Islands. Linked to the Antarctic Peninsula by an enormous sub-marine mountain range these islands, often shrouded in mist, are protected by large icebergs and sea ice. If we are lucky, there will be an excursion to Coronation Island to observe penguins nesting in moss beds alongside graceful snow petrels. We may also stop at the remote island of Laurie and visit the Argentine meteorological station located there. Day 13-16 Elephant Island is en route to the South Shetland Islands and is our next destination. Here, we learn more about the celebrated adventures of Sir Ernest Shackleton. This island was a place of refuge in 1916 for Shackleton and his crew after his ship was destroyed by pack ice in the Weddell Sea. We then spend time cruising among the South Shetland Islands just off the Antarctic Peninsula. Dazzling wildlife sightings await us on our excursions to some of these islands including King George, Half Moon, Aicho or Livingston. AdĂŠlie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins thrive here, as do several species of seal. Hopefully, we see the gentle humpback whale dining on krill off King George Island. Weather permitting, we visit the flooded volcanic caldera of Deception Island. There is a spectacular walk to the higher points of the crater rim and an abandoned whaling station nearby begs exploration. Finally, after so much anticipation, we arrive at the Antarctic mainland in Paradise Harbour or nearby Hope Bay. The scenery, from the colossal icebergs to the seemingly endless Antarctic ice sheet is truly breathtaking. Here we set foot on the White Continent itself.
Day 17-18 As we leave this magical place and make our way back, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage before rounding Cape Horn, we have no doubt that time will be spent sharing and reflecting on the wonderful experiences of the last few days. Sailing down the Beagle Channel, we celebrate the conclusion of our Polar expedition with a special dinner. Day 19 In the early morning, we arrive back in Ushuaia. It is time to say farewell to our crew and fellow travellers. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home. For special airfares to Ushuaia and stopover ideas in Buenos Aires, contact our expert staff today for a detailed quote. Prices per person in $US
Cabin Type Triple (shared facilities)
20 Nov 28 DEC & 6 FEB 10,290 11,690
Twin (semi-private facilities)
Twin (private facilities)
One Ocean Suite
*Sea-kayaking - This is a very popular optional extra, at a cost of $US750 per person. Please reserve at the time of booking. *Ice Camping - This activity is included in the price of your voyage. There is no need to pre-book this option. We have enough gear for everyone to camp - should they choose. *Antarctica Wet Weather Gear Package - is included in the price of your voyage. See page 7 for details.
Published on May 2, 2011
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