Antarctica

Covered by 90% of the world’s ice, the vast ‘White Continent’ is actually the driest desert on Earth! Antarctica, no longer just the domain of scientists and explorers, offers true inspiration and a range of study topics from geology to climate change issues.

Sturdy expedition vessels manned by experienced crews and with an onboard team of experts allow you and your students to explore this incredible region.

Why Choose DTW for your Antarctica trip?

Specialising in small-ship voyaging, we are committed to the conservation of this delicate environment and are an Associate Member of IAATO - International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators. As we work with several IAATO accredited Polar operators we are able to offer a wider choice of vessels, itineraries and departure dates.

Est. 1983

ABOUT ANTARCTICA

For half the year much of Antarctica lies in darkness. However with the arrival of the austral summer, the melting sea ice frees the oceans and islands that surround the Antarctic Peninsula, which comes alive with marine mammals, sea birds and penguins that gather in their thousands. Under carefully controlled conditions, discover Antarctica’s extraordinary wildlife and scenery on an expedition voyage to the world’s last true wilderness.

Expedition voyages use special ice-strengthened vessels to reach areas that are inaccessible to normal cruise ships. We focus on small ships which make for a more personal experience, allow maximum time on shore and most importantly, minimise the impact on this sensitive and vulnerable environment.

Weather and Conditions

In Antarctica the weather is changeable, and great care is taken by our team to ensure you are well-prepared with kit lists and first-hand advice. Temperatures will be low, though it may not be as cold as you might expect. The range is usually between –15°C and +4°C, with the summer average around 0°C but on calm sunny days it can feel a lot warmer. Wet, windy weather must also be expected at times.

Our team of Travel Specialists have extensive first-hand knowledge of our destinations and are passionate about travel.

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EXPEDITION VOYAGES

Each voyage has an expedition leader supported by a team of experts ranging from historians to glaciologists, marine biologists, geologists and polar adventurers, all keen to share their specialist knowledge. A daily programme of activities is offered onboard which, depending on the voyage and the individual day may include lectures, documentary videos, up to three Zodiac excursions a day (landings and iceberg cruises) and wildlife watching. The weather, sea ice and tides all play a big part in determining the actual itinerary every effort is made to ensure as much time as possible is spent experiencing this breathtaking environment.

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