Antarctica – ‘In Depth’ With Antarctic Circle Crossing

Antarctica – ‘In Depth’ With Antarctic Circle Crossing

From USD $10,095

Description

This voyage encompasses two additional days of exploration in Antarctica without adding to the total length of the voyage. We achieve this by flying from South America to King George Island (Antarctica) at the beginning of the voyage, which saves two days on the sea crossing. Those two days ‘saved’ allow us the time we need to dive far to the south with the objective of crossing the Antarctic Circle. This extra time also provides for great flexibility in daily programming. Ultimately, it equals more time on shore, more time in the Zodiacs and more time spent in the company of our expert guides soaking up the experience.

We always anticipate exciting navigation as we head for the Antarctic Circle. The region is home to several fascinating historical sites including the old British Antarctic Survey (BAS) hut – “Base W” situated on Detaille Island. We encounter sizable Adelie penguin rookeries here and the low-lying Fish, Argentine and Yalour Island groups provide fantastic options for Zodiac cruising and wildlife observation.

Many of the classic locations along the Peninsula are also included and a day in the South Shetland Islands rounds out the experience. Our full range of activities will be offered on this voyage – walks on shore, visits to wildlife colonies, visits to historic sites and possibly even a working science station. For the more adventurous, sea kayaking is a wonderful way to discover Antarctica – and if weather conditions permit – why not spend the night camping on shore?

Please Note: your voyage rates include Special charter flight from Punta Arenas (Chile) to King
George Island (Antarctica) on Day 1.

Trip Name
Antarctica – 'In Depth' With Antarctic Circle Crossing
Days
11
Overview
Vessel Type: Ice - Strengthened Length: 117 metres Passenger Capacity: 92 Built: 1988 Stability and Strength. Our ship was purpose built to conduct sensitive hydro-acoustic research and science in the polar regions. The original design brief dictated that the vessel offers a very high level of stability. This is achieved through a sophisticated internal trimming system, controlled via a series of gyroscopic sensors around the vessel. This stability feature is something you will greatly appreciate should you encounter less than ideal sailing conditions. Maneuverable, Quiet and Fast. With both bow and stern thrusters and twin reversible propellers, the ship can spin on its own axis – greatly assisting embarkation of the zodiacs in windy conditions. You will notice there is little – if any – ambient noise or vibration, which makes for a quiet ship. The ship is fast, with a top speed of 14.5 knots in open water. Unmatched stability, coupled with superior speed allows for more time at your destination (rather than ‘at sea’) and more flexibility with itinerary planning – a critical factor in polar waters where ice and weather conditions sometimes dictate our daily itinerary. Superb Design and Layout. Throughout the ship there are spaces ideally suited to every need. Spacious outer decks provide 360 degree views of the stunning polar landscapes – as well as a great place for an outdoor barbecue, which usually happens once on every voyage. Inside there are comfortable presentation spaces for lectures and film screenings and there’s a multimedia computer lab with several large screen workstations where guests can download and back up photos. Six Different Cabin Categories. All cabins feature outside windows allowing ample natural light to filter in. Cabins all have lower berths (some triple share cabins have one upper/lower bunk scenario and feature port holes). Akademik Sergey Vavilov carries a maximum of just 92 guests – making for true, small-ship expedition cruising. This is particularly important in Antarctica where visitor guidelines dictate that no more than 100 people can be on shore at any one time. We fall under this limit and that equals maximum time ashore at all locations. Ships carrying more than 100 guests compromise your time ashore. Enjoy Great Dining? So do we. The exciting schedule of onshore excursions, zodiac cruises and onboard activities are guaranteed to work up a serious appetite. Although the ship operates in some of the most remote locations in the world, you can expect an exceptional variety of tasty meals, prepared by a team of professional international chefs. Breakfasts are usually buffet style. Lunches offer a great choice of light meals - as well as more substantial options for those who are hungry - and each evening there is a hearty three-course meal offering both variety and choice. There’s also an excellent wine list featuring a range of international wines. You can get a cup of tea or coffee at any time of the day or night and we always offer afternoon tea with cakes and biscuits. Guests with dietary restrictions or special meal requirements are also well catered for. Join us on the Bridge. There is an open-bridge policy and guests are welcome to meet the navigating crew at virtually any time of day; there’s always something to learn from the officers on watch and the bridge is one of the best places on the ship for spotting whales and sea birds. Operational Safety. There are no compromises here. The expedition staff and crew onboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov have the deepest respect for changeable weather in the polar regions and the varying sea and ice conditions. That respect is apparent in every decision made throughout the voyage. The ship carries the most extensive inventory of safety equipment on all excursions and require leaders to undergo vigorous and effective safety training programs. Your expedition team are well prepared, so you can relax and enjoy your voyage. Relax — You're on Holiday. The ship also features a Finnish dry-heat sauna, a plunge pool, a hot water Jacuzzi, a small gymnasium and day spa with massage therapist. An expedition gear package is included. An expedition cruise requires a fair bit of planning and some special items of clothing and equipment are needed. You will have use of an expedition wet weather gear package free of charge, which includes a quality waterproof/windproof jacket and bib-pants as well as insulated, comfortable rubber boots designed for extended walking. A set of expedition binoculars and a walking pole are also available for the duration of your voyage. This saves you buying expensive items you may only ever use once and eliminates the need to carry such cumbersome gear all the way to the ship. If you do have your own gear, of course you are welcome to bring it. Make sure it is wind and waterproof. If you have questions about gear, feel free to ask.

