Summary : Voyaging deep into the Southern Ocean, this unique journey takes you south to the Antarctic Circle, entering a realm where few have ever ventured. Attempting to travel to a latitude of 66° 33’ south, you find yourself surrounded by the most sublime scenery and incredible wildlife imaginable, joining your fellow explorers to gaze out across landscapes that few eyes have ever seen. To enrich your experience, the Fram’s team of expedition staff and lecturers will offer presentations on the history, biology, and geology of Antarctica along the way. Come ashore with your expedition team for a close-up look at penguin colonies, modern research facilities and historic sites. Marvel at the mountainous scenery and icebergs floating by from the comfort of the ship’s unique Passenger Bridge.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Photography
$999,999,999 to $0
Arrive in Buenos Aires and stay overnight at your included hotel. The evening is yours to explore at your leisure.
The Ushuaia-bound flight leaves Buenos Aires in the morning. Upon arrival transfer to the pier which includes an orientation of Ushuaia. After embarkation, set out to explore and experience the wonders of the south. The Captain and Expedition Leader will align experiences with the weather- and ice conditions at hand. Final decisions on the itinerary will be made on a day-by-day basis.
Named after Sir Francis Drake, the Drake Passage is one of the world’s great seaways, connecting the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Infamous and legendary, it is steeped in the history and lore of exploration and discovery. As your vessel comfortably negotiates its way south, there will be opportunities to enjoy educational lectures en route.
Once you cross the Antarctic Convergence, you will start to feel the air getting crisper and colder. Antarctic penguins will hunt and play around you and icebergs are an ever present feature of the landscape. Dedicated to scientific research and with no permanent inhabitants, Antarctica is home to millions of penguins and its seas provide sustenance to thousands of whales.
Simple words can do little to convey the feeling of being here, looking out upon the vast expanse of the great White Continent. The ice, wind and weather dictate life in Antarctica, as well as your route. Every voyage is unique and your experienced crew will endeavor to make each one an experience of a lifetime. The final choice of landings will be made in the course of the voyage. Below are some of the destinations you may experience.
Visiting the South Shetland Islands is definitely something worth looking forward to. Deception Island, Half Moon Island and Yankee Harbour all have a diverse landscape, amazing animal life and spectacular photo opportunities.
Neko Harbor is feeding ground for shy Minke whales. The harbor itself is perfectly situated to appreciate the grandeur of Andvord Bay and scenery of Antarctic mainland.
Paradise Harbor offers another rare opportunity for a mainland landing and some of the finest vistas of the Antarctic Peninsula. In favorable weather, a gentle hike up the snowy path to the viewpoint behind the Argentine research station is highly recommended.
The Lemaire Channel is known as one of the most beautiful passages in Antarctica. Fluctuating between sublime and inhospitable it exhausts superlatives. With its location in the picturesque Penola Strait, Petermann Island is a great place for iceberg- and whale-spotting and once again you will have spectacular views across the channel to the Antarctic Peninsula.
The Antarctic Circle lies at latitude 66° 33' 39'' south of the equator. Along the Antarctic Circle there is one day each year during which the sun does not set marking the summer solstice around December 22nd. Attempt a crossing on this trip of a lifetime and be humbled as one of the select few to have ever had the privilege.
Leave the White Continent behind with memories, photographs and a renewed sense of purpose and set sail back to the South American mainland.
After a spectacular voyage with countless stories to share, dock at the world’s southernmost town. Transfer to the airport and board a flight back to Buenos Aires.
The above itinerary is a guide only, as the exact program depends on weather and ice conditions and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Photography Expedition: 2/11/2016 only
Join Award Winning Photographer Alison Wright on this Antarctica Expedition for a unique opportunity to bring your photography to the next level. Receive one-on-one pointers and advice in small groups as you photograph in the field and engage in group critiques, portfolio reviews and presentations of Alison’s work. Alison was the recipient of the Dorothea Lange Award in Documentary Photography and 2013 National Geographic Traveler of the Year to name just a few of her accolades.
Although travel insurance is not mandatory to participate in this voyage, 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.
Depending on weather and land conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for camping during the voyage. Gear and all cold-weather needs supplied – except pajamas. Due to popular demand, campers are chosen by lottery as there is a set limit as to the number of guests allowed to sleep onshore.
Depending on weather conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for kayaking during the voyage. Duration is 2-4 hours. Basic kayak experience required. Includes kayaking gear.
Round trip economy class flights between Ushuaia and Buenos Aires; one night pre-voyage hotel in Buenos Aires; transfers in Ushuaia with orientation tour; meals on board ship; free coffee and tea onboard; Suite - M and Grand Suite - MG include select complimentary beverages for lunch and dinner: chill filtered water (still or sparkling) by the carafe, sodas, soft drinks, beer and a selection of wines by the glass - no spirits; shore landings as outlined; professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompany landings and activities onboard and ashore; rubber boots on loan; wind and water-resistant jacket. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare except as mentioned; passport and visa fees; travel insurance; luggage handling; alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks except as mentioned; optional excursions and gratuities; items of a personal nature such as laundry; walking sticks and binoculars can be rented for an additional charge; fuel surcharge may apply.