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Deep South Antarctica - Polar Circle 14 DaysAboard: MV Plancius MV Ortelius M/V Janssonius
This special itinerary offers you a unique opportunity to cross the Polar Circle and venture further south of Antarctica than most expeditions go. Surrounded by spectacular Polar landscapes and an abundance of wildlife and birdlife you will enjoy unrivalled experiences and adventures. With a focus on wildlife, including whale watching, this voyage will take you through waters travelled by Humpback, Minke and Fin whales and to lands that are home to bustling penguin colonies. Anchoring in various spots around the region, this fantastic expedition also offers the chance to hike across the spectacular landscapes, and dive in the iceberg-heavy waters.
This trip operates on various dates aboard 3 different vessels. Mentioned activities may not be applicable to all departure dates. Some departures are 13 day itineraries. Please enquire for full rates and dates.
- Step foot on the Antarctic Continent
- Cross the Antarctic Circle and sail further south than most expeditions venture to
- Sail the scenic Beagle Channel & Drake Passage
- Encounter an impressive array of wildlife including whales, countless birds and penguins
- Optional activities including camping on ice, kayaking and polar diving in the iceberg-heavy waters of Antarctica (select departures - fees apply)
- Luggage transfer to ship and group transfer from ship
- Full board accommodation on board
- All zodiac excursions and landings with expert guides
- Programme of expert lectures
- Loan of rubber boots
No Single Supplement When Sharing!
No Single Supplement When Sharing! Solo travellers willing to share a cabin will pay no single supplement!
Offer applicable when booked before 16th March 2024
Applies to select cabins. Guests will be paired with a roommate of the same gender. Solo use cabins are available at 1.7 x sharing rate / Available on selected dates/vessels.
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Your Antarctica and South Shetland Islands expedition will begin in Ushuaia, Argentina, where after having arrived independently you will embark your ship in the afternoon. As you settle in to your cabin, your ship will sail through the scenic waterway of the Beagle Channel. You may want to spend some time on deck capturing the sight of the city fading into distance behind you and looking out for the seabirds that follow the ship.
At Sea - Drake Passage
During these two days we will sail across the famous Drake Passage, encountering a variety of seabirds along the way. You may want to spend some time on deck in search of bird sightings including wandering, grey-headed, black-browed and the beautiful light-mantled sooty albatross, southern fulmars, Wilson's storm, blue, Cape and Antarctic petrels. There may also be whale sightings, and your programme of entertaining and informative lectures and presentations will begin, along with safety and bio-environmental briefings for your time in Antarctica. As we pass the Antarctic Convergence and sail close to the Shetland Islands we will spot the first of many icebergs.
Welcome to Antarctica, a land of superlatives! Enchanting scenery, unique wildlife encounters and thrilling adventures await as we spend our days exploring by Zodiac and on foot to get up close to the action. At this time of year you can expect numerous humpback whale sightings, as well as a hive of wildlife activity on the beaches with countless penguin chicks and leopard seals.
Your exact itinerary here will be determined by weather and ice conditions with your captain choosing each day which areas to visit for optimum experiences. We will sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. During our days here, we will optimize the experience to get the best of everything.
Sites that may be visited include Cuverville Island nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Rongé Island where we will go in search of the large colony of Gentoo penguins and breeding pairs of Brown skuas that are found here. In Neko Harbour, we may have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers calving at sea level. Zodiac cruising here offers a spectacular way to enjoy the landscape surrounded by ice encrusted alpine peaks.
In Paradise Bay with its myriad icebergs, we may have another opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent. Again, there may be the opportunity for a zodiac cruise in the inner parts of this amazing waterway. In this area we have good chances to see Humpback whales and Minke whales before heading south though the spectacular Lemaire Channel.
