Kapitan Khlebnikov

About the Kapitan Khlebnikov

Built in 1981, the Kapitan Khlebnikov was designed for the harsh conditions of frozen polar seas. She was the first ship to circumnavigate Antarctica with passengers and continues to explore the challenging regions whilst being a comfortable home away from home. With a 24,000 horsepower engine and advanced ice-breaking technology, she can take you places no other ship can.

The Kapitan Khlebnikov has been refurbished to accommodate 70 staff and crew with up to 110 guests, making her a large and spacious ship with plenty of desk space to wander around whilst sailing to each destination.

No passenger ship has transited the northwest passage more often than the renowned kapitan khlebnikov.

Kapitan Khlebnikov DETAILS


A large vessel on which to visit the famous Snow Hill Island.


The Kapitan Khlebnikov can be found sailing from Ushuaia in Argentina to Snow Hill Island in our Emperor Penguins of Snow Hill Island expedition 

Accommodation & Facilities

The Kapitan Khlebnikov has a range of cabins including corner suites, suites, twins and triples, each with en suite facilities and exterior facing windows. Every room is spacious and comfortable, allowing you to relax whilst sailing the seas.

The ship offers many communal areas, including a lounge, two dining rooms, a lecture room for presentations, a small heated indoor pool and gymnasium, a library and a sauna.


Delicious meals are served for breakfast, lunch and dinner on board the Kapitan Khelbikov and snacks, tea and coffee are available between meals. A beer and wine selection is available during dinner, as well as soft drinks. Special requirements can be catered for, but please provide enough notice of your specifications.


As well as visiting the majestic Emperor rookery, take the chance to sightsee from the sky in one of the expertly-piloted helicopters to gain a unique perspective of the Antarctic (weather dependant). Walking poles are provided at each landing for your convenience whilst trekking through the snowy conditions.

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