar experts in the lounge to immerse yourself in all things Antarctic. You might choose to learn more of its fascinating wildlife, adventurous history or perhaps participate in our renowned Citizen Science program; or you can choose to simply sit back and take in this fabled journey while catching your first glimpses of wildlife. Grab your binoculars to identify the many seabirds that follow the ship. We cross the Antarctic Convergence into Antarctic waters and you’ll start to notice the cooler temperatures, this is your cue to get ready for that first iceberg sighting, an unforgettable moment on every journey.


Day 6: South Shetland Islands

The volcanic South Shetland Islands offer amazing abundance and beauty. We'll hop into our inflatable Zodiac boats and spend as much time as possible exploring. Be prepared to marvel up close at nature in all of her glory!


Days 7 to 9: Antarctic Circle

We sail towards the Antarctic Circle by heading south across the Bransfield Strait. Once there, from our most southern point (south of the Antarctic Circle), we’ll start making our way back north, cruising through the narrow channels of the Antarctic Peninsula.


Days 10 to 12: Antarctic Peninsula

Exploring any number of picturesque bays and famed harbours, we will be maneuvering through majestic channels as we travel the wildlife-rich waters. There are great opportunities to stop at several active scientific bases and historic landing sites and spot numerous species of penguins, seals, and whales along the rugged coastlines and in the sea.


Days 13 & 14: Drake Passage

We leave this magical place and once again cross the legendary Drake Passage. One last hurrah onboard as we celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow and a final meal together.


Day 15: Disembarkation in Ushuaia

We disembark in the morning, enabling you to catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.


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.

Expert impartial advice at no extra cost

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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.

The only B Corp certified Antarctic specialist

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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.

A full concierge service, unlike booking direct

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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 Traversing the Antarctic Circle

Traversing the Antarctic Circle trips scored 4.5/5 from 30 reviews

10/10 - It was a lifetime experience that no words or pictures could adequately describe the trip. I also met a great group of fellow adventure travelers whom I had a connection with.

Travelled: February 2024

Mary Alice Sikes - USA

The expedition leaders, crew and staff were phenomenal. Everything was geared to the passenger: safety, comfort and being able to have the best possible experience. Add to it the incredible breadth of knowledge the expedition leaders had and shared greatly enhanced the experience of Antarctica.

Travelled: February 2024

Lynn Guterman - USA

10/10 - Learned a lot about wildlife, past explorers, climate change.

Travelled: February 2024

Kaushik Jayantilal Pandya - USA

10/10 - The crew was well informed and could not be nicer. They tried to bend over backwards to make us happy.

Travelled: February 2024

Jacalyn Aaron - USA

10/10 - It met all of our wishes, and was the right length of trip - we saw lots of icebergs and penguins, some whales and flying birds, and a range of landscapes.

Travelled: February 2024

Andrew Lawson Pickard - Canada

This trip was the trip of a lifetime and I’m already trying to find a way to get back someday. It’s life changing in some ways I already know… and some that I have yet to realize. I’m forever grateful for the experience under the safe guidance of Hannah and her incredible expedition crew. Simply the best.

Travelled: January 2024

Gina Vickrey - USA

Paddling was a wonderful experience. I had never kayaked before and I felt the expedition team provided good direction and, once again, ensured safety first. Paddling in this beautiful, unspoiled environment seemed almost surreal. It gave me a keen interest in kayaking once back at home.

Travelled: January 2024

Annette Stanley - USA

10/10 - The safety, coupled with the incredible sites and experiences made possible by the team, was absolutely top rate.

Travelled: January 2024

Annette Stanley - USA

Being able to enjoy the pristine surroundings up close and personal was amazing. The best zodiac cruise was when we were surrounded by birds, penguins, seals and whales - all reasonably close and able to be captured in photos.

Travelled: January 2024

Annette Stanley - USA

10/10 - It was a life-changing, unforgettable experience.

Travelled: January 2024

Gina Vickrey - USA

I am having trouble re-entering the world, honestly. The sheer expanse of Antarctica, the remoteness, the icebergs, the animals – from krill to whales – feels more important to protect and honor than ever. It was a sacred experience.

Travelled: January 2024

Courtney Caldwell - USA

We were so taken care of and everyone on the team and crew's enthusiasm was contagious. I loved that we got to go south of the Antarctic Circle and spend more time on the journey. I could have spent even more time. I was heartbroken to disembark as I fell a little in love with the people and the place.

Travelled: January 2024

Courtney Caldwell - USA

10/10 - Safety at sea was paramount, the crew was extremely professional, knowledgeable, informative. All passengers shared a common interest in climate change, viewing the changes seen and described by the many specialists. Overall, this was an absolutely outstanding experience

Travelled: January 2023

Richard Arthur Saber - USA

I am and will be singing the praises of this memorable cruise forever! Thank you, Swoop!

Travelled: February 2020

Kara Knox - United States Of America

The experience was fantastic, all and more than we had hoped for!! The highlight was the enormity of the scale of the peninsular and the pristine, untouched solitude of the environment. The landscape was overwhelming and all encompassing, with a grandeur that we had not expected.

Travelled: February 2018

Sue - Australia

Review:

This ship has so many strong attributes, but for me it’s Seaventure's wide expanse of windows in every social area. The wrap-around windows in the Panorama Lounge make for a perfect spot to defrost after a busy day exploring, without missing any of the jaw-dropping landscapes!   

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

2026

Triple Suite Porthole Suite Twin Window Suite Veranda Suite Owner's Suite
January 2025
25-Jan-2025 Full Full Full Full Full Enquire
February 2026 Save up to 15%
4-Feb-2026 Save 15%
$15,555
$13,221
*
Save 15%
$17,895
$15,210
Save 15%
$20,045
$17,038
Save 15%
$23,045
$19,588
Save 15%
$27,655
$23,506
Enquire

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $15555

Single Supplement And Child Policy

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

Children aged 12 years old or over are welcome. There isn't any concession on pricing.

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 $895 An immersive full kayaking program for those who want to kayak multiple times (as often as weather and ice conditions allow) with a maximum of 10 fixed participants. Booking in advance is essential.
Add on icon Camping Camping $295 Available on selected departures. Limited spaces.
Add on icon Paddling Paddling $250 One-off discovery paddle session with a maximum of 14 participants per session. Available on select departures, subject to weather conditions. Previous kayaking experience is required. Booking in advance is strongly recommended.

Includes

  • All airport/ hotel/ ship transfers on day 1
  • For trips departing from October 2023 - March 24: all alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included (some super premium brands are excluded). For trips departing October 2024 - March 2025: beer/wine/soft drinks are included with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary parka jacket
  • Daily international news service
  • Post voyage digital log
  • For trips operating from November 2024-March 2025, 2 pre-cruise hotel nights will be included in Ushuaia. For trips running from November 2025-March 2026, 1 pre-night will be included
  • Free public internet and 200Mb of Wi-Fi
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals during the voyage on full board
  • All shore excursions and zodiac activities
  • 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 historic landing sites

Excludes

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

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