Explore the Antarctic

    Explore the Antarctic

    Explore the Antarctic

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    5 reasons to travel to the Antarctic with PONANT

    More than 20 years and 330 itineraries in the polar regions, PONANT carries more guests to Antarctica per year than anyone else.

    To discover the treasures of Antarctica from glaciers to penguins, on the most ecological and modern fleet in the world.

    Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.

    Our experienced officers are trained on an ice navigation simulator, unique in France, that educates them on how to sail in a polar environment.

    Included flights selected by PONANT from/to Buenos Aires, transfers, full board, open bar on board, shore landings and lectures…

    A long standing member of IAATO

    PONANT is a full and proud member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO).
    IAATO is an industry group organisation that sets the highest possible tourism operating standards in an effort to ensure appropriate, safe and environmentally sound travel to Antarctica.
    Its rules include guidelines about the maximal amount of passengers during shore landings, and other specific guidelines around wildlife watching, visitor briefings and key safety obligations for operators.

    4 different ecosystems, several expeditions

    Antarctic itineraries by PONANT

    Emblematic Antarctica (10 nights)
    1

    The Great Austral Loop (15 nights)

    Christmas and New Year in Southern lands (16 nights)

    Beyond the Polar Circle (16 nights)
    1 2 3

    The Great Adventure (15 nights)
    1 3

    The Antarctic Odyssey (20 nights)
    1 2 3 4

    When to visit the Antarctic?

    Antarctica is accessible only during the austral summer season, from November to March.
    As landscapes and ecosystems vary depending on the places visited, the table below helps you select
    the period and itinerary that best meet your expectations.

    November December January February March
    Antarctic Peninsula Fauna Orcas, seals, whales (peak from January to March), elephant seals, giant petrels, terns, Cape petrels
    Gentoo penguins, Adelie penguins, chinstrap penguins
    reproduction and nests
    nests and eggs
    eggs and births
    young and adults
    Antarctic fur seals
    Landscapes
    Snowy mountain peaks
    Best time to see the ice floe
    Late austral summer snow which facilitates hiking
    Glaciers and icebergs, tabular icebergs
    South Georgia Fauna Terns, petrels, albatrosses
    King penguins
    adults, eggs and babies
    adults, young and chicks
    Gentoo penguins
    reproduction and nests
    nests and eggs
    eggs and births
    young and adults
    Antarctic fur seals
    adults
    adults and babies
    young and adults
    Elephant seals
    adults and babies
    young and adults
    young and adults
    Landscapes
    Snowfalls
    Glaciers, snowy mountains, alpine landscapes
    Falkland Islands Fauna Black-browed albatrosses, sea lions
    Magellan penguins, southern rockhopper penguins, Gentoo penguins
    adults and babies
    young and adults
    Landscapes
    White sandy beaches
    Heath land
    South Orkney Islands Fauna Leopard seals
    Gentoo penguins, Adelie penguins, chinstrap penguins
    reproduction and nests
    nests and eggs
    eggs and births
    young and adults
    Landscapes
    Mountainous areas with glaciers
    The + Arrive at the same time as the fauna and be the first to set foot on the immaculate White Continent Celebrate the new year in Antarctica!
    December and January are the months where there are the most penguins (in terms of numbers).
    It is the end of the austral summer. Young penguins go into water and start to become fully independent.

    November

    Fauna
    Antarctic Peninsula :
    • Orcas, seals, whales (peak from January to March), elephant seals, giant petrels, terns, Cape petrels
    • Gentoo penguins, Adelie penguins, chinstrap penguins (reproduction and nests)
    South Georgia :
    • Terns, petrels, albatrosses
    • King penguins (adults, eggs and babies)
    • Gentoo penguins (reproduction and nests)
    • Antarctic fur seals (adults)
    • Elephant seals (young and adults)
    Falkland Islands :
    • Black-browed albatrosses, sea lions
    • Magellan penguins, southern rockhopper penguins, Gentoo penguins (adults and babies)
    South Orkney Islands :
    • Leopard seals
    • Gentoo penguins, Adelie penguins, chinstrap penguins (reproduction and nests)
    Landscapes
    Antarctic Peninsula :
    • Snowy mountain peaks. Best time to see the ice floe
    • Glaciers and icebergs, tabular icebergs
    South Georgia :
    • Snowfalls
    • Glaciers, snowy mountains, alpine landscapes
    Falkland Islands :
    • White sandy beaches
    • Heath land
    South Orkney Islands :
    • Mountainous areas with glaciers
    Arrive at the same time as the fauna and be the first to set foot on the immaculate White Continent

