If you have an adventurous heart, at least once in your life you must make a pilgrimage to the purest wilderness on earth: Antarctica. Gaze over its icy sweeps and feel the sharp polar air on your skin; stand surrounded by thousands of nattering penguins, some of the juveniles tugging at your shoe laces; glide in a kayak past the long sleek form of a leopard seal watching you with its snaky smile; smell the tangy fish breath of a humpback whale as it surfaces only a few feet from your boat. You will never forget the beauty and majesty of the Great White Continent.
We place you in the path of magic, aboard our fabulous 110 passenger expedition vessel, Hebridean Sky. Not only is she the most capable and comfortable ship in the Antarctic fleet, but with our partners, Polar Latitudes, we also have the most experienced crews and the most knowledgeable, accomplished naturalist guides.
The emphasis is on adventure, however we don’t skimp on luxury. Hebridean Sky is a very safe, polar-capable ship but she was also designed and built with comfort in mind (as opposed to the converted research vessels that some outfitters use). She features a 5 star cuisine, a spa, an extensive library, elegant lounges and spacious staterooms - which are actually suites - with portholes/windows and seating areas.
Explore Antarctica with us, in style!
Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula
We travel through this otherworldly landscape at the best time of the astral summer, when conditions are usually calm and mild, ideal for exploration and photography. Our route takes us to astonishing places such as Petermann Island, Wilhelmina Bay or Deception Bay, a dramatic sunken volcano caldera with hot springs. In zodiacs or kayaks, we view calving glaciers, get close to nesting sea birds and with luck see whales breach close by. Ashore, we observe penguin rookeries, hike up volcanic slopes for astounding views and visit scientific research stations. The hardiest adventurers among us have the chance to camp out on the ice overnight, and do some cross country skiing, mountaineering or kayaking.
|Cost:||from US $7295 (depending on choice of cabin and dates)|
|Dates:||Nov 17 - 28, 2017|
|Nov 27 – Dec 08, 2017|
|Jan 05 – Jan 16, 2018|
|Jan 15 – Jan 26, 2018|
|Feb 25 – Mar 05, 2018|
Exploring the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica
This is the ultimate polar experience! It encompasses three diverse destinations, each with distinctly different ecosystems and wildlife spectacles. The Falkands and South Georgia are home to albatrosses, fur and elephant seals and huge colonies of penguins. Both have fascinating human history, and South Georgia is where one of the most heroic stories of exploration unfolded: Ernest Shackleton’s crossing of the island in a bid to save his shipwrecked crew. As a grand finale the we visit the Antarctic Peninsula, marvelling at its frozen splendor and the myriad species thriving on the ice and in the water.
|Cost:||from US $13,995 (depending on choice of cabin and dates)|
|Length:||20 to 22 days (depending on departure)|
|Dates:||Oct 29 – Nov 18, 2017 (21 days)|
|Jan 25 – Feb 13, 2018 (20 days)|
Adventure Travel has been our specialty since 1991 when we started to explore the world's most spectacular places as photographers and writers. Several years (and several books) later we began sharing our experiences with others by developing and leading adventure tours. We founded Hidden Places Travel in 2000 and quickly became renowned for our unique, off-the-beaten-track itineraries. Our support of local communities and conservation projects gives our trips unprecedented access and our loyal following of repeat guests is a testament to our professionalism and nurturing approach.
We invite you to join us on one of our life-changing adventures.
Dag Goering and Maria Coffey