INCREDIBLE SNOWSCAPES The Antarctic Peninsula is at its most pristine from NOVEMBER to MID-DECEMBER. As the Antarctic wakes up from winter, pure white snowscapes seem to stretch beyond the horizons.
BIRDS OF SOUTH GEORGIA Albatross and Cape petrels guide your ship on the approach to South Georgia, which is known as the Galapagos of the Poles.
KING PENGUINS Salisbury Plain, South Georgia, is home to one of the largest king penguin colonies in the
world: about 500,000 of the species gather here.
BLUE-TINTED ICEBERGS Antarctic vistas sparkle during the mid-summer period of MID-DECEMBER to MID-FEBRUARY. Sun and salt water turn the icebergs into works of art in various shades of blue.
APR–MAY 1916 Shackleton and five crewmen row to South Georgia to find help for the sailors on Elephant Island.
DEC 5, 1914 Endurance departs Grytviken whaling station on South Georgia.
HONORING SHACKLETON Eminent polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, who
CALVING GLACIERS! Expect Antarctic glacier- calving, the breaking of ice chunks from the edge of a glacier, in the late-summer period from MID-FEBRUARY to LATE MARCH.
died in 1922, is buried in the cemetery at the historic whaling station at Grytviken on South Georgia Island. Follow his historic journey.
OVERNIGHT CAMPING IN ANTARCTICA
Go to sleep in a bivy sac on the peninsula, wake up to the bray of a penguin, the ethereal call of the sea or the exhalation of a humpback whale. A night spent outdoors is an unforgettable experience. Temperatures are at their warmest (up to 40°F/ 5°C) MID-NOVEMBER to MID-JANUARY.
Now that you’ve explored the highlights of the Antarctic region, discover the wide range of itineraries Quark Expeditions offers.
ENDURANCE FOUND A search team, using undersea drones, located Endurance at the bottom of the Weddell Sea in MARCH 2022. The iconic ship is found at a depth of 3,008 meters (1.9 miles).
NOV 21, 1915 Endurance sinks to the bottom of the Weddell Sea after being trapped in ice for over a year.
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