    December

    Fauna
    Antarctic Peninsula :
    • Orcas, seals, whales (peak from January to March), elephant seals, giant petrels, terns, Cape petrels
    • Gentoo penguins, Adelie penguins, chinstrap penguins (nests and eggs)
    South Georgia :
    • Terns, petrels, albatrosses
    • King penguins (adults, eggs and babies)
    • Gentoo penguins (nests and eggs)
    • Antarctic fur seals (adults and babies)
    • Elephant seals (adults and babies)
    Falkland Islands :
    • Black-browed albatrosses, sea lions
    • Magellan penguins, southern rockhopper penguins, Gentoo penguins (adults and babies)
    South Orkney Islands :
    • Leopard seals
    • Gentoo penguins, Adelie penguins, chinstrap penguins (nests and eggs)
    Landscapes
    Antarctic Peninsula :
    • Snowy mountain peaks. Best time to see the ice floe
    • Glaciers and icebergs, tabular icebergs
    South Georgia :
    • Snowfalls
    • Glaciers, snowy mountains, alpine landscapes
    Falkland Islands :
    • White sandy beaches
    • Heath land
    South Orkney Islands :
    • Mountainous areas with glaciers
    Celebrate the new year in Antarctica!
    December and January are the months where there are the most penguins (in terms of numbers).

    January

    Fauna
    Antarctic Peninsula :
    • Orcas, seals, whales (peak from January to March), elephant seals, giant petrels, terns, Cape petrels
    • Gentoo penguins, Adelie penguins, chinstrap penguins (eggs and births)
    South Georgia :
    • Terns, petrels, albatrosses
    • King penguins (adults, eggs and babies)
    • Gentoo penguins (eggs and births)
    • Antarctic fur seals (adults and babies)
    • Elephant seals (young and adults)
    Falkland Islands :
    • Black-browed albatrosses, sea lions
    • Magellan penguins, southern rockhopper penguins, Gentoo penguins (young and adults)
    South Orkney Islands :
    • Leopard seals
    • Gentoo penguins, Adelie penguins, chinstrap penguins (eggs and births)
    Landscapes
    Antarctic Peninsula :
    • Glaciers and icebergs, tabular icebergs
    South Georgia :
    • Glaciers, snowy mountains, alpine landscapes
    Falkland Islands :
    • White sandy beaches
    • Heath land
    South Orkney Islands :
    • Mountainous areas with glaciers
    Celebrate the new year in Antarctica!
    December and January are the months where there are the most penguins (in terms of numbers).

    February

    Fauna
    Antarctic Peninsula :
    • Orcas, seals, whales (peak from January to March), elephant seals, giant petrels, terns, Cape petrels
    • Gentoo penguins, Adelie penguins, chinstrap penguins (young and adults)
    • Antarctic fur seals
    South Georgia :
    • Terns, petrels, albatrosses
    • King penguins (adults, young and chicks)
    • Gentoo penguins (young and adults)
    • Antarctic fur seals (young and adults)
    • Elephant seals (young and adults)
    Falkland Islands :
    • Black-browed albatrosses, sea lions
    • Magellan penguins, southern rockhopper penguins, Gentoo penguins (young and adults)
    South Orkney Islands :
    • Leopard seals
    • Gentoo penguins, Adelie penguins, chinstrap penguins (young and adults)
    Landscapes
    Antarctic Peninsula :
    • Late austral summer snow which facilitates hiking
    • Glaciers and icebergs, tabular icebergs
    South Georgia :
    • Glaciers, snowy mountains, alpine landscapes
    Falkland Islands :
    • White sandy beaches
    • Heath land
    South Orkney Islands :
    • Mountainous areas with glaciers
    It is the end of the austral summer. Young penguins go into water and start to become fully independent.

    March

    Fauna
    Antarctic Peninsula :
    • Orcas, seals, whales (peak from January to March), elephant seals, giant petrels, terns, Cape petrels
    • Gentoo penguins, Adelie penguins, chinstrap penguins (young and adults)
    • Antarctic fur seals
    South Georgia :
    • Terns, petrels, albatrosses
    • King penguins (adults, young and chicks)
    • Gentoo penguins (young and adults)
    • Antarctic fur seals (young and adults)
    • Elephant seals (young and adults)
    Falkland Islands :
    • Black-browed albatrosses, sea lions
    • Magellan penguins, southern rockhopper penguins, Gentoo penguins (young and adults)
    South Orkney Islands :
    • Leopard seals
    • Gentoo penguins, Adelie penguins, chinstrap penguins (young and adults)
    Landscapes
    Antarctic Peninsula :
    • Late austral summer snow which facilitates hiking
    • Glaciers and icebergs, tabular icebergs
    South Georgia :
    • Glaciers, snowy mountains, alpine landscapes
    Falkland Islands :
    • White sandy beaches
    • Heath land
    South Orkney Islands :
    • Mountainous areas with glaciers
    It is the end of the austral summer. Young penguins go into water and start to become fully independent.
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