Weddell Sea Quest

This is a Private Tour

12 Days From $7,990

A twelve day adventure exploring the little visited Weddell Sea and the passage to the east side of the Antarctic Peninsula that traverses the Antarctic Sound. An excellent wildlife focused expedition.

Tour Includes

cabin, activities, all meals, English speaking guides, full ATOL financial protection.

Tour Excludes

international flights, travel insurance, items of a personal nature, services on the mainland


Getting your first glimpse at a towering iceberg

Observing the huge Adelie penguin colonies

Seeing a Weddell seal floating on pack-ice

To book this tour or start creating your own tailor made itinerary call us on: 0207 407 1478 (UK) or contact us.


  • Jan 29 – Feb 8 2022: 11 days on Ushuaia, from $8,570

The Trip

Day 1: Ushuaia – Board and set sail
Day 2 – 3: At sea – Sailing across the Drake Passage
Day 4 – 6: Weddell Sea – Exploring the area around the Weddell Sea
Day 7 – 9: Antarctic – Explore the Antarctic and Shetlands
Day 10 – 11: At sea – Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 12: Ushuaia: Arrive and disembark

Day 1

In the afternoon you will board the M/V Ushuaia and met your naturalist guide and crew. After getting settled in you will set sail.

Day 2 – 3

The next two days will be at sea crossing the Drake Passage. This will not be wasted time. Along the way you will have the opportunity to see plenty of sea birds from deck including southern giant petrels and albatrosses which follow the wake of the boat. There will be a series of on board lectures by expert polar guides to help you learn about the geology and wildlife of the Antarctic.

Day 4 – 6

The next few days will be spent exploring the Weddell Sea. This rarely visited region of the Antarctic has some spectacular scenery. Visit the Erebus and Terror Gulf where huge tabular bergs break away from the Larsen, Ronne and Filchner ice shelves. Visit Hope Bay and the Argentina Station Esperanza on the western side of the sound where you will disembark at Brown Bluff. Likely sites you will visit include Devil Island and Paulet Island where huge numbers of penguins can be seen.

This area also have a rich human exploration history, the most well-known was the Swedish Antarctic Expedition in 1901 – 1903 by Otto Nordenskjold. His ship got trapped in ice and sank, but the men survived and managed to carry out a number of scientific research.

Day 7 – 9

Continue on to the Antarctic Peninsula where there is plenty more wildlife and spectacular scenery. This pristine land of snow, ice, waterways, mountains and wildlife will not disappoint. Along the way observe colonies of Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins as well as sea birds. Encounters with Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals are not uncommon. Minke whales and orcas roam the seas in this region.

Arrive in the volcanic island group, the South Shetlands. Vast penguin rookeries and seals can be seen along the shorelines. Sail through the narrow passage to Deception Island and visit Half Moon Island, home to many chinstrap penguins.

Depending on weather conditions you may also visit Elephant Island, famous for the place where Sir Ernest Shackleton has to leave 22 of his men whilst he went for help with five others. It is one of the greatest rescue stories ever told.

Day 10 – 11

Say goodbye to the Antarctic and spend the next two days crossing back over the Drake Passage towards Argentina. Plenty of wildlife can still be seen from deck. Enjoy a series of lectures and presentations and swap stores with your fellow guests.

Day 12

Arrive back in Ushuaia in the morning and disembark.

Prices in US Dollars and are per person. Prices in other currencies on request.


“What an astonishing trip!! Words fail to describe Antarctica adequately. I can highly recommend SLA"

R. Higgs

"The whole trip was very well organised and a great success"

H. Bullock

"Life is art: paint your dreams. This trip has been our picasso, rembrandt, monet.....In fact our masterpiece. Thanks to david and team for setting the canvas to make our dream come true "

P & G Moss

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