Do you provide flights to Antarctica?
A: Every Antarctica expedition includes complimentary private charter jet service between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia.
Will Atlas Ocean Voyages provide expedition clothing (included) and changing area?
A: Every Antarctica expedition includes a FREE parka and vest (yours to keep!) and FREE use of knee boots throughout the voyage. Our yachts also have a mud room for changing before you head out to your next exhilarating challenge.
What should I keep in mind when visiting Antarctica?
A: This is a pristine destination with a fragile ecosystem, so it’s important to remember to be a responsible explorer, including being mindful of packing clean gear, not taking anything from shore, and following the instructions on board for properly decontaminating your footwear and clothing. For a complete guide on what to do to be a conscious traveler, check out the IAATO “Don’t Pack a Pest” pamphlet.
When is the best time to travel to Antarctica?
A: From October to the beginning of December you’ll see the land covered in snow all way to the edge of the water, which means you’ll likely see penguins as they make their highways to the water. During these months, you may also have the chance to see penguins, seabirds and shags courting and laying their eggs. December through February there’s less snow, exposing the rocky peaks for a more rugged landscape. This is also the best time to see penguin chicks hatch. From mid-February to March you’ll have the best chances of catching sight of whales as they return to the peninsula to feed and watch for penguins molting.
What’s the weather like in Antarctica?
A: During Antarctica summer, temperatures tend to stay in 40-degree Fahrenheit range, so it’s important to pack properly to keep warm.
Can I use my drone, quadcopter, UAV, etc. during an Antarctica expedition?
A: The International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) does not allow the use of drones, quadcopters, UAVs, and other such hardware for recreational purposes from the yacht, during scheduled landings, or on excursions. Furthermore, the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands government has banned the use of such recreational technologies in their territories.
Is your fleet made for Antarctica expeditions?
A: Yes! Our brand-new yachts are Polar Category C and Ice Class 1B, purpose-built for remote navigation. As our expeditions take place during Antarctica’s summer, there will be mild ice conditions and more open water, which is what our categorizations allow our yachts to navigate. With these polar code categorizations, we offer safety and stability.
What level of health and physical fitness do I need to be in to travel to Antarctica?
A: To travel to Antarctica with Atlas Ocean Voyages, it’s not necessary to be at peak, athletic levels of physical fitness. You can take it easy or be as active as you want on shore. As you are journeying to the most remote part of the world, we encourage you to check in with your doctor if you would like peace of mind. And if you have pre-existing conditions that may require medical attention, we ask that you notify Atlas before your sailing.
Is an Antarctica expedition possible for disabled travelers?
A: While we aim to make our voyages inclusive for all guests, Antarctica is a destination that presents challenging elements. Our Antarctica journeys also use Zodiacs to transport guests between shore and yacht, so if you have a disability that does not easily allow for such transportation, we cannot serve you well for an Antarctica expedition at this time.
What is a Zodiac and who operates them?
A: Zodiacs are highly buoyant rubber boats built with inflatable hulls with several air-filled compartments for optimum floatation. Our polar-class yachts are equipped with custom-designed Zodiacs, complete with reinforced bow chests. Trained staff and crew members drive and operate the Zodiacs when taking you to your Antarctic adventures in the water and on shore. Please make sure to always follow their careful instructions when embarking and disembarking from the Zodiac.
Should I bring binoculars on an Antarctica expedition?
A: Atlas is pleased to provide a set of binoculars in every suite and stateroom for you to use freely for your wildlife viewing adventures.
What kind of animals will I see?
A: Antarctica is a paradise for animal lovers with plenty of wildlife. You’ll see various species of penguins, seals, birds, and whales. Check out our “Wild Antarctica” page to discover what you may see.
Will I need to bring rubber boots with me?
A: Atlas Ocean Voyages provides every guest with FREE use of knee boots for wet landings.
Are my activities restricted onshore?
A: To help preserve the beauty and environment of Antarctica, your expedition leader will guide you every step of the way. This way, you experience your journey to the fullest while leaving only footprints behind. Before you head to shore, your expedition team will brief you on conservation and best practices for exploring the land. It’s important to follow their instructions.
What should I know before I go on an expedition to Antarctica?
A: We believe in being prepared so you can fully enjoy your Antarctica experience. Please check out our “What to Pack” page to see what you should know before embarking on your journey.
Who is leading Atlas Ocean Voyages’ Antarctica expeditions?
A: Our world-class expedition team consists of expedition leaders, guest lecturers, photographers and scientists — experts in their fields — who will guide and educate you through your Antarctica journey. They’ll help you experience the continent to the fullest while doing what it takes to maintain the pristine environment. Their knowledge and passion will make your Antarctica voyage unforgettably extraordinary.
Can I bring children with me on an Antarctica expedition?
A: Atlas is pleased to offer accommodations for children age eight years and older – accompanied at all times throughout the voyage – for our Antarctica expeditions.