Our grandest Antarctic journey!
This is our grandest Antarctic journey, offering the many splendors of the Antarctic Peninsula plus two big bonuses: the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, two famed oceanic oases of sub-Antarctic wildlife.
The Falklands are one of the world’s great wildlife meccas, home to more than six million macaroni penguins, millions of rockhopper penguins, and countless other sub-Antarctic species (not to mention 2,000 stalwart islanders). Here we’ll see the wildlife colonies on Westpoint and Carcass Islands, and visit the very British town of Port Stanley.
Eight hundred miles southeast of the Falklands lies rugged South Georgia, with its snow-covered peaks and calving glaciers. South Georgia is the home of huge concentrations of wildlife, including major colonies of gentoo and rockhopper penguins, and it’s the only accessible place to see vast numbers of king penguins, considered the most beautiful of penguin species, standing a stately three feet tall with brilliant yellow plumage. Spectacular South Georgia is also full of history—it’s where Sir Ernest Shackleton and his party landed in 1916 after completing a perilous 800-mile voyage across the wild Southern Ocean in a 22-foot whaleboat to seek rescue for the stranded men of his ship, the Endurance (probably the single greatest feat in the history of polar exploration). Shackleton loved this island and chose to be buried here; we’ll visit his grave in the old whaling station of Grytviken.
After South Georgia, we travel to the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. Stops along the peninsula usually include Paradise Bay or Hope Bay, which feature some of Antarctica’s most stunning scenery, and Deception Island, with its hot springs, abandoned whaling stations, and vast colonies of penguins.
Our voyages aboard small ships offer you passage on rugged, yet surprisingly comfortable expedition vessels. All ships we have selected are polar class, with state of the art equipment, and designed specifically for exploration in polar waters, and all ships are equipped with Zodiacs for shore and sea excursions. These vessels feature a small fleet of kayaks for paddling options (weather and ice conditions permitting).
Easy ship travel, optional walks and Zodiac rides, (optional sea kayaking on select departures)
- Our grandest Antarctica journey: Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Antarctic Peninsula
- South Georgia: spectacular mountains, home to King Penguins, and historical sites of the Shackleton rescue
- Falkland Islands: nesting albatross, other species of penguins, and the cultural aspects of Port Stanley
- Antarctic Peninsula: stunning mountains, glaciers and icebergs, large colonies of Adélie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins, lots of seals and whales, research stations
Duration: 19 days Start Location: Ushuaia End Location: UshuaiaDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Ushuaia: Board ship and set sail
Board your expedition vessel and begin the journey to Antarctica through the Beagle Channel. Turn northeast toward the Falkland Islands.
Day 2 : At sea
Cruise toward the Falkland Islands, enjoying lectures, movies, and slide show presentations on what's in store for the next two weeks.
Days 3 - 4 : Falkland Islands
In the Falklands, visit Westpoint Island, where rockhopper penguins and blackbrowed albatross nest, Carcass Island, where Magellanic penguins burrow in the tussock grass and flightless steamer ducks and tussock birds abound, and the very British town of Port Stanley.
Days 5 - 7 : At sea
Sail to South Georgia, a spectacular mountainous island some 800 miles southeast of the Falklands.
Days 8 - 10 : South Georgia
Explore South Georgia, including stops at the Salisbury Plain, where colorful king penguins crowd the beaches, and the Bay of Isles, another haven for king penguins. You'll also visit Grytviken, the center of whaling operations for the world until 1965, and where Shackleton's grave lies.
Days 11 - 12 : At sea & South Orkney
Cross the Scotia Sea to the southwest. Time and weather permitting, visit the remote South Orkney Islands en route.
Days 13 - 16 : South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula
Explore the South Shetland Islands and continue down the Antarctic Peninsula. Our itinerary here focuses on scenic areas with large concentrations of wildlife, with possible stops at Paradise Bay or Hope Bay, where you'll see some of Antarctica's most dramatic scenery, including ever-calving glaciers and iceberg sculptures of fantastic shape and form. We also usually visit one or more research stations. (The 20-day departure spends one additional day on the Peninsula.)
