11 Nights Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands

$7,950.00Price

This Antarctic Peninsula is known as the “Classic Antarctic” route. Meet the great stars of the Antarctic, the penguins, found in the thousands in a variety of curious species. Investigate one of the most pristine regions left on Earth with the chance to have live encounters with spouting whales, resting seals, and the penguins who may very well decide to investigate you. Anchoring in various spots around the region, the expedition offers the chance to hike, kayak, and camp under the Antarctic sky.

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Day 1: Embarkation and departure from Ushuaia
In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.


Day 2 - 3: At sea
During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage. When we cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area we may see Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black- browed Albatrosses, Light- mantled Albatrosses, Cape Petrels, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs.


Day 4 - 8: Antarctic Peninsula
We will arrive in the heart of the Western Antarctic Peninsula where we will spend five days of exploring the best sites around. Sailing past the Melchior islands into the Gerlache Strait we will be surrounded by spectacular scenery any which way you look. Steep mountains and endless glaciers covering the land. We will aim for the southern Gerlache Strait where we intend to start our adventures in and around the stunning Errea Channel and Andvord Bay. Neko Harbour is a continental landing with nice dive opportunities set in the most amazing scenery as well as being home to a sizeable Gentoo penguin rookery. The adequately named Paradise Bay offers great opportunities for our activities with excellent chances for a variety of wildlife. Equally spectacular is the Neumayer Channel and the area around Port Lockroy, the British Antarctic base A which is now a living museum. We navigate through the famous Lemaire Channel as we venture south to explore the area around Pléneau Island and Petermann Island. Here we find great opportunities for our activities in a setting of icebergs and with a good chance to encounter Leopard seals. Further north we venture into Wilhelmina Bay where Humpback whales are often found feeding and we locate the wreck of the whaling factory ship Guvernøren, which burned and founded on the rocks in 1915. The wreck is almost submerged and offers some cool wreck diving in an unusual setting.


Day 9: South Shetland Islands
The volcanic islands of the South Shetlands are windswept and often shrouded in mist, but do offer subtle pleasures. There is a nice variety of flora (mosses, lichens and flowering grasses) and fauna, such as Gentoo Penguins, Chinstrap Penguins and Southern Giant Petrels. In Deception Island, our ship braves into the entrance of the crater through the spectacular Neptune’s Bellows. Deception itself is a sub-ducted crater, which opens into the sea creating a natural harbour for the ship. Here we find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape Petrels and many Kelp Gulls, Brown and South Polar Skuas and Antarctic Terns. Wilson’s Storm Petrels and Black-bellied Storm Petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay. Alternatively, we may aim for Half Moon Island for our last stop of the trip. The island is located off the north east coast of the much larger Livingston Island. Here we find a Chinstrap penguin rookery and often Weddell seals hauled out on land. Around noon, we depart for the Drake Passage.


Day 10 - 11: At sea
On our way north, a great selection of seabirds will follows us while crossing the Drake Passage.

 

Day 12: Arrival in Ushuaia and disembark
We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.

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