Head South… Really South!
On this expedition aboard one of our small polar vessels, we cross the Antarctic Circle (latitude 66° 33') and enter a part of our planet that few other humans have experienced. (Intrepid British explorer Captain James Cook was the first to enter this eerie terra incognita in 1773.) This is an extreme—and amazing—wilderness with an extraordinary landscape: huge icebergs, and mountain ranges and pack ice as far as the eye can see. We’ll disembark in Zodiacs, weather permitting, to explore the other-worldly scenery firsthand. We may even encounter whales! When we cross the circle, we’ll mark the occasion with a champagne celebration, and for the hardy, a polar plunge in the icy Antarctic waters!
After the Circle, we’ll travel north along the breathtaking Antarctic Peninsula, taking time to explore and photograph many of its finest sights. Peninsula visits usually include places like the wildlife colonies at Paradise Harbor, Deception Island, and (ice conditions permitting) the fantastically scenic Lemaire Channel, a glacier-lined fjord between sheer mountains.
The voyage has the possibility of considerable itinerary changes, either day by day or long-range. Actual ice conditions will not be totally known or even predictable until just prior to the actual departure, and can change during the trip due to sea and wind conditions. It takes extra effort to go this far south, more time at sea. But if the spectacle of ice-filled horizons, the thrill of exploring, or being one of the few who have ventured this far south gets your heart rate going, this is a grand adventure!
Our voyages aboard small ships offer you passage on rugged, yet surprisingly comfortable expedition vessels. All of the ships we have selected are polar class, with state of the art equipment, and are designed specifically for exploration in polar waters. All are equipped with Zodiacs for shore and sea excursions, as well as a small fleet of kayaks for paddling options (weather and ice conditions permitting). We also feature an optional night of camping on land (weather permitting).
Easy ship travel, optional walks and Zodiac rides. (Optional sea kayaking and camping on select departures.)
- Head South - really south - to the Antarctic Circle! (an itinerary few companies offer)
- Our longest, most comprehensive trip on the Antarctic Peninsula
- An incredible wildlife experience—thousands of penguins (Adélie, chinstrap, gentoo), 5 kinds of seals, whales, and seabirds (including wandering albatross)
Duration: 14 days Start Location: Ushuaia, Argentina End Location: UshuaiaDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Ushuaia – Board ship and set sail
Board our polar class expedition ship and begin the journey to Antarctica with a scenic sail through the Beagle Channel, then enter the waters of the Drake Passage.
Days 2 - 3 : At sea, crossing the Drake Passage
Continue to motor across the 620 miles of the Drake Passage, passing over the Antarctic Convergence. Along the way you'll enjoy numerous lectures, movies, and slide show presentations on what you're about to experience.
Days 4 - 11 : Antarctic Peninsula & the Circle
Depending on weather and ice conditions, we head straight to the Antarctic Circle (66° 33'), with a chance to disembark in Zodiacs to explore this otherworldly scenery firsthand (you may even encounter whales!). Then we'll work our way back up the Antarctic Peninsula, cruising among the islands and into the bays and channels, with Zodiac shore landings as part of the experience whenever possible. Peninsula visits usually include places like the wildlife colonies at Paradise Harbor, Deception Island, and (ice conditions permitting) the fantastically scenic Lemaire Channel, a glacier-lined fjord between sheer mountains.
Days 12 - 13 : At sea, crossing the Drake Passage
Homeward-bound on the Drake Passage. Near the end of our journey, we'll sail around Cape Horn on our way to Ushuaia (weather permitting).
Day 14 : Ushuaia – fly home
Arrive in Ushuaia in the early morning and depart.
DATES: Best time to go: January - February Departures: Jan 9 - 22, 2015 IMPORTANT: This trip is 13-days long and actually ends on Jan 21!! Ship is the Akademik Ioffe. Jan 15 - 28, 2015 IMPORTANT: This trip is 13-days long and actually ends on Jan 27!! Ship is the Akademik Sergey Vavilov. Feb 18, 2015 - Mar 3, 2015 This trip is 14-days long. Ship is the Akademik Ioffe
Winter 2014-2015 Prices (All prices are US$ per person)
Jan 9 & Jan 15 Voyages (13 days):
Feb 18 Voyage (14 days):
$795 Sea Kayaking program (Spaces are strictly limited and need to be reserved at time of booking!)
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).
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:
Andrew is the Managing Director of One Ocean Expeditions Inc. (our partner in the Polar Regions) and brings his passion for polar regions and their conservation into any discussion he can. An adventurer in his own right, Andrew is an accomplished ocean racing sailor. He led a team that won a race across the Atlantic Ocean in a 30-foot sailboat; he has sailed around Cape Horn in a Southern Ocean gale and competitively raced yachts and high performance dinghies all over the world. Andrew is also a published photographer and an avid snowboarder, spending his quiet time in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Andrew grew up on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada and has brought his East Coast sense of humor with him all along the way. After earning a degree from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, he played a strategic planning role for a major Canadian player in the transportation industry. With around five years in the corporate world under his belt but searching for a life of meaning, Andrew decided to "run away to sea". What started as a three-month commitment to manage a ship transformed itself into a very successful entrepreneurial career in expedition cruising where he could apply his experience and his passion. With a reputation for innovation and attention to detail, Andrew has become well known in the expedition cruise industry for the high quality expedition cruise programs he develops. He is also noted for his attention to vital areas of safety and his commitment to environmental protection.