26 Jun 2019

Visit Mawon's Huts on Christmas Day

Celebrate Christmas inside legendary Australian Explorer Sir Douglas Mawson's Hut at Cape Denison, Antarctica.

Follow in the footsteps of legendary Australian explorer Sir Douglas Mawson on an expedition down to East Antarctica, one of the least visited coastlines in the world.

A passionate scientist and academic, Mawson spent his life devoted to exploring and studying Antarctica; leading the famed Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-1914. Specifically choosing Cape Denison at Commonwealth Bay as the location for his huts, this iconic setting is now accessible for the first time in eight years and will be the highlight of our upcoming 25-day voyage, 'In the Wake of Mawson.' Discover for yourself the fascination this spectacular region held over Australia’s pioneering Antarctic explorer aboard Akademik Shokalskiy, 15 December 2019 – 'In the Wake of Mawson: East Antarctica Expedition.'

Whether you’re a birder, photographer, wildlife enthusiast, or simply an adventurous spirit, this adventure offers an unparalleled travel experience.

Watch our 'In the Wake of Mawson' Reel

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

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

  • Rarely visited Commonwealth Bay, East Antarctica
  • Visit historic Mawson's Hut at Cape Denison on Christmas Day
  • Visit French Research Base, Dumont D'Urville
  • Macquarie Island & Campbell Island, among others
  • Encounter Emperor and Adelie penguins up close
  • 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

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


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

In the Wake of Mawson - East Antarctica
"It might seem cliche, but this remote corner of the world stirs something deep inside. The dramatic landscapes and unique species elicit a full suite of emotions that range from the thrill of the adventure to a respect for the ocean and appreciation of the natural world. And finally, there's a deep sense of sadness as you say goodbye." –Justin


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