Quest for the Antarctic Circle

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AUD $ 15,299 AUD $ 14,799
p.p. twin share. Excludes Airfares

Take $500 per person off on board the Akademik Sergey Vavilov & Akademik Ioffe and contact us for further discounts with this Cruise Company. 

Cross the circle and enjoy more time exploring the Antarctic Peninsula.

Utilizing our decades of experience, we have designed a voyage allowing us to reach our objective of the Antarctic Circle in just 11 days. On the way south, we enjoy eight days of off-ship exploration visiting a large number of landing sites and cruising among the ice floes in our Zodiac boats, before reaching the Antarctic Circle in the vicinity of Detaille Island.

This exciting Antarctic journey provides a modern twist on a much loved classic.

We explore the coastline visiting several classic locations such as Petermann Island and the iceberg ‘graveyard’ at Pleneau Island. We transit the Lemaire Channel if ice conditions permit and make continental landings at Paradise Harbour or nearby Neko Harbour. Both locations offer outstanding hiking opportunities. Each day we explore on shore by foot, observing wildlife colonies, visiting historic huts and science bases, photographing icebergs and soaking up the incredible landscapes that surround us. Our journey concludes with visits to a number of locations in the South Shetland Islands. From King George Island in Antarctica, we fly back to Punta Arenas in just two hours – saving more than two days crossing back to South America. For a relatively short voyage, this trip packs a serious punch and offers fantastic scenery, wildlife, historic and scientific interest.

Departs from Punta Arenas – Return to Punta Arenas

Start & End Dates:

  • December 29 – January 8, 2018 (Ship: Akademik Sergey Vavilov)
  • January 12 – 22, 2019 (Ship: Akademik Ioffe)
  • February 9 – 19, 2019 (Ship: Akademik Sergey Vavilov)

* Includes flights from Punta Arenas to Stanley, Falkland Islands and from King George Island to Punta Arenas

 

*Please note that the final cabin price is dependent on configuration, the USD exchange rate and availability.  

  

   

Overview

Overview

Day 1Punta Arenas, Chile
Days 2 to 3Southern Ocean
Days 4 to 5King George Island
Days 6 to 8Antarctic Peninsula and Antarctic Circle
Days 9 to 10Antarctic Peninsula and Deception Island
Day 11King George Island and Punta Arenas, Chile

Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1 — Punta Arenas, Chile

Our journey commences this morning in Punta Arenas. Here we board our 90 minuted flight to Stanley in the Falkland Islands. We are met on arrival and transferred to the pier. Stanley is home to 2,000 residents and is reminiscent of a charming rural town in coastal Britain, with brightly coloured houses, flower-filled gardens, a quaint cathedral and several local pubs. There will be time to explore the town before embarkation. Excitement is in the air as we cast off, bound for Antarctica, and the adventure of a lifetime.

Days 2 to 3— Southern Ocean

This stretch of the South Atlantic is rich in its bio-diversity and showcases an abundance of wildlife. We will be joined by hundreds of seabirds including the wandering albatross. Join the ship’s Captain on the bridge and learn about the operations of our modern research vessel. Throughout the day our onboard experts educate us with a series of presentations about the environment, the wildlife and history and the locations we hope to visit in the coming days. If we enjoy good sailing conditions crossing to Antarctica, we may include a visit to the very historic location of Elephant Island – a place central to the Shackleton story.

Days 4 and 5 — King George Island

This morning we awaken to the snowy landscape of King George Island, the largest in the South Shetlands group. There are two landing sites here – a visit depends on weather conditions. In the afternoon we continue our journey south, navigating into the broad expanse of the Bransfield Strait. This is an important migration corridor for wildlife, and we keep a lookout for whales. Large icebergs will be present from this point onwards and make for striking photographs. By morning, the towering mountain peaks of the Antarctic continent loom into view. We aim to make landfall around Wilhelmina Bay. This is a truly remarkable location, where we often encounter large pods of humpback whales as we cruise in the Zodiacs.

