Summary : Observe several delightful species of penguins and seals, watch for whales, and visit remote King George and Deception Islands on an expedition with kayaking, camping and knowledgeable guides. Sail through the spectacular Beagle and Neumayer Channels. Enjoy impressive landscapes with very high mountains and huge glaciers! Navigate by zodiac among ice floes and set foot on the Antarctic continent on this trip of a lifetime.
Activities : Birding, Camping, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking
$999,999,999 to $0
Embark the vessel in the afternoon and sail through the scenic Beagle Channel.
Sail across the Drake Passage and cross the Antarctic Convergence. Arrive in the Antarctic upwelling zone. You may encounter Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black-browed Albatrosses, Light-mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels.
Land on King George Island, which is over 1100 sq meters and has become an important center for Antarctic research. In the ice-free areas, mainly in the southwest of the island, there are a number of Antarctic research stations. Amazingly, two species of flowering plants are able to grow here. The island is inhabited by several penguin and seal species, like Gentoos, elephant seals and Antarctic fur seals. The shelter of the bay allows for excursions and activities on foot and by zodiac.
Sail into a crater through spectacular Neptune’s Bellow into the ring of Deception Island. Partake in a good long walk and kayak outing if conditions allow. Deception Island is a sub-ducted crater, which opens into the sea, creating a natural harbor for the ship. Encounter hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape Pigeons and many Dominican Gulls, Brown and South Polar Skuas and Antarctic Terns. Wilson’s Storm Petrels and Black-bellied Storm Petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay.
Visit Trinity Island and Mikkelsen Harbor on your way further South to Gerlache Strait. Pass through the breathtaking Neumayer Channel and go ashore at Damoy Point and Dorian Bay. Explore the British research station and post office of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Attempt a landing on Jougla Point with to spot gentoo penguins and imperial shags. Keep an eye out for leopard and crabeater seals as well as whales. Sailing north again you have a good chance to see minke and humpback whales.
Discover Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Danco Island. It contains a large colony of gentoo penguins and breeding pairs of Brown Skuas. In Neko Harbour, take a zodiac cruise amongst the ice floes and set foot on the Antarctic continent. Arrive at the Melchior Islands with their beautiful landscape of icebergs. You may encounter leopard seals, crabeater seals and whales. Sail back towards the open sea of the infamous Drake Passage with a chance to spot many seabirds on your way back to Ushuaia.
Heading north, you’ll again be followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the infamous Drake Passage.
Arrive in the morning in Ushuaia, disembark and transfer to the airport.
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.
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.
Camping Option: Included in price
Space is limited; request at time of booking. An exciting option, which gives an intensive experience of the Antarctic wilderness. Special gear and field equipment will be provided: tents, wind and waterproof bivouac bags (lightweight alternative to a tent system). This shelter will protect you from the elements during the night in the open air of Antarctica. Mattresses and polar sleeping bags provide comfort during the night. Camping is always subject to weather, local site and environmental regulations.
Kayaking Option: Included in price
Space is limited; request at time of booking. Kayaking is subject to weather and prevailing ice conditions. Basic kayaking experience is required and physical fitness is essential. Kayaks, neoprene wet suits, booties and gloves are provided.
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; group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation); all shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac; camping and kayaking; program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff; miscellaneous service taxes and port charges; comprehensive pre-departure material.
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.