Journey Below the Antarctic Circle
Journey Below the Antarctic Circle 13 days aboard RCGS Resolute
Be amongst the small group of people to have ever crossed the Antarctic Circle on this thrilling cruise deep into southern Antarctic territory. This area is only accessible for a short period of time each year, and this fantastic voyage will take advantage of this opportunity to bring you to a world of expansive landscapes, sizable penguin rookeries and huge tabular icebergs. Enjoying exciting ice navigation, we will attempt to make our way to Detaille Island below the circle. We hope to cross 66 degrees, 33 minutes South of latitude, the official location of the Circle, before returning north to further explore along the glaciated coastline of the Antarctic Peninsula, stopping to marvel at various enchanting landing sites to get a true insight into this awe-inspiring continent. Exploring each day on foot or by Zodiac boat you can go in search of Antarctica’s enchanting wildlife, including busy penguin colonies and various species of seals and whales, visit historic huts and research bases, enjoy energetic walks across the glistening landscapes or partake in additional activities such as kayaking and hiking.
Each day will be filled with adventure, and being accompanied by a team of expert guides you will soon learn all there is to know about this remarkable continent.
Please note: This itinerary begins with an included flight from Punta Arenas in Chile to King George Island in Antarctica. Return is by flight from Stanley in the Falkland Islands to Santiago and this flight costs $495.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
- Cross the fabled Antarctic Circle visiting remote historic locations and wildlife colonies
- Fly across the Drake Passage
- Spectacular scenery
- Amazing marine wildlife
- Myriad birdlife
- Outstanding wildlife observation on shore, during zodiac cruising and from the ship
- In-depth exploration of the Gerlache coastline and Antarctic Peninsula
- Visits to historic sites and science stations
- Learn about the environment, wildlife and ecology of Antarctica from polar experts
- Exciting activity options including kayaking and hiking
- Full board accommodation on board ship
- Flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island in Antarctica
- Transfers to & from ship
- Loan of waterproof boots
- Free use of an expedition gear package
- All zodiac excursions and landings
- Programme of expert lectures
- Resident photography guide
ITINERARY12 Nights 13 Days
- Day 1 | Punta Arenas to King George Island
- Days 2 - 5 | Antarctic Circle & Below
- Days 6 - 8 | Antarctic Peninsula
- Days 9 - 10 | South Shetland Islands
- Days 11 - 12 | At Sea Towards Falklands
- Day 13 | Stanley to Santiago
Punta Arenas to King George Island
Your adventure begins this morning in Punta Arenas, a beautiful port city in Southern Chile, where after having arrived independently you will join your fellow passengers at a central location to join your transfer to the airport. Your included 2-hour flight to King George Island in the South Shetlands will see you flying over the famous Drake Passage and landing in the pristine wilderness of Antarctica in next to no time. Upon touchdown you will get your first sense of Antarctica’s true magnitude and your first adventure as you transfer to the vessel via Zodiac boat. After a refreshing welcome drink you can spend some time settling in to your comfortable cabin and exploring your new surroundings as we set sail for the heart of Antarctica.
Antarctic Circle & Below
The goal of this very special itinerary will be to cross the Antarctic Circle and sail as far south as possible, so today that is exactly what we will do as we head straight for the Circle. As with all Polar region expeditions, our itinerary over the course of your time in Antarctica will be flexible, with ice and weather conditions often dictating the routes we can take. However, your experienced captain and crew will take advantage of every opportunity to deliver you to some of the continent’s most awe-inspiring locations and ensure that you get to sample as much of what this remarkable area has to offer as possible. Years of experience in providing Antarctic Circle trips means that we know the very best times to attempt this, and late February is the optimal time for venturing this far south, meaning we have excellent chances of achieving this fantastic feat.
