With the festive season fast approaching, it is time to decide how you want it to be this year. If you are of the adventurous kind, why not leaving the cosy but unchallenging city and spend Christmas and New Year in some uncharted territory? Since there is nothing that says Christmas more than snow and cold, the Antarctic Peninsula is the perfect place to go this winter.
A cruise from Ushuaia at the south tip of the American continent to the Antarctic Peninsula will take you across the Drake Passage and near the South Shetlands Islands before exploring the western side of the peninsula. During a dozen days, you will have the amazing opportunity to observe the local wildlife, including seabirds, penguins and seals breeding on the large ice-free areas of the southern summer.
Amongst the many islands you’ll pass during the cruise, you will land onto the Paradise Bay and see some of the most dramatic scenery such as the volcanic crater of Deception Island or the spectacular Lemaire Channel with its gigantic icebergs and the glaciers cliffs that surround it. You might even be lucky enough to pass nearby Minke Whales, Humpback Whales and Orca in this passage, as well as some Leopard Seals.
This type of cruise that also includes some kayaking expedition is a unique opportunity to discover an inhabited part of our planet with some scientists and naturalists to talk you through this amazing ecozone. This will be a Christmas away from civilisation that you will never forget.