Antarctica Off The Beaten Track Adventure
Antarctica Off The Beaten Track Adventure 13 days aboard Akademik Ioffe
This early season Antarctica adventure will allow you to witness the Antarctic summer burst into life, bringing exciting ice navigation and perfect conditions for a wide variety of off-ship activities. This special itinerary has been designed for adventure enthusiasts and lovers of all things outdoors, with an action-packed activity program that offers the chance to kayak, snowshoe and ski through the pristine Antarctic wilderness, as well as exciting camping on ice options.
You will spend your days exploring through some of the continent’s most remarkable landing sites to discover a world of towering glaciers, majestic icebergs, snow-covered mountains and bustling wildlife. When not on skis or paddling in the frigid waters, you will explore each day on foot or by Zodiac boat in search of Antarctica’s enchanting wildlife, including busy penguin colonies and various species of seals and whales, visiting historic huts and research bases and enjoying energetic walks across the glistening landscapes.
Sailing to and from Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost town, we will travel through the famous Drake Passage towards the bottom of the world to reach Antarctica. 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.
Camping on ice: Included free
Onboard photography: Included free
Expedition snow shoeing: Included free
Sea Kayaking and overnight kayaking excursions: Additional fee applies. Limited numbers, advance booking necessary
Backcountry ski touring: Additional fee applies. Limited numbers, advance booking necessary
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 >
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 >
- Enjoy a fantastic activity programme including skiing, kayaking, snowshoeing and camping on ice
- Venture to rarely-visited “off the beaten track” locations
- Spectacular early season scenery at every turn
- Outstanding wildlife observation on shore, during activities and from the ship
- Wildlife including numerous penguin species, whales, seals and myriad birds
- 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
- Photography expert in residence
- Full board accommodation on board ship
- Transfers to & from ship
- Loan of waterproof boots
- Free use of an expedition gear package
- All zodiac excursions and landings
- Camping on ice and snowshoeing
- Programme of expert lectures
- Resident photography guide
Special Offer Details
Book by 31st May and receive a fantastic travel credit discount of £ per person!. Offer applicable when booked before 31st May 2019
Available for new bookings. Not combinable with any other offer or discount. Subject to availability. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. Full terms and conditions apply.
ITINERARY12 Nights 13 Days
- Day 1 | Ushuaia - Embark
- Days 2 - 3 | At Sea - Drake Passage
- Days 4 - 5 | Antarctica - South Shetland Islands
- Days 6 - 9 | Gerlache Strait & Peninsula
- Day 10 | South Shetland Islands
- Days 11 - 12 | At Sea
- Day 13 | Ushuaia
Ushuaia - Embark
Your adventure will begin in Ushuaia, Argentina’s southernmost town, where after having arrived independently you will make your way to the central meeting point where your transfer will take you to the port to board your expedition vessel in the afternoon. After settling into your comfortable cabin and familiarising yourself with your new surroundings, you can enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner as we set sail for the adventure of a lifetime. We recommend spending some time on deck as we sail through the exceptionally scenic Beagle Channel and watch civilisation fade far into the distance behind us.
At Sea - Drake Passage
Over the course of the next two days we will enjoy an exciting sail through the legendary Drake Passage towards Antarctica. We recommend spending some time on deck looking out for the abundant seabirds that are likely to be following the ship along with possibly whales in the waters below. This will be a great time to brush up on your wildlife photography skills, with your resident photography expert on hand to provide you with hints and tips for perfecting your technique.
You can also enjoy the commencement of your lecture and presentation programme delivered by onboard experts covering everything from Antarctic wildlife and geology to historical polar explorations. Bio-environmental briefings will be held to prepare you for your time in Antarctica and those who are participating in activities will receive safety briefings. As we near closer to the Antarctic coastline, the majesty of Antarctica’s landscapes will slowly come into sight and the anticipation will build as we prepare for our first of many landings.
Antarctica - South Shetland Islands
This morning we will awake to the awe-inspiring sight of Antarctica’s South Shetland Islands, and the pure majesty and remarkable remoteness of Antarctica will suddenly become apparent. You have arrived in one of the most spectacular places on earth! As with all polar expeditions, our course throughout your time in Antarctica will be flexible and dependent on ice and weather conditions, but your experienced captain and crew will be sure to make the most of every opportunity available to ensure you get to see all that this incredible area has to offer. Exploring by Zodiac boat, on foot, and via a wide range of activity options, we will be on a constant lookout for the wildlife that abounds here including various species of penguins, seals, whales and seabirds. Every opportunity for activities will be taken as we venture to rarely-visited locations and fill each day with a new adventure.
Our first adventure will be an exploration of the South Shetland Islands, and having sailed through the McFarlane Strait between Greenwich Island and Livingstone Island, we will reach either Half Moon Island or Yankee Harbour for our first land visit. We also hope to 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, learning all about Antarctica’s first flights and early explorations as we walk. We will also be on the lookout for the sizeable penguin rookeries that are often spotted along the distinctive black sand beaches. There are some fantastic hiking opportunities here including an energetic climb up to the spectacular viewpoint of “Neptune’s Window”.
Gerlache Strait & Peninsula
Overnight we will have sailed across the Bransfield Strait towards the Gerlache strait and the anticipation will build again as our programme of activities starts in earnest. Our route is purposely flexible to allow for the early season ice conditions and so as to allow our activity participants to take every advantage of optimal snow conditions in some of our favoured landing sites.