Itinerary



Day 1 - DAY 1 / PUNTA ARENAS (CHILE) TO KING GEORGE ISLAND
Our journey commences this morning in the southern Chileanport city of Punta Arenas. We gather at a central location andtransfer to the airport for the two-hour flight across the DrakePassage to Antarctica (this flight is included in the price of yourvoyage). Upon arrival at King George Island, we embark ourship via Zodiac. After settling into our cabins and exploring ournew surroundings, we meet our expedition team and fellowpassengers. Excitement is in the air as we enjoy a welcomerefreshment and set sail. No doubt, everyone will be lookingforward to the adventure ahead.
Day 2 - DAY 2 / GERLACHE STRAIT AND CUVERVILLE ISLAND
Overnight we have navigated across the Bransfield Straitand wake to the towering peaks of the Antarctic continentlaid out before us. Our first objective will be Cuverville Island,situated in the Errera Channel. We venture on shore andobserve a substantial colony of gentoo penguins as well asnesting Imperial cormorants. A stroll along the rocky beachhere, watching the penguins come and go is a memorableexperience. The sea kayakers may take to the water for the firsttime and there is some great paddling around the island to beenjoyed. As we navigate our way out into the Gerlache Strait -we are on our way to the south, aiming for the Antarctic Circle.
Day 3 - DAY 3 / REACH THE ANTARCTIC CIRCLE
With favourable ice conditions we hope to have reached MathaStrait overnight and will attempt a shore landing at DetailleIsland, below the Antarctic Circle. A now abandoned Britishscience station - ‘Base W’ was established in the 1950s andis in a remarkable state of preservation. For the history buffsthis is a fascinating place providing a glimpse into the harsh lifeof early Antarctic visitors. We toast our success on crossingthe Antarctic Circle turning our gaze northwards, viewing thespectacular chain of glacier-covered peaks stretching as far asthe eye can see. This coastline begs further exploration.
Day 4 - DAYS 4-7 / EXPLORATION OF THE ANTARCTIC PENINSULA AND THE GERLACHE COASTLINE
Overnight we have navigated north towards the low-lying YalourIsland group. We hope to visit a working scientific base to learnof the important climate-related research happening here. Ahike over the snowy saddle of nearby Winter Island allows us tostretch our legs and explore the old British Antarctic Survey hut.Nearby Petermann Island is home to a sizable Adelie penguinrookery. Adelies - the smallest of the Antarctic penguin’s nesthere and share the location with Gentoo penguins and Imperialcormorants. The view to the north of Mount Shackleton andMount Scott is impressive. These towering granite sentinelsmark the southern entrance to the Lemaire Channel.Pleneau Island offers more opportunities for shore landings.Just offshore in the shallow waters of the Penola Strait, massiveicebergs run aground. Constant wind and wave action sculptthese gargantuan chunks of ice into fantastic shapes, revealingmore shades of blue than you could ever imagine. For many, aZodiac cruise here will be a highlight of the entire voyage.Ice conditions permitting, we transit the Lemaire Channel onour way north towards Paradise Harbour. This may be the firstopportunity to step foot on the continent of Antarctica itself.Nearby Neko Harbour offers another continental landing. Bothlocations offer great hiking opportunities up to panoramic viewpoints. For the sea kayakers, the paddling opportunities hereare endless. Expect to be in full sensory overload by this time ofthe voyage.It is somewhere along this stretch of coastline that we plan anight on shore, camping in Antarctica. We have all the rightgear and equipment and an expert team to make it happen - allyou need is an adventurous spirit! Camping always dependson the weather and is never guaranteed it on any voyage. If theweather is good and site characteristics suit our requirements,rest assured, we will always go for it. Camping is included, andyou can decide to participate while onboard. There is no needto pre-book. The huge snow-covered outcrop of Danco