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Explore South Shetland Islands on a small ship cruise with Adventure Life. We work with all the top-rated small ship cruise lines visiting South Shetland Islands, and King George Island, and we help match you with the perfect small ship and cruise itinerary for your specific tastes and needs. There are countless advantages to visiting South Shetland Islands on a small ship cruise versus a large cruise ship including avoiding crowds and being able to visit and explore smaller ports and scenic shorelines that large ships simply cannot access.  The cost of small ship cruises to South Shetland Islands start at $4,860 for a trip of 6 to 24 days in 2022. Tell us about your dream small ship cruise to South Shetland Islands and our team of South Shetland Islands travel experts will help you make it a reality.  
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Antarctic Small Ship Expedition

10 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Nova
  • Sail along ice-filled fjords
  • Cross the infamous Drake Passage
  • Explore the Antarctic landscape
  • Search for penguins, seals & whales
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board Ocean Nova Air Cruises for a 10-day journey to the 7th Continent: Antarctica. These cruises are at the beginning and end of the season, are economically priced, and recommended for travelers on a budget that want the full Antarctic experience. Depart from Ushuaia, Argentina and cross the …
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$15,295
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Antarctic Explorer - Sail/Fly Expedition

Ushuaia to Punta Arenas - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Sylvia Earle
  • See a penguin city
  • Chance to spot leopard seals
  • Zodiac-cruise
  • Tour scientific research stations
Starts/ Ends in:
Ushuaia / Punta Arenas
Activities:
Adventure Options, Fly Cruises, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Easy Active
Early Antarctic explorers returned from their voyages to the deep south with tales of a magnificent, ice-covered land teeming with life. Experience the awe-inspiring immensity of Antarctica and immerse yourself in the unimaginable beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula, where vast glaciers tumble into …
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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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Seal relaxing on shore
$12,395
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Spirit of Antarctica

12 Day Itinerary aboard Greg Mortimer
  • See penguin colonies
  • Zodiac cruise
  • Kayak or camp ashore
  • Explore Antarctic marine life
Starts/ Ends in:
Port of Ushuaia / Port of Ushuaia
Activities:
Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Skiing, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Antarctic adventures are best-enjoyed midsummer when near-midnight sun powers an explosion of life along the shore and brightens the thought of camping out, alpine climbing, or extended kayaking trips. Penguin highways are busy with traffic as parents hurry to fatten chicks and waterways are alive …
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Sightseeing on South Georgia
$31,995
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Epic Antarctica: Crossing the Circle via Falklands & South Georgia

23 Day Itinerary aboard Ultramarine
  • Explore the Antarctic Peninsula
  • See thousands of pairs of penguins
  • Follow in Shackleton's footsteps
  • Cross the Antarctic Circle
  • Enjoy Flightseeing tours
Starts/ Ends in:
Buenos Aires / Buenos Aires
Activities:
Adventure Options, Helicopter Tour, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Stand Up Paddle Board, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This epic Antarcticavoyage aboard the Ultramarine includesall ofthe major Antarctic highlights you can imagine. From the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) to South Georgia to the Antarctic Peninsula, you will have countless unforgettable moments on this adventure-packed, 23-day voyage. Start with …
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$12,395
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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 in:
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 in:
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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Camping in the Polar regions
$10,795
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Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

11 Day Itinerary aboard World Explorer
  • Explore local bays and channels
  • Scout for humpback & minke whales
  • Experience a Polar Plunge swim
  • Learn from on-board specialists
Activities:
Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
During this 11-day Antarctic expedition, dramatic ice formations ignite your imagination as you search the landscape for the wildlife that calls it home. Whether it’s humpback whales alongside the ship, a leopard seal diving beneath your Zodiac, penguins sliding into crystal waters from an …
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$14,295
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Wild Antarctica - Fly/Sail

