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
With 5 full days in Antarctica, experience the towering tabular icebergs and Adelie penguin rookeries of the remote Weddell Sea, alongside some of the Peninsula’s most popular landing sites further south. Departs once a year, at the height of the…
- 11 Days
The iconic emperor penguin is the goal of this expedition for wildlife enthusiasts, as your ice-strengthened ship sails into Antarctica’s challenging and little-visited Weddell Sea. Delve deep into historically significant and ice-laden waters, heading for the remote emperor rookery…
- 11 Days
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 of Weddell Sea Cruises
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. Read the full review
Travelled: November 2017
David & Jill Blaen - United Kingdom
The Weddell Sea: FAQs
A much starker more featureless landscape, much less picturesque then on the western side of the Antarctic peninsula, 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.
Weather & Wildlife in Antarctica
Read Swoop's Guides to discover how the weather changes through the Seasons and what the wildlife is doing throughout the different months.
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