5 reasons to explore the Weddell Sea
- Limited to only a handful of unique voyages each year, explore the little visited, distinct and ice-choked Weddell Sea
- Renowned for its vast tabular icebergs which provide fantastic photographic opportunities
- Historically significant - it was here that Shackleton's ship Endurance became trapped in ice, precipitating the greatest rescue story
- The chance to see an Emperor penguin - the Weddell is the only place where they breed so far north
- Explore large penguin rookeries, including volcanic Paulet Island with its 100,000 pairs of Adelies
Weddell Sea Voyages
How to get to the Weddell Sea
Setting sail from Ushuaia at the tip of South America, your expedition ship will guide you through the Drake Passage towards the South Shetlands, before navigating to the east of the Antarctica Peninsula and into the Weddell Sea. The northwestern Weddell Sea is the only accessible part, due to thick ice, which makes for an exciting and adventurous voyage.
Expect huge tabular icebergs, incredible sunrises, and penguins galore - the Weddell Sea is the heart of Adelie penguin territory! Discover more on getting to Antarctica.
What our customers think
Fantastic experience, would recommend to anyone interested in wildlife and the history of the area. Walking on an ice floe in the Weddell sea was perfect.
David & Jill Blaen United Kingdom November 2017
The Weddell Sea: FAQs
During the height of the Austral summer, January and February, when the ice in the Weddell breaks up allowing brief access.
A much starker more featureless landscape, much less picturesque then on the western side, but no less beautiful. The other key difference is how few ships and people each year explore the Weddell Sea.
You might be lucky enough to see an isolated bird on an iceberg, however the larger colonies are inland which requires helicopter access.
There is some risk, particularly travelling in the Weddell earlier in the season, however during the summer months travelling on an ice strengthened ship you are unlikely to.