Day 1: Buenos Aires
Charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia/Argentina, departure 19.00 hrs
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3-4: Falklands
While the history of the British Falkland Islands was shaped by war, its present is full of life: it is home to more than 60 different species of bird, and a thrilling research and observation area for ornithologists. Land in the Zodiacs and watch species such as rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, albatrosses and cormorants. Wherever you look, the discoveries never end.
Day 5-6: At Sea
Day 7-9: South Georgia
Fur seals, elephant seals and gigantic colonies of king penguins – South Georgia’s animal kingdom is one of our planet’s greatest wonders. The king penguins raise their young in the subantarctic summer and autumn – fluffy brown chicks crowding the shores like a huge kindergarten. Take a look behind the scenes of this unique animal paradise on walks, hikes and Zodiac rides.
Day 10: At Sea
Day 11-16: South Orkney Islands, South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula and Weddell Sea
Antarctic Sound and Weddell Sea
The Weddell Sea and Antarctic Sound comprise one of the world’s most remote and challenging expedition regions. Spectacular tabular icebergs drift elegantly through the blue water as your expedition ship forges a path through the ice floes – and you have a front-row seat on deck.
South Shetland Islands
Although the South Shetland Islands are largely glaciated, their climate is mild in Antarctic terms. Board a Zodiac and set out for Half Moon Island, where vast fields of snow contrast starkly with the dark rock depending on the season. The volcanic legacy of the archipelago becomes particularly intense on Deception Island: board your expedition ship and the Zodiacs and head deep into the caldera whose collapsed volcanic cone forms the island. Hot underground springs cover the beach in mystical steam depending on the water level.
Setting foot on the Antarctic mainland is an unforgettable experience. Tranquil and endless, the shimmering masses of ice stretch out before you and take your breath away. Get up-close to penguin colonies, the fascinating water ballet of the icebergs and mighty mountain ranges that guard the coast – the endless ice of the Antarctic Peninsula will make a profound impression on your heart and soul.
Day 17-18: Drake Passage
Day 19: Ushuaia
Ushuaia/Argentina, arrival 6.00 hrs. And then Charter flight to Buenos Aires.