Antarctic Circle Express Fly/Cruise/Fly 11 DaysAboard: Ocean Adventurer
This unique expedition provides an ideal opportunity to explore all that Antarctica has to offer, whilst avoiding the sometimes rough Drake Passage crossing, and with the added bonus of crossing the Antarctic Circle. We will reach the exceptionally scenic wildlife paradise of Antarctica by air, flying from Punta Arenas to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. From here you will board your Polar expedition vessel to enjoy 7 days of exploration around the South Shetland Islands, the stunning Antarctic Peninsula and rarely visited areas south of the Circle.
Enjoying thrilling Zodiac cruises through the crackling sea ice, getting up close to huge colonies of bustling penguins as they go about their daily lives, navigating through mazes of towering icebergs of all shapes and sizes, and of course stepping foot on the magnificent 7th continent…this adventure of a lifetime is sure to delight even the most experienced of travellers. A fantastic opportunity to experience one of the most spectacular places on earth without spending 4 days getting there.
Various departures available. Mentioned activities may not be applicable to all departure dates. Please enquire for full rates and dates.
- Crossing the Antarctic Circle!
- Fly the Drake
- Amazing wildlife including penguins, myriad birds and whales
- Spectacular scenery
- Exciting zodiac landings and excursions
- Kayaking & paddling options available (select departures - charges apply)
- Full board accommodation including all meals, snacks & soft drinks on board ship
- Beer and wine during dinner
- Return flights Punta Arenas - Antarctica
- One night's pre-departure hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas with breakfast & welcome dinner
- One night's post-voyage hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas with breakfast
- All zodiac excursions and landings
- Programme of expert lectures and presentations
- Loan of waterproof boots
- Expedition parka
- All service and port charges
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Zoe’s abiding love of adventure travel has taken her to some of the most incredible wildlife-rich places on Earth. Her vast experience and genuine desire to share her knowledge makes her an outstanding and invaluable person to help you organise your wildlife adventure trip.
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Your adventure begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, where after having arrived independently you can join a group transfer from the airport to your hotel for an included overnight stay. Punta Arenas is the most populated city in southern Patagonia and we recommend arriving early to allow you some time to discover some of the city’s many museums, restaurants and shops. In the afternoon you will meet your fellow passengers and tour representatives for a briefing on the adventures that lie ahead, before enjoying an included welcome dinner and a good night’s rest in preparation for embarkation day.
Punta Arenas to King George Island
Today your adventure begins in earnest as you join your transfer to the airport for your 3 hour flight to Antarctica! A buzz of excitement will be in the air as you board your plane ready to fly across the legendary Drake Passage. Within just a few hours you will catch your first glimpse of the dramatic Antarctica landscapes below as your plane prepares to land in the South Shetland Islands. Flying into Antarctica is a unique and exciting experience and upon landing the excitement continues as we leave the plane and step foot on the white continent, one of the most remote and spectacular places on earth. We can stretch our legs and take a walk around the island before boarding our Zodiac boats to transfer to our Polar expedition ship to begin our sail to the Antarctic Peninsula.
Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetlands
You are likely to feel a sense of euphoria as we reach the peninsula and Antarctica’s spectacular beauty really comes to light. There are few places in the world that could match Antarctica’s dramatic pristine landscapes and today you get to be one of a small group of people who have been able to witness this outstanding area up close. Soon you will begin to appreciate exactly why these remarkable lands have long captivated the attentions of explorers and intrepid adventurers.
As with all Antarctica expeditions our exact itinerary over the course of the next few days will be flexible and dependent upon weather and ice conditions, with your captain and experienced crew deciding each day on the best course for unrivalled wildlife, scenery and adventure experiences. Each expedition to Antarctica is different and this extended expedition guarantees multiple unique, once in a lifetime moments that will live long in the memory.
Exploring each day by Zodiac boat alongside your experienced expedition crew you will discover multiple bays, channels and landing sites on a constant lookout for wildlife sightings including humpback and minke whales, various southern seal species and, of course, bustling penguin rookeries. You are likely to see at least 3 different penguin species on your trip and one of our favourite places for spotting penguins is Danco Island where we can enjoy a short hike to visit a large colony which resides high up on a ridge that affords spectacular views of the surrounding pristine landscape.
There will ample opportunities for enjoyable hikes and walks throughout our time in Antarctica and the majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula’s mountains will enchant as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings.
Throughout your time here you can enjoy walks along the beaches alongside the penguins, thrilling Zodiac cruises through the crackling sea ice, navigating through mazes of towering icebergs of all shapes and sizes, experience the awesome sights and sounds of calving glaciers including those in Neko Harbour, and fully immerse yourself in all that this wonderful continent has to offer. For the more adventurous we highly recommend a Polar Plunge in the frigid Antarctic waters, and there will be exciting kayaking and paddling options available too.
Having sailed southwards along the Peninsula we will venture even further south to attempt a crossing of the Antarctica Circle. Ice conditions will dictate our route, but we are very hopeful of completing this impressive achievement that very few people have been lucky enough to experience. As we cross over this famed line we will raise a glass of champagne in celebration of this unforgettable moment.
Exploring south of the Circle we will witness Antarctica in its rawest form, and we will spend some time here searching for Weddell seals and photographing the most magical and surprising ice formations on the continent. In the land of the Midnight Sun, we will have ample time here to soak up the area’s unique landscapes.
Antarctic Peninsula Northbound
After our exciting time south of the Circle there is still time for even more adventures as we sail back northwards along the western side of the Peninsula to continue our exploration. Enjoying Zodiac excursions twice daily we will be on a constant lookout for even more penguin sightings as well as seals and whales.
King George Island to Punta Arenas
After your thrilling in-depth exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula we will arrive back at King George Island to disembark the ship and bid a fond farewell to our expedition team before boarding our flight back to Punta Arenas. The flight back across the Drake Passage takes approximately 3 hours and upon arrival back in Punta Arenas you can join your group transfer to your hotel for an included overnight stay. This evening is yours to do with what you please. Spend some time collating all of the many photos you will have taken on your adventure, enjoy dinner in a local restaurant, or reminisce with your new found friends about all that you have experienced together over the last 10 days.
After breakfast at the hotel it will be time to check out and bid goodbye to your fellow passengers as your thrilling Antarctica adventure comes to an end.
A view from Above
Ocean Adventurer (previously known as Sea Adventurer) is a purpose built expedition ship with ice-strengthened hull and first class accommodation and facilities. All 61 cabins have outside views and private facilities, including some with exterior access and outside seating. Public areas include dining room, lounge and presentation room, library, 2 bars, gift shop, clinic and exercise room. Other facilities are satellite communication and massage therapist. There is a forward observation deck and other open deck areas.
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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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