International Association of Antarctic Tour
Operators (IAATO) is an organisation comprising
companies that conduct tourist operations in the
Antarctic region. IAATO promotes and practises
safe and environmentally-friendly tourism in the
Link to IAATO
Expedition is a US-based company that runs cruises
to the Arctic and Antarctic using five ships
including the nuclear powered 50 years of
Although the majority of their voyages are to the
Antarctic Peninsula, they have, on occasion, visited
East Antarctica and circumnavigated the continent.
Link to Quark Expeditions
Cheesmans' Ecology Safaris
As the name
suggest, Cheesmans' Ecology Safaris place an
emphasis on nature and wildlife experiences.
Link to Cheesman's
ANI and ALE
Networks international (ANI) was formed in 1985 and
was the first organisation to fly private citizens
to Antarctica. They created the first inland
blue-ice runway at Patriot Hills and operated there
for more than 20 seasons before moving to Union
Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions (ALE)
purchased ANI in 2003 and they effectively work as a
team to provide services to
individuals, groups, organisations and some
Link to ANI
Link to ALE
Expeditions are of operations goes from Dumont
d'Urville in the west to Cape Bird in the east; they
use Hobart, Bluff and Dunedin as their non-Antarctic
ports of call.
They generally visit Macquarie Island and New
Zealand's western sub-Antarctic island en-route to
Mawson's Huts and the Ross Sea.
Link to Orion Expeditions'
based in Canada, G Adventures has an "Outpost " in
Richmond, Melbourne, Australia. The website has an
"adventure feel" about it and the trips may not be
of interest to more mature travellers. They
advertise that they practice sustainable travel and
run tours throughout the world.
Link to G Adventures
Link to Melbourne
Expeditions is a New Zealand base company that runs
one ship - Spirit of Enderby
are one of the few companies that visit New
Zealand's sub-Antarctic islands, including the
little visited Chatham Islands.
At times, AAD uses them to transport expeditioners
to/from Macquarie Island.
Link to Heritage Expeditions
Margaret Mortimer founded Aurora Expeditions, an
Australian company in 1992; the company is named
after Sir Douglas Mawson's ship. Aurora
Expedition's Antarctic voyages usually concentrate
on the Antarctic Peninsula.
Link to Aurora