23 October 2018
Over 25 years, Aurora Expeditions have become the leader in small-group, expedition style travel to polar regions and other wild places. Founded by renowned mountaineer and explorer, Greg Mortimer and his wife Margaret, this Australian-owned adventure company offers its passengers intimate experiences in remote destinations with a range of flexible, innovative itineraries.
Aurora Expeditions shares some of their favourite experiences, on board an Antarctica & South Georgia small-ship voyage…
Cruise down icy fjords and channels
Our small ship, Polar Pioneer, carries a maximum of just 54 passengers, making her the perfect size for exploring the Antarctic Peninsula’s stunning coastline. Stand out on the bow of the ship as it cruises down Lemaire Channel, a place so picturesque it’s been nicknamed “Kodak Gap”.
Witness a wildlife spectacle on South Georgia
South Georgia has been called the “Galapagos of the Southern Ocean” due to the incredible biodiversity on this isolated island. A true sensory overload, you’ll walk among thousands of king penguins, elephant and fur seals alongside expert naturalists for the ultimate wildlife experience.
Kayak, snowshoe, snorkel, or climb in Antarctica
Take the adventure one step further and enjoy an exciting optional activity. Whether you’re paddling among penguins, snorkelling with playful seals or traversing South Georgia in the footsteps of the legendary Ernest Shackleton; you’re sure to return home with incredible stories.
Tick off some local bird species
Birdwatchers will be in avian heaven on a trip to the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. It’s estimated that up to 70% of the world’s black-browed albatross population travel to the Falkland Islands to nest, while South Georgia is home to roughly half a million king penguins. Even non-birders will be impressed at the birdlife in the Sub-Antarctic.
Take a dip in the Antarctic Ocean
Some say you’d have to be mad to do it, but for the ultimate bragging rights when you return home, why not do the Polar Plunge? Walk the plank from the gangway or take the leap from higher up and the Aurora Expeditions team will capture it on camera. And your reward? A hot sauna and “I Survived the Polar Plunge” T-shirt.
Learn the local history
The Antarctic region is surprisingly rich in history; from ancient fossils and scientific huts to explorer relics and wartime history. Visit the world’s southernmost Anglican Church in the Falkland Islands, or raise a toast to "The Boss" at Shackleton’s grave in Grytviken, South Georgia.
Want to learn more about the unique experience of expedition cruising to Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands? Contact your Travel Counsellor today.