Whether exploring by foot, by Zodiac, on skis and snowshoes or by kayak, each day will be filled with wildlife sightings, unrivalled scenic opportunities and unforgettable experiences. Our course is expected to concentrate around the areas of Mikkelson Harbour and nearby Cierva Cove, but some excursions will of course take us further afield. Although the focus will be on activities, there will also be ample time for wildlife observation, visits to historic huts and science stations, and learning all about Antarctica, it’s history and geology. Thrilling Zodiac cruises will bring us up-close to the action and Photography enthusiasts will enjoy the chance to spend an entire day with the expedition photographer on an all-day field workshop.
Hiking opportunities will be endless, from gentle walks along the peninsula coastline to adventurous climbs to spectacular view points. The perfect locations for skiing will be sourced and the skiers can set off into the wilderness blazing fresh tracks in Antarctica’s virgin snow. This incredible experience skiing to some of the most breath-taking view points on the continent will be like no other skiing route you will have ever done. The included snowshoeing activity will allow you to either follow in the tracks of the skiers at a gentler pace, or stick to lower ground along the coastline.
You may wish to partake in the included camping on ice excursion that will be available somewhere along this stretch of coastline 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.
The feeling of sea kayaking in Antarctica is simply indescribable, and the kayakers amongst us can revel in full-day excursions to remote bays and iceberg-filled channels. An overnight kayaking excursion will also be available for the most adventurous amongst us.
However you choose to discover Antarctica you can be assured that these thrill-filled days will be ones you won’t forget in a hurry!
Please note: Camping on Ice, snowshoeing and hikes are included in the cost of your voyage. Skiing and kayaking incur an additional charge, have limited numbers and must be booked in advance of departure.
South Shetland Islands
Leaving the Peninsula area behind, there is time for one more adventure as we return to the South Shetland Islands for another day of exploration. Weather conditions today will dictate which landing site we choose, with Half Moon Island and Yankee Harbour being high on the list of possibilities. We will hope to visit Aitcho Island for a final hike and Zodiac cruise, or Hannah Point where we will hope to see the resident elephant seal colony and nesting Antarctic petrels.
Leaving the wilderness wonderland of Antarctica behind, we will gently make our way back to Ushuaia through the Drake Passage. 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. If sailing conditions allow we hope to make a rounding of the famous Cape Horn along the way. There will also be a special voyage recap delivered by your expedition leader and as we near the Beagle Channel 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.
Arrival back into the port in Ushuaia will signal the end of our voyage and after disembarkation it will be time to bid farewell to your crew and shipmates. Upon arrival in Ushuaia a transfer will be provided to the airport, or 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.
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.
Huge congratulations to you and all the team for the perfect organisation throughout the trip. From the early planning to the last transfer, everything went without a hitch.
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!
I came to Wildfoot because a friend had booked with you when you were Antarctica Bound and they were right. Everything went perfectly, even when our flight was cancelled, you made sure we still made it to the ship with time to spare. L’Austral is a beautiful ship with first class service and food and the guides looked after us well. Very happy to recommend Wildfoot and L’Austral...
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.
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.
• I wanted to send you a quick thank you email. We had a fantastic trip, the boat, staff, scenery, itinerary, and pretty much everything else was incredible! Thank you so much for arranging the cabin upgrade, we were delighted to have our own room! We had a really brilliant time, and wanted to say thanks so much for being so helpful throughout, we're lucky to have found you.
We had a very special experience organized by you in Feb, especially the wedding in Antarctica and our stay in Patagonia. Thank you.
Many thanks for all you help with our polar trip which exceeded all expectations. We will certainly recommend your company and seriously consider yourselves for future trips.
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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.
I'm sure you get plenty of compliments, but I just want to follow up telling you what a great time we had on the MS Expedition Antarctica Classic cruise. We were very pleased with all of the staff, on the ground and on the ship. Everyone was so friendly and knowledgeable. We greatly appreciated their experience and expertise. Their very careful attention to all of the environmental rules and precautions should also be lauded. Thank you for all of your service and attention. If we're planning on one of the other regions that you serve, we'll definitely be in touch!!
We would like to thank you with all our heart for our fabulous trip. It was amazing. Everything was perfect. I recommend Antarctica and South America to everybody. Doing business with you was also a great experience. You are the best travel agent I ever met. I hope to have the chance to do business with you again in the future.
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.
I hope you’re well. I wanted to drop you a line to say we are back from Antarctica and had a wonderful time with Ponant. The trip exceeded our expectations in every respect, and I haven’t yet found enough superlatives to describe it to friends! Antarctica was breathtaking (as you know), and we loved pretty-much everything about Ponant. It was the perfect fit for us and I’m very grateful to you for taking the time to help with the booking. Having read the nightmares that Silversea have been having with the Silver Cloud, we felt lucky to be onboard Le Lyrial. Of course the only downside of a trip like this is we want to go back - best start saving now! Thanks again for all of your help and support with the booking process. Ponant was exactly as you described it. We have our eye on a couple of other cruises with them so I might be in touch soon.
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.
Just came back from a trip aboard the Ortelius to the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica. Thank you Wildfoot for organising it so well. We had the trip of a lifetime and everything ran very smoothly and stress free so many, many thanks
I travelled to the Antarctica Circle with Wildfoot. It was a memorable trip. The MS Expedition was definately the right choice. The ship is very nice, very comfortable, very clean, the crew is fantastic, the meals were very good, the expedition staff very kind and extremely knowledgeable and professional. All activities were very well and timely organized in a safety manner. Besides that, despite haveing had a rough sea on the Drake on way in, we were quite lucky with the weather (we got some cloudy days but also snow, bright sunshine and beautiful sunsets,) making every landing a wonderful happening. All in all, it was less than perfect.
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