Ross Ice Shelf

The Ross Ice Shelf is a truly incredible body of ice, stretching down from the coast of Antarctica into the Ross Sea. The ice shelf itself is nearly 750 metres thick in places and covers some 188,000 sq miles, which is roughly the size of France. The Ross Ice Shelf has been used as a way for Antarctic explorers to get to the South Pole and was studied in detail by Robert Falcon Scott who used Ross Island as a base to study its surroundings.

Few Antarctic cruises journey this far south, but those that do usually visit these pristine waters en route to New Zealand via Macquarie Island, where it's possible to see huge colonies of King, Royal and Gentoo penguins.

Find out more about visiting Antarctica on our page about Antarctic cruises

Map of Ross Ice Shelf

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Trips that visit Ross Ice Shelf

Flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. All voyage routes take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time.

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Ross Sea in Luxury

Travelling onboard a modern 5* expedition ship for only 21 days, this trip makes Antarctica’s remote Ross Sea so much more accessible. While the vessel's all-inclusive creature comforts and speed make sailing days pass by comfortably, the remoteness, wildlife and…

  • 21 Days
  • $23,990
Ross Sea & Subantarctic Islands Explorer

Follow in the footsteps of explorers Scott and Shackleton on this epic 25-day trip to Antarctica's wildlife-rich Subantarctic Islands and remote Ross Sea region. Aboard one of the newest ships in the polar fleet, seek out perfectly preserved historic huts,…

  • 25 Days
  • -
Ross Sea Discovery: In Scott & Shackleton's Footsteps

Embark on this 28-day epic voyage to The Ross Sea, the 'Heart of Antarctica', experiencing the immensity of the Ross Ice Shelf and remoteness of this little-visited region. Includes privileged visits to Scott's and Shackleton's historic huts and research bases…

  • 28 Days
  • $29,450