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Weddell Sea and Antarctic Peninsula Explorer

cruise to the edge and beyond!

In 1998 Southern Sea Ventures (SSV) became the first company to conduct commercial sea kayaking trips in Antarctica. Since then, experiencing the polar regions by expedition ship has been our passion, shared with countless like-minded adventurers.

For our 2025 expedition, dive deep into the polar wonders of the Weddell Sea and Antarctic Peninsula, where majestic glaciers, towering icebergs and soaring mountain peaks await. Glide through pristine bays on Zodiac cruises and paddle icy waters in our world-renowned kayak program. Witness bustling penguin rookeries, seals at rest, and majestic whales breaching. Bask in extended daylight hours, perfect for capturing Antarctica’s ethereal beauty. Walk in the footsteps of historic explorers, uncover ancient fossils on rich shores, and learn from world-class polar experts.

With only 50 passengers aboard our chosen expedition vessel, the MV Polar Pioneer, you’re guaranteed an intimate and unforgettable Antarctic journey.


Dive into the heart of Antarctica’s icy wilderness with two daily Zodiac outings, with all cruises and regular shore excursions included in the trip cost. Discover captivating landing sites and immerse yourself in pristine bays, coves and towering icebergs. Encounter the unique wildlife that calls this frozen paradise home. With our Zodiac fleet aboard the trusted Polar Pioneer, everyone ventures ashore together, maximizing your time amidst the breathtaking scenery. Gain insights about the region’s distinctive wildlife, geology, flora, and history from our team of passionate polar experts. Whether it’s during an onboard lecture or an exhilarating excursion, your unforgettable Antarctic journey unfolds here

Cruise & Kayak

The Polar Pioneer is your comfortable base camp when you opt in for our world-leading kayaking activity package. We paddle whenever conditions permit, returning to hearty meals and cozy cabins. We aim for at least one extended paddle everyday, witnessing incredible wildlife in awe-inspiring surrounds, and landing ashore to stretch our legs and wander amond the penguins. Your kayak package includes drysuit and all paddling and safety equipment, plus the services of an expert polar guide. Zodiacs are available for extended shore excursions if you ever want a day off paddling.

photography tuition package

Elevate your photography with our special package led by lens master, Paul Hoelen. Within a close-knit group, Paul offers guidance on equipment, settings, and both technical and artistic approaches. Learn to master your gear in Antarctica’s challenging conditions and refine your visuals throughout the voyage. This package covers a pre-trip equipment consultation, onboard guidance, a dedicated photography zodiac, and a post-trip review. Capture images you’ll cherish for a lifetime.


Easy – Moderate

This trip is suitable for active individuals with a thirst for adventure. The kayaking option suits paddlers with some kayak experience.


To be advised, contact the office for details.


To be advised


One night’s hotel accommodation (twin share) in Ushuaia, transfer from hotel to ship, transfer from ship to airport in Ushuaia at the end of the trip, 11 nights ship accommodation – all public areas are open to passengers, all meals on board ship, a welcome toast and captain’s drinks, zodiac shore excursions from the ship, lectures, videos, slide and film shows, expedition guide services, port taxes and port charges imposed by government authorities, medical services – there is a resident doctor and well-equipped clinic on board, tips on board for crew and service personnel.


Any flights unless listed in the itinerary, single supplements, visa, passport and vaccination charges, airport departure taxes, hotels and meals not included in the voyage itinerary, optional excursions not included in voyage itinerary, laundry, personal clothing, medical expenses, personal travel insurance and items of a personal nature such as bar charges and phone/email charges, emergency evacuation charges, alcohol unless specified. The kayaking, skiing and photography activities are an additional cost.

7 january

Arrival in Ushuaia, Argentina. Meet expedition leaders. Overnight in hotel.

8 january

Explore Ushuaia and its surroundings before boarding the Polar Pioneer at 4pm, where sea kayakers will receive equipment and skiers will prepare for the adventure ahead.

9-10 January

Cross the Drake Passage, encountering both calm and potentially rough seas, while engaging in lectures about the Antarctic Peninsula’s wildlife, geology, history, geography and photography tips.

11-19 january

Navigating the Weddell Sea and eastern Antarctic Peninsula, our seasoned crew will tailor daily outings based on weather, ice, and wildlife. With nearly 18 hours of daylight, expect full days of adventure, including an option to camp on land, experiencing a chilly Antarctic night with the comfort of hot showers nearby.

20-21 january

It’s time to leave the Peninsula and head north into the
Drake Passage. We’ll use the crossing to swap photos
and share stories of our amazing wildlife encounters.

22 january

Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina at 9am, after cruising through the Beagle Channel in the early morning. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight, marking the end of an unforgettable journey.

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