Luxury Antarctic Peninsula In-Depth 15 daysAboard: Hebridean Sky
There is no compromise of expedition experience on this extended voyage on board a luxury small ship from Ushuaia to the South Shetland Islands, Weddell Sea and Antarctic Peninsula. With an abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities, spectacular scenery, visits to historic and scientific bases, as well as exciting camping and kayaking options, this voyage provides the chance to experience all that the Antarctica Peninsula has to offer whilst travelling in supreme comfort. On this special voyage as well as discovering the gems of the Peninsula the extra days will allow us time to sail into the Antarctic Sound within the Weddell Sea, an area of contrast to the rest of the region, with awe-inspiring tabular icebergs and fascinating geology.
- Spectacular scenery
- Amazing avian and marine wildlife
- Historical associations & scientific base visits
- Explore the remarkable Weddell Sea area of Antarctica
- Exciting camping on ice and kayaking options
- Onboard photography coach
- Two nights pre-expedition hotel accommodation
- Transfers to and from ship
- Full board accommodation on board ship
- Complimentary expedition parka
- Use of rubber boots
- Zodiac excursions and shore landings
- Programme of expert lectures
- Onboard photography coach
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Mike has more than 15 years of experience in the travel industry and continues to be inspired by the people, places and wildlife he discovers. His in-depth personal knowledge of a diverse range of destinations ensures your adventure itinerary will be a holiday like no other.
As Senior Travel Expert, Simon has an absolute wealth of experience in adventure travel in some of the most fascinating places in the world. With in-depth knowledge and fantastic organizational skills, Simon’s first-hand experience and genuine passion drive him to work to create your perfect itinerary.
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Arrive independently to Ushuaia, Argentina’s southernmost city, and spend some time enjoying the sights of the city. Ushuaia is the gateway to Tierra del Fuego National Park and is famed for its Argentinean leather markets.
An overnight hotel stay in the beautiful Arakur hotel in Ushuaia is included in the price of your package and in the evening you can attend an optional briefing to meet your fellow travellers and ask any questions you may have about the adventures ahead.
You can also avail of an optional extra night’s stay at the Arakur free of charge before your itinerary begins. Please enquire for full details.
In the morning you will have time to explore more of this unique Argentinean city before embarkation begins in the afternoon. Your expedition team and ship's officers will welcome you on board and after a safety and orientation briefing you can enjoy the Captain's welcome dinner with your new shipmates. As you settle into your comfortable cabin, in the early evening your ship will sail through the Beagle Channel, past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies.
As your ship sails through the famous Drake Passage towards the white continent you can enjoy entertaining presentations and talks from your onboard Polar experts who will give you some fascinating insights into the wildlife, history and geology of Antarctica, as well as safety and bi-environmental briefings for your time on the Peninsula. During these days at sea you will want to have your camera ready for some spectacular sights, from the first spottings of icebergs to an array of seabirds and whale species that may follow the ship. For those interested in Citizen Science projects you can take part in Sea Bird sighting surveys, or help collect salinity samples and weather data along the way.
As your ship crosses the Antarctic Convergence you will notice a distinct drop in temperature as we enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean and prepare to fully explore this magnificent region.
South Shetland Islands
Welcome to Antarctica, where towering icebergs and spectacular scenery combines with a flurry of wildlife activity to create one of nature’s most impressive spectacles. Your time in Antarctica will include a relaxed itinerary, with your Captain and Expedition Leaders choosing each day the best places to visit and explore dependent on ice, weather and opportunity. Exploring by Zodiac you will visit some of the most scenic bays and channels, making stops at penguin colonies, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas, as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.
Your first land visits in Antarctica are likely to be in the South Shetland Islands where you will find an abundance of breathtaking scenery and beauty, as well as numerous Chinstrap penguins and Southern Elephant seals. Places we may visit here include historic Deception Island and Half Moon Island.
After an exploration of the South Shetland Islands it’s time to head further south as we sail across the Bransfield Strait towards the Antarctic Sound, located within the Weddell Sea at the northern tip of the Peninsula. The Antarctic Sound is dramatically different from the Western Peninsula thanks to the massive clockwise current that pushes cold, ice-filled waters north creating massive tabular icebergs, lots of sea ice, and geology far different from anywhere else you will visit on this trip.
The areas around the Antarctic Sound are much less frequently visited and therefore our itinerary here will be very much dependent on ice conditions, but your Captain and Expedition Leader will ensure that you have ample opportunity to explore the area and will take advantage of every chance for up-close scenic and wildlife encounters. Exploring by Zodiac you will discover an area rich in Heroic Age history and take in the varied ecology found surprisingly this far north. There will also be many wildlife opportunities with Adelie penguins thriving in these colder, ice filled waters and an abundance of marine life including Weddell Seals.
Heading back north across the Bransfield Strait your ship will enter the Trinity Coast and Gerlache Strait into true Peninsula territory. Your days will be spent exploring by Zodiac in search of unique scenic experiences and wildlife encounters. You can expect to witness an abundance of penguins including Adelies, Chinstraps and Gentoos, as well as Weddell, Crabeater, Antarctic Fur and predatory Leopard seals. In the waterways you are likely to see Minke and Humpback whales, and if lucky you may even catch sight of the elusive Orcas that frequent the region in the late season.
Your itinerary here will be flexible but places you may explore include the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel, picturesque Neko Harbour, the Humpback whale favoured Wilhelmina Bay, the stunning Lemaire Channel and sheltered Paradise Harbour. There may also be opportunity to stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy as well as an historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House.
For the more adventurous there will be ample opportunities for optional kayaking excursions and thrilling camping on ice experiences. These activities are subject to availability and must be booked in advance.
As you leave the magic of Antarctica behind it’s time to head back towards Ushuaia as your ship sails back through the Drake Passage, followed by an abundance of seabirds. Take the time to reflect on what will have been an unforgettable journey and join your fellow shipmates at a special slideshow presentation to commemorate the expedition.
After sailing through the scenic Beagle Channel your ship will reach Ushuaia in the early hours of the morning, allowing for disembarkation in time to catch onward or homeward flights. If you wish to spend more time in Ushuaia there are numerous options for excursions including trips to the beautiful Tierra del Fuego National Park.
A view from Above
Previously known as 'Sea Explorer', this is a purpose-built luxury expedition ship with all-suite accommodation for up to 114 passengers in a mixture of double or twin cabins and suites, each with satellite TV, DVD player, telephone, bathroom, etc. Public areas include library with internet access, lounge and presentation room, exercise room, sun-deck with Jacuzzi, passenger lift, etc. The ship has a 1C ice class rating for navigation in polar waters.
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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
I want to thank you for all you did to make my recent Falklands trip run so smoothly and comfortably. Thank you for all your help over the diet too.Dr Lorna Mairs
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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