Sailing to the Polar Circle
On the morning of day 6 you will awake among the many islands south of the Lemaire Channel as we push towards the Antarctic Circle. Ice conditions dependent we will sail through the aptly named Gullet – a narrow but picturesque channel between Adelaide Island and the Antarctic Continent. As we venture southwards we will explore via ship or Zodiac to get as up close as possible to the polar terrain. We may circumnavigate around Pourquoi Pas Island, known for its tight fjords and lofty, glacier-crowded mountains, as well as Horseshoe Island, the location of the former British Base Y.
Following that we may explore Stonington Island, the southernmost landing site of the trip and home to the former US East Base and British Base E, before returning northwards to the scenic Hanusse Bay where we will have excellent chances of spotting more whales.
Crossing the Polar Circle is an amazing achievement and our success will be celebrated with delight as we fulfil the ultimate bucket-list experience.
Antarctic Circle - Returning Northwards
Sailing back northwards we will near the Antarctic Circle again, cutting north through the countless ice floes of Crystal Sound. Here we are likely to encounter even more whales as well as Adélie penguins congregating among the bergs nearby. We will approach the Fish Islands for a Zodiac cruise and possibly a landing, with spectacular views that are simply beyond comparison. Our final venture Antarctic adventure will take us to the Petermann & Pléneau Islands where a thrilling Zodiac cruise among the icebergs should reward in abundant birdlife sightings including gentoo penguins. There will also be excellent marine mammal observation opportunities with minke and humpbacks often being found here alongside crabeater and leopard seals.
As our exhilarating time in Antarctica comes to end it’s time to head back north through the Drake Passage where again the ship will be followed by a vast array of seabirds. Enjoy the last presentations from your team of noted naturalists and take the time to dissolve all of the unforgettable memories you will have made on your once in a lifetime expediton.
As we sail back through the scenic Beagle Channel and arrive in Ushuaia in the early morning it’s sadly time to say goodbye to your crew and fellow shipmates. After breakfast you will disembark and a group transfer will be provided to the airport for onward or homeward journeys.
A view from Above
Plancius was built as a Dutch oceanographic research vessel and refurbished as a passenger ship in 2009. It has ice strengthened bow and stern and is ideal for polar sailing. There is a mixture of suites and cabins, all with window or porthole. Some have private facilities and some shared. There are twin, triple and quadruple cabins suitable for sharing. Public areas are a spacious observation lounge and bar, library, lecture theatre and dining room along with plenty of outside deck space and an open-bridge policy. Rubber boots are supplied for all passengers.
Ortelius was built as a Russian scientific survey ship with ice strengthened hull, ideal for polar sailing. She has been completely refurbished and has a selection of suites and cabins with windows or portholes and either private or shared facilities. There are twin dining rooms, lecture room, bar and observation lounge and lots of open deck space plus an open-bridge policy. Ortelius also has a helicopter landing pad and helicopter excursions are available on some itineraries.
The brand-new (late 2021) M/V Janssonius is an innovative Polar vessel which meets the latest and highest Lloyd’s Register standards for ice-strengthened cruise ships. Now one of the most advanced touring vessels in the polar regions, Janssonius is thoroughly optimized for exploratory voyages and surpasses the requirements of the Polar Code adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Built to be one of the most environmentally friendly vessels on the polar seas, Janssonius uses LED lighting, steam heating, bio-degradable paints and lubricants, and state-of-the-art power management systems that keep fuel consumption and CO2 levels minimal. Offering high-quality hotel style accommodation for up to 170 passengers, Janssonius offers immaculate cabins of varying sizes, from the Grand Suite to quadruple porthole cabins, with all cabins having either a balcony, large windows, or portholes. Each cabin has been custom-designed and impeccably outfitted in a stylish mid-century modern décor. Onboard you will find a unique blend of deluxe surroundings combined with a cosy and informal atmosphere. The ship features an expansive observation lounge, a lecture theatre and a welcoming dining room, as well as two Zodiac embarkation platforms for swift access to sea and land activities.
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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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