Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- 5 full days in Antarctica
- A guaranteed White Christmas!
- Includes time saving charter flights Santiago/Falklands return
- We like this 146 passenger ship for its superior stability, top ice class rating & large expedition staff
- Family friendly departure with 25% child discount
- 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
Day 1 - Stanley:
We depart Santiago this morning on a private air charter direct to Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands. We transfer from the airport into town where there is time to explore the sights or enjoy a guided visit to nearby Gypsy Cove which provides our first opportunity for observing the local wildlife, including nesting Magellanic penguins and other sea birds.
Days 2 & 3 - Drake Passage:
Giant petrels, albatross and smaller Cape petrels are our companions as we transit the Drake Passage. Join the Captain on the bridge to learn about the operations of our modern research vessel. Our onboard experts will educate us with a series of presentations about the environment, wildlife and history.
Days 4 & 5 - Antarctic Sound, Weddell Sea & Northern Gerlache Strait:
Navigating into the Antarctic Sound we see for the first time the vastness and majesty of the Antarctic icecap. It is an awe-inspiring sight. There will be a significant increase in the number of huge tabular icebergs as we enter the Weddell Sea. These massive icebergs break from the huge ice shelves to the south and drift to here on the prevailing currents. Adélie penguin rookeries, some containing more than 100,000 nesting birds, can be found here. Ice conditions will likely dictate our choice of several fantastic landing sites. Gourdin Island and Brown Bluff are two such locations featuring substantial penguin rookeries. The region is also full of history of Antarctica’s early exploration and has fascinating geological sites with thousands of fossils strewn over the shoreline. We have a busy day of exploration on shore, from the zodiacs and on the ship.
Days 6 & 7 - Southern Gerlache Strait:
Anvers Island is one of the largest of the off-shore ‘barrier’ islands of the Antarctic Peninsula. There are several outstanding sites here as well as on neighbouring Wiencke Island. These locations provide opportunities to venture on shore, and we will be breaking into smaller groups. You can enjoy a shorter or longer hike, wander over to observe penguins guarding their precious eggs or newborns on the nest, cruise in zodiacs or just sit back and soak it all in. A short transit across the Gerlache Strait brings us along continental landmass that is Antarctica. A chance to step foot on the continent proper, for the very first time will come when we reach a potential shore landing at Paradise Harbour.
Day 8 - South Shetland Islands:
If weather conditions allow, the ship will sail into the flooded volcanic caldera at Deception Island. This is a very dramatic place with history all around us as we explore the old whaling station. The nearby Aitcho Islands provide some great hiking routes for discovering the colourful mosses and lichens found on the island. Gentoo and chinstrap penguins nest here and on the beaches, and we will also usually encounter seals coming and going in the surrounding waters. Fort Point situated on Greenwich Island is another possible location for a visit.
Days 9 & 10 - Drake Passage:
The educational presentations continue, as we make our way back to Stanley and the Falkland Islands. We enjoy an entertaining and memorable voyage recap by our Expedition Leader.
Day 11 - Arrive Stanley (Falkland Islands):
We are back in the port of Stanley and it is time to say goodbye to our crew and expedition team. After some free time in town, we’ll make our way to the airport for a charter flight to Santiago where, on arrival, our journey comes to an end.
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.
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.
* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $15095
The 16-Dec-2020 departure is 13 days long. It includes a pre-departure hotel night in Santiago, Chile and a charter flight to Stanley in the Falkland Islands. This voyage visits the Antarctic Circle and King George Island before returning to Punta Arenas by charter flight (included in the price of the voyage)
Single Supplement And Child Policy
For those travelling solo and want 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.
- Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- Charter flights to and from Santiago or Punta Arenas depending on departure date
- Accommodation and meals during the voyage on full board
- All shore excursions and zodiac activities
- Activities including camping, photo workshops and yoga
- Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
- Loan of rubber boots, waterproof pants and 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 and download stations
- Any additional pre/post landing services, including meals
- Transfers not specified in the itinerary
- 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)