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Our Arctic and Antarctica Tours 

When you think about the Arctic and the Antarctic, it’s true you will probably conjure up visions of ice and snow and perhaps the rigid ordeals experience by early explorers. However, today both regions are very accessible and in comfort, more than likely on a cruise.  What is in store for the visitor is two worlds of outstanding natural beauty and the opportunity to view amazing wildlife who make these regions their home.

If you're looking for a unique experience that will surprise your family and friends, whilst making them incredibly jealous, an Arctic or Antarctic trip should be added to your bucket list. Looking for moe information? Click 'More details' to keep reading about both regions.

Arctic Quicklinks: About the Arctic | Best way to see the Arctic | Recommended Trip

Antarctica Quicklinks: About Antarctica | Best time to go | What animals will I see?Best way to see Antarctica

The Arctic

The Arctic has to be one of the most intriguing regions on Earth. Starting with the wildlife, the Arctic is bursting with marine and bird life. There are several species of seal and four types of whale. Other animals to be found on Arctic trips include polar bears, walrus, sea otters, sharks, wolverines, Arctic foxes, Arctic wolves, reindeer and caribou. All these animals have adapted to the severe local conditions.  Another attraction is the friendly inhabitants and communities who call the Arctic, home.

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One thing is certain about Arctic tours. The scenery will take your breath away. The strikingly beautiful Arctic landscapes are made up of luminous icebergs, massive glaciers, ice fields, snow-capped mountains and tundra. The last-named allows the opportunity to see flowers and plants indigenous to the Arctic. A real treat is to be fortunate enough to enjoy the enigmatic Northern Lights (also known as the Aurora Borealis), sweeping across the sky. This phenomenon can usually only be seen in the late fall and winter months. 

Iceland, Greenland and Norway (Spitsbergen) are the major destinations offered by Goway.

What is the best way to enjoy the Arctic?

Because of the short visiting season influenced by the weather, departures  to this wonderland are limited and because of the expansive area this region of the world covers, the very best way to enjoy this region is on Arctic cruises sailng in a comfortable ship specially equipped to manoeuvre around the terrain giving maximum exposure to the region.

Our recommend trip to see the best of the Arctic

In Goway’s Arctic, there are cruises which, on one journey, visit Iceland, Greenland and Spitsbergen.  Consider joining a Polar Bear Safari on board a comfortable ship travelling to amazing fjords, glaciers and inlets around Spitsbergen and allowing for exceptional wildlife viewing as well as an abundance of bird life. And you are guaranteed to view polar bears in their natural habitat. Perhaps the idea of reaching the Arctic Pole is a wish-list item. Goway offers a two-week itinerary with a flight from Helsinki to Murmansk in Russia where you will sail on an icebreaker all the way to the ultimate northern point on earth with awesome scenery en route.on your Arctic cruise.  

The Antarctic

You might think of the Antarctic as one immense landmass made up solely of ice. This is far from the truth. Antarctica is a land of extremes and has been described as “the last great wilderness”. It is a continent which is occupied by ice, snow and glaciers but there are also active volcanoes, (Mount Erebus is the southernmost active volcano on Earth), sheer cliffs with jagged peaks and ancient settlements, all to be experienced on Antarctic trips . It is the World’s 5th largest continent and the windiest, coldest and driest. The air here is clean, clear and refreshing. There are no permanent human residents in Antarctica but you will find a number of research stations here operated by many different countries.

When is the best time to go to Antarctica?

Antarctica is accessible only in the summer season from November to March when sea ice melts enough to allow access. During this time, temperatures can rise to as much as 12 degrees Centigrade/57 degrees Fahrenheit with 24 hours of daylight.

What wildlife can I see in Antarctica?  

Animal life that can be seen in the Antarctic region includes the ubiquitous penguin of which there are 8 different species in existence here, the larger ones being the emperor penguin and the king penguin. There are also whales and seals including the elephant seal. There is abundant birdlife which includes the albatross, gulls and terns among numerous other sea birds.

What is the best way to travel to Antarctica?

Once again, just as in the Arctic, the best way to discover this region is on an Antarctic cruise. Goway offers this starting from both Punta Arenas in Chile and Ushuaia in Argentina. On arrival at the Antarctic landmass, you can go ashore and walk/hike as well as climb the slopes of the coastal mountains. For something different, a cruise is also offered combining Antarctica with the islands of the Falklands and South Georgia.

Check out Goway’s selection of Arctic and Antarctic itineraries and selection of cruises. 

