Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctica Air-Cruise

Antarctica & South Georgia

Save sea time with the included flights on this far-reaching expedition to the islands of the South Atlantic Ocean and the Antarctic mainland. Revel in 17 eye-popping days of exploration. Busybody penguins in rookeries by the thousands, behemoth icebergs reflecting startling greens and blues, humpback whales feeding on krill and of course the continent-sized sweeping ice sheet of Antarctica. We follow the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton whose epic small boat journey a century ago remains one of the greatest feats of navigation in history

  • Explore the Antarctic Peninsula by ship, Zodiac and on foot.
  • Learn about unique geology, history and wildlife.
  • Incredible wildlife of South Georgia, often referred to as ‘the Galapagos of the South’.
  • More than 30 species of breeding birds, including four species of Penguin.
  • Follow in the footsteps of Shackleton and pause for a moment at his graveside.
  • Explore the quaint, British town of Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands.
  • On board lecturers and educational presentations from Polar Specialists.

The right gear for your trip – included!

Expedition Clothing Gear package included

During the voyage you will have the use of an expedition gear package free of charge. Containing around $US900 worth of essential equipment, this kit includes a quality waterproof/ windproof jacket and bib-pants plus insulated rubber boots designed for extended walking. We also include a set of binoculars and a Nordic trekking pole for use when on shore. A waterproof backpack completes your package. This kit saves you buying expensive clothing and equipment you may only ever use once. It also eliminates the need to carry such cumbersome gear to the ship (total weight around 8kg/17lbs).

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Mar 12 2019
 
The expedition side was first class and our time was maximized enabling us to see so much of this wonderful part of the world.

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A comprehensive Antarctic expedition on a highly-regarded vessel.

Overview

Save sea time with the included flights on this far-reaching expedition to the islands of the South Atlantic Ocean and the Antarctic mainland. Revel in 17 eye-popping days of exploration. Busybody penguins in rookeries by the thousands, behemoth icebergs reflecting startling greens and blues, humpback whales feeding on krill and of course the continent-sized sweeping ice sheet of Antarctica. We follow the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton whose epic small boat journey a century ago remains one of the greatest feats of navigation in history.
Overview Antarctica, the sub-Antarctic Falkland Islands and the island of South Georgia are home to a proliferation of unique wildlife and birdlife. As with all voyages, safety is the 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 exploring. Predictability is a word that has no relevance in this environment. Day By Day Expedition Itinerary December 27, 2018 - January 12, 2019: Read first paragraph of day by day description. February 2 - 18, 2019: Read second paragraph of day by day description. Day 1 / Punta Arenas, Chile Our journey commences this morning in the southern Chilean port city of Punta Arenas. We gather at a central location and transfer to the airport for the flight to the ship. Upon arrival , we embark our ship via Zodiac. After settling into our cabins and exploring our new surroundings, we meet our expedition team and fellow passengers. Excitement is in the air as we enjoy a welcome refreshment and set sail. Days 2 - 4 / Antarctic Peninsula | Falkland Islands & Southern Ocean For the next three days we have a varied itinerary exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. Planned visits could include Paradise Harbour, Orne Harbour or Andvord Bay, or a cruise through the Errera Channel to visit the penguin rookeries at Cuverville Island. Wilhelmina Bay is another favourite location where we frequently encounter pods of humpback whales. | Approaching Sea Lion Island, we first note the very barren and windswept landscape, exposed to the prevailing weather that originates in the Drake Passage. We launch the zodiacs and go ashore to view the incredible diversity of wildlife found at this location. After our excursion, we set sail towards South Georgia. The seabirds once again join us in the Southern Ocean for our two day sailing. Our educational presentations continue and are always popular. Days 5 - 8 / Elephant Island & Scotia Sea | South Georgia On our way towards Elephant Island, we are heading north towards Antarctic Sound – the gateway into the icy Weddell Sea. Along the way we hope to make a planned visit at Deception Island. Elephant Island is forever connected to the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the HMS Endurance expedition a century ago. Onboard experts keep us busy with fascinating presentations and lead lively discussions throughout the day on our journey towards South Georgia. The great pelagic seabirds are sure to keep us company – and we anticipate excellent sightings of albatross and giant petrels soaring on the winds of the South Atlantic Ocean. | South Georgia has often been called the ‘Serengeti of the Southern Ocean’ – and as we approach the deep bays of this rugged, rocky outcrop, you will begin to see why. Launching the Zodiacs we begin our exploration of the island, in the vicinity of Elsehul Bay. Large numbers of fur seals and the much larger elephant seal will line the dark sand beaches. Living in the tussock grass, king penguins and their chicks may number up to 100,000 birds in some locations, including Salisbury Plain, St Andrews Bay and Gold Harbour. The island is also home to large numbers of nesting albatross as they fill the skies above, coming and going from the nest. Days 9 - 11 / South Georgia | Southern Ocean Rounding the remote south-eastern end of South Georgia, we spend the next days thoroughly exploring the coastline. Dark sand beaches, tussock covered hinterland and a backdrop of towering peaks and glaciers are a feast for all the senses. Locations we hope to visit include Gold Harbour, Royal Bay, St Andrews Bay and Salisbury Plain. | Weather and ice will dictate our crossing of the Scotia Sea from South Georgia to Antarctica. Days 12 - 16 / Southern Ocean & Falkland Islands | Antarctic Peninsula On our last day of South Georgia, we slowly head towards the Falkland Islands. Spectacular seabirds including several albatross and petrel species are our constant companions as we cross the Southern Ocean. | Around 60 miles off the coast of the Antarctic mainland we find the South Shetland Island chain. Weather conditions permitting we sail the ship into the flooded volcanic caldera of Deception Island. After so much anticipation, we enter the icy waters of the Antarctic Peninsula in the vicinity of Mikkelson Harbour or Cierva Cove. Along the shoreline in the bays and harbors of the Peninsula lives an incredible abundance of wildlife. Large rookeries are home to chinstrap, gentoo and Adelie penguins. Seals live on the ice floes, including the powerful leopard seal that we hope to encounter. Gulls, skuas and cormorants are also found nesting and feeding at many sites along the Antarctic Peninsula. We explore by Zodiac boat and ashore where a range of exciting activities await. Locations we hope to visit include Wilhelmina Bay, Orne Harbour, Cuverville Island and the Errera Channel. Day 17 / Punta Arenas Chile This morning we say goodbye to our expedition team and transfer ashore by Zodiac to board our special charter flight. This flight is included in the price of your voyage. Upon arrival into Punta Arenas a transfer from the airport into town is provided.

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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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Included
  • Flights from Punta Arenas to Stanley, Falkland Islands or King George Island and return
  • Voyage and accommodation on board as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • Free use of onboard expedition rubber boots & wet weather gear (you are welcome to bring your own as well)
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac and guided hikes/walks.
  • Educational presentations and leadership by experienced expedition guides, naturalist staff, and hospitality staff.
  • Access to onboard multimedia room and download stations
  • An emergency trained English speaking physician
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
Excluded
  • Pre- and post land arrangements.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • All items of a personal nature such as additional purchases onboard in the gift shop, laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).
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