Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands 18 daysAboard: Polar Pioneer
Explore the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula, photographing penguins, seals, whales and historic sites, hopefully stepping onto the continent itself, before sailing on to Elephant Island and South Georgia where, as the days grow longer, the mountains shed their snowy mantle, king penguins shuffle eggs on their feet, elephant seals pup and fur seals are rambunctious. Currents of krill sweep up from the Weddell Sea, providing food for one of the greatest wildlife concentrations on the planet. Immerse yourself in whaling history and visit Shackleton’s grave. Finish off by calling at the Falkland Islands before returning to the South American continent.
- Spectacular Antarctic and South Georgia scenery
- Amazing wildlife including penguins, birds and whales
- Photography workshop & 1 on 1 instruction
- Antarctic kayaking option
- Zodiac amongst sculpted icebergs
- Visit historical and scientific sites
- Full board accommodation on board ship
- Flight from Santiago, Chile (or Punta Arenas) to Stanley, Falkland Islands
- Transfer from Falkland Island's airport to ship
- Stanley town tour (time permitting)
- Zodiac landings and excursions
- Programme of expert lectures
- Loan of rubber boots
- Polar parka
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Santiago to Stanley
Flight from Santiago to Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands. Time permitting we will join a tour of this fascinating town before embarkation and setting sail towards South Georgia.
Sailing towards South Georgia. If time and weather permits, we may pass Shag Rocks - the six small islands in the westernmost extremity of South Georgia. We will come close to this amazing birdlife refuge and, hopefully, spend time observing birds from our Zodiacs.
Spring brings an explosion of life to South Georgia and we have ample time to explore the island. We visit wildlife havens that include the world’s largest king penguin rookeries, majestic albatross nests and beaches cluttered with basking elephant seals, feisty fur seals and penguins. Inspired by Shackleton’s epic, we hope to retrace the expedition’s final steps from Fortuna Bay to Stromness, and also visit the explorer's grave at Grytviken.
We bid farewell to South Georgia and begin our crossing towards Antarctica. You'll have time to unwind and reflect as you prepare for the next leg of our adventure.
Conditions permitting, we approach Cape Wild, a bleak, rocky spit along Elephant Island’s dramatic north coast. If conditions allow, we’ll Zodiac cruise, possibly even step ashore, to pay tribute to Shackleton’s 22 men who survived 4 months here.
We cruise from the South Shetland Islands and through spectacular Gerlache Strait, passing the western flank of the Antarctic Peninsula - where you'll step foot on the continent. We may encounter pack ice, and penguin rookeries alive with courtship, mating and nest-building. Leopard seals and South Polar skuas are on the hunt, while shy giant petrels incubate their eggs. With nearly 24 hours daylight, we pack in as much as possible, visit historic sites, attempting to land on the continent proper and Zodiac cruising amongst spectacular icebergs
The Drake Passage offers excellent birdwatching from the outer decks or the warm bridge. A time to celebrate and reflect on our time in Antarctica as we head north towards Ushuaia.
Dawn greets us in the Beagle Channel. We dock in Ushuaia for disembarkation and transfer to airport or town.
A view from Above
Polar Pioneer was built in Finland as an ice-strengthened research ship and was refurbished in 2000 as an expedition ship with accommodation for 54 passengers. There is a mixture of cabins and suites, including twin and triples with shared facilities. All cabins have portholes. Public areas include two dining rooms, a combined bar/lounge/library and a small clinic. There is an open bridge policy on board.
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Now that I am back from my odyssey voyage, I thought I would let you know that after all that planning it really did exceed my expectations – we managed landings everywhere even on Tristan da Cuhna and had great bird sightings. The guides all knew what they were talking about too and made sure I got some great photos – still sorting them all out! Thanks for everything and see you at Birdfair!Dave Martin
Overall I think that it was an excellent trip that was well worth the price paid and I would have no hesitation recommending your company to others.Steve Sutton
Just a quick note to express my sincere thanks to you and all your staff for making this an epic adventure of immense proportions. Everything went smoothly, pickups, hotels and most of all the expedition itself. Truly a mind blowing experience unlike any I have ever taken.Mr J Borg, Malta
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