This trip combines the teeming wildlife of the sub-Antarctic islands with the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Antarctic Peninsula. We then cross the Scotia Sea to South Georgia, where snow and ice capped peaks line the skyline while lush tussock grass carpets the lower hills and abandoned whaling stations have been reclaimed by fur seals. Climbers will cross the island’s mountains in Sir Ernest Shackleton’s footsteps as paddlers enjoy close up encounters with majestic king penguins.
As we journey deep into glacial bays, black-browed and wandering albatross, prions, terns and petrels soar overhead and elephant seals loll on beaches watched over by multitudes of macaroni and rock hopper penguins. Orcas and humpback whales feed in these waters and an endless array of picturesque icebergs are the backdrop for many paddling delights. We cap off this jewel of a trip with 3 days kayaking in the Antarctic Peninsula. Not to be missed!
Sample tour Itinerary:
Day 1: Embark the Polar Pioneer in Ushuaia, Argentina.
Days 2-3: Towards Antarctica.
Days 4-6: Paddling and exploring the Antarctic Peninsula.
Day 7: Elephant Island.
Day 8: South Orkney Islands.
Day 9: Scotia Sea.
Days 10-13: Exploring South Georgia by kayak, walking and zodiac cruises.
Days 14-16: Scotia Sea and south Falkland Islands.
Day 17: Arrive Stanley, Falkland Islands.
Please note, some voyages operate in the reverse direction, starting in Stanley, Falkland Islands, and finishing in Ushuaia, Argentina.
The flight from Punta Arenas, Chile, to Stanley, Falkland Islands (or v.v) is an extra cost at US$660.00 per person.
The 19-day voyage gives two days extra for exploration in the Falkland Islands.
The 20-day voyage also explores the Weddell sea and begins and ends in Ushuaia, Argentina.
2013/14 voyage dates:
17 day voyages: 9-25 Jan 2014 | 25 Jan-10 Feb 2014.
19 day voyage: 23 Nov-11 Dec 2013.
20 day voyage: 11-30 Mar 2014.
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Antarctica Antarctica Outdoor: Water Drifter Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting Wildlife Viewing