The Antarctic Peninsula Only
9 Nights/10 Days
Start/Finish: Ushuaia, Argentina
Price from €5,150
Hondius: 15 December (C,K,SS), 3 January (C, K, SS), 22 January (C, K, SS), 10 February (C, K)
Janssonius: 14 December (C,K, SS), 15 March (WW, D)
Hondius: 4 December (C, K, SS)
Janssonius: 26 November (C, K, SS), 5 December (C, K, SS), 14 December (C, K, SS), 16 March (WW, D)
C - Camping*, D - Diving*, K - Kayaking*, SS - Snow-Shoeing*, WW - Whale Watching Voyages
* These are optional activities
Voyages at the end of the season are often described as Whale Watching voyages , this is because by this time of year penguins have finished breeding and have left their colonies, however whales are now in Antarctica in their greatest abundance.
This voyage sails directly to the Peninsula bypassing the South Shetland Islands, which is slightly less 'polar' because it is 100 miles further north than the main continental area of the peninsula. This is a good choice for those who wish to maximise the time they can spend at their furthest south. However the South Shetland Islands also have a lot to offer , for example the volcano Deception Island, so for some people a voyage that includes the South Shetland islands could be the better choice.
Possible ROUTE MAP
Nesting gentoo penguins on Danco Island in the Errera Channel with Cuverville Island in the back ground
Beautiful weather in Neko Harbour, on the Danco Coast
The Argentinian Brown Station in Paradise Harbour, on the Danco Coast
The entrance to the Lemaire Channel
A leopard seal rests on an ice flow in front of Pléneau Island
The Penguin Post Office a Port Lockroy on Goudier Island
Humpback whales in Wilhelmina Bay
The wreck of the Guvernøren in Wilhelmina Bay
James in Wilhelmina Bay
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.
PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. Landings are subject to site availabilities, permissions, and environmental concerns per IAATO regulations. Official sailing plans and landing slots are scheduled with IAATO prior to the start of the season, but the expedition leader determines the final plan. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. The average cruising speed of our vessel 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 – 7: 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.
Sites you may visit include:
Danco Island – Activities here may focus on the gentoo penguins nesting on the island, in addition to the Weddell and crabeater seals that can be found nearby.
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 may be able to take a Zodiac cruise in these sprawling, ice-flecked waters, where there’s a good chance you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales.
Pléneau & Petermann Islands – If the ice allows it, you could sail through the Lemaire Channel in search of Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. There is also a possibility you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales here, as well as leopard seals.
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 Jougla Point, meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. At the nearby sites, such as Damoy Point there may be the opportunity for snowshoeing to the old ski-way, this is also one of our favourite camping sites.
Wilhelmina Bay & Guvernøren – This is a great place to spot humpback whales. You also may embark on a Zodiac cruise ending at the ghostly wreck of the Guvernøren, a whaling vessel that caught fire here in 1915. Around the Melchior Islands, amid a frozen landscape peopled with icebergs, you may encounter even more whales, leopard seals, and crabeater seals. Conditions on the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure.
Day 8 - 9: 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 10: 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.
Our Green Promise
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
10 DAYS = 7.0T
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.