A train of emperor penguin chicks follow their father

Antarctica Emperor Penguin Tours, Trips & Cruises

Meet Antarctica's iconic Emperor penguins at the Snow Hill colony
Starting at:
Per Person
$ 37,371


  • Become one of the privileged few to visit the remote Snow Hill emperor penguin colony by helicopter from your expedition vessel
  • Witness the mesmerizing sight of emperor penguins in their natural habitat, showcasing their regal postures and unique behaviors
  • Immerse yourself in the world of emperor penguins, observing their social dynamics and interactions up close
  • Take advantage of expert guidance and photography workshops to perfect your skills in capturing the essence of emperor penguins
  • Seize the opportunity to photograph adorable emperor penguin chicks, experiencing their endearing presence in the Antarctic wilderness

Antarctica emperor penguin tours offer an extraordinary opportunity to witness the captivating beauty of emperor penguins in their natural habitat. Embarking on a trip to Antarctica solely to see these remarkable creatures isn’t unheard of, and is often a dream come true for wildlife enthusiasts and photography enthusiasts alike. These cruises allow lucky visitors a unique, immersive, and magical experience, providing privileged access to the mesmerizing spectacle of majestic emperor penguins huddling in their droves amid the snow-covered landscapes of Antarctica, in one of the few places where emperors can be seen in the austral summer.

While tourists may spot the occasional solitary emperor along the coast, these specialized Antarctica penguin tours takes you to the renowned Snow Hill emperor penguin colony of the Weddell Sea. Only discovered as recently as the mid-1990s, this is the northernmost penguin breeding colony in all of Antarctica, where upwards of 10,000 individuals can be seen, weather permitting. Observe, smell, listen to, photograph, and appreciate these regal birds in startling close up, a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounter worthy of the wildest documentaries, enhanced all the more by your knowledgeable naturalist guides.

The march of the Emperor Penguins at Snow Hill colony

Emperor Penguin Tours

Embark on a extraordinary expedition to the Snow Hill Emperor Penguin Colony in the Weddell Sea and experience a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with Antarctica’s most regal resident.

Up to 10% savings

Emperor Penguin Quest: Expedition To Snow Hill

Length: 14 Day / 13 Night
Ships: Ultramarine
$ 37,371 - $ 85,939
Per Person

FAQs about Emperor Penguin Expeditions

Why choose an Antarctica Emperor Penguin tour?

An Antarctica emperor penguin tour offers a rare opportunity to witness the majestic emperor penguins in their natural habitat. These tours provide a unique and unforgettable experience to observe these iconic birds up close in their breeding colonies.

When is the best time for Emperor Penguin tours in Antarctica?

The best time for emperor penguin tours in Antarctica would be during the winter months of June to August when they gather in large numbers on the sea ice for breeding, but some tourist cruises operating in the summer months do offer rare opportunities to spot emperor penguins near coastal areas.

How do Emperor Penguin tours in Antarctica work?

Emperor penguin tours typically involve flying to Antarctica’s interior via helicopter and setting up a temporary camp near the penguin colonies. Expert guides lead small groups on daily excursions to observe and photograph the penguins while ensuring minimal disturbance to their natural behavior.

What other wildlife can be seen on Emperor Penguin tours in Antarctica?

While emperor penguins are the main focus of these tours, you may also encounter other wildlife species, including seals, seabirds, and possibly other penguin species like Adélie and Gentoo penguins. However, the primary highlight is the emperor penguins themselves.

Are Emperor Penguin tours suitable for all levels of photography experience?

Emperor penguin tours cater to photographers of all levels, from beginners to professionals. Expert guides provide guidance and support, helping you capture memorable photos of the emperor penguins and the stunning Antarctic environment.

Emperor Penguin Cruises

Sail into a world of majestic wonder aboard our Emperor Penguin cruises. Explore the pristine Antarctic landscapes and witness the awe-inspiring grace of these iconic creatures in their natural habitat.

Up to 30% savings


12-23 Days, 5 Itineraries
199 Guests, Luxury
$ 17,120 - $ 115,892
Per Person