 "Globetrotting with Goway" blog articles

For some additional reading, the following articles are from our blog “Globetrotting with Goway”….. a great source of information for those people who are, or who want to be, world travellers!

Four Reasons to Consider an Antarctica Vacation

Get to Know Antarctic Wildlife Up Close

‘Ice Capades’ on Film

Antarctica’s Blood Waterfall – and how to get to the 7th Continent

Animal Focus: The King Penguin

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  • Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent Depart Ushuaia

    A wonderful way to enjoy an “expedition” to Antarctica. Sail from Ushuaia in Argentina and head south on your comfortable cruise ship. Spend time going ashore to this fascinating basically uninhabited landmass apart from the animal and bird life.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 12,995
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
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  • Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent Depart Buenos Aires

    Enjoy Antarctica by flying and then cruising south of the Antarctic Circle. Discover the natural beauty and wildlife of the area as well as the dramatic landscapes of the white continent.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 12,045
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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  • Antarctica Express - Crossing the Circle from Punta Arenas

    Embark on an epic expedition to the Antarctic Circle. Flying over the Drake Passage to King George Island, you’ll board the Ocean Adventurer and spend a full week voyaging the Antarctic seas, passing by icebergs and whales and venturing to penguin rookeries and frozen landscapes.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 19,895
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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  • Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands Explorer

    Join us aboard Ocean Endeavour on this epic 21-day voyage that will appeal to wildlife enthusiasts and photographers alike. Antarctica, the fabled White Continent is the land of penguins, seals, whales and icebergs. Sail to South Georgia we follow in the footsteps of the heroic polar explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton. Finally, the Falkland Islands are ruggedly beautiful, with their spectacular array of bird life, flora and fauna.
    Duration:
    21 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 16,990
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
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  • Air, Land & Sea to Antarctica

    Added on to a South America vacation or taken on its own, an Antarctica cruise is an unforgettable adventure. This unique itinerary flies to the ice continent from Punta Arenas, so you can make the most of your time exploring this incredible continent.
    Duration:
    6-8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,729
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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  • Antarctic Peninsula Adventure Cruise

    Embark on the ultimate adventure to the South Pole. Onboard a research vessel, this Antarctic cruise transports you across the Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula, where you’ll spend four full days hiking to penguin colonies, kayaking alongside whales, and exploring the final continent.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 11,295
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
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  • Antarctic Whale Journey

    Set sail in search of the giants of the Southern Ocean on this voyage of antarctic discovery. Cross the legendary Drake Passage and Antarctic convergence, scanning the waters as you sail for the silhouettes of these magnificent marine mammals as they glide alongside the vessel or surface in a spectacular breach.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 7,990
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
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  • Antarctica Express Cruise: Punta Arenas

    Enjoy Antarctica by flying and then cruising south of the Antarctic Circle. Discover the sheer beauty and wildlife of the area as well as the dramatic landscapes of the white continent.
    Duration:
    8 Days
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    US$ 11,995
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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  • Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands Odyssey

    Wildlife enthusiasts and photographers alike will be impressed by the incredible scenery and wildlife encounters on this epic 21-day voyage. Set sail aboard the magnificent Ocean Endeavour as we discover Antarctica, the world’s last frontier and the land of penguins and icebergs. Then follow in the footsteps of the heroic polar explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton, to South Georgia, ruled by penguins and home to the greatest concentration of wildlife on Earth.
    Duration:
    21 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 15,990
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    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
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  • Base Camp Antarctica

    Enjoy an in-depth cruise from the tip of South America to Antarctica where you experience the dramatic scenery of icebergs, glaciers and ice fields, visit a research station and see all kinds of local wildlife including whales and penguins.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 9,850
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
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  • Christmas in Antarctica

    Embark on an epic journey to the South Pole to celebrate Christmas in the most magical landscape on the planet. Board a small expedition ship and cross the Drake Passage to explore the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands, a frozen landscape filled with penguins, whales, and the most striking landscape on earth.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 9,990
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
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  • Cruising Antarctica in Style: Silver Explorer Ushuaia to Ushuaia

    Embark on one of the world’s great adventures by heading to the white continent at the ends of the Earth. As you cross the Drake Passage and explore the frozen landscapes of the Antarctic Peninsula, you’ll encounter all manner of penguins, seals, and whales, and follow in the footsteps of the world’s most illustrious explorers.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 14,310
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Luxury and Beyond
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  • Cruising Antarctica in Style: Silver Explorer Ushuaia to Ushuaia via the Falklands

