Antarctic Circle In-Depth

What marks this voyage out is the 7 full days you get to spend exploring Antarctica on board a comfortably appointed ship, and a time saving charter flight. Combined with achieving the Polar Circle, this is expedition cruising at its best.

15 Days

$14,995

Antarctic Circle In-Depth - 15 - $14,995

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 7 full days in Antarctica = 14 planned ‘off ship’ excursions
  • We like this 146 passenger ship for its superior stability, top ice class rating & large expedition staff
  • Complimentary camping & photography workshops. Optional kayaking (additional charge)
  • Added advantage of the loan of a parka jacket, waterproof trousers, boots, binoculars, trekking pole & waterproof backpack

Start from Santiago and end at Santiago

Landmarks visited on Antarctic Circle In-Depth

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1 - Santiago:

On arrival in Santiago, make your way to your hotel for an included pre-voyage stay. This evening, visit the welcome desk in the lobby of the hotel to check in with your voyage representative and collect your luggage tags.


Day 2 - Stanley:

We depart Santiago this morning on a special charter flight direct to Stanley, the small capital of the Falkland Islands. We are met on arrival and transfer into town. There is time to explore the town or enjoy a guided visit to nearby Gypsy Cove, providing a first opportunity for observing the local wildlife, including nesting Magellanic penguins and other sea birds. At the port, we board our expedition ship in the afternoon.


Days 3 to 5 - At Sea

We chart a southerly course for Antarctica and this stretch of the South Atlantic is rich in its biodiversity and showcases an abundance of wildlife. Joined by hundreds of seabirds including the wandering albatross, we will find giant petrels and smaller Cape petrels are our constant companions as we make our way south. Photographing these magnificent birds takes patience and skill and our photography expert will be on hand to show you the best techniques. You can also join the ship’s Captain on the bridge and learn about the operations of our modern research vessel.


Days 6 to 8 - Below The Circle:

We aim to sail south of the Antarctic Circle, given optimal ice conditions. A favoured landing site here is Detaille Island, home to ‘Base W’, an abandoned British science hut. The hut was established in the 1950s and remarkably well preserved. This is a fascinating place, providing a glimpse into the harsh way of life that early Antarctic scientists and researchers endured. This far south, we are always at the mercy of prevailing ice conditions; in our experience, sailing in February gives us our best chance of reaching Marguerite Bay.


Days 9 to 11 - Gerlache Strait & Antarctic Peninsula:

We visit Petermann Island, home to a sizable Adelie penguin rookery. The smallest of the Antarctic penguins, the Adelies nest here and share the island with gentoo penguins and imperial cormorants. There’s an impressive view to the north of Mount Shackleton and Mount Scott. These granite sentinels mark the southern entrance to the Lemaire Channel and nearby Pleneau Island offers us further opportunities for shore landings.


Day 12 - South Shetland Islands:

We arrive in the South Shetland Islands, having crossed the Bransfield Straight overnight. If the weather conditions allow, our adventure is not over and we sail the ship into the flooded volcanic caldera at Deception Island. History is all around us in this very dramatic place and we take some time to explore the old whaling station, with the rusted old boilers and dilapidated wooden huts.


Days 13 & 14 - Drake Passage:

We enjoy an entertaining and memorable voyage recap by our Expedition Leader and further presentations, as we make our way to Stanley and the Falkland Islands. You will also have the chance to join our photography experts in the multimedia room and download and back up your precious images.

Day 15 - Stanley (Falkland Islands):

This morning we arrive at the port of Stanley. Saying goodbye to the crew and Expedition Team, we make our way to the airport for a return private air charter to Santiago (included in the price of the voyage). On arrival in Santiago, our journey comes to an end.


Please note:

The 17-Jan-2020 and 26-Feb-2020 departures are 12 days long, with 6 full days in Antarctica.

The 14-Feb-2020 departure is 13 days long, with 7 full days in Antarctica. Starting from Punta Arenas, you will fly to King George Island (Antarctica) to then board the ship. Disembarkation is in Port Stanley (Falkland Islands) from where there is a charter flight to Santiago de Chile at additional price of USD $995 per person.

The 13-Feb-2021 departure is 15 days long, spending 7 days in Antarctica. Round flights from Santiago to the Falkland Islands to embark and disembark the ship. Local flights and pre-embarkation hotel included.

About The Ship

Built in Finland in 1993, few expedition ships are capable of delivering such a well-appointed, comfortable Antarctic experience on board such a safe and ice strengthened vessel. Spacious cabins, modern stabilising and an outstanding expedition staff all help to enhance the adventure.

Alex Mudd

What really attracts me to this outstanding ship is her large cabins, fast speed and high ice class rating. Few expedition ships can touch her.

Alex Mudd Polar Specialist

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.

Triple Private
Twin Private
Superior
Superior Plus
Shackleton Suite
Captain's Suite
January 2020
17-Jan-2020 Full $14,995* Full Full Full Full
28-Jan-2020 Full Full $16,495 $16,795 $17,895 Full
February 2020
14-Feb-2020 Full Full Full Full Full Full
26-Feb-2020 Full Full Full Full Full Full
February 2021
13-Feb-2021 $17,995 $19,595 $21,095 $21,695 $23,095 $25,995

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $14995

Additional Notes

The 17-Jan-2020 and 26-Feb-2020 departures are 12 days long, with 6 full days in Antarctica.

The 14-Feb-2020 departure is 13 days long, with 7 full days in Antarctica. Starting from Punta Arenas, you will fly to King George Island (Antarctica) to then board the ship. Disembarkation is in Port Stanley (Falkland Islands) from where there is a charter flight to Santiago de Chile at additional price of USD $995 per person.

The 13-Feb-2021 departure is 15 days long, spending 7 days in Antarctica. Round flights from Santiago to the Falkland Islands to embark and disembark the ship. Local flights and pre-embarkation hotel included.

Single Supplement And Child Policy

For those travelling solo who would like their own cabin, the single supplement is 1.5 to 2 times the cost of a single berth, please contact us for details.  However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.

Children are welcome. 25% discount young traveller discount up to 17 years and 20% off for those aged 18-21. Please contact us for details. 

Optional Adventure Activities

Enhance your trip with the following add ons. Limited places per activity.
Get in contact to check availability.

Activity Cost Additional Information
Add on icon Camping Camping Complimentary All departures. Equipment provided.
Add on icon Kayaking Kayaking $795 All departures. Basic competency required.
Add on icon Photography Photography Complimentary all departures, workshops with professional photographer

Includes

  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation & meals during the voyage on full board
  • All shore excursions and zodiac activities
  • Activities including camping, photo workshops & yoga
  • Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
  • Loan of rubber boots, waterproof pants & parka jacket 
  • Loan of rucksack and binoculars
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Port taxes and any entry fees to landing sites
  • Free access to multimedia room & download stations

Excludes

  • Any flights to/ from voyage start & end points
  • Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
  • Transfers not specified in the itinerary
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Optional adventure activities (e.g. kayaking)
  • Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature - laundry, beverages, etc
  • Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)

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