Arctic & Antarctic cruises

Sailing adventures in Arctic & Antarctic waters

Sailing ship Santa Maria Australis on Antarctic cruise

Antarctic cruise

Discover Antarctica sailing
with the Santa Maria Australis

Chile - Drake Passage -
South Shetland Islands - Antartic Peninsula -
Antarctica - Drake Passage - Chile

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Sailing ship Bark Europa on Antarctic cruise

Sailing Antarctica

Discover Antarctica
with the Bark Europa

Argentina - Drake Passage -
South Shetland Islands - Antartic Peninsula -
Antarctica - Drake Passage - Argentina

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SV Tilvera on Arctic cruise around Lofoten

Arctic Expedition

Discover the Arctic
with the SV Tilvera

Bodø - Longyearbyen (incl. Lofoten)    
Spitzbergen (west-/north coast)
Greenland (Scoresby Sound) - Húsavík/ Iceland

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SV Rembrandt van Rijn on Arctic cruise

Arctic Sail & Ski cruise

Arctic adventures
with the SV Rembrandt van Rijn

Constable Pynt/ Greenland - Scoresby Sund 
(Aurora Borealis Fly & Sail)
Longyearbyen/ Spitsbergen (Ski & Sail)

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Cape Horn-
Antarctica - Cape Town

Sailing expedition
from Usuaia via Antarctica to Cape Town

Argentina - Drake Passage -
Antarctica - South Georgia -
Tristan da Cunha - South Africa

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What to expect when sailing to Antarctica?

Arctic and Antarctic cruises are unique and challenging adventures that require a great deal of planning, preparation and an experienced crew. These sailing cruises take place in some of the most inhospitable and remote, yet at the same time most magical environments on Earth: The polar regions are home to some of the most stunning and pristine natural landscapes on Earth. The rugged coastlines, towering glaciers, and icy fjords are truly breathtaking, and offer a sense of isolation and wilderness that is hard to find in other parts of the world. The conditions can be harsh and unpredictable, rapidly changing weather, ice floes, and strong currents, not for the faint of heart. Successfully navigating through these challenging adventures can be incredibly rewarding and give sailors a great sense of accomplishment, broadening one's perspective on life.

Where does my Arctic and Antarctic cruise start?

Antarctic cruises often sart sailing in Puerto Williams in Chile or Ushuaia in Argentina. From there, ships set sail across the Southern Ocean towards the icy continent. These Antarctic cruise adventures typically involve exploring the waters around Tierra del Fuego and the Beagle Channel, and crossing the Drake Passage, one of the roughest stretches of water in the world, before reaching the Antarctic Peninsula. Once there, sailors may explore the unfamiliar environment and encounter a variety of wildlife, including penguins, seals, and whales.

Arctic sailing cruises often begin in Norway, with the Lofoten Islands serving as a popular departure point. From there, ships may sail towards Greenland, crossing the Arctic Circle and navigating through ice floes and fjords along the way. The Greenland Ice Sheet, the largest in the world, offers a unique and awe-inspiring landscape to explore. Depending on the season, sailors may also witness the phenomenon of the midnight sun or the northern lights. Arctic expeditions also offer the opportunity to witness incredible wildlife, such as polar bears, walruses, and whales, in their natural habitats. This can be a truly awe-inspiring experience and can help to foster a greater appreciation and understanding of the natural world.

Why take an Arctic or Antarctic cruise?

Whether you are sailing in the Arctic or the Antarctic, these cruises offer a chance to explore some of the most remote and beautiful parts of the world, while also testing your sailing skills and endurance. The combination of stunning natural beauty, challenging sailing conditions, incredible wildlife, and unique experiences makes Arctic and Antarctic cruises an incredibly rewarding and unforgettable adventure.