Days 17 - 18 : At sea, crossing the Drake Passage
Cruise across the Drake Passage, passing over the Antarctic Convergence.
Day 19 : Ushuaia – fly home
Arrive in Ushuaia in the early morning and depart.
DATES: Best time to go: January - February, November - December Departures: Nov 3 - 21, 2014 On board the Akademik Sergey Vavilov Nov 20, 2014 - Dec 8, 2014 SOLD OUT Nov 21, 2014 - Dec 9, 2014 SOLD OUT Dec 28, 2014 - Jan 15, 2015 SOLD OUT Jan 31, 2015 - Feb 18, 2015 On board the Akademik Ioffe Feb 6 - 24, 2015 On board the Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Winter 2014-2015 Prices (all prices are per person, in US$)
Nov 3 & Nov 20 departures (19 days):
$11,995 Triple Cabin with Shared Bath
Nov 21 departure (20 days):
$12,595 Triple Cabin with Shared Bath
Dec 28, Jan 31, Feb 6 departures (19 days):
Single Supplement is 1.5 times the Twin cabin price or 2 times the Suite price (singles cannot take over a Triple Cabin). If you are willing to share with a roommate of the same gender, we will waive the single supplement fee (even if no roommate is found).
$795 Sea Kayaking program (Spaces are strictly limited and need to be reserved at time of booking!)
The sister ships Akademik Sergey Vavilov (92 passengers) and Akademik Ioffe (96 passengers) are modern and comfortable. Scandinavian-built for the Russian Academy of Science, these sister ships were designed to travel quietly during hydro-acoustic research. The ships are maneuverable and yet exceptionally stable, due to external stabilizers and a built-in trimming system. They feature an ice-strengthened hull and a cruising speed in open water of 14.5 knots. These expedition ships are designed for polar adventure trips in Antarctica and the Arctic.
From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, the public spaces are ideally suited for each and every need. A separate bar and lounge, as well as a library, provide ideal places to relax or catch up on some reading. A selection of movies and documentaries can also be watched in the lounge.
The ship’s bridge is open to passengers virtually 24-hours a day. The chart room is a fascinating place to visit and expedition staff or ship’s crew are often available to answer questions about the equipment and instruments found on the bridge. In addition, the bridge is an excellent place to view wildlife from. Binoculars and wildlife identification guidebooks are available.
One dining room with unreserved seating.
Theatre-style presentation room.
Lounge and bar, open late afternoon and evening with a wide selection of wines and spirits.
Library with a collection of polar-themed books.
Ship-to-shore communications via satellite.
Clinic with licensed doctor.
Gym, sauna and swimming pool.
Elevator between passenger deck levels and to the Bridge level.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way. These trips may be led by:
Aaron Lawton developed the Polar program for One Ocean Expeditions (our partner in the Polar Regions), bringing a strong commitment to conservation in the Polar Regions to his work in operations development. An avid paddler, Aaron has been paddling or rowing some form of human-powered boat for most of his life. His experience encompasses wilderness guiding and instruction by canoe and sea kayak, varsity rowing and most recently a passion for Hawaiian-style outrigger canoe racing. Thousands of miles on the water have given him an appreciation and awareness for the subtle changes in the ocean due to local weather and global climate patterns. Aaron is truly Canadian having lived in the mountains of the Yukon Territory, among the wheat fields of Manitoba, in the orchards of Southern Ontario and along the briny coast of Nova Scotia, all by the ripe old age of twelve. Continuing this passion for new places, Aaron has worked in the outdoor industry on six of the seven continents. Over the last decade, Aaron has been expedition leader or kayak guide on about a hundred trips to the Canadian Arctic, the Antarctic Peninsula and Svalbard. In 2001, Aaron and his wife Cathy embarked on a 10-night unassisted sea kayak expedition along the Antarctic Peninsula. Aaron holds a degree in forestry from the University of British Columbia. This has led to a real appreciation for and understanding of ecology and the connectivity of ecosystems.