    Join the world’s most illustrious explorers as you set foot on the white continent and embark on 18 exceptional days of excitement. Revel in the photograph opportunities as you become acquainted with the beauty of the Falkland Islands. Encounter penguins, watch for seals, dolphins, and whales, and spot seabirds flying overhead on this spectacular adventure.
    Duration:
    18 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 20,970
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Luxury and Beyond
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  • Discover Antarctica

    Cruise through the infamous Drake Passage, bound for the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Enter a world of ice and perfectly adapted wildlife, surrounded by spellbindingly beautiful landscapes created by the harsh Antarctic climate. This is a once in a lifetime voyage to the world’s final frontier.
    Duration:
    10-11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 7,990
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
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  • Falkland Islands and Antarctica Peninsula Discovery

    Set sail aboard the comfortable and spacious polar expedition vessel, the Ocean Endeavour, to discover the raw beauty of the untamed Falkland Islands and Antarctica on a 19 day voyage. Starting in Buenos Aires, a stop in Ushuaia en route to Antarctica allows a day of exploration before entering the spellbindingly beautiful landscapes created by the harsh Antarctic climate.
    Duration:
    19 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 11,160
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
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  • Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica: Explorers & Kings

    This in-depth Antarctica cruise explores not just the world’s most mysterious continent, but the islands and communities that surround it. Visit the Falklands, South Georgia, and the South Shetlands as you embark on this epic journey.
    Duration:
    20 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 18,071
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
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  • Fly to Antarctica

    Added on to a South America vacation or taken on its own, a visit to Antarctica is an unforgettable adventure. Few Antarctic trips however let you stay on land, making this short excursion a truly unique experience.
    Duration:
    3-4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,646
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
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  • Introduction to Spitsbergen: Polar Bear Safari

    Spend 9 spectacular days on board a comfortable ship, which travels to amazing fjords, glaciers and inlets around Spitsbergen allowing for exceptional wildlife viewing as well as an abundance of bird life. And you are guaranteed to view polar bears in their natural habitat.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 7,390
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
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  • Journey to the Circle

    Set sail aboard the comfortable and spacious Ocean Endeavour to venture south to a milestone few have reached, the Antarctic Circle. As your ship weaves its way through the icy waterways, absorb the beauty of your surroundings - majestic snow-capped peaks, immense tabular icebergs, dramatic ice carvings and shimmering glaciers.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 14,990
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
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  • New Year in Antarctica

    Follow in the footsteps of history’s most illustrious explorers and celebrate the New Year in a place like no other: Antarctica. Board a small expedition ship and cross the Drake Passage to explore the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands, a frozen landscape filled with penguins, whales, and the most striking landscape on earth.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 9,990
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
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  • North Pole: The Ultimate Arctic Adventure

    Experience a unique and remote part of the world spending two weeks on the world’s largest and most powerful ice breaker sailing in comfort through awe inspiring landscapes. Add to this a visit to the enigmatic North Pole.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 27,896
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
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  • One Ocean Expeditions Antarctic Circle Voyage

    Explore a landscape of mighty icebergs, migrating whales, and penguin colonies on this journey to the Antarctic Circle. Aboard an ice-strengthened cruise vessel, you’ll explore the Antarctic Peninsula and the surrounding islands to spot remote wildlife and abandoned research stations, and appreciate the stunning landscape.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 14,995
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
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  • One Ocean Expeditions Antarctica, South Georgia and Falkland Islands

    Follow in the footsteps of Ernest Shackleton as you venture to the southern edge of the world to explore the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia Island, and the Falkland Islands. Spot penguins and elephant seals and majestic glaciers and frozen waters as you trace Shackleton’s epic journey to save his crew.
    Duration:
    18 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 26,090
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
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  • One Ocean Expeditions Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica

    The wild and remote environments of the sub-Antarctic Falkland Islands and the island of South Georgia are home to a proliferation of unique wildlife and birdlife. There are penguin rookeries with more than 100,000 nesting birds, the beaches are covered in fur seals and elephant seals, while seabirds, including many of the albatross species, nest and raise their young.
    Duration:
    21 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 25,295
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
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  • One Ocean Expeditions Journey Below the Antarctic Circle

    Venture beyond civilization and cross the Antarctic Circle on this epic journey to the South Pole. Aboard the RCGS Resolute, you’ll cruise across the Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands and the Gerlache Coastline to witness expansive landscapes, spot penguin rookeries, and share the waters with drifting icebergs and migrating whales.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 15,990
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
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