This 15-night itinerary will allow us to explore the wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula in more depth, giving us time to experience the Antarctic Sound, located within the Weddell Sea. We also hope to visit the Gerlache Strait and Trinity Coast. Here we may explore picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbour, the Humpback Whale hot spot Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, and the majestic Neumayer Channel. We may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy as well as a historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House.
The Weddell Sea bares a stark difference in scenery found here is likely to be a major highlight for all on this special departure, with massive tabular icebergs, lots of sea ice, and geology far different from anywhere else we visit.
At this time of year the penguin colonies are very active. Watch the penguin chicks beginning their molt, losing their fuzzy down and developing their adult plumage. By now, the parents have abandoned their chicks, and have gone out to sea to feed and fatten up for their own moulting stage.