This is the ultimate Antarctic adventure, on the trail of explorer Ernest Shackleton. Your wildlife journey encompasses the extraordinary bird-life of the Falkland Islands, iconic king penguins of South Georgia, and glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Antarctic Peninsula. Abundant marine life, including several species of whales and dolphins, will accompany you between landings. You can look forward to an expedition of a lifetime, exploring the endless white scenery and hearing nothing but nature's silence in the surreal and haunting landscape of Antarctica. Falkland Islands - Sail to the Falklands and explore this magnificent archipelago South Georgia - Follow in the footsteps of Shackleton Antarctica - Explore the Antarctic Peninsula with its Adelie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins
Make your own way to your pre-tour hotel in Buenos Aires. Discover the Paris of South America for yourself and get a taste of what the birthplace of Tango has to offer. Your evening is at leisure to enjoy the delights offered by this vibrant city. The next day you will fly down to Ushuaia, where you will begin your voyage.
Our flight leaves Buenos Aires in the morning, allowing you a few hours to explore Ushuaia before embarking the MS Fram. Once onboard, there will be a welcome meeting and safety briefing, where the Captain will present his officers and expedition staff. They will outline the program for the coming days, however, weather and ice conditions will determine our final itinerary. In the evening, we set sail along the scenic Beagle Channel.
We cross the open sea on our way towards the Falkland Islands. On the way, you will be able to enjoy fascinating and informative briefings into the history and biology found in the region.
The Falklands consist of two large islands and around 700 smaller ones. After a day at sea, we reach the westernmost settled outposts of the Falklands. Some of these remote farms have been family owned for six or seven generations. The sheep graze alongside immense colonies of albatross and rockhopper, king, and macaroni penguins, while predatory striated caracaras patrol overhead and upland geese forage at the water's edge.
Fearless penguins waddle close, then continue on their way, giving you some great photo opportunities. Stanley, the islands\ capital, makes a wonderful starting point for the excursions we offer. We will be docked the whole day, giving you enough time to discover the town on foot.
We spend two days cruising southward toward beautiful South Georgia and our fascinating presentations en route, will help you prepare for the experience.
Our on-board presentations will talk about the areas we shall visit and its wildlife, as well as some fascinating stories about Shackleton's expeditions. The lecturers will also tell us about the significance of the whaling station found here.
We arrive into beautiful South Georgia, which is ringed by ice-covered mountains and cool emerald-green bays. We will have the next three days to explore some of the many historic places that can be found in these parts. South Georgia's unique position inside the Antarctic ecosystem - yet outside the yearly sea ice - makes it a perfect home to tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals and seabirds, and our activities are designed to bring you close, without disturbing the wildlife.
We hope to visit Grytviken whaling station, its museum, Shackleton's grave and the whalers' church dating from 1913. The wildlife on South Georgia is different to what we will see in Antarctica, including many different bird and animal species. We hope to see albatross, southern giant petrels, king penguins, fur seals and elephant seals, amongst others.
During our stay here, you will see Elephant seals lounge on the sand, fur seal pups race in and out of the water, albatross soaring overhead and King penguins in their thousands. There will be plenty of time to immerse yourself in the magnificent wildlife that is found here and to enjoy the abundance of birdlife in the various rookeries and landing sites.
In addition to spotting the magnificent wandering albatross and other seabirds, we continue our lecture series focusing on the history, the environment and the wildlife of Antarctica. Our series includes a thorough introduction to the Antarctic visitor guidelines from the Antarctic Treaty and International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO).
Antarctica is a continent dedicated to peace and science. We are visiting a place that has evolved through millennia without human interference, a place where wildlife remains fearless of man. When opportunities arise, we will launch our Polar Cirkle boats and take you on unforgettable hikes to explore the most beautiful, untouched places on the planet. Weather, wind and ice conditions have a great influence on our final itinerary. Safety is always the first priority and the final sailing schedule will be decided by the ship's captain during the voyage.
While in Antarctica, we will attempt to land on several sites. On land, our expedition team will guide you on what there is to see and help you to avoid disturbing the nature and wildlife. When conditions allow, hikes or other activities on land and at sea may be offered. Participation on any hike requires a good level of fitness, and you must be accustomed to hiking in uneven terrain.
We will take in several landing sites on our journey into the deep South. On Deception Island a portion of the caldera wall has collapsed and created a navigable opening into the flooded interior. As we reach the natural harbour inside the island, we will also visit Whalers Bay. Staggeringly photogenic and blessed with some of the most spectacular Antarctic scenery imaginable, Half Moon Island is a glittering gem amongst these island treasures. The strong currents of the Weddell Sea conspire to bring massive flat-topped bergs north into the Antarctic Sound.
On this special voyage, we hope to cross the Polar Circle at 66°33' south, far beyond the limit of most cruises in Antarctica, venturing far into the areas that are permanently iced down and unnavigable during the winter months.
Whenever opportunities arise, our Expedition Team will take you for landings and ice cruising to get close to the powerful beauty of Antarctica. In addition, you will be able to take unforgettable hikes to explore some of the most beautiful and remote places on the planet.
In between landings, our lecture series will continue and the expedition crew will give more informative talks on the wildlife and history of the region, helping you to prepare for your landings at the various penguin rookeries along the peninsula.
Brown Bluff has, as the name suggests, a landscape dominated by a towering, rust-coloured bluff of volcanic origin and is home to a beach sprinkled with lava bombs. Governed by the weather and ice conditions, no two trips are ever the same. Wherever our final itinerary takes us, you will leave Antarctica with everlasting memories of this beautiful and pristine wilderness, where only a fortunate few have ever set foot.
Port Lockroy is a British station from the Second World War that was turned into a museum in 1996. It is one of the most popular sites in Antarctica and offers a peek into life on an Antarctic base in the 1950s.
We have one final day to explore this glacial wilderness - the last untouched place on Earth; with its crisp air, icebergs and endless, white mountain ranges.
After exploring this magnificent continent, we leave Antarctica and set course for Ushuaia, across the Drake Passage.
The voyage from the Antarctic Peninsula to Ushuaia is about 950 kilometres - approximately 40 sailing hours in good weather. This sea passage was notorious amongst the early Polar explorers and is a unique voyage, which only a few have had the chance to experience.
We arrive in Ushuaia in the morning and you will disembark after breakfast. If time allows, we will include a stop in the city centre on our way to the airport, before our early afternoon flight back to Buenos Aires.
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