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Access to Antarctica is either via ports in the south of Australia and New Zealand or via the tip of South America, Tierra del Fuego. India is closer to Australia and New Zealand than it is to South America.

Flights from India to Hobart, Australia or Invercargill, New Zealand to visit Eastern Antarctica are about 1/2 to 2/3rds of the cost of those to Ushuaia at the tip of South America to visit the Peninsula region. There are many more trips that visit the Peninsula however with greater variety of itinerary, ships and duration. It is also possible to fly from South America to join a cruise ship in Antarctica. The journey to Eastern Antarctica is by ship only, it is not possible for tourists to fly to that side of Antarctica.

Fig 1.

Distances miles / km
New Delhi - Ushuaia, Argentina 9,939 / 15,996
New Delhi - Hobart, Australia 6,639 / 10,684
New Delhi - Invercargill, NZ 7,667 / 12,339


        1 - New Delhi, India    2 - Ushuaia, Argentina
        3 - Antarctic Peninsula   4 - Hobart, Australia
        5 - Invercargill, New Zealand   6 - McMurdo
        7 - Commonwealth Bay

Adelie penguin

The majority of trips that leave for Antarctica are ship based cruises or fly-cruise trips leaving from the Argentinean port of Ushuaia or Punta Arenas in Chile, flights also leave from Punta Arenas.  These trips visit the Antarctic Peninsula and nearby islands of the (mainly underwater) Scotia Arc (fig 2) and comprise . This starts at the tip of South America reaching east from Tierra del Fuego across to South Georgia, down to the South Shetland Islands and then to the west through the South Orkney Islands and finally down to the north extremity of the Antarctic Peninsula. Peninsula trips typically take 10-12 days with 6-16 day trips available, peninsula and associated area cruises are from 15-24 days.

There are a smaller number of cruises that depart from Australia or New Zealand visiting the opposite side to Eastern Antarctica. These trips are longer and therefore more expensive with a sailing time of 6-7 days there and the same back again in a total trip duration of 26-30 days. They usually leave from Hobart, Australia or Invercargill, New Zealand, frequently leaving from one and returning to the other.

Antarctica is a relatively expensive to visit niche destination, voyages are educational and focus the wilderness and aesthetic experience. A coast-line rich in wildlife backed by snow covered mountains and glaciers with an extreme climate make this a truly magical place to visit unlike any other on the planet. Its remoteness and experiences make it the ultimate destination for many adventurous travellers.

  Travelling to the Antarctic Peninsula

Fig 2. Trips to the Antarctic Peninsula. The majority of tourist trips visit the Peninsula 6 and nearby islands such as the South Shetlands 5. Longer trips may also take in the Falkland Islands 3 and / or the especially wildlife rich South Georgia 4.

Ships almost always cruise along the western side of the Peninsula, the eastern side and Weddell Sea frequently has much heavier potentially problematic sea ice.

Distances miles / km
Ushuaia - Falklands 480 / 770
Ushuaia - South Georgia 1,255 / 2,020
Ushuaia - South Shetlands 610  / 980
Ushuaia - Peninsula tip 724 / 1,165
Punta Arenas - Peninsula tip  870 / 1,395
Peninsula top to bottom 765 / 1,230
Peninsula top to Antarctic Circle 280 / 450

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        1 - Ushuaia, Argentina    2 - Punta Arenas, Chile
        3 - Falkland Islands / Islas Malvinas    4 - South Georgia
        5 - South Shetland Islands    6 - Antarctic Peninsula

  Travel to the Ross Sea / Commonwealth Bay Region - Eastern Antarctica

Fig 3. Trips to the more remote and less visited Eastern side of Antarctica almost always depart from Australia or New Zealand, Hobart, Australia 1, Invercargill / Port of Bluff in New Zealand 2, Invercargill has the airport, Bluff, 30km away by road has a deep-water port. Less commonly trips may leave/return from or other ports in New Zealand such as Dunedin or Lyttleton.

Trips may depart and return to the same port though often leave from one and return to another in either direction. There are about seven days sailing to reach Antarctica, the journey there and back is broken up with visits to the wildlife rich Macquarie Island 3 and other island groups such as Snares, Auckland and Campbell that lie between Macquarie and New Zealand.

