Antarctic Peninsula, Ross Sea, Peter & Campbell Island

Antarctica Cruise

  • Ortelius
  • Research Ship
  • 116 Capacity
  • 32 Days
  • 2015 View Departure>
    • 2015
    • Feb 11 Wed Offer
  • Price from
  • $24,950

Summary : This is your ultimate chance to sail to the southern parts of the Antarctic Peninsula, Peter I Island, the Bellingshausen and Amundsen Seas into the Ross Sea. Visit Shackleton’s and Scott’s huts and Campbell Island on a vessel equipped with helicopters for excursions to attempt to land on the Ross Sea Ice Shelf. Observe wildlife like nowhere else on this planet – elephant seals, royal albatross, gentoo and adelie penguins, polar skuas, orca and minke whales. Learn of important historical figures in the early era of Antarctic exploration and visit their rustic huts. Be prepared for unforgettable memories and the trip of a lifetime!

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Bluff, New Zealand

Embark the vessel and set sail for Campbell Island.

Day 2
At Sea

At sea en-route to Campbell Island.

Day 3
Campbell Island

Campbell Island is a sub-Antarctic New Zealand Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site with flourishing vegetation. The fauna on Campbell Island is fantastic with a large and easily accessible colony of Southern Royal Albatrosses on the main island, as well as breeding colonies of Wandering, Campbell, Greyheaded, Blackbrowed, and Lightmantled Sooty Albatrosses on its satellite islands. Watch for the three penguin species that breed here: Eastern Rockhopper, Erect-Crested and Yellow-Eyed Penguins. In the 18th century, seals were hunted to almost extinction, but Elephant Seals, Fur Seals and Sea Lions have recovered.

Day 4 – 6
At Sea

At sea en-route to Scott Island.

Day 7
Scott Island

Sail by the rarely visited Scott Island.

Day 8
At Sea

The vessel starts to work its way through the sea-ice at the entrance of the Ross Sea.

Day 9
Cape Adare

Known as the place where people wintered on the Antarctic Continent for the very first time. The hut where Norwegian Borchgrevink stayed in 1899 is surrounded by the largest colony of Adélie Penguins in the world.

Day 10 – 11
Coulman Island / Franklin Island

In the Ross Sea, sail south by Coulman Island and try to land at Franklin Island, where you can stretch your legs surrounded by molting Adelie Penguins.

Day 12 – 13
Ross Island / Cape Royds / Cape Evans

In the Ross Sea, the intention is to visit Ross Island, guarded by Mount Erebus, Mount Terror and Mount Byrd. Experience the famous spots which played such an important role in the dramatic British expeditions of the last century – Ernest Shackleton’s cabin at Cape Royds, and Robert Falcon Scott’s cabin at Cape Evans. Visit the US-station McMurdo and Scott Base (New Zealand).

Day 14 – 17
Ross Ice Shelf

Along the Ross Ice Shelf (30 m high) sail toward the Bay of Whales, where Amundsen had his base Framheim, some way inland on the shelf and where the crew of Shirase’s expedition ship Kainan Maru visited Fram in January 2012. Shirase made his camp for the sledge party 4 km from the edge of the shelf at Kainan Bay. Fly by helicopter to the coordinates of Framheim and of Shirase’s base-camp. The American flight pioneers Byrd and Ellsworth had their camp Little America also in this area. You may also have the chance to fly to Roosevelt Ice Dome (40 n. miles inland (500 m high).

Day 18 – 19
At Sea

Sailing along the southern edge of the sea-ice, head out of the Ross Sea following the advice of Amundsen: “The fastest way through the pack-ice is around it“.

Day 20 – 24
Amundsen Sea

Sail through the Amundsen Sea along the outer fringes of the pack-ice. Watch for glimpses of the Antarctic Continent. Sailing along and through the ice is very lively, with sightings of single straggling Emperor Penguins, groups of seals on ice-floes, and also Orca and Minke Whales along the ice-edge, often accompanied by different species of fulmarine petrels.

Day 25
Peter I Island

Peter I Island is an uninhabited volcanic island (19 km long) in the Bellingshausen Sea. It was discovered by von Bellingshausen in 1821 and was named after the Russian Tsar Peter I. It is claimed by Norway and considered a territory by its own. Watch for Elephant Seals and colonies of Southern Fulmars and Cape Pigeons.

Day 26 – 27
At Sea

Sailing the Bellingshausen Sea toward the Antarctic Peninsula.

Day 28 – 29
Antarctica Peninsula

Visit Fish Island and Detaille Island, and sail through Penola Strait. Experience Petermann Island and Pléneau Island, all islands with abundant Antarctic wildlife such as penguins and seals. Sail through magnificent Lemaire Channel before heading into the Drake Passage.

Day 30 – 31
At Sea

Sail through the infamous Drake Passage toward Ushuaia.

Day 32
Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, disembark the vessel and transfer to the airport.

Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.

This trip has a total duration of 32 days. However, looking at the starting and ending dates of the voyages, it seems that it has a duration of 31 days. This is is due to crossing the International Date Line. Travelling results in a day being 'subtracted'. In any case, the duration of the voyage is still 32 days.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on this expedition, all passengers must purchase insurance including medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for Antarctic trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

Helicopter Flights:
The vessel will be equipped with a minimum of two helicopters. The use of helicopters helps to try to reach scheduled landing sites that otherwise are inaccessible. However, every passenger who participates understands and accepts that no guarantees can be given in regards to reaching sites or specific amount of helicopter time.

Included:
Voyage aboard the designated vessel as indicated in the itinerary; all meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea; free use of rubber boots on loan; ship-to-shore helicopter transfers; pre-scheduled group transfer from a meetingpoint  to the vessel in Bluff; pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia, after disembarkation; fall shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac; program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff; miscellaneous service taxes and port charges; comprehensive pre-departure material.

Not Included:
Any airfare; pre- and post-land arrangements; transfers to the vessel; passport and visa expenses; Government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; travel insurance; excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for the ship's crew; fuel surcharge may apply.