ANTARCTICA

Basecamp

Start/Finish: Ushuaia, Argentina
Prices from €7,400 

2021/22 Departures

11 Nights/12 Days
Ortelius: 8 March (C, H, K, M, PW)
12 Nights/13 Days
Plancius: 11 November (C, K, M, PW, SS), 22 December (C, K, M, PW, SS), 3 January (C, K, M, PW, SS), 24 February (C, K, M, PW, SS), 8 March (C, K, M, PW, SS)
Ortelius: 13 January (C, K, M, PW),  25 January (C, K, M, PW), 6 February (C, K, M, PW), 
8 March (C, K, M, PW, SS)

2021/22 Departures

11 Nights/12 Days
Ortelius: 6 December* (C, K, SS, H, NW)
Plancius: 3 January (C, K, H, M, PW, SS)
*Also includes exploring and charting Anvers Island and Flandres Bay, please contact for additional details
12 Nights/13 Days
Ortelius: 24 November (C, K, H, M, PW, SS), 
Plancius: 10 November (C, K, H, M, PW, SS), 10 December (C, K, H, M, PW, SS), 22 December (C, K, H, M, PW, SS), 8 March (C, K, H, M, PW, SS)
Hondius:  22 November (C, K, H, M, PW, SS), 23 December (C, K, H, M, PW, SS), 20 February  (C, K, H, M, PW, SS)
KEY
C - Camping, K - Kayaking, SS - Snow-Shoeing, H - Hiking, PW - Photo Workshop,  NW - Navigational workshop
Activities are included free on Basecamp Voyages

The Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp cruise offers you a myriad of ways to explore and enjoy the Antarctic Region. This expedition allows you to hike, snowshoe, kayak, go mountaineering, and even camp out under the Southern Polar skies.

A map of the Antarctica Basecamp polar expedition cruise, PolarWorld Travel

Possible ROUTE MAP

A photograph of a ship, the m/v Ortelius sailing through the Neumayer Channel, Antarctica, taken on a PolarWorld Travel expedition cruise
The m/v Oretlius passes through the scenic Neumayer Channel
A photograph of people snowshoeing at Dorain Bay near Port Lockroy, Antarctica, taken on a PolarWorld Travel expedition cruise
Snowshoeing at Dorain Baynear Port Lockroy
A photograph looking down on Goudier Island and Port Lockroy, Antarctica, from a nearby mountain, taken on a PolarWorld Travel expedition cruise
Looking down on Port Lockroy after a snowshoeing hike from Dorain Bay
A photograph of tourists taking a hike at Neko Harbour, Antarctica, taken on a PolarWorld Travel expedition cruise
Walking at Neko Harbour
A photograph of tourists walking at Neko Harbour, Antarctica, taken on a PolarWorld Travel expedition cruise
Walking at Neko Harbour
A photograph of tourists walking at Danco Island, Antarctica, , taken on a PolarWorld Travel expedition cruise
Walking at Danco Island
A photograph of tourists kayaking in the Errera Channel, Antarctica, on a PolarWorld Travel expedition cruise
Kayaking in the Errera Channel
A photograph of tourists mountaineering in Antarctica, taken on a PolarWorld Travel expedition cruise
Mountaineering
A photograph of James Cresswell Director of GeoWorld Travel & PolarWorld Travel viewing a minkie whale from a zodiac in the  Errera Channel, Antarctica
James transporting a kayak and viewing a Minke whale in the Errera Channel
To make a booking, or to ask any questions you have about the voyage and its suitability for you, please contact us. James has guided on this voyage before and will be happy to discuss all aspects of the trip with you.

Possible Itinerary

PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and in order to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife. The on-board expedition leader determines the final itinerary. Itineraries may mention places that require permission to land, which must be granted by the relevant national authorities. Such permission is not granted prior to the publishing of these itineraries. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. Average cruising speed  is 10,5 knots.

Day 1: End of the world, start of a journey
Your voyage begins where the world drops off. Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the southernmost city on the planet, is located on the far southern tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego, nicknamed “The End of the World,” and sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening.

Day 2 - 3: Path of the polar explorers
Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, you enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale spouting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too. Wandering albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels are a few of the birds you might see.

Day 4 - 9: Entering Antarctica
Gray stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, and dramatically different wildlife below and above. You first pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel, sailing between Brabant and Anvers Islands.

Places you might visit includes:

Neumayer Channel – The vessel may position itself here, launching its multiple basecamp activities from the protected waters around Wiencke Island. You can enjoy the splendors of this alpine environment at sea with Zodiac and kayaking trips, or if you’re in the mood for a walk, there are possible snowshoe hikes and soft-climb mountaineering options farther inland. Naturally, favorable weather conditions determine the possible activities.

Port Lockroy – After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, you may get a chance to visit the former British research station – now a museum and post office – of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. You may also be able to partake in activities around c, meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. There are great opportunities also for kayaking and camping here, and when conditions are right, you can even snowshoe around the shore.

Pléneau & Petermann Islands – If the ice allows it, you can sail through the Lemaire Channel in search of Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. There’s also a good chance you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales here, as well as leopard seals. Kayaking, glacier walks, and more ambitious mountaineering trips are the potential activities of this location.

Neko Harbour – An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow, Neko Harbour offers opportunities for a Zodiac cruise and landing that afford the closest views of the surrounding alpine peaks.

Paradise Bay – You have the chance to make camp here like a true polar explorer, enjoying a supreme overnight Antarctic adventure.

Errera Channel – Possible sites in this area include Danco Island and Cuverville Island, but also the lesser known (though equally picturesque) Orne Island and Georges Point on Rongé Island.

On your last day of near-shore activities, you pass the Melchior Islands toward the open sea. Keep a sharp lookout for humpback whales in Dallmann Bay. You might also shoot for Half Moon Island, in the South Shetlands, with further chances for activities.

Conditions on the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure.

Day 10 - 11: Familiar seas, familiar friends
Your return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, you’re again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered from the passage south. But they seem a little more familiar to you now, and you to them.

Day 12: There and back again
Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia, but with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

12 Nights/13 Days

An additional day is spent in Antarctica between days 4 -9 .

Our Green Promise

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We purchase carbon offsets through Carbon Footprint.

If you book this expedition cruise through us we will pay your carbon offset for you and provide a certificate on completion of your expedition.

PER PERSON CARBON DIOXIDE GENERATED BY THIS EXPEDITION
12 DAYS = 8.4T
13 DAYS = 9.1T
calculated at
 https://co2.myclimate.org/en/cruise_calculators/new

It is your responsibility to book your travel to and from the start and finish of the expedition. This is normally a flight. If you would like to carbon offset this cost please use our carbon offset calculator here.

Wildlife you may see on this voyage