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Top South Shetland Islands Trips & Tours in December 2022

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Discover South Shetland Islands in December 2022 on one of these 37 tours hand-selected by the travel experts at Adventure Life. Explore the best of South Shetland Islands, and King George Island during December 2022 as you enjoy cruises, wildlife viewing, wildlife & safari exploration, small ship cruises, and whale watching. Prices for trips in December 2022 range from $4,860 to $93,200 for a vacation of 7 to 23 days. Choose any of the below 37 amazing itineraries in December 2022 and customize it to make it your own with the help of one of Adventure Life's expert South Shetland Islands trip planners.
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Icebergs at sunset
$13,495
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Classic Antarctica Air Cruise

8 Day Itinerary aboard Magellan Explorer
  • Cruise the South Shetland Islands
  • View penguins, seals, and whales
  • Attend lectures and presentations
  • Explore the Antarctic landscape
Activities:
Fly Cruises, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Flying over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, you are invited on this 8-day adventure to one of the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and most inhospitable places - Antarctica. In a little over three hours of flying from Punta Arenas to King George Island, find yourself at …
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$13,495
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Spirit of Antarctica

12 Day Itinerary aboard Sylvia Earle
  • Hone your photography skills
  • Search for orcas and whales
  • Observe penguin colonies
  • Take a Polar Plunge
Starts / Ends:
Ushuaia / Ushuaia
Activities:
Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embrace the spirit of polar exploration on this classic expedition to the coveted white continent. Sail across the famed Drake Passage, admiring spectacular seabirds and approaching the ice as the explorers of old did: by sea. With a chance to Zodiac-cruise through pack ice, set foot on the …
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$19,705
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Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica via Ushuaia

21 Day Itinerary aboard MS Seaventure
  • Explore Stanley, East Falkland
  • Cruise scenic bays and channels
  • See Grytviken Whaling Station
  • View bird colonies and seal wallows
Starts / Ends:
Port of Ushuaia / Port of Ushuaia
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
The sub-Antarctic Falkland Islands/Malvinas and South Georgia are home to some of the most unique and abundant wildlife on earth. With beaches covered in fur seals, elephant seals, and hundreds of thousands of penguins, it’s one of the most jaw-dropping nature scenes you will ever experience. …
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Nights in Ushuaia
$15,380
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Journey to Antarctica - The White Continent

12 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • Encounter iconic wildlife
  • Kayak among icebergs
  • Experience the undersea Antarctic
  • See legendary landscapes & habitats
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This journey to the "White Continent" offers six days of exploration on the incomparably beautiful Antarctic Peninsula and the surrounding islands and waterways. The sights, sounds, and emotions stay in your mind forever — enormous tabular icebergs, hillsides covered with thousands …
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A majestic view from the kayak
$11,895
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Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

11 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Adventurer
  • Trek up snowy pathways for views
  • Zodiac ashore each day to explore
  • Watch glacier calve into the ocean
  • Explore bays & channels each day
Activities:
Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board the Ocean Adventurer (formerly Sea Adventurer) in Ushuaia and begin your 11-day polar expedition! Begin to cross the Drake Passage -the next time you see land you are in Antarctica! Enjoy zodiac excursions to explore bays, channels, and landing sites each day. Visit penguin rookeries and …
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Ready to take off!
$12,295
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Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake

8 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Adventurer
  • Fly over the Drake Passage
  • Meet Antarctica´s wildlife
  • Zodiac cruise around Pleneau Island
  • View Neko Harbor´s icebergs
Activities:
Adventure Options, Fly Cruise, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Skip the four days of Drake Passage crossings and optimize your Antarctica experience by flying! A short two-hour flight takes you between Punta Arenas, Chile, and King George Island. Once in Antarctica, the penguins, seals, and whales keep you and your camera busy, as do the massive icebergs, …
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Ice in Antarctica
$11,495
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Classic Antarctica Air Cruise

8 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Nova
  • Cruise the South Shetland Islands
  • View penguins, seals, and whales
  • Attend lectures and presentations
  • Explore the Antarctic landscape
Activities:
Fly Cruises, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Jumping over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, you are invited on this 8-day adventure to one of the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and most inhospitable places - Antarctica. In a little over three hours of flying from Punta Arenas to King George Island, find yourself at …
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Magellanic penguins
$22,995
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Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica: Explorers and Kings

20 Day Itinerary aboard World Explorer
  • Explore the British town of Stanley
  • See South Georgia’s vast wildlife
  • Experience a unique kayak excursion
  • Learn about Antarctica's history
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a 20-day adventure cruising the Antarctic aboard the World Explorer, an ideal ship for Polar exploration. Enjoy unforgettable encounters with untamed wildlife in a vast, dramatic and spectacular setting. Explore theremote Falkland Islands, the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, and the …
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Leopard Seal
$7,650
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Antarctica - Discovery and Learning Voyage

11 Day Itinerary aboard MV Hondius
  • Sail across the Drake Passage
  • Set foot on the Antarctic Continent
  • Zodiac cruise by alpine peaks
  • Explore the South Shetland Islands
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore the Antarctic Peninsula and enjoy the most dramatic scenery and the widest variety of wildlife in Antarctica on this special 11-day cruise. Visit the volcanic islands of the South Shetlands and explore the wide variety of flora and fauna in South Shetland.This classic route to the Antarctic …
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A penguin colony hanging out on the ice.
$5,730
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Classic Antarctica

