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Legendary Snow Hill Emperor Penguins Expedition with Helicopter FlightsAboard: Ultramarine
Be a part of Polar history as you become one of the very few people to reach the incredibly remote Emperor penguin colony near Snow Hill Island in Antarctica. Lying deep in the Weddell Sea, where expansive tabular icebergs and thick, dense sea ice abounds, this legendary rookery is home to around 8,000 breeding pairs of Emperor penguins and is one of the most enchanting places in the world in which to see these iconic birds, the most coveted of all the penguin species.
Accessible via helicopter, travelling aboard the new first-class Ultramarine expedition ship, which is equipped with two twin-engine helicopters, offers you the exclusive chance to experience this amazing natural wonder. Anticipate scenes reminiscent of “March of the Penguins” and BBC’s “Frozen Planet” as you fly high above the incredible scenery below to land on the thick sea ice and walk amongst these enigmatic animals. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that will reward in one of the most elusive wildlife experiences on the planet.
Please note: This expedition requires a mandatory transfer package which includes a hotel stay in Buenos Aires pre-expedition, group flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, transfers between hotel, airports and ship, and an express bus tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park.
Various departures available. Please enquire for full dates and rates.
- Embrace true expedition travel as you join the quest to reach the legendary Snow Hill Emperor Penguin Colony
- Spend 5 days in the Snow Hill vicinity, either venturing to the colony or enjoying an in-depth Weddell Sea exploration
- Enjoy thrilling helicopter flightseeing experiences
- Sail aboard a new, state-of-the-art expedition vessel with reduced passenger numbers allowing for a more intimate and in-depth experience
- Traverse across the legendary Drake Passage
- Take included Zodiac cruises, helicopter flights, land visits, Polar plunges and gentle hikes
- Optional activity options including kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding (fees apply)
- One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires inc. breakfast
- Group transfer from hotel to airport in Buenos Aires
- Return flights Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
- All group transfers in Ushuaia
- Leadership throughout your voyage by our experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities
- All Zodiac transfers and cruising as per the daily program
- All shore landings as per the daily program
- Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
- All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage
- Select beer and wine during dinner; and coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
- Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
- A photographic journal documenting the expedition
- A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions
- Parka jacket - yours to keep!
- Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
- All luggage handling aboard the ship
- Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person
Single Cabins Available
This vessel offers single occupancy cabins, which is a perfect option for solo travellers. Travelling alone is often the best way to see the world. No responsibilities, no difficult choices and no trying to please anyone else…just you, your itinerary and your adventurous spirit!
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Your itinerary begins in unforgettable Buenos Aires, where after having arrived independently, you will transfer to the hotel for your overnight stay. We recommend taking some time to soak up the sights, sounds and delicacies of this splendid city.
Please note: This itinerary requires a mandatory transfer package which includes your hotel stay in Buenos Aires, group flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, select transfers and an express bus tour of Tierra del Fuego.
Fly to Ushuaia - Embark
After a good night’s rest and breakfast in the hotel, you will join your transfer to the airport for your private charter flight to Ushuaia, where upon arrival you will have some time to explore around the world’s southernmost city before making your way to the port where your polar expedition ship awaits you. Embarkation will begin in the late afternoon and after meeting your expedition team and settling into your comfortable cabin, you can spend some time exploring your new surroundings and watching from deck as we sail through the scenic and historic Beagle Channel, leaving civilisation far behind as we start our journey to the Antarctic wilderness.
At Sea - Drake Passage
We will spend 2 days at sea sailing through the famously unpredictable Drake Passage. Over the course of these 2 days there may potentially be some rough waters, but your polar expedition ship has been designed to navigate these waters with ease. We hope for a smooth sailing that will allow us to spend some time on deck enjoying searching for the abundant seabirds that are likely to be following the ship. Your expedition team will begin their exciting programme of informative lectures and presentations covering everything from the wildlife and geology of Antarctica to historic polar exploration. There will also be safety and bio-environmental briefings to prepare you for your time in Antarctica.