Day 6 to 8 — Antarctic Peninsula and Antarctic Circle

We encourage you to spend time on the outer decks soaking up the scenery as we navigate south. We pass through the ice-strewn waters making our way towards our ultimate objective, the Antarctic Circle. Given favourable ice conditions, our first goal will be to sail south of the Antarctic Circle and into Crystal Sound. A favoured landing site here is Detaille Island, home to an abandoned British science hut from the 1950’s. This region marks our turnaround point and we return in a northerly direction exploring the dramatic coastline of the Antarctic Peninsula. We hope to visit a working scientific base to learn something of the important climate-related research happening here, and if the conditions allow, we will give you the opportunity to camp overnight onshore, a truly memorable experience. Petermann Island is home to an Adelie penguin rookery. The smallest of the Antarctic penguins, Adelies nest here and share the location with Gentoo penguins and Imperial cormorants. Pleneau Island offers more opportunities for shore landings. Massive icebergs run aground in the shallows and constant wind and wave action sculpt these gargantuan chunks of ice into fantastical shapes. For many, a Zodiac cruise here may well be a highlight of the voyage.

Day 9 to 10 — Antarctic Peninsula and Deception Island

We aim to transit the Lemaire Channel on our way north towards Paradise Harbour. This may be the first opportunity to step foot on the continent of Antarctica itself. Nearby Neko Harbour offers another continental landing. Expect to be in full sensory overload by this time of the voyage. By morning we arrive in the South Shetland Islands. The adventure is not over and if the weather conditions allow, we sail the ship into the flooded volcanic caldera at Deception Island. This is where Australian aviation pioneer, Sir Hubert Wilkins made the very first flight in Antarctica in 1928. There are several other landing sites in the vicinity including Half Moon Island, or the broad pebbly beach at Yankee Harbour. This is another great spot for a hike or a Zodiac cruise. It’s a fitting place to reflect on a wonderful expedition.

Day 11 — King George Island and Punta Arenas, Chile

This morning we are anchored off King George Island. We transfer to the airstrip for the two-hour flight to Punta Arenas in southern Chile. On arrival, a transfer is provided to downtown hotels. This itinerary includes a complimentary hotel night in Punta Arenas for all guests returning from King George Island at the end of the voyage. This evening is at your leisure.

Inclusions

Inclusions

  • Includes return flight from King George Island.
  • Educational presentations from experienced guides such as ornithologists, glaciologists, historians, geologists, naturalists and marine mammals experts.
  • Photography advises and instructions from the resident photographer. Extended photography workshops available on select departures
  • All zodiac and landing excursions.
  • Zodiac cruising, hiking, guided walks, photography workshops, fitness & yoga.
  • All meals during the voyage prepared by One Ocean Expeditions chefs.
  • Welcome reception & welcome dinner.
  • One Ocean Expeditions Farewell dinner hosted by the Captain.
  • Daily afternoon tea with fresh snacks.
  • Coffee, tea & hot chocolate available anytime.
  • Access to wellness area (Finnish Sauna, Plunge Pool filled with sea water, Hot Tub).
  • Natural essential oil amenities.
  • Services of English speaking medical officer.
  • Use of multimedia room to download images. Lightroom, Adobe, Photoshop and card readers are available for use on MAC and PC computers.
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket and bib pants.
  • Comfortable insulated rubber boots.
  • Water resistant binoculars.
  • Waterproof backpack.
  • Trekking poles available on shore.
  • From/ to designated meeting points to/from the ship.
  • Additional transfers in welcome / departure cities (only applicable on certain departures).
  • Luggage transfer from designated locations to/from your cabin.

Not included

  • International airfare
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
  • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
  • Comprehensive travel insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
  • Phone and internet charges
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Optional kayaking activities

Extras

  • Sea Kayaking at an extra cost of US$695 – Arctic & Torngat Explorer (Canada’s East Coast ‘Fins and Fiddles’ & ‘Golf Expedition’ sea kayaking is complimentary), US$795 – Antarctic (Epic Antarctica: USD1590, Chilean Fjords: USD495) per person. Pre-registration required at time of booking. Confirmed access to kayak at any offered excursion. Limited to 16 passengers per voyage. Includes high-quality kayaking equipment.
  • Sea Kayaking, Stand up Paddling and Cycling including gear free of charge (Fins and Fiddles and Golf Expedition departures only).
  • Overnight Camping (Antarctica only, included in the voyage price) including high-quality equipment. No pre-registration required. Camping is available on select departures only and can be affected by itinerary and weather conditions. Please see your full itinerary for further details.

Airfares

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