One of the most remote places on Earth and one of the last pristine ecosystems.  Wildlife abounds during these brief summer months: Cruise from New Zealand and encounter Emperor and Adélie penguins, Snow Petrels, Southern Fulmars and many more species of bird; and enjoy magnificent whale watching opportunities including Minke, Orca, Southern Right that feed in these nutrient-rich waters. Discover massive penguin rookeries and colossal ice shelves, visit McMurdo Station and Scott Base, and venture to the historic huts of Shackleton and Scott. Each day is an epic adventure of discovery.  

Whether you’re a birder, photographer, wildlife enthusiast, or simply an adventurous spirit, these expeditions offer an unparalleled travel experience.

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Our team of naturalists, historians and ornithologists bring an enormous wealth of experience, knowledge and passion to our expeditions, both in the field and onboard our ship during our lecture series.

Our 50-guest Akademik Shokalskiy and Spirit of Enderby and are ice-strengthened and crewed by highly experienced officers and sailors. Enjoy superb cuisine prepared by top NZ and Australian chefs and comfortable cabins with outside windows or portholes.

Antarctica's Ross Sea

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For the past 30 years, Heritage Expeditions has pioneered voyages to some of the most wild and biologically rich regions on the planet. Our mission is to increase awareness and conservation of the natural world through responsible expedition travel.

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 53B Montreal Street
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Christchurch, New Zealand

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For all voyages, exact landings depend on weather and ice conditions and wildlife sightings can never be guaranteed; however, our 30+ years of experience in operating Antarctic expeditions mean that we are well equipped to make the most of the conditions at the time. Past trip logs and species lists are available for all expeditions. 

Ross Sea Antarctica: In the Wake of Scott & Shackleton [30 days]

Aboard Spirit of Enderby
Rates From: $23,000 per person

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Images and film care of BDeane, ARuss, EBell, GKrosin, MKelly, ABreniere, SBlanc, ATockston, KOvsyanikova, CCollins, AFergus and other Heritage Expeditions' staff

Aboard Spirit of Enderby
Invercargill, NZ to Christchuch, NZ

Filmmaker James Muir takes us on a poetic and visually stunning journey to the Antarctica's Ross Sea.

"Galapagos of the Southern Ocean" by Filmmaker Brian Deane, capturing our 13-day expedition to the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand, including the Snares, Auckland and Campbell Islands, and Macquarie Island.

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  • Walk in Sir Ernest Shackleton’s footsteps at his hut at Cape Royds
  • Venture back in time at Borchgrevink’s Hut at Cape Adare 
  • Be welcomed ashore at Italian & Korean Stations in Terra Nova Bay
  • Visit Enderby Island in sea lion breeding season
  • See the Royal Penguins on Macquarie Island at their peak. 
  • Emperor Penguins, Royals, Kings, Adelie Penguins, whales, seals...
  • Adelie Penguin colonies are flourishing with chicks about to start fledging  
  • Catch the peak flowering of the Megaherbs in the Subantarctic 
  • 24 hour sunlight in the Ross Sea
  • Orca feeding amongst the ice, especially in McMurdo Sound
  • Navigate through pack ice that guards the entrance to the Ross Sea 
  • Best month to see Emperor penguins as they gather at ice edge in breeding plumage. 
  • Ideal time for photography - superb late summer light
  • Spectacular first sunsets of the year in McMurdo Sound
  • Experience the first refreeze of autumn on a calm "night"
  • Spot Nine Species of penguins including Snares-crested, Royal and Emperor
  • Less ice in February means increased chance of accessing explorer huts
  • Sail the shores of Ross Island with Mount Erebus smoking high above
  • Ship Cruise the Ross Ice Shelf as it towers above the ship
  • Historically the highest probability of visiting Scott Base & McMurdo Station
  • Sail the wildlife rich & seldom visited waters of the Balleny Islands 
  • Walk the hills of Campbell Island with the courting Royal Albatross
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10 Jan – 08 Feb 2020
13 Jan  11 – Feb 2021
11 Feb – 12 Mar 2021
Bluff, NZ and Return

2020–2021 Antarctica Ross Sea Voyages

Nature so grand there are no words to describe it!