Into the Weddell Sea
Continuing our southward cruise, we now push forward into the incredible Weddell Sea area. Your programme of presentations delivered by world-respected experts will continue, with a focus on the ice-dwelling emperor penguins that we are preparing to meet. You will want to spend some time on deck as we sail through the ice-clogged waters surrounded by huge tabular icebergs and breathtaking scenery.
Quest to Land at Snow Hill
The pinnacle of your adventure is about to begin! Deep within the astounding Weddell Sea area, we will now spend 5 days attempting to reach the fabled Snow Hill Emperor Penguin colony in exciting expedition style. The thickness of the ice will determine how close your vessel can get to Snow Hill Island, then the twin-engine helicopters will take over.
Like summitting a mountain from base camp, parties will take turns to set out from Ultramarine towards the emperor penguin colony, beginning with an extended helicopter transfer that will reward in incredible views of the humungous tabular icebergs and icescapes below. The helicopter will land as close as possible to the rookery, which is located on the sea ice off the south coast of Snow Hill Island, without disturbing the penguins. You will then set out on foot through the wind and ice to experience one of the rarest wildlife opportunities on the planet. Here you will get to observe them up-close, whilst learning all about their behaviours and ways of life. The sights and sounds of this colony of thousands and thousands of rarely-seen emperor penguins are likely to live forever in your memory!
The goal is to make sure that every passenger gets to visit the rookery at least once, but whilst back at base (the ship) the adventures will be no less exciting. Each day you will be able to immerse yourself fully in the wonders of the Weddell Sea, enjoying thrilling Zodiac cruises amongst towering icebergs, shore walks and unforgettably “refreshing” polar plunges. Your Polar experts will offer insights and hands-on opportunities for learning all about this fascinating region. You may also wish to join kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding excursions to discover this remote wilderness from another perspective. (Please note: kayaking/paddling and stand-up paddleboarding excursions incur an additional fee).
Although the goal of this expedition is to reach the colony on Snow Hill Island, as with every Polar expedition, owing to ice and weather conditions, nothing can be guaranteed. Should the conditions prevent us from reaching the colony or requiring us to shorten our stay in the area, there are a number of fascinating areas we will visit instead. These may include Brown Bluff where rookeries of Adélie and gentoo penguins abound, Devil Island, Hope Bay, Paulet Island and Seymour Island.
Back to South America
As your thrilling adventure nears its conclusion, it’s time to head back towards South America as we sail back across the Drake Passage. These 2 days offer us some further opportunities for attending the informative lectures and talks presented by your team of Antarctica experts and we recommend spending some time on deck looking for your final seabird and whale sightings. This is also a great chance to spend some time collating all of the many pictures you will have taken and sharing tales of your adventures with your fellow passengers.
Ushuaia & Fly to Buenos Aires
After having sailed through the Beagle Channel overnight you will arrive back into the port of Ushuaia in the early morning, where you will disembark for a tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park. After your Taste of Patagonia experience you will then transfer to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires.
A view from Above
The stylish, brand-new (2021) Ultramarine Polar vessel redefines what is possible in polar expeditions, with two twin-engine helicopters allowing for the ship to offer an unrivalled portfolio of adventure activities and allowing guests to delve deeper into the Polar regions than on any other ship. Featuring sublime onboard comfort, more outdoor wildlife viewing vantage points than rival ships, cutting-edge technology and advanced safety systems, the Ultramarine is simply ahead of its game. An innovative mix of sustainability features that exceed all industry standards and the most spacious suites in its category add even further to the reasons why this pristine vessel will be sure to delight intrepid Polar adventurers.
Allowing for more activities than any other vessel in its category, guests can immerse themselves in their unforgettable Polar surroundings on a huge range of optional adventures including helicopter flightseeing, camping on ice, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, alpine hiking, cross-country skiing and mountaineering to name just a few. Onboard, guests can enjoy 2 dining areas, 4 bars, a spa and fitness centre, ocean view sauna, a panorama lounge, walkaround deck, library and a lecture theatre.
7 categories of stylish cabins and suites are available, ranging from solo panorama cabins to exclusive suites with private balconies and luxurious fittings. Features of the cabins and suites include spa-inspired private bathrooms with heated floors, premium beds and linens, picture windows or private balconies and HD flatscreen TVs.
Please note: Helicopter flights are not permitted in Spitsbergen.
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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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