Quest for the Antarctic Circle 14 daysAboard: MS Expedition
This classic Antarctic expedition not only introduces you to the magic of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula with daily opportunities for exploration and wildlife encounters, but also heads south seeking to cross the polar circle itself.
See leopard seals lazing on ice floes and immense rookeries of penguins surrounded by towering glaciers. Try optional kayaking or camping on ice. The Expedition’s expert guides and lecturers offer knowledge and insight that really bring the nature and history of the region to life, creating the adventure of a lifetime.
- Amazing avian and marine wildlife
- Celebrate Christmas in Antarctica!
- Cross the Antarctic Circle
- Spectacular land and icescape scenery
- Follow in the footsteps of great explorers
- Photo workshop and shore visits accompanied by expert photographers
- Kayaking & camping options available
- One night's accommodation pre cruise
- Full board accommodation on board ship
- Photo workshops with photography expert
- Shore and Zodiac excursions
- Programme of expert lectures
- Expedition parka and loan of waterproof boots
- Transfers to and from ship
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Your itinerary begins in Ushuaia where after having arrived independently you will be transferred to a conveniently located hotel for an included overnight stay. Spend some time exploring the sights and sounds of the world's most southerly city and enjoy a good night’s rest in preparation for the adventures that lie ahead.
Ushuaia - Embarkation
This morning you will be free to explore the city, with time for some last-minute shopping or an excursion into the beautiful surrounding countryside. In the afternoon you will join the transfer to the port for embarkation and after settling into your cabin and attending some safety briefings, you can make your way out on deck to watch the city lights fade behind as your ship sets sail through the scenic Beagle Channel.
The Drake Passage
The adventure begins as your ship sails through the famous Drake Passage on the way to Antarctica. Whilst at sea you can enjoy the informative and entertaining lecture and talk programme, taking in everything from the wildlife and geology you will encounter on your expedition to the history of Antarctic exploration. Your expedition team will be comprised of professional and highly skilled historians, marine biologists, and naturalists who offer keen insight and a unique personal perspective to each and every adventure. Make sure to spend some time on deck looking out for albatross and whales following in the ship’s wake, and as we approach the South Shetland Islands keep your cameras on hand for your first of many iceberg photographs.
Antarctic Peninsula & the South Shetland Islands
Welcome to the majestic wilderness of Antarctica where we will have ample time to explore the wonders of this magical area with its awe-inspiring scenery and unique wildlife. In true expedition style our exact itinerary here will be dependent on ice and weather conditions, with your captain deciding each day on the best course to take to make the most of our time here and to offer the very best experiences and sights. On arrival we will navigate southwards making stops in the South Shetland Islands then through the Bransfield Strait and to the Antarctic Peninsula. Weather dependent there will be at least 2 Zodiac excursions per day, bringing you up close to Antarctica’s best spectacles, and searching for wildlife including a variety of seal species, whales, and of course numerous penguin rookeries.
Step foot on the white continent with your team of experts who will offer insight into some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to these remote areas, and there should be time to visit an abandoned whaling station or a working scientific research station to gain a new perspective on life at the bottom of the world. For the adventurous there will be ample opportunities for optional kayaking excursions and overnight camping on ice (please enquire for prices and availability) and we highly recommend a polar plunge, an exhilarating experience that is only for the brave!
The Polar Circle Crossing
Keeping a close eye on the weather conditions your captain will steer the ship further southwards along the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula to reach our goal of crossing the Antarctic Polar Circle. Venturing further south than most travellers will have ever been you will pass colossal icebergs of all shapes and sizes and encounter countless colonies of penguins. Your fully equipped ice-strengthened vessel can access many remote locations other ships just can't reach, and with favourable sea conditions we will celebrate crossing the Circle in style.
The Antarctic Peninsula & the South Shetland Islands
On day 9 your ship will turn to sail northwards for the first time for a further exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Enjoy further Zodiac excursions and keep an eye out for more memorable wildlife encounters, including whales, seals, penguins and birdlife. Keeping a relaxed itinerary there may be more opportunities for a polar plunge or optional kayaking and camping on ice excursions.
The Drake Passage
As your exhilarating time in Antarctica comes to end it’s time to head back across the Drake Passage on our way back to Ushuaia. Enjoy the last of the informative lecture programme, some more wildlife spotting on deck, and some time to reflect on the wonderful experiences you will have had during your time at the bottom of the world.
Arrival back into the port of Ushuaia signals the end of our exciting Antarctic adventure. Disembarkation will begin after breakfast and a complimentary transfer will be provided either to the airport for onward flights or to a downtown location should you wish to extend your stay here.
A view from Above
The MS Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, all cabins have ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Common areas include 360 degree observation deck, lounge, dining room, library, bar, gift shop, clinic, computer room, gym, sauna, gift shop and mud room. Passengers also have access to rubber boots. The ship has ice-strengthened hull, forward looking sonar and stabilisers.
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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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