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2020-2021 Antarctica Season

Ross Sea Antarctica: In the Wake of Scott & Shackleton [30 days]

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  • Walk in Sir Ernest Shackleton’s footsteps at his Cape Royds hut
  • Venture back in time at Borchgrevink’s Hut at Cape Adare 
  • Visit the Italian & Korean Stations in Terra Nova Bay
  • Visit Enderby Island in Sea Lion breeding season
  • See Royal Penguins on Macquarie Island at their peak
  • Emperor Penguins, Royals, Kings, Adelie Penguins, whales, seals...
  • Adelie Penguin colonies flourishing with chicks (nearly fledglings)
  • Flowering of Megaherbs in the Subantarctic 
  • 24-hour sunlight in the Ross Sea
  • Orcas feeding amongst the ice in McMurdo Sound
  • Navigate through pack ice guarding the entrance to Ross Sea 

Ross Sea Antarctica: In the Wake of Scott and Shackleton [30 days]

08 Jan – 06 Feb 2020
Invercargill, NZ and Return

Aboard Akademik Shokalskiy
Rates From: $23,000 per person

Visits to research bases & huts are ice and weather dependent and not guaranteed.

East Antarctica: In the Wake of Mawson [25 days]

  • Rarely visited Commonwealth Bay, East Antarctica
  • Site of historic Mawson's Hut at Cape Denison
  • Visit French Research Base, Dumont D'Urville
  • Macquarie & Campbell Islands, among others
  • Encounter Adelie penguins close by
  • Crabeater, Weddell and Leopard Seals; New Zealand fur seals
  • Port Martin and McKellar Islands
  • Wildlife encounters with seven plus species of Albatross
  • Mertz Glacier's ice tongue
  • Home to Fin, Minke, Blue, Orca and Humpback Whales
  • Macquarie Island's King, Gentoo, Rockhopper & Royal Penguin
  • Snares Crested Penguin and Buller’s Albatross

Aboard Akademik Shokalskiy

15 Dec 2019 – 08 Jan 2020
Invercargill, NZ and Return

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Visits to research bases & huts are ice and weather dependent and not guaranteed.

8 Feb 2020
Rates From: $23,000 per person

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In the Wake of Scott and Shackleton - Ross Sea Antarctica
"We are overwhelmed by the excellence of absolutely every aspect of this trip. The staff were so professional, engaging, helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. We felt safe and well looked after at all times. I doubt having that level of experience and knowledge about Antarctica in one place has not been done before! We were amazed by the quality of the meals, and the cabins and life on board were also more than expected. Please DO NOT CHANGE ANYTHING. It was worth every cent... We truly believe you guys are one of the best travel companies we have ever dealt with..."  –Ben and Ros

In the Wake of Scott and Shackleton - Ross Sea Antarctica
"A fantastic time! Trip of a lifetime and memories to last for ever. To experience the historic huts and especially to go into Scott's hut at Cape Evans where my grandfather had been in the early 1900s and 60s... Rodney kept on saying "You don't know how blessed you are..." and he was so right. Thank you for your help, advise and assistance you gave me in the months leading up to my departure."  –Robin

In the Wake of Scott and Shackleton - Ross Sea Antarctica
"I had such an amazing trip, one I thought was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; but I'm looking at travelling again! The Heritage team ensured the very best experiences were available through careful planning and excellent knowledge of the area and weather conditions. Thank you once again for bringing my life dream to reality."  –Karen

In the Wake of Mawson - East Antarctica
"To all at Heritage Expeditions: Thanks heaps for the trip to East Antarctica and the NZ Subantarctic Islands. I had the best time, and without doubt, had my best experience ever. What a place and what a trip! Thanks again to Rodney and all involved."  Barry

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