Antarctica Small Ship, Great Penguin Adventure: Ocean Nova
Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia
We sail from Ushuaia to the Falkland Islands, home to charming rockhopper penguins and graceful albatrosses. Our next stop is the remote island of South Georgia, a wildlife haven said to have more wildlife per square metre than any other place on the planet. To watch the huge elephant seals fight for their harems and be greeted by hundreds of thousands of breeding king penguins is a truly unbelievable experience. Continue to the most remote and isolated continent - Antarctica. Explore the dramatic landscapes with gigantic icebergs, scenic channels and bustling penguin colonies
- The ultimate Antarctica cruise
- Travel in a small group – max 78 passengers
- Experience the world’s most remote continent
- Visit the wildlife haven of South Georgia
- Possibility of sighting 7 different species of penguin
- See the gigantic elephant seals fight for their harems
- Marvel at huge icebergs
- The trip is 100 % climate compensated
SMALL GROUPS – GREAT EXPERIENCES
We travel in a small groups and strive to have minimal impact on the environment. The Ocean Nova offers a more relaxed atmosphere, greater focus on the destination and more time ashore, compared to a larger vessel. Most vessels that visit Antarctica takes between 120 and 500 passengers, but to visit Antarctica in a group of merely 78 passengers invites to a more exclusive as well as more sustainable experience. The Ocean Nova also has a very low fuel consumption per passenger, one of the lowest in the business. The small numbers maximise flexibility and landing time, unlike other ships over 100 passengers which must break up into groups for every excursion.
WHAT MAKES SOUTH GEORGIA SO SPECIAL?
In the middle of the Southern Ocean lies South Georgia. With nearly 3000-meter-high mountain peaks, impressive glaciers and sandy beaches the island invites its visitors to some of the world’s most magnificent scenery. The wildlife here is truly extraordinary. Everywhere, on the beaches and rocks, in the water and the air, the wildlife is teeming. The sound of hundreds of thousands of king penguins is very powerful! It is an incredible experience to stand among all these curious individuals. Here, we also have chance to meet the huge elephant seals, which can weigh as much as four tons and have over 200 females in one single harem! The new-born seal pups have just started to explore the world and are keen on getting acquainted. Their immense, black eyes win every visitor’s heart! With no land based predators on the island, the wild life here have no fear of humans. This creates a truly magical setting to encounter the animals and watch them go about their day undisturbed.
The perfect small ship expedition on an epic adventure!
OverviewWe sail from Ushuaia to the Falkland Islands, home to charming rockhopper penguins and graceful albatrosses. Our next stop is the remote island of South Georgia, a wildlife haven said to have more wildlife per square metre than any other place on the planet. To watch the huge elephant seals fight for their harems and be greeted by hundreds of thousands of breeding king penguins is a truly unbelievable experience. Continue to the most remote and isolated continent - Antarctica. Explore the dramatic landscapes with gigantic icebergs, scenic channels and bustling penguin colonies.
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Expedition Vessel: M/V Ocean Nova
The M/V Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable vessel - one of the few remaining genuinely small ships in polar travel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland, and her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in the polar regions both Arctic and Antarctic. The M/V Ocean Nova has capacity for just 78 passengers accommodated in comfortable outside cabins, all with private facilities, including dedicated single, twin and triple cabins. In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, a spacious dining room, a bar, a library and an infirmary. The ship has Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.
- One hotel night in Ushuaia
- 19 nights on board the expedition ship Ocean Nova
- All meals on board
- Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board the ship
- Coffee, tea, chocolate, water and snacks on board the ship throughout the expedition
- All landings and excursions
- Eight polar expert guides
- Guiding ashore and lectures on board
- Loan of waterproof boots for landings and Zodiac cruises
- Comprehensive pre-departure material
- The trip is 100 % climate compensated
- Airfare to and from Ushuaia, Argentina
- Travel and cancellation insurance
- Personal expenses on board such as in the bar, the shop or laundry service
- The customary gratuity to the ship’s crew
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