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An introduction to Antarctica

Antarctica’s awe-inspiring beauty has to be experienced to be believed, the scenes are impossible to describe in mere words, photographs and film, it really like going to another planet! WildWings has been taking people there since 1991 and therefore you will get the benefit of our vast experience to ensure your trip of a lifetime.  We are the one of the few UK travel companies who are members of IAATO and have had major input into member vessel’s current operating methods in respect of wildlife both ashore and in the seas.    

The sense of pristineness and purity is unique and will hopefully last forever; ice covered mountains and snowfields surrounded by incredible icebergs and teeming wildlife will leave you with lasting memories. Watch thousands of seabirds including the magnificent albatross and visit vast penguin colonies, along with seals on the beach. Encounter some of the great whales at close quarters, and finally return home truly inspired and personally enriched. WildWings only offers voyages on the best ships for wildlife viewing, which may not necessarily be all the vessels in our operator’s fleets. 

Our ship-based Bird and Wildlife tours to Antarctica are second to none and it gives us great pleasure to show our clients some of the most fantastic places and wildlife spectacles on the planet. Antarctica is ideal whatever your level of interest. You do not need to be an expert; the wildlife comes to you and it is possible to take superb photographs even with a ‘point and shoot’ camera. Being ship-based, you can pace your participation to suit; you can join in for as much or as little as you wish. The more time you spend outside, the more you will see however. Non-birding partners invariably enjoy these trips too!
If our tours don’t suit your dates or requirements, we are agents for many of the other vessels that visit the region, and can tailor-make your Antarctic trip. See the independent voyages pages. Please note whilst each and every voyage has a planned itinerary, no exact guarantees can be given due to weather, government landing restrictions, sea and ice-conditions at the time. In practice though, the majority of voyages make most of their planned landings with the onboard expedition team having back-up sites for most locations. Hence the description, ‘Expedition Cruises’. 


In the last few years we’ve naturally noticed many people are trying to do most of their background research on the internet, and often end up getting very confused. We suggest you pick up the phone and call us to discuss your plans, our advice is free and honest, 0117 9658 333 (UK office hours). For most people, you will of course only visit the region once, we can help you avoid a costly mistake and ensure that your visit to the white continent becomes one of the highlights of your life! 


Special offers: Ships with berths to fill do sometimes discount them, for departures within two months of travel, check our Antarctic offers page on our website (September to February). 


WildWings Antarctic voyages include

*   Comprehensive pre-trip information.

*   Services of our expert birder/naturalists throughout the voyage plus the services of the rest of the ship’s expedition team.

*   Additional included excursions (see itineraries).

*   Daily seawatching sessions on deck and evening log call (at sea). 

*   Day by day WildWings bird & mammal checklist for use onboard. 

*   Group use of WildWings radios (to maximise sightseeings) 

Forthcoming WildWings Antarctic escorted departures:

Antarctica for Birders - In search of Emperors and Kings NEW! (Oct/Nov 2014)

Antarctica, The Falklands and South Georgia (Nov & Jan 2014 & 2015)

The Atlantic Odyssey (March 2014 & 2015)

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