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Emperor Penguin Quest: Expedition To Snow Hill

A Weddell Sea pilgrimage in search of the remote Snow Hill Island colony of Antarctica's most iconic penguin species.
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Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
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  • Embrace the expeditionary spirit on a quest to reach the colony of thousands of pairs of emperor penguins and their chicks.
  • Spend five days in the vicinity of Snow Hill, either on tour to the colony, or immersing yourself in our custom-designed Weddell Sea experiences.
  • Travel aboard the luxurious Ultramarine, enjoying the sauna or one of the ship’s many other onboard amenities.

In 2004, polar history was made when the cruise conducted the first-ever ground visit to the remote emperor penguin colony near Snow Hill Island, Antarctica. Driven by a true expeditionary spirit—and guided by years of polar expertise—the team sailed past masses of dense ice and thick, tabular icebergs in the Weddell Sea to experience the legendary rookery, which now numbers almost 4,000 breeding pairs of emperor penguins. Today, it is one of the most exclusive wildlife viewing experiences on the planet. We invite you—almost two decades after the first milestone visit—to embrace the thrill of the search as we once again set out to visit to the emperor penguins at Snow Hill Island.

Experience a true polar quest aboard the ultra-chic Ultramarine ship, equipped with its two twin-engine helicopters that will fly you to the vicinity of this rarely-visited rookery, whereupon you’ll walk across the thick sea ice to stand within metres of the most coveted penguin species on the planet. Anticipate scenes reminiscent of “March of the Penguins” and BBC’s “Frozen Planet.” Celebrate Snow Hill’s majestic moments, revel in the once-in-a-lifetime wonders of the Weddell Sea, set foot on the seventh continent’s eastern Peninsula, and be part of a legendary story of your very own.


Standard Activities

Helicopter Flight
water aerobics
Polar Plunge
Zodiac Cruises
Zodiac Cruises

Itinerary Day to Day

Day 1

Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Upon arriving in this fascinating city, known for its architecture and rich European heritage, you will independently transfer to your group hotel.

Buenos Aires
Embarkation Point
Day 2

Fly to Ushuaia and Embark

Days 3-4

Crossing the Drake Passage

Day 5

Navigating into the Weddell Sea

Days 6-10

Weddell Sea and the Quest to Land at Snow Hill

Days 11-13


Day 14

Disembark in Ushuaia and Fly to Buenos Aires

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