Island looms overthe ice-choked waters and the hike to the summit is wellworth the effort for the epic views. We navigate north throughthe Gerlache Strait towards Spert Island - a little visited rockyoutcrop with remarkable geology. The island is criss-crossedby narrow channels which makes for fantastic Zodiac cruisingand sea kayaking. The cliffs are home to numerous nesting birdspecies and we often encounter whales here. Nearby MikkelsonHarbour also allows for another off-ship excursion.After several busy days of exploration along the Peninsula, wehead north, bound for the South Shetland Islands. This is animportant whale migration corridor and we expect sightings ofhumpbacks, or the resident pod of Orca that inhabit this stretchof water
Day 5 - DAY 8 / SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS
The adventure is not over and we plan an additional dayof exploration in the South Shetlands. Prevailing weatherconditions will dictate our landing locations. Aitcho Island isa possibility and is a great spot for a hike or a Zodiac cruise.There are several other landing sites in the South Shetland'sincluding Half Moon Island, or the broad pebbly beach atYankee Harbour, where we sometimes encounter Weddellseals sunning themselves. This is another great spot for ahike. Hannah Point, with its elephant seal colony and nestingAntarctic petrels - could also fature. In the evening, we navigatenorth and into the Drake Passage, charting a course for SouthAmerica.
Day 6 - DAYS 9-10 / DRAKE PASSAGE – RETURN TO SOUTH AMERICA
Making our way back to South America, the educationalpresentations continue and we enjoy a memorable voyagerecap by our Expedition Leader. Join our photography expertsin the multimedia room and download and back up yourprecious images. If weather conditions allow, we hope to makea rounding of Cape Horn. This fabled stretch of water is hometo legendary tales of exploration and early navigation. It is afitting place to reflect on a wonderful expedition. Approachingthe entrance to the Beagle Channel in early evening light, weenjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain of the ship.
Day 7 - DAY 11 / ARRIVE USHUAIA (ARGENTINA)
In the early morning, we arrive into Ushuaia, Argentina. It is timeto say farewell to your crew and fellow travellers. Guests willbe transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flightshome. It will be possible to connect to flights through to BuenosAires or other destinations in South America. Otherwise enjoy anight in town or venture further afield to explore the highlights ofPatagonia.
Day 8 - Please Note:
Polar exploration can be unpredictable. Specific sites visited will depend on prevailing weather and ice conditions at thetime of sailing. The above itinerary should be read as a ‘guide only’ and may change. The ship’s Captain in conjunction with the Expedition Leadercontinually review the sailing plan throughout the voyage, making adjustments to the itinerary along the way to take advantage of optimal weatherand ice conditions or to maximize our encounters with wildlife. Decades of experience spent exploring these waterways mean we have a largenumber of outstanding landing sites and Zodiac cruising locations to consider, even when the weather conditions may not be ideal or when heavyice may hinder our planned route. A flexible approach is something we encourage you to bring to the ship.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
11-02-202021-02-2020USD $10,095Triple Share
11-02-202021-02-2020USD $12,495Twin Semi-Private
11-02-202021-02-2020USD $13,295Twin Private
11-02-202021-02-2020USD $13,995Superior
11-02-202021-02-2020USD $15,295Shackleton Suite
11-02-202021-02-2020USD $16,695One Ocean Suite

Inclusions

    • Cross the Antarctic Circle and enjoy fantastic glaciated scenery along the Peninsula
    • Outstanding wildlife observation on shore, Zodiac cruising and from the ship
    • Visits to historic sites and science stations
    • Learn about the environment, wildlife and ecology of Antarctica from polar experts

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