Join the 'Spirit of Mawson' Expedition

Aug 19, 2013


Announcing a never-before-seen opportunity to join (as a paying passenger) a real Antarctic scientific expedition! The Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 2013/14 hopes to repeat Douglas Mawson's 100-year-old experiments, in the process providing a complete snapshot of this seldom-visited region. This Antarctic expedition cruise hopes to visit seldom-visited Commonwealth Bay, French research station Dumont D'Urville and en route, Australia's wildlife-rich Maquarie Island and New Zealand's Snares Islands. If time and ice conditions permit the voyage may also reach the location of the South Magnetic Pole. Learn from experts, participate as a field assistant or just watch and marvel as you explore rare and beautiful places.

The research programmes to be addressed include oceanography, climate, ornithology and marine and terrestrial biology. The expedition vessel, MV Akademik Shokalskiy, is well-experienced in these waters. She will carry a mixture of scientists and a limited number of fare-paying passengers. As a passenger you will be invited to act as a field assistant to help the scientists complete their ambitious programs. Your involvement will of course be voluntary and it may vary throughout the journey; dictated in part by the prevailing weather, conditions and some permit restrictions. It is an exciting concept that has not been tested in the Southern Ocean before.

The expedition cruise departs Bluff, the port of Invercargill, New Zealand on 8 December 2013 for 28 adventure-packed days. The cost for participating starts from US$ 15,150. Further details may be found here.