Become one of the few people to head to Antarctica for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure on a luxury-chartered yacht. Bask in a spellbinding snow-filled trip full of mystery and wonder. Marvel at the untamed beauty, the glass landscapes, and the incredible wildlife.
Antarctica is the southernmost continent, where the South Pole is located. It’s one of the most remote places in the world, a real-life snowy wilderness. In fact, it’s one of the most undisturbed wild natural areas left on our planet, which is what makes it such an interesting and intriguing destination to visit.
This epic region is the beautiful home to hundreds of wildlife species. Whilst sailing through reflective seas surrounded by impressive mountains and views of icebergs, you’ll see penguins, seals and even whales.
The best time to charter a yacht in Antarctica is between November and March when the days are longer. But keep in mind that there are only a few of our luxury yachts that visit this untouched area, including the superyachts LEGEND and PROJECT RAGNER.
Find out what adventures lie ahead of you with our suggested itinerary for the perfect journey through Antarctica.
King George Island
King George Island is the main island of all the South Shetland Islands and is well known for its scientific significance. It’s the site with the greatest concentration of national research activities in Antarctica (arguably the world).
The island is home to an airport and a selection of research stations that belong to various countries including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, South Korea, Peru, Poland, Russia, Uruguay, and the United States. The only people who inhabit the island are researchers who work at the stations.
But aside from the seminal research that goes on at the island, it’s also the perfect wildlife haven where you’ll get to see incredible marine mammals such as Elephant, Weddell and Leopard seals, as well as Chinstrap and Gentoo penguin colonies.
Deception Island was discovered in 1820 by William Smith, a British sealing captain.
This place is best known for all the groundbreaking scientific research that goes on there, and for being the most popular tourist destination in Antarctica, welcoming over 15,000 visitors per year!
The most spectacular thing about this island is that it is the caldera of an active volcano. The caldera opens out to the sea through a narrow channel, making it one of the only places in the world where chartered yachts and other vessels can sail directly to the center of the volcano.
Whilst you are there, take a swim in the seawater. The volcano keeps the water at a pleasant temperature making it enjoyable for swimming. Once you’re finished with your swim there’s no need to suffer the cold, you can jump back on board your heated yacht and wrap yourself in a soft fluffy robe.
Cierva Cove is a glistening paradise of floating ice. Its beauty is down to something called glacier calving – the shedding of ice from the front of a glacier into the sea which creates icebergs and brash ice (floating ice).
Here, there’s no need to leave the comfort of your luxury yacht, you can see leopard seals, whales, and penguins from the comfort of the deck with a glass of champagne in hand.
But the most wondrous thing you’ll see is the abundance of icebergs that surround you, each one a natural phenomenon and stunningly beautiful in its own unique way.
Cierva Cove is at its most magical at sunset when the orange light bounces off every shiny glacier as the sun begins to disappear.
Enterprise Island is a small island that is only 2.8km in length. But even though it’s a small Island, it sees an impressive amount of wildlife. You’ll see Antarctic fur seals, Weddell seals relaxing on the rocky beaches, and whales are often found in large numbers nearby.
But one of the most surprising things about this Island is the number of beautiful birds flying overhead. You’ll find it difficult not to spend hours marveling at these enchanting creatures
And you can do it all from the privacy and luxury of your glamorous yacht.
Paradise bay is aptly named as it’s an icy paradise that boasts the most beautiful frozen landscapes.
Here you’ll see Antarctica in all its glory while you spend the day fawning over swimming whales, and fluffy penguins.
If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, Paradise Bay is the perfect place to go kayaking through the ice floes, before heading back to your yacht for a delicious meal prepared by your very own chef.
Port Lockroy is a former scientific base and is now a protected historical site with a museum!
But the thing it’s most famous for is the “Penguin Post Office” – the most southerly operational post office in the world.
This post office is Antarctica’s most-visited tourist spot. It even has its own gift shop. So why not buy a cute postcard and post it to your loved ones to let them know what a fantastic time you’re having. But be aware, mail sent from this post office can take a while, so you might arrive before the postcard does.
Lemaire Channel is an 11km-long channel that runs between Booth Island Mountains and the Peninsula. It’s only 1600 meters wide and is one of the most scenic sailing spots in the whole of Antarctica.
This is also the ideal spot for rock climbing if you’re an experienced rock climber! While you’re there be sure to look out for migrating whales, especially minkes, humpbacks and orcas.
Wilhelm archipelago lies just off the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula and consists of numerous islands including Booth Island and Hovgaard Island (the largest of the islands).
It’s home to lots of terns and Antarctic shags, but the most spellbinding thing about the place is the icebergs. Huge icebergs that drift up the outside of the peninsula and move around, bumping into each other until they get stuck. This area is known as the iceberg graveyard.
You can watch all this wonder from the splendour of your luxury yacht. And if you do happen to need anything, don’t forget there’s service on hand ready to help.
What Are You Waiting For, Discover Antarctica.
What are you waiting for? Prepare for the adventure of a lifetime. There’s no better place to wind down on a luxury-charter yacht than this beautiful ice-covered continent. Ahoy Club’s Experience Team of professional staff are located around the world and involved with your journey every step of the way.