Antarctica Expedition Cruise | Classic Antarctic Expedition | Day by Day

 

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1

Day 1

Depart Ushaia

As we board the vessel in Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city at the tip of Argentina, and start to become familiar with our home for the next 11 days we cannot help but wonder about the exciting journey ahead of us. In the early evening, we set sail and begin our voyage leaving behind Ushuaia and charting a course through the Beagle Channel.

Ship: Akademik Sergey Vavilov or Akademik Ioffe, D


Days 2-3

Days 2-3

Crossing the Drake Passage

We cruise down the coast of the Falklands and, as we approach Sea Lion Island, we first note the very barren and windswept landscape, exposed to the sometimes wild weather that originates in the Drake Passage. We launch our zodiacs and go ashore to view the remarkable wildlife colonies found here. Three species of penguin including gentoo, magellanic and rockhopper exist in the vicinity. Southern elephant seals and South American sea lions are found hauled out on the beaches. Once ashore we also look for king cormorants and striated caracaras. Weather permitting we may have time to visit neighboring Bleaker Island, another settlement on the exposed southeastern coast of the Falklands. In the evening, we push out into the Scotia Sea, charting a course for the frozen continent.

Ship: Akademik Sergey Vavilov or Akademik Ioffe, BLD


Days 4-8

Days 4-8

Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula

In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, explore by inflatable Zodiac boats and marvel up close at nature's glory. Planned excursions may include Neko Harbour, Wilhelmina Bay and even the southerly Petermann Island, where you can observe Weddell, crabeater and elephant seals, skuas and other seabirds as well as a shocking abundance of penguins including some very large colonies of the comical Adelie penguin. At Half Moon Island you will observe a breeding colony of chinstrap penguins that share their territory with fur seals and blue-eyed shags. There may also be a chance to see humpback whales dining on krill in its feeding grounds and an opportunity to observe orcas and Minke whales.

Arriving on the continent of Antarctica at Paradise Harbour or Neko Harbour, be prepared to be dazzled by your first glimpse of the continent. The scenery here is amazing. In particular you will be struck by the oddly-shaped icebergs that look like sculptures, as well as the colossal 'tabular' icebergs that break away from the continent's ice shelf. Weather permitting, you will set foot on the White Continent itself. Some may wish to camp on shore overnight. Whatever your vantage point, whether it is onboard or onshore expect to feel transformed as you experience twilight from the very bottom of the planet.

Ship: Akademik Sergey Vavilov or Akademik Ioffe, BLD


Days 9-10

Days 9-10

Crossing the Drake Passage

As you leave the magic of Antarctica behind and make your way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage before rounding Cape Horn, time will be spent sharing and reflecting on the wonderful experiences of the last few days. Sailing down the Beagle Channel, a special dinner will celebrate the conclusion of your Polar expedition.

Ship: Akademik Sergey Vavilov or Akademik Ioffe, BLD


Day 11

Day 11

Return to Ushuaia

In the early morning, your ship will arrive back in Ushuaia. It is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travellers. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home.

 

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