Top 5 Reasons to Visit Antarctica Early Season

With early-season Antarctic voyages just a few months away we are gearing up for another spectacular Antarctic season. With lots of exciting adventures, onboard educational programming and special guests, passengers will explore this remote region onboard our flagship vessel, RCGS Resolute, boasting the highest ice-class rating in the industry and allowing for access to rich wildlife, serene bays and mountainous terrain. Here are the top five reasons to visit Antarctica in the early season with One Ocean Expeditions:

1. October and November mark the beginning of spring in Antarctica, an optimum time for wildlife viewing as many species return to mate. Penguin rookeries with hundreds of thousands of birds start to nest, and massive numbers of elephant seals collect on the beaches for their mating rituals – a truly unforgettable sight.

Penguins in Antarctica
King Penguins in South Georgia. Image by David Sinclair

2. Photographers can hone their skills with award-winning photographer Daisy Gilardini on the South Georgia In-Depth Photography Symposium voyage. Known for her wildlife photography, Daisy has completed over 80 expeditions to Antarctica. Throughout the voyage, Daisy will be working alongside guests and assisting them with composition and techniques. Joining Daisy is David McEown, a famed watercolour artist who will conduct a variety of workshops whilst on board.

Artist David McEown in Antarctica
Artist David McEown in Antarctica. Image by Dave Sandford

3. The second trip of the season is met with pristine conditions following the heavy snowfall of the Antarctic winter. The Antarctic Peninsula Adventure- Off The Beaten Track voyage allows guests to enjoy the pure white snow by ski touring, snowshoeing and hiking. For experienced skiers, carving ‘fresh tracks’ in virgin Antarctic snow with our experienced IFMGA guides is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Snowshoeing in Antarctica
Snowshoeing in Antarctica. Image by Ron Clifford

4. Guests have the opportunity to immerse themselves in our comprehensive educational program. Welcomed back for their sixth season, the team from the California Ocean Alliance is continuing their study on the migratory patterns of whales. Science during early season allows Dr. Ari Friedlaender and his team to build a database that studies the movements of whales throughout the year. Guests can also visit the state-of-the-art ‘One Lab’ to see science in action or enjoy the onboard exhibits created for the ship.

Whale research in Antarctica
Whale Research in Antarctica. Image by Steven Rose

5. Camping on the ice and waking up in the company of curious penguins is a unique experience. Pending weather conditions, intrepid campers will carve their bed into the snow and star gaze from the Antarctic Peninsula. We provide the winter clothing and all necessary gear for a memorable night under the Antarctic sky.

Camping in Antarctica
Camping in Antarctica. Image by Jeff Topham

The South Georgia In-Depth Photography Symposium voyage runs from November 6 to November 21, 2019 with prices starting at US$13,195 per person

The Antarctic Peninsula Adventure – Off The Beaten Track voyage runs from November 21 to December 1, 2019 starting at US$11,295 per person

The Antarctica Peninsula Adventure voyage runs from December 1 to December 11, 2019 starting at US$11,295 per person

Book before August 31st 2019 and receive a $1000USD travel credit on the voyages listed above.

If you are interested in joining any of our early season Antarctica voyages please speak to your preferred agent or contact our sales team here.