This exciting Antarctic expedition provides a modern twist on a much-loved classic. Utilizing our decades of experience exploring Antarctica, we have designed a voyage allowing us to reach our objective of the Antarctic Circle in just 11 days. On the way south, we enjoy eight days of off-ship exploration along the Antarctic Peninsula, visiting a large number of landing sites and cruising among the ice floes in our Zodiac boats. We use our time efficiently, by embarking in the port of Stanley - the quaint capital of the Falkland Islands. Crossing south to Antarctica we witness the magnificent pelagic seabirds of the southern region, including the giant Wandering albatross. This ocean habitat teems with life above and below the water and is a fascinating ecosystem in its own right.
We navigate the ship south, hoping to reach the Antarctic Circle in the vicinity of Detaille Island. Returning to the north, we aim to visit several classic locations such as Petermann Island, and the iceberg ‘graveyard’ at Pleneau Island. We transit the Lemaire Channel if ice conditions permit and make continental landings at Paradise Harbor or nearby Neko Harbor. Both locations offer outstanding hiking opportunities. Each day we explore on shore by foot, observing wildlife colonies, visiting historic huts and science bases, photographing icebergs and soaking up the incredible landscapes that surround us. The adventure is not over and we complete our voyage with visits to several locations in the South Shetland Islands, including Deception Island. We disembark the ship at King George Island and fly back to South America in just two hours – saving more than two days crossing the open waters of the Drake Passage. For a relatively short voyage, this trip packs a serious punch and offers fantastic scenery, wildlife, historic and scientific interest.
Special Extension Opportunity:
This voyage may be combined with the immediately following voyage to create an epic 22-day Antarctic adventure at minimal additional cost. See pricing chart for details. (Applies to 2016-2017 Season.)
|Day 1||Punta Arenas, Chile to Port Stanley, Falkland Islands|
|Days 2 & 3||At Sea towards Antarctica|
|Days 4 & 5||King George Island and Antarctic Peninsula|
|Days 6 to 8||Towards the Antarctic Circle and Gerlache Coastline|
|Days 9 & 10||Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands|
|Day 11||King George Island – return to Punta Arenas, Chile|