Aurora Expeditions

Cruising to the Heart of Nature

GeoTravelPartnerWelcome to our world of expedition travel. Unlike ‘standard’ travel companies, Aurora Expeditions specialises in destinations off the beaten track. So far off in fact, that often there is no track!

From the start, Aurora Expeditions was destined to be different. We pioneered ship-based adventures over 25 years ago and we remain committed to small, low-impact groups keen to not just see, but experience our range of remote destinations.

Our passion for adventure, exploring wild places and sharing the experience with friends burns just as brightly as it did 25 years ago, as does our preference for small-group, personal expeditions.

We operate one of the smallest ships in the polar fleet. Less people means more solitude and greater flexibility if tides, currents, ice or weather dictate a schedule change. And because we have less people to ferry ashore, we often make more landings. Our Patagonia treks are limited to 15 expeditioners or less. This ensures personal attention and a nice mix of people to share the adventure.

We make the most of our size advantage to create intimate expeditions varying in length from 10 to 24 days. Simply choose the region you’d like to explore, the amount of time you’ve got and what activities you enjoy. You can focus on one destination or combine back-to-back trips for the ultimate adventure.

Each expedition is accompanied by an expedition team we believe are the world’s best. Remote area specialists, their onboard lectures entertain and expand your knowledge.

Whether you’re joining us for the first time or returning for another thrilling adventure, our original goals remain unchanged. Explore wild places that stir the soul, offer personal attention on unforgettable expeditions and welcome new friends into the Aurora family.

Aurora Expeditions

Small ships

Unlike larger vessels, our smaller ice-strengthened ship allows us the flexibility to land when the best opportunities present themselves. In turn, our passengers can experience nature at its very best; maximising time spent exploring and ashore. Our trekking adventures are limited to 15 passengers.

Andrew Halsall Antarctic Peninsula Nov 2009

Expert Guides

Our expedition staff are experienced, enthusiastic and among the best in the industry – they are our secret to success.

Michael Baynes

Flexibility & Freedom

We stop for breaching whales! Our itineraries are designed with flexibility in mind. If weather or sea ice block our way, we always have a Plan B, C and D! We’re always on the look at for new places to explore and we’re not afraid to adjust our schedule if we stumble upon an unexpected wildlife display.


Spirit of Adventure

We’ve pioneered new routes, offered exclusive firsts and offer a range of optional activities for the ultimate adventure. We were the pioneers of some previously unheard-of activities such as polar diving, polar kayaking and camping on the ice in Antarctica. Photograph ice-tipped peaks in Patagonia, scuba dive or snorkel amid glistening icebergs, sea kayak with whales or enjoy a feast of tundra berries. Ponder ancient rock paintings or enjoy a totem carving session. No matter where we are in the world, we encourage a true sense of exploration.


Environmental Sensitivity

Education and conservation are our passion. Our aim is to create lifelong ambassadors for the protection of all wilderness areas. We helped develop international environmental guidelines for the polar regions we visit, and consciously limit the number of people we take to our destinations. The more our remote area specialists share their knowledge about the natural environments we encounter, the more rewarding your experience.

Al Bakker

Added Extras

Whether it’s a polar jacket and photo book, or included flights and tours, our inclusions are what most would consider extras.


Telephone: +61 (2) 9252 1033

Email: [email protected]
Address: Suite 12, Level 2, 35 Buckingham Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010, Australia

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Aurora Expeditions


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