We plan to cross at 66 degrees, 33 minutes south of latitude, the official position of the Circle, and the excitement will be palpable as we raise a glass to celebrate this unique achievement and join the short list of people who have ever reached this point. Having crossed the Circle we will arrive at Detaille Island to enjoy an exciting shore visit. As we take a walk around this spectacular area surrounded by impressive snowy peaks more than 2,000 metres high, we will discover Base W, an abandoned British science station. Our historians will offer us an insight into life back in the early 1950’s when scientists would have been based here living in the harshest of conditions. Turning our gaze northwards we will be able to see in the distance the glacier-covered peaks of the Peninsula. There will be plenty of time later in the voyage to discover these lands that hold enchanting wonders of their own.
For now, it’s time to push even further south with the goal of reaching the exceptionally remote and rarely-visited Marguerite Bay. Depending on ice conditions there are two directions we can take – the shorter passage through a narrow channel known as 'the Gullet', or if it is too ice-clogged we will sail around the outside of Adelaide Island to reach our historic destination. Once we have arrived at Marguerite Bay we will go ashore to visit some of the important science bases that are located here. We will visit at least one of the Argentina, Chile or UK bases before getting back on board to begin our sail back north along the Peninsula.
Sailing through the mighty Lemaire Channel we will be surrounded on all sides by snow-covered peaks and massive icebergs, so make sure to spend some time on deck with your cameras in hand perfecting your landscape photography. Continuing to sail north along the Peninsula we will stop at a number of wonderful landing sites including Neko Harbour and Paradise Harbour where we hope to be able to enjoy our first landing on the Peninsula itself, and the feeling of knowing that you are standing in the world’s most remote continent is certainly one you won’t forget in a hurry. Here you can enjoy a hike up a snow-covered hill to one of the most spectacular vantage points on the Peninsula, or a Zodiac cruise into the nearby ice ‘cathedral’ of Skontorp Cove.
As with throughout your voyage, each day we will explore by Zodiac and on foot on a constant lookout for the wildlife that abounds here including various species of penguins, seals, whales and seabirds. Our next stop is likely to be Orne Harbour where you can hike up a rocky knoll to see the large chinstrap penguin colony and gain mightily impressive views over the Gerlache Strait. Another excellent wildlife spot will be Cuverville Island where you can get up-close to a large Gentoo penguin colony and search for the leopard seals that are frequently spotted here. For the more adventurous among us, kayaking opportunities here will be endless, and you may wish to partake in the thrilling camping on ice excursion that will be available somewhere around here if weather conditions allow. This unforgettable experience will see you camping out in your provided tents under the clear Antarctica skies surrounded by nothing but wilderness and the sounds of the Antarctic silence. Camping on ice is included as part of your package and all equipment will be provided. Kayaking incurs an additional cost and should be booked in advance of departure.
Reaching our most northern point on the Peninsula we hope to visit Cierva Cove or nearby Mikkelson Harbour to enjoy some exciting shore excursions and see the large colonies of nesting gentoo penguins that are often found here. We will also hope for sightings of the distinctive chinstrap penguins and various seabirds including Imperial cormorants, kelp gulls, skuas and Antarctic petrels.
Leaving the Peninsula behind we will sail towards the South Shetland Islands, keeping a constant lookout for the humpbacks and pods of orcas that often frequent these waters.
South Shetland Islands
Having enjoyed some excellent exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula, there is time for some more adventures as we visit the remote South Shetland Islands and sail into the flooded volcanic caldera of Deception Island. This historically rich area is a delight to explore and weather dependent we hope to enjoy a walk around to see the old whaling station and aircraft hangar. For a more energetic walk there is an excellent hike which will bring you high up onto the rim of the crater.
We then plan to cruise along the coast of Livingston Island and visit some of the other excellent landing sites in the South Shetland Islands including Yankee Harbour where good numbers of Weddell seals are often found, or Half Moon Island, an Important Bird Area which is home to numerous birds including chinstrap penguins, Antarctic terns, imperial shags and much more. Throughout the day we will enjoy Zodiac cruises and walks and will hope to visit the seal colony on Hannah Point before leaving Antarctica’s snow-covered peaks behind and making our way into the Drake Passage.
