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Antarctic Circle travel gives you the opportunity to cross the most southerly point reached by Antarctic cruises, joining a select group of travellers and adventures who have journeyed and explored this far south. Follow in the wake of Captain James Cook, one of the first explorers to cross the Antarctic Polar Circle as you set sail on an Antarctic Circle cruise bound for a latitude of 66° 33’ south.

Antarctica is the southernmost continent and the world’s final frontier. The frozen landscape is formidable, with towering rock faces, snow-capped peaks, mountains, glaciers and immense, imposing icebergs. A true immersion into Antarctica will see you crossing the Antarctic Circle to the region officially known as ‘The Antarctic’, a place where a mid-summer day lasts 24 hours. As your Antarctic Circle cruise threads its way through the icy waterways, you will be in awe of the spectacular scenery that surrounds you. The land is dotted with numerous penguin and seal colonies, orcas and leopard seals patrol the waters and snow petrels soar above. You will be mesmerized not only by the landscape but also by the wildlife.

So why not go beyond the Antarctic Peninsula on an Antarctic Circle cruise, crossing the Circle to the home of the midnight sun, desolate but beautiful landscapes, shifting ice and Weddell seals, to a place that few have been?  

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Antarctic Circle travel gives you the opportunity to cross the most southerly point reached by Antarctic cruises, joining a select group of travellers and adventures who have journeyed and explored this far south. Follow in the wake of Captain James Cook, one of the first explorers to cross the Antarctic Polar Circle as you set sail on an Antarctic Circle cruise bound for a latitude of 66° 33’ south.

Antarctica is the southernmost continent and the world’s final frontier. The frozen landscape is formidable, with towering rock faces, snow-capped peaks, mountains, glaciers and immense, imposing icebergs. A true immersion into Antarctica will see you crossing the Antarctic Circle to the region officially known as ‘The Antarctic’, a place where a mid-summer day lasts 24 hours. As your Antarctic Circle cruise threads its way through the icy waterways, you will be in awe of the spectacular scenery that surrounds you. The land is dotted with numerous penguin and seal colonies, orcas and leopard seals patrol the waters and snow petrels soar above. You will be mesmerized not only by the landscape but also by the wildlife.

So why not go beyond the Antarctic Peninsula on an Antarctic Circle cruise, crossing the Circle to the home of the midnight sun, desolate but beautiful landscapes, shifting ice and Weddell seals, to a place that few have been?  

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WHY TRAVEL WITH CHIMU ADVENTURES

  • We are true Polar specialists. Almost every Chimu team member has travelled to either Antarctica or the Arctic and collectively we have experienced over 50 expeditions.

  • You can choose from over 130 cruises to Antarctica and the Arctic,including itineraries aboard our own charter vessels.

  • We have inspected and continue to thoroughly research each individual vessel we work with, selecting only those with environmental, safety and value credentials.

  • We know all things Polar by heart and will work with you to determine which ship and itinerary is best suited to your needs.

  • Travellers visit the Polar regions for different reasons so whether your interests are wildlife or photography, or Antarctic activities such as snowshoeing and kayaking, we can work around you for the perfect trip.

  • From your initial enquiry until your trip ends, you will be assigned a personal Destination Specialist who will offer a full service for your travel needs: we can book flights, insurance and any ancillary travel required to complete your journey.

FEATURED Antarctic Circle TRIPS & DEALS

Antarctic Express Crossing the Circle

10 NIGHTS FROM AUD 25,600

Ocean Adventurer

Fly to Antarctica but go further south to the Antarctic Circle. A comprehensive cruise for those wit...

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PONANT: BEYOND THE POLAR CIRCLE

SAVE UP TO 30% FROM AUD 19,390

A 17-day expedition taking you to the impressive Falkland Islands and South Georgia, before reaching...

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Wildest Antarctica

14 NIGHTS FROM AUD 17,195

SEA SPIRIT

Join us on this 15-day in-depth expedition of the Antarctic continent and cross the great Antarctic ...

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Antarctic Circle CRUISES

Polar Circle Air Cruise

9 NIGHTS FROM AUD 23,125

Ocean Nova

Fly to Antarctica, one of the most spectacular & pristine places on earth .Sail to the far south & c...

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Crossing the Polar Circle

11 NIGHTS FROM AUD 11,359

Plancius

This voyage will take you further south of Antarctica, crossing the Polar Circe. This cruise passes ...

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Crossing the Antarctic Circle

22 NIGHTS FROM AUD 36,800

Ocean Endeavour

Cruise to the wild areas of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia plus explore the icy limits of An...

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Highlights of South Georgia and Peninsula

17 NIGHTS FROM AUD 21,420

The Ocean Endeavour

With its enormous King Penguin colonies, historic sites of Antarctic exploration and dramatic glacia...

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MV Hondius: Falklands, S.Georgia & Polar Circle

22 NIGHTS FROM AUD 21,715

Hondius

Set sail from the southern tip of South America on this epic voyage to discover the incredible wildl...

