Antarctica Expedition Cruise | Emperors and Kings | Overview

Introduction

This exciting Antarctic expedition cruise allows you to maximize your time exploring in Antarctica. A charter flight from Punta Arenas in Chile crosses the Drake Passage to the airstrip on King George Island, located in the South Shetland Islands. From here, you board your expedition ship and visit several well-known landing sites in the South Shetlands before crossing the Gerlache Strait and navigating the waters of the Antarctic Peninsula.

This adventurous trip travels around the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula and south into the icy Weddell Sea. Weather permitting, you will voyage as far south as Snow Hill Island where there is a known colony of emperor penguins. They are tricky to find and there are no guarantees we will see these majestic birds, though guests have enjoyed a number of sightings on recent visits. The huge tabular icebergs are also a feature of the Weddell Sea and make for spectacular photographs.

The history of exploration in this region of Antarctica is equally rich. The epic story of Shackleton and the HMS Endurance is forever linked to the region. We also hope to visit the old huts built during the time of the Swedish Nordenskjöld expedition of 1901-1904.

Charting a northerly course to the Falkland Islands, you'll spend a final day exploring the stunning western archipelago. Visit the wildlife-rich Saunders Island, home to gentoo, rockhopper and magellanic penguins, plus a colony of spectacular king penguins. West Point Island, home to an incredible colony of black browed albatross, caps off a remarkable trip.


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King penguins in Antarctica


Highlights

  • Fly from Punta Arenas to the Chilean Base at Frei Station in the South Shetland Islands
  • Ten day Antarctica expedition cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula and into the Weddell Sea aboard the polar research ship Akademik Sergey Vavilov
  • Visit to the Falkland Islands with flight back to Punta Arenas 
 

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