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Out-of-this-world luxpeditions: Antarctica

Out-of-this-world luxpeditions: Antarctica

21. Emperors & South Pole with White Desert

8 days

You’ll cross the Antarctic Circle from Cape Town by private jet and bed down in cosy sleeping pods sitting lightly on an otherworldly landscape of ice and rock. By day, you’ll embark on your choice of activities, whether taking a gentle hike through majestic scenery, or brushing up on your photography or polar explorer skills with the help of expert guides. Excitement seekers can go rock climbing, abseiling and zip-lining, and no one will want to miss seeing Emperor Penguins en masse. The South Pole may be the lowest point on Earth, but guests are sure to rate this trip as a lifetime highlight.

22. Antarctica, Patagonia, Chilean Fjords with Hurtigruten

Voyage of Discovery | 10 days

It’s not very Norwegian to brag, but Hurtigruten is launching a fleet of the cleanest and greenest ships ever built. In October 2020 you can board one of them – the hybridpowered polar expedition ship MS Roald Amundsen -for the Antarctic adventure of a lifetime. From colourful Valparaiso, you’ll sail down the coast of Chile to the Antarctic Peninsula. The expert-led cruise will give you the chance to kayak, hike and explore the landscape and wildlife of the great white continent to your heart’s content. MS Roald Amundsen offers a true oasis of relaxation after each day’s great adventure.

Hurtigruten is changing the face of the cruise industry for the better.

THE NEW MS ROALD AMUNDSEN | HURTIGRUTEN

23. Epic Antarctica with Quark Expeditions

23 days

If you’re going to go all the way to Antarctica, immersing yourself fully in the experience is the only way to go. From the comfort of your expedition ship, you’ll sail through the Falkland Islands to South Georgia, where an abundance of birdlife rivalling the Galapagos Islands awaits, before making your way down to the Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll explore by Zodiac and on foot, but Quark allows you indulge your inner adrenalin-junkie with options to go mountaineering, cross-country skiing, sea kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and even to take a polar plunge before reboarding the ship to warm up. You’ll learn about Antarctica’s unique geology, history and wildlife.

Here are our top five unmissable polar expeditions with Quark.

 1-2   •  3–5 ASIA   • 6–12 THE AMERICAS  • 13–17 EUROPE  •  18–20 AFRICA

This article originally appeared in volume 32 of Signature Luxury Travel & Style magazine. To subscribe to the latest issue, click here.

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