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Journey to the Circle

13 NIGHTS FROM AUD 15,710

The Ocean Endeavour

Set sail aboard the comfortable Ocean Endeavour. Cross the infamous Drake Passage heading south to t...

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BLOGS ON Antarctic Circle

Whether you are looking for advice on when to travel to Antarctica or the Arctic, which ship to travel on or which itinerary will suit you best, Chimu blogs are likely to have it covered. The range of topics is vast, with new and fascinating blogs being added regularly. There is ship information, guides about the activities you can do in the Polar regions, what to pack and what not to pack, and even blogs on various Polar explorers!

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Antarctic Circle REVIEWS

All Chimu Adventures' clients are given the opportunity to review their trip once they return home. These reviews are administered by a third party and as such are unfiltered by Chimu Adventures.

Antarctic Circle

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bucket list trip My family and I had a wonderful time. The Expedition team were excellent and all staff were wonderful. Unbelievable photo opportunities and breathtaking views. Only one suggestion Perhaps run a couple of short tours before and after cruise. Our cruise disembarked at 8 .00am and we were told not to book flights before lunch hence we had over 6 hours wait at very small airport.
Date published: 2020-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Trip of a Lifetime What an amazing trip. A trip that everyone should do at least once in their lifetime. I hope to return one day. The ship (MV Hondius) was brand new and was comfortable and rather luxurious for a expedition ship. The crew were excellent and the expedition crew were professional, friendly, and passionate about Antarctica. We had plain sailing the whole time. The Drake was a lake both ways (lucky us) plus we had ideal weather conditions on the peninsular. I recommend kayaking as you get close to the wildlife and icebergs. The Zodiacs used to carry passengers were as comfortable as to be expected and the crew were very efficient getting passengers on and off as quickly as possible. The scenery was breathtaking with giant icebergs, amazing ice formations and so clean and clear. The wildlife lived up to expectation with numerous types of penguins, seals, and whales to look at. Overall, a truly amazing experience and I thank Chimu for organising the charter of the ship and look forward to travelling with them next time I decide to go to Antarctica or the Arctic. I would definitively recommend this trip of a lifetime.
Date published: 2020-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Antarctica Went well and cruise ship Amundsen was new and comfortable and enjoyed the stay.
Date published: 2020-01-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from great trip terrible communication/organisation We had several changes that we were forced to make on this adventure and the liaison and checking of details and trying to get responses from Chimu I found really frustrating. We loved Antarctica, best trip ever but would never use Chimu again.
Date published: 2020-01-01
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Antarctic Circle is the most southerly of the Earth’s major circles or parallels of latitude at approximately 66° 33’ south of the equator. It is an imaginary circle around the Earth parallel to the equator, marking the boundary between the Southern Temperate and Southern Frigid Zones. It also marks the approximate limit south of which the sun remains above the horizon all day on the summer solstice.

The Arctic Circle is the Antarctic Circle’s equivalent in the northern hemisphere. Lying within the Antarctic Circle, he Antarctic is a continent surrounded by oceans, 98% of which is covered in the South Polar ice sheet. There are no terrestrial mammals found in the Antarctic, only marine mammals such as whales and seals. The Arctic, however, is an ocean surrounded by landmasses, much of which is tundra and boreal forest. Mammals include polar bears, reindeer and Arctic foxes. There is also a wide variety of plant life that can exist in the Arctic including mosses, lichens and flowering plants. The South Pole is located within the Antarctic Circle and the North Pole within the Arctic Circle.

The Polar Circle is either the Antarctic or the Arctic Circle, located at approximately 66° 33’ south and north of the equator respectively.

A high level of fitness is not necessary for crossing the Antarctic Circle, but you need to be in good health as although there is generally a doctor on board the ship, you are a long way from any other medical assistance. The majority of activities are focused around shore excursions and Zodiac cruising and so you need to be agile and able-bodied enough to climb into and out of the inflatable Zodiacs from both the ship and the shore. On shore landings you may need to negotiate uneven and slippery ground. Shore excursions generally involve some walking.

All of our tours are 100% tried and tested to ensure that when you travel with us, you are doing so in a controlled and safe environment with trained experts. We consistently monitor weather conditions and will always provide you with the best possible adventure without risk of injury to you or the vessel. While some landings and activities may need to be rescheduled or cancelled due to weather, every effort is made to have a contingency plan should such conditions become a reality during your expedition. Chimu have been the experts in Antarctic Circle travel for well over 10 years and use our vast experience and knowledge when picking the vessels we sell to provide you with an adventure that is unforgettable for all the right reasons.

The Antarctic Circle is the most southerly point reached by Antarctic cruises and Antarctic Circle cruises are generally only a couple of days longer than a standard Antarctic Peninsula itinerary. Most cruises that set sail from Ushuaia explore the Antarctic Peninsula before crossing the Antarctic Circle around day 7, 8 or 9.