Once in Antarctica trips spend their time either in the Commonwealth Bay area 4 or the Ross Sea region between Cape Adare 5 and McMurdo 6 with possibly a short trip along the front of the Ross Ice Shelf R

Distances miles / km
Hobart - Commonwealth Bay 1640 / 2640
Invercargill - Commonwealth Bay 1720 / 2760
Hobart - Macquarie Island 940 / 1500
Invercargill - Macquarie Island 690 / 1110
Commonwealth Bay - Cape Adare 805 / 1300
Cape Adare - McMurdo 470 /760

        R - Ross Ice Shelf     1 - Hobart - Australia
        2 - Invercargill / Port of Bluff - New Zealand
        3 - Macquarie Island    4 - Commonwealth Bay
        5 - Cape Adare    6 - McMurdo / Scott bases
       



Ross Sea Region v Antarctic Peninsula Cruises

Ross Sea region

  • Remoteness - You will see little if any other shipping and get a greater feeling of isolation and being at the end of the world, this is a rarely visited part of the planet.You are going where the world's biggest icebergs are and the most extreme weather conditions.

  • Greater chance of rough seas due to longer spent crossing the open ocean which can take 6-7 days in each direction, no flights available.

  • See Emperor Penguins, the birds of the deep south that rear their young in the depths of the Antarctic winter, the largest of all penguins.

  • See Mount Erebus, the world's southernmost active volcano and the Ross Ice Shelf, a 600km long wall of ice between 15m and 50m high.

  • Visit the huts of Mawson, Scott and/or Shackleton depending on where your particular cruise goes. This is the area where much of the early exploratory history of Antarctica was played out and where historical remains still stand.

  • Exclusivity - of the people who go to Antarctica, only a small proportion visit regions other than the Peninsula, there are relatively few trips here and they are often fully booked up well in advance.

  • Trip length of 26-30 days, sometimes there may be the possibility of a semi-circumnavigation over a similar time period from the Ross Sea to the Peninsula.
Antarctic Peninsula

  • It takes 2 days to cross the Drake Passage to reach the Antarctic Peninsula, rough seas are possible though short-lived, you can also fly across it in 2 hours on a fly-cruise trip.

  • Varied mountainous scenery with glaciers and icebergs, some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet.

  • The most wildlife rich area, with huge penguin colonies and many other breeding birds, seals are common and whales may be seen. The sub-Antarctic islands you may visit en route are very wildlife rich, especially South Georgia.

  • Historic preserved British Base, now a working post office at Port Lockroy, there are other research bases that you may visit.

  • Easier to reach, The closeness of the peninsula to the tip of South America  means that travel time to reach Antarctica is much less than to reach Eastern Antractica. It also means that a greater portion of the trip is spent in Antarctica rather than travel to and from.

  • A large number and variety of trips available, duration from 6-24 days, a range of ships and choice of travel dates and itineraries.

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Antarctic Peninsula - Sample Cruises - 2017 / 2018

Trip Highlights Prices USD* Days
Antarctica Cruise - Discovering the 7th Continent South Shetlands, Antarctic Peninsula, Penguin Rookeries, Lemaire Channel Optional kayaking, camping and snowshoeing $6,595 -
$13,295
10
Antarctica Cruise - The Peninsula Classic Antarctica, pristine scenery, classic sites of scientific and historic interest, experienced naturalist guides. Optional kayaking, camping, cross-country skiing and mountaineering $7,995 -
$20,695
13
Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise Fly over the Drake Passage in both directions, Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, Wildlife, Scenery, Ice Optional kayaking and snowshoeing $10,995 - $15,995 8

Antarctica Ross Sea Region - Sample Cruises - 2017 / 2018

Trip Highlights Prices USD* Days
The Ross Sea Region - In the Wake of Scott and Shackleton Auckland Islands, Macquarie and Campbell Islands, Explore the Ross Sea, Historic Huts, Ross Ice Shelf, McMurdo base. $22,300 -
$30,200
30
East Antarctica - In the Wake of Mawson Antarctic Peninsula to Ross Sea, Historic Huts, remote East Antarctica, Emperor penguins, sub-Antarctic islands, helicopter excursions $16,000 -
$22,000
26

South Georgia / Falkland Islands / Antarctica - Sample Cruises - 2017 / 2018

Trip Highlights Prices USD* Days
Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands Vast Colonies of King Penguins, Breathtaking Scenery, Historic sites, optional kayaking $23,790 -
$41,910
24
Antarctica and South Georgia Two great destinations, anticipate penguins, whales, seabirds and seals as well as scenic highlights $8,760 - $15,800 20
Notes

* Prices are based per person, the lowest price is usually for triple occupancy in a basic cabin, the highest for double occupancy in the best available suite.

Options may be at additional cost and are usually booked when the cruise is booked - it may be too late once the cruise has started.