11 Nights Antarctica Expedition: In Search of the Emperor

11 Nights Antarctica Expedition: In Search of the Emperor

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Venture into the Weddell Sea on an expedition that sets out to explore the realm of the mighty emperor penguin: a snowcapped island and its surrounding ice floes. Journey on to the South Shetlands in search of Adélies and gentoos, fur seals and more.

 

Journeying to Earth’s most remote polar regions and faraway destinations, these are true expert-led expedition voyages, combining rugged adventure and Zodiac landings with rare discovery, extraordinary wildlife and stunning landscapes few have ever seen.

  • Day 1 Ushuaia

    Ushuaia lies on the triangular-shaped island of Tierra del Fuego. While Ferdinand Magellan was exploring the straits between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in 1520, he was amazed by the smoke and fires which seemed to appear at every turn. These fires, kept continuously alight by the Yaghan and Ona Indians, became the inspiration for the name "Tierra del Fuego," Land of Fire.

     

    Day 2-3 Drake Passage

     

    Day 4 Antarctic Sound

    Renowned for the massive tabular icebergs – iconic “ice cathedrals” often miles long and hundreds of feet above sea level – that break free from the ice shelves along the Weddell Sea, this channel between Trinity Peninsula at the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula and Joinville Island measures about 37 miles long and nine miles wide. Some of the largest Adélie penguin colonies make their home here, and whales and other sea mammals are often seen.

     

    Day 5-8 Weddell Sea - The Northernmost Colony of Emperors

    A snowcapped isle of the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula in the Weddell Sea, this area is sometimes difficult to access, as it is often completely surrounded by pack ice. Snow Hill island – only 18 miles wide at its broadest point – is closer to the South American continent than any other location in the Antarctic, and also home to the northernmost colony of the largest, tallest and one of the rarest of all penguin species: the magnificent Emperor Penguin.

     

    Day 9 South Shetland Islands, Antarctica

    Just northwest of the Antarctic Peninsula, the icebergs and snow-capped mountains of South Shetland volcanic archipelago are a mesmerizing site. A haven for wildlife, colonies of chinstrap, gentoo and Adélie penguins make their home here, and Antarctic fur seals and Southern elephant seals command the beaches. Seabirds are everywhere, including Antarctic terns and giant petrels.

     

    Day 10-11 Crossing the Drake Passage

     

    Day 12 Ushuaia Disembarkation

    Ushuaia lies on the triangular-shaped island of Tierra del Fuego. While Ferdinand Magellan was exploring the straits between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in 1520, he was amazed by the smoke and fires which seemed to appear at every turn. These fires, kept continuously alight by the Yaghan and Ona Indians, became the inspiration for the name "Tierra del Fuego," Land of Fire.