At Sea Towards Falklands
Leaving the wilderness wonderland of Antarctica behind, we will gently make our way across the sea to the Falkland Islands. As we sail your presentation and lecture programme will continue and your onboard photography expert can help you to collate and make the most of the countless pictures you will have no doubt taken throughout your voyage. There will also be a special voyage recap delivered by your expedition leader and as we near the Falklands on the evening of day 12 you will be invited to join the captain for a special farewell dinner to mark the end of your adventure of a lifetime.
Stanley to Santiago
Arrival back into the port of Stanley in the Falklands will signal the end of our voyage and after disembarkation it will be time to bid farewell to the crew and enjoy some time to briefly explore around Stanley before the transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Santiago. Upon arrival in Santiago a transfer will be provided to a downtown location should you wish to extend your stay in South America. Various extension tours are available, and we would be delighted to help you decide should this be of interest to you.
Please note: The flight from Stanley to Santiago is not included in your cruise package price and costs $495.
What Our Customers
Superlatives abound – a truly amazing experience...awesome. Thanks to all for making it such a memorable experience.
We had the time of our lives on board ship...if anybody wants to go to Antarctica, we will certainly advise to go with you.
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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!
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The adventure really was a 'trip of a lifetime' and we are so glad we tagged an extra day in Buenos Aires at either end and that we went Premium Economy, it made all the difference. The ship Sea Explorer was exactly as Simon had described and was very comfortable. South Georgia was the highlight but we were surprised how much wildlife there was to see on the Falklands and we might well book one of your nature trips to the Falklands in the future.
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We've just got back from out trip to Patagonia and the Antarctic and want to say a big thank you to all of you at Wildfoot but specifically you, Tina and Sara, for organising our trip and sorting out all my queries before we went. You've all been thoroughly professional - and friendly with it. I always get concerned that hotels won't have received the booking, the air e-tickets won't be recognised or luggage ends up somewhere other that where we are, but I didn't need to worry as everything was well planned in advance and the various elements, air travel, two cruises, hotels etc, fitted seamlessly. You can take this as a 10 out of 10 satisfaction rating and recommendation for your company. You will certainly be my 'go to' provider if we ever do anything similar in the future. Thanks once again for our trip of a lifetime.
I just wanted to say an enormous thank you for your help with my trip. It was the best two weeks of my life! MS Expedition was amazing – their itinerary, their crew, their spirit. It was truly exceptional.One of the best things was how they arranged the rooms, I just had the best roommates and that really made a big difference to the trip. We got to see some fast ice and got out to walk on it – literally walking on the frozen sea. Amazing! I am saving for my next trip and I would not dream of going with anyone but you guys again. Good work! A dream very much come true.
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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.
We had the most fantastic time! Everything exceeded our expectations - the ship, the expedition team, the scenery and the most amazing wildlife experiences - 15 humpback whales around the ship one sunset was particularly stunning. Thank you so much to you and your colleagues for your expert advice (the cabin choice was just perfect, especially for the bumpy days!) and guidance and helping made this experience so great. My lifetime's ambition was to visit Antarctica and you all helped make that possible. I should also say that the arrangements in Buenos Aires worked really well too. I think we all have ideas about the next trip - Svalbard or the NorthWest Passage - but maybe in a couple of years, although we do each have $1500 in vouchers from Quark! I am not on Facebook myself but will try to put a review on either of the links below. I've received the new brochure already.
A great big thanks to all at Wildfoot Travel for making my Antarcti Expediton an epic adventure of immense proportions. Everything went smoothly, pickups, hotels and most of all the expedition itself. A truly mind blowing experience unlike any I have ever taken. Looking forward to the next trip with you.
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