Punta Arenas to Ushuaia - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Sylvia Earle
  • Be awed by the array of wildlife
  • Marvel at enormous tabular icebergs
  • Learn about volcanic islands
Starts/ Ends in:
Ushuaia / Punta Arenas
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Land & Sea Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Easy Active
Famed for its tremendous tabular icebergs, year-round sea ice, fascinating fossils and the pivotal role it played in Shackleton’sEnduranceexpedition, the Weddell Sea offers unsurpassed opportunities for exploration. Embark on a true Antarctic expedition as you not only explore the west …
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Penguin and landscape
$8,650
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Antarctica - Discovery and Learning Voyage

11 Day Itinerary aboard MV Janssonius
  • Sail across the Drake Passage
  • Set foot on the Antarctic Continent
  • Zodiac cruise by alpine peaks
  • Explore the South Shetland Islands
Starts/ Ends in:
Port of Ushuaia / Port of Ushuaia
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore the Antarctic Peninsula and enjoy the most dramatic scenery and largest 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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Blue ice of Antarctica
$17,795
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Across the Antarctic Circle

Roundtrip Ushuaia - 15 Day Itinerary aboard Greg Mortimer
  • Cross the Antarctic Circle
  • Take a Zodiac cruise
  • Tour scientific research stations
  • Dive and snorkel in the Antarctic
Starts/ Ends in:
Ushuaia / Port of Ushuaia
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, 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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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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Glacier trekking
$13,135
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Crossing the Circle

15 Day Itinerary aboard MS Seaventure
  • Cross the Antarctic Convergence
  • View icebergs, seabirds, and whales
  • Board Zodiacs for shore excursions
  • Travel to 66º33´S
  • Visit Peninsula's bays and channels
  • Explore scientific bases
Starts/ Ends in:
Ushuaia / Port of Ushuaia
Activities:
Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Sail in comfort on this 15-day voyage aboard the Seaventure, chart a course through the Drake Passage and along the Antarctic Peninsula with the ambition of crossing the Antarctic Circle. The farther south you go, the more sea ice you are likely to encounter, along with incredible wildlife and …
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A majestic view from the kayak
$9,695
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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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$16,995
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Antarctic Explorer - Fly/Fly Expedition

Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Sylvia Earle
  • See the activity of a penguin city
  • Chance to spot leopard seals
  • Cruise on a Zodiac
Starts/ Ends in:
Punta Arenas / Punta Arenas
Activities:
Adventure Options, Fly Cruises, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Easy Active
Early Antarctic explorers returned from their voyages to the deep south with tales of a magnificent, ice-covered land teeming with life. Experience the awe-inspiring immensity of Antarctica and immerse yourself in the unimaginable beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula, where vast glaciers tumble into …
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Time to board?
$13,695
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Antarctic Explorer - Fly/Sail Expedition

Punta Arenas - Ushuaia - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Sylvia Earle
  • See the activity of a penguin city
  • Chance to spot leopard seals
  • Cruise on a Zodiac
Starts/ Ends in:
Punta Arenas / Ushuaia
Activities:
Adventure Options, Fly Cruises, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling
Activity Level:
Easy Active
Early Antarctic explorers returned from their voyages to the deep south with tales of a magnificent, ice-covered land teeming with life. Experience the awe-inspiring immensity of Antarctica and immerse yourself in the unimaginable beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula, where vast glaciers tumble into …
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Group of King Penguins
$16,195
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Wild Antarctica - Fly/Sail

14 Day Itinerary aboard Greg Mortimer
  • Visit fossil fields
  • Enjoy polar photography
  • Delight in watching penguins
  • Watch for orcas and humpbacks
Starts/ Ends in:
Punta Arenas / Port of Ushuaia
Activities:
Fly Cruises, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Awe-inspiring ice shelves that produce enormous tabular icebergs, as well as an abundance of fish and strange landscapes, make the Weddell Sea one of the most fascinating places in Antarctica. There's no better way to see both the Weddell Sea and the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula than …
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$16,195
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Across the Antarctic Circle - Fly/Sail

Punta Arenas - Ushuaia - 14 Day Itinerary aboard Sylvia Earle
  • Enjoy a splendor of wildlife
  • Visit fascinating historic sites
  • Zodiac cruises
Starts/ Ends in:
Punta Arenas / Punta Arenas
Activities:
Adventure Options, Fly Cruises, Kayaking, Land & Sea Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Easy Active
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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