Antarctica Yacht Charter Guide

Antarctica offers some of the world’s most adventurous cruising grounds. Take in the stunning surroundings of the Polar Circle while surrounded in luxury on board an exploration yacht during an Antarctica yacht charter.

Few have experienced the enormity of an Antarctica yacht charter. The most adventurous of cruising grounds, Antarctica is the perfect area to discover by exploration yacht. Far from the beaten track of the mainstream expedition cruise, the entire continent is covered in ice. From giant, ten-mile long icebergs to mammoth glaciers, the scenery is awe-inspiring at every turn. Cruise in luxury and comfort aboard the finest explorer yachts available through Northrop & Johnson.

blue glaciers and passenger boat from yacht charter Antarctica

Charter Experience

Far from the beaten track of the mainstream expedition cruise, the entire Antarctic is covered in ice, making it ideal for an adventurous Antarctica yacht charter. From giant, ten-mile long icebergs to pinnacle bergs, backed by glaciers that produce all the ice, the scenery is awe-inspiring. Cruise through a maze of protected channels found along the Antarctic Peninsula’s west coast with minke and humpback whales. Further south, discover the vast icecap along the east coast and discover a wildlife oasis like no other along the Scotia Arc.


Most Antarctica yacht charters embark in Maxwell Bay, King George Island. The unofficial capital of Antarctica, King George Island has eight national winter stations and is the largest island of the Southern Shetlands. From here you can access Antarctic Sound, the most northerly point of the Antarctic Peninsula.


antarctica yacht charter with whales and ice bergs in the background


Adventure cruising does not mean it’s all expeditions and exploration. Cruising this far south requires an extraordinary yacht with an ice-class hull. Laid back and as luxurious as you like, many exploration yachts boast fine dining, cinema rooms, spas with saunas, massage rooms and beauty salons. Simply use the stunning surroundings – drink champagne in the hot tub whilst gliding past an iceberg, spot wildlife and the courtship of seabirds and the comedic antics of King penguins from the sun deck, witness the dramatic break up of pack ice, or step ashore to see newborn seal pups and penguin hatchlings. December and January welcomes the sun for 20 hours a day, while February and March is the best time journey deeper into the Polar Circle as the pack ice is at a minimum.

Location Highlights

  • Dig your toes in the sand to experience the warmth of the sulfur-scented steam escaping from the subterranean volcanic vents at Whalers Bay
  • Warm up with a fiery homemade vodka at the pub in Vernadsky Research Station on Pleneau Island
  • Cruise through the 7-mile long gorge-like Lemaire Channel, nicknamed the “Kodak Gap” due to its photogeneity
  • Visit Base A, the former British station-turned-museum (and post office) at Port Lockroy
  • Take the tender for a spin around the ice calved from the glacier at the head of the bay in Paradise Harbor
  • Watch in awe as the glacier across from the landing site often calves with a thunderous roar in Neko Harbor
  • Step ashore and mingle with the local wildlife, including thousands of pairs of Gentoo Penguins and juvenile elephant seals, on Greenwich Island
  • Watch Elephant Seals bask and young male Fur Seals spar from the vantage point of the hill above Hannah Point, Livingston Island

Expert Advice

Lying just off Turret Point on King George Island, the tiny Penguin Island is where you will find all sorts of penguin varieties including Chinstrap and Adélie penguins. Climb the 170 meters to Deacon Peak, the highest point on the island, to find an extensive crater at the summit and stunning views over King George Island with its wide icecaps.

Antarctica Yachts for Charter