• Yoga lessons in Antarctica!
    Yoga lessons in Antarctica!
  • Zodiacs take you up close and personal to Antarctic ice!
    Zodiacs take you up close and personal to Antarctic ice!
  • Go Sea kayaking in Antarctica!
    Go Sea kayaking in Antarctica!
  • Antarctic Arrival!
    Antarctic Arrival!
  • Participate in a field photography workshop
    Participate in a field photography workshop
  • Visiting an Adelie penguin colony
    Visiting an Adelie penguin colony
  • Go ski touring in Antarctica
    Go ski touring in Antarctica
  • Enjoy the unique chance to camp overnight in Antarctica
    Enjoy the unique chance to camp overnight in Antarctica
  • Meeting a leopard seal!
    Meeting a leopard seal!

Antarctica Off the Beaten Track - Akademik Ioffe

Explore from south of the Lemaire Channel to the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. The goal is to enter Antarctic waters prepared to undertake extraordinary outdoor pursuits that will excite, awe and inspire people who revel in the outdoors. Options include camping out on the ice amidst the Polar landscape, sea kayaking (with or without overnight camping), high alpine ski touring, snowshoeing and all traditional activities (walking, hiking, zodiac cruising). Even experienced staff members many of whom have visited the southern region a hundred times or more are still astonished by Antarctica's pristine beauty and wildlife.

Special Offer

Departure eligible for a flight credit of US$1500pp (or equivalent currency).  Applies only to deposited bookings prior to 30 October 2017.

  • Variety of adventure options including camping, kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing and photography excursions.
  • Longer voyage with more time spent admiring Majestic mountains, ice and scenery of the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Fast, powerful and ice strengthened vessel
  • Educational program from onboard lecturers and specialists
  • Onboard hospitality staff look after your every comfort
  • Antarctic wildlife - penguins, seals, whales and more!
  • Day 1: Ushuaia Today is the first day of our adventure. As we board the vessel, in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city at the tip of Argentina, and start to become familiar with 'our home' for the next 13 days we cannot help but wonder about the exciting journey ahead of us. In the early evening, we set sail and begin our voyage leaving behind Ushuaia and charting a course through the Beagle Channel. Days 2-3: Drake Passage Crossing the Drake Passage, there is so much excitement in the air as we make our way ever closer to the white continent. Guests eagerly soak up the friendly atmosphere onboard, as our numerous Polar experts and educational professionals prepare us for our adventures with presentations and courses on everything Antarctic, from wildlife and history, to first aid and snow safety. Eventually, we will cross the Antarctic Convergence where we notice a distinct drop in temperature as we enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean. Along the way, we will witness many spectacular sights from icebergs to an array of seabirds and even several whale species some of which are known on occasion to breach from the sea. Days 4-10: Antarctic Peninsula In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, we make as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiacs to incorporate our expedition goals and marvel up close at nature’s glory. Planned excursions may include Neko Harbour, Wilhelmina Bay and the southerly Petermann Island, where we will observe Weddell, crabeater and elephant seals, skuas and other seabirds as well as a shocking abundance of penguins including some very large colonies of the comical Adélie penguin. Amongst these varied landing sites and extraordinary bays for cruising, we find ourselves delving into our expedition field photography program as well as our hiking, snow shoeing, sea kayaking, and ski touring. Using the weather as our guide, we endeavour to extend ourselves beyond the standard limits of expedition cruising itineraries. With a flexible hospitality team we are able to spend more time onshore in our chosen environment to meet all of our expeditionary goals. Once alongside the peninsula we plan to launch our overnight kayaking experience for two nights away from the ship. After packing the kayaks with the necessary gear for our adventure we leave the ship and paddle into our chosen destination. Once we land we expect to spend about 2/3 hours stretching our legs and exploring. Some of you may ascend to a walk-able summit to take in the views, and massive icebergs in every direction. We also look for a possible campsite and assemble our tents for the wonderful experience of overnight kayak camping in Antarctica. Specifics for our ski touring program will depend on weather and avalanche safety. With our focus on the experience rather than the number of penguins we see, we have the flexibility to take our time to launch our outdoor pursuits in the right area for the required length of duration. We envisage the ability to offer a couple of ski touring options throughout the time in Antarctica. Days 11-12: Drake Passage As we leave this magical place and make our way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage before rounding Cape Horn, we have no doubt that time will be spent sharing and reflecting on the wonderful experiences of the last few days. This sailing time is optimal for reviewing your newfound ‘field photography’ skills and learning more from our onboard presentation staff and educational experts. Sailing up the Beagle Channel, we celebrate the conclusion of our Polar expedition with a special dinner onboard. Day 13: Ushuaia In the early morning, we will arrive back in Ushuaia. It is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travellers. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home. Note: As with all voyages, safety is our top priority. For that reason weather, ice or other conditions may require us to change our itinerary and shore excursions as we go but that is half the fun of Polar exploration. Predictability is a word that has no relevance in this environment.

    Expedition Vessel: M/V Akademik Ioffe

    Designed for polar research, the Akademik Ioffe, also known as the One Ocean Navigator is modern, comfortable, safe and ice-strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, the public spaces onboard the ship are ideally suited for each and every need. A separate bar and lounge, as well as a library provide ideal places to sit and relax or catch up on some reading. A selection of movies and documentaries can also be watched in the lounge.  Enjoy the sumptuous meals prepared for you by the culinary team in our dining room, which can host all clients in a single seating with ample room. Other facilities include the theatre style presentation room, gift-shop, fitness room, massage room, sauna and plunge pool.

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