On this truly epic 22-day voyage, follow in the wake of courageous explorers as we cross the Antarctic Circle, visit the Peninsula and explore the South Shetlands before heading via the Antarctic Sound and Weddell Sea to South Georgia and Falkland Islands.
Departing Ushuaia in Argentina, we cross the mighty Drake Passage en route for the South Shetland Islands. Here we will make Zodiac landings at penguin rookeries, research stations and fascinating lookouts. Continuing onward, we enjoy the calming silence and alluring beauty of the Antarctic mainland during hikes and Zodiac excursions. Crossing the Antarctic Circle at 66°33′ south is our first goal. Here, the sun is up for 24-hours a day during the austral summer. Our expedition may include visits to sites such as Pleneau and Petermann Islands, Crystal Sound and Fish Island.
Continuing onwards, we will explore the Antarctic Sound with its mighty tabular icebergs and enter the Weddell Sea in search for wildlife.
As we pass between Elephant Island and South Georgia we are offered a small glimpse into the passage made famous by Shackleton 100 years ago, when he navigated the 1300 km course through open seas of Drake Passage in an effort to save his stranded crew. South Georgia is one of world’s greatest natural wonders. Wildlife-packed beaches, active research stations, former whaling stations and a visit to Shackleton’s final resting place is on our agenda.
On our last leg towards Argentina, we will pay a visit to the fascinating Falkland Islands. The capital of Port Stanley with its quaint English architecture will be our first call before venturing further west for Zodiac landings and wildlife observations on pristine and sheltered beaches.
After leaving the Falklands, the last seadays can be spent bird watching from the top deck and attending lectures, workshops and photo re-caps in one of the ship’s lounges.