Small Group Safari

The Emperor Penguins of Snow Hill

Embark on a 14 day expedition on board the legendary icebreaker, Kapitan Khlebnikov, and explore the white continent of Antarctica. Pass through the famous Drake Passage and head towards Snow Hill Island before taking a helicopter trip to the Emperor rookery to stand amongst the majestic penguins and their chicks.

Duration 14 days
Price From $21,570
When Oct - Nov
Destination Antarctica

Safari Overview

Travel aboard the legendary icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov in this exclusive 14 day Antarctic adventure and be one of the few people to observe the Emperor penguin colony off the coast of Snow Hill Island. Cross the infamous Drake Passage to reach your destination and experience thousands of pairs of penguins (and their chicks) as they patter along the ice and dive into the ocean for food.


As your captain navigates the ship through the ice, you will stop close to the Emperor rookery and catch a helicopter flight up to land as close to the penguins as is safely possible. Accompanied by an expert team, this expedition is sure to reward both the expert and newbie photographer with an experience of a life time.

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Spend time with the Emperor penguins and their chicks in their natural habitat

  • Enjoy aerial views of the vast white continent from your helicopter before landing in the Emperor rookery

  • Experience the legendary Drake Passage and the wildlife of the oceans including wandering albatross.

the ultimate exclusive safari bringing you closer to the emperor penguins of antarctica

Day by day

Day 1


Begin your Arctic journey in Ushuaia, a bustling town at the tip of South America and the gateway to explore southern Patagonia. Discover different areas of the town and climb the mountains, or relax in one of the cafes if you'd prefer to save your energy for your expedition that lies ahead.

Day 2

Embarkation Day

Spend the morning at your leisure ready to embark on your Arctic expedition in the afternoon with your fellow travellers. You will transfer from your hotel to the pier where you will board the iconic icebreaker, Kapitan Khlebnikov. After setting sail from Ushuaia, pass through the Beagle Channel and step out onto the deck with your camera to capture photographs of the large seabirds hovering overhead, with the potential of seeing seals and sea lions frolicking in the ocean below.

Overnight: Kapitan Khlebnikov D

Days 3-4

Drake Passage

Spend two days at sea whilst you head for your destination, Snow Hill Island, where you will cross the legendary Drake Passage. Keep your camera and binoculars at the ready whilst crossing the passage as this is the perfect time to look out for whales, dolphins and albatross. Whilst at sea, your crew will provide plenty of activities to keep you entertained, including educational presentations on the history of whaling in Antarctica and the biology of the Emperor penguin.

Overnight: Kapitan Khlebnikov B, L, D

Days 5-11

Weddell Sea & The Emperor Penguins of Snow Hill Island

Voyage through the icy Weddell Sea to reach the Emperor rookery off the coast of Snow Hill Island. Once you are in helicopter range of the rookery, your captain will position the ship in the ice ready for you to embark on your flight. Guests will be flown over to the rookery in a rotation of flights, landing as close as is safely possible to the Emperor penguins. During to the time of the expedition, it will be rearing season, so expect to see lots of chicks huddling with their parents and adults waddling across the ice to fetch food for their young. To protect the chicks, you and your fellow travellers will stay at least 15 feet away from the penguins, but, as the Emperor penguins are unafraid of humans, you may find some inquisitive penguins coming a little closer!

Overnight: Kapitan Khlebnikov B, L, D

Days 12-13

Snow Hill Island - Ushuaia

You will spend the next 2 days at sea, giving you a chance to share stories and compare photographs with your fellow travellers. Spend time out on the deck with your binoculars and camera, keeping an eye out for the wildlife that surrounds you.

Overnight: Kapitan Khlebnikov B, L, D

Day 14

Disembarkation in Ushuaia

Today your unforgettable Antarctic expedition comes to an end as you disembark the Kapitan Khlebnikov in Ushuaia, ready for your homeward journey.

Trip Details

Dates and Prices

This is a set departure on board the Kapitan Khlebnikov. Please contact us for more details.

 2018 Departures Safari Length Price 
Oct 6-19 14 days From £15,745 per person 
Oct 18-31 14 days From £15,745 per person 
Oct 30-Nov 12 14 days From £15,745 per person 
Nov 11-24 14 days  From £15,745 per person

Note that all prices exclude international flights.

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