10 Day Itinerary aboard MV Ushuaia
  • View vast penguin rookeries
  • Explore the pristine wilderness
  • Navigate narrow passages
  • Cross the infamous Drake Passage
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the 7th Continent - Antarctica. The remarkable history of the Antarctic Peninsula provides you with remarkable excitement as you cross the Drake Passsage. Icebergs and snow-capped mountains indicate that you have reached the South Shetland Islands, a haven for …
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Blue ice of Antarctica
$15,395
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Across the Antarctic Circle

13 Day Itinerary aboard Greg Mortimer
  • Cross the Antarctic Circle
  • See leopard and crabeater seals
  • Tour scientific research stations
  • Dive and snorkel in the Antarctic
  • Capture wildlife activity
Starts / Ends:
Ushuaia / Port of Ushuaia
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Venturing below the Antarctic Circle is about more than just earning bragging rights. It is the chance to enter a different world more rarely seen, it feels more isolated and colder than further north, with great swathes of pack-ice and dreamlike icebergs. Thread through pack ice and narrow …
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Two adult king penguins stand between large elephant seals lying on a black sand beach
$19,962
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Antarctic Peninsula & South Georgia

17 Day Itinerary aboard SH Vega
  • Experience wildlife of Antarctica
  • Discover Grytviken, South Georgia
  • Set foot on the Antarctic continent
  • Experience wildlife of Antarctica
Starts / Ends:
Ushuaia / Port of Ushuaia
Activities:
Adventure Options, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Live out your goal of visiting Antarctica during this remarkable 17-day voyage on board Vega, a luxury ice-class expedition ship. The renowned two-day Drake Passage sea crossing marks the beginning of your journey to this frigid wilderness. Travel to South Georgia while following in the footsteps …
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$10,945
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Christmas in Antarctica

13 Day Itinerary aboard MS Seaventure
  • Explore Antarctica on Christmas
  • Stop to see historical sites
  • Sail across the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Cruise among icebergs
  • Encounter unforgettable wildlife
Starts / Ends:
Port of Ushuaia / Port of Ushuaia
Activities:
Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Celebrate the Christmas season and explore the majestic white continent, enjoying abundant wildlife encounters and the striking panoramic landscape of the Antarctic Sound, Weddell Sea and Antarctic Peninsula. Your team ensures that the spirit onboard the ship is festive and fun, delivering an …
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Jumping penguins
$9,995
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Celebrating Antarctica

13 Day Itinerary aboard MS Seaventure
  • Sail across the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Encounter unforgettable wildlife
  • Cruise among icebergs
  • Stop to see historical sites
Starts / Ends:
Port of Ushuaia / Port of Ushuaia
Activities:
Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Celebrate the best that the Antarctic Peninsula has to offer on this 13-day voyage aboard MS Seaventure – from towering icebergs and impressive glaciers to unreal wildlife encounters and fascinating historical sites. Antarctica is a fascinating and ever-changing environment. Our extensive …
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Humpback Whale in the Antarctica
$13,837
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Antarctic Peninsula

12 Day Itinerary aboard SH Minerva
  • Sail across the Drake Passage
  • Look for spectacular wildlife
  • Explore the South Shetland Islands
  • Set foot on the Antarctic continent
Starts / Ends:
Port of Ushuaia / Buenos Aires
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join this remarkable 12-day Antarctica journey aboard the opulent ice-class expedition ship, Minerva. The Drake Passage is where your trip to this frigid wilderness begins. Travel to South Georgia in the footsteps of the illustrious explorer Ernest Shackleton. In this location, you can scramble …
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Leopard seal resting on ice floe, looking at the photographer, blue sky, with icebergs in background, cloudy day, Antarctic peninsula
$11,212
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Antarctic Peninsula

12 Day Itinerary aboard SH Vega
  • Sail across the Drake Passage
  • Look for spectacular wildlife
  • Explore the South Shetland Islands
  • Set foot on the Antarctic continent
Starts / Ends:
Port of Ushuaia / Antarctica Peninsula
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join this remarkable 12-day Antarctica expedition aboard the opulent ice-class expedition ship, Vega. The Drake Passage is where your trip to this frigid wilderness begins. Travel to South Georgia in the footsteps of the illustrious explorer Ernest Shackleton. In this location, you can scramble …
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Jumping penguins
$11,225
Save 15%
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Holidays In Antarctica

13 Day Itinerary aboard Island Sky
  • Celebrate holidays in Antarctica
  • Spot Antarctica's unique wildlife
  • Explore historic & scientific sites
  • Cross the Drake Passage
Starts / Ends:
Port of Ushuaia / Port of Ushuaia
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
The most magical way to spend the holiday season, discover the great white continent’s striking shores and endless vistas. Enjoy time exploring the abundant wildlife and rich biodiversity of the seas as you experience the last wild place on earth. Explore the Antarctic Peninsula from the …
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Iceberg off coast of Antarctica
$10,250
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Classic Antarctica

Ushuaia Roundtrip - 11 Day Itinerary aboard SH Minerva
  • Sail across the Drake Passage
  • Look for spectacular wildlife
  • Explore the South Shetland Islands
  • Set foot on the Antarctic continent
Starts / Ends:
Port of Ushuaia / Buenos Aires
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure voyage on our ice-class expedition ship. With our once-in-a-lifetime journey, you will experience the best of an Antarctica cruise along with the distinctive wildlife and beauty of The South Shetland Islands. Test your mettle as you cross the notorious …
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