Trip reference number: 7206

Trip Operator: Wildlife Worldwide

Emperor Penguins Of The Weddell Sea

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The unique highlight of this voyage to the Weddell Sea is the chance to visit, by helicopter, an emperor penguin colony, situated south of Snow Hill Island.

The remote eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula is one of the white continent's hidden gems. A deeply incised, 2,000-kilometre wide bay takes its name from British sailor, James Weddell. Famed for its huge ice shelves and flat-topped icebergs, the Weddell Sea is the site of an upwelling of cold water from the ocean depths that provides food for any creature hardy enough to withstand the intense cold.

Once at the Weddell Sea, your vessel will be positioned to enable ship-to-shore helicopter transfers to Snow Hill Island, home of an emperor penguin colony.  The landing point of the helicopters will be carefully chosen to ensure that the emperors are not disturbed or stressed by helicopter noise, and then you will walk around 45 minutes to the colony, culminating in a memorable rendezvous with these magnificent penguins.

Before making your way back through the Drake Passage to Ushuaia, you will pay a visit to the South Shetland Islands, where you can see chinstrap penguins on Half Moon Island, and seals hauling out on the beach.

A typical Emperor Penguins tinerary is shown below, on board Ortelius. 

Typical itinerary

The full itinerary detail is available on our website.

  1. Day 1: Embark Ushuaia & set sail through the Beagle Channel
  2. Days 2-3: Cross the Drake Passage & Antarctic Convergence
  3. Day 4: Weddell Sea
  4. Days 5-6: Weddell Sea: emperor penguins
  5. Day 7: Weddell Sea
  6. Day 8: Half Moon Island & Deception Island
  7. Days 9-10: Sail back across the Drake Passage
  8. Day 11: Arrive in Ushuaia & disembark

Please note: Helicopters have a great advantage in being able to reach the emperor penguin colony, however their use is ruled by the forces of nature, ice and weather conditions. You will be in one of the world’s most remote areas and there are no guarantees - conditions may change rapidly, having an impact on helicopter operation.

  • Available*: Nov to Mar
  • Group size: Varies according to vessel
  • Price excluding international flights: From £9,875 pp
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Accommodation in twin-share cabin
    • All meals on board ship
    • Guided shore excursions


This is a group trip with fixed departure dates. Please refer to our website for further information.

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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