Welcome to one of the most spectacular places on earth, the remotest and coldest continent: Antarctica. There are several routes and ways to visit it, and one of the most popular ones is the classic circuit on board the M/V USHUAIA, an ideal expedition for those who visit Antarctica for the first time.
The itineraries are expertly planned to take best advantage of the amazing wildlife and spectacular scenery during each part of the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic season.
Antarctica triggers so many feelings that it’s difficult to process them all at once. The days before the expedition you feel excited and kind of worried, thinking if the weather conditions will be ok, if you will be feeling well, etc. Then, when the tour starts, all those thoughts are left behind, and the power of the immensity surrounding you doesn’t let you think in anything else than to be “here and now”.
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We will navigate across the Drake Passage, which marks the Antarctic Convergence. This convergence is where the cold polar waters meet the warm ones from the north, creating a singular biodiversity which marks the northern limit of many Antarctic seabirds.
The lecturers will guide us on the observation of many different seabirds, including albatrosses and other impressive animals. You will be also able to accompany the officers on the bridge, learning about navigation and the legends of the sea. The plan during these two days includes a full program of lectures.
The icebergs and the snow-capped mountains will announce our arrival in the South Shetland Islands. If the weather conditions allow it, we will enjoy our first encounter with the penguins and the seals.
The South Shetland Islands are a wildlife paradise, with lots of penguins, Antarctic fur seals, southern elephant seals, and many other animals. Visiting Deception Island is amazing.
The largest of the South Shetland Islands – King George Island-, is home for different kinds of animals, such as the Adélie and Chinstrap Penguins, Kelp Gulls, Blue-eyed Cormorants, Antarctic Terns and Southern Giant Petrels. It hosts as well different scientific bases. Our way continues to Livingston Island, where Macaroni, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins and elephant seals will be waiting for an eventual encounter.
The remarkable history of the Antarctic Peninsula invites to learn about the first expeditions, following their footprint on the pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and waterways.
Besides those mentioned before, there will be good chances of seeing other amazing animals at close range: the Weddell, leopard, and crabeater seals, as well as the killer (orca), humpback, and Minke whales.
We hope to navigate the Lemaire Channel, the Gerlache Strait, and the Neumayer Channel, which are beautiful waterways surrounded by rock faces and amazing glaciers.
We program a minimum of two daily landings in the following potential sites: Paradise Bay; the Adélie Penguin colony near the Antarctic Sound (over 100,000 pairs breed here), on Paulet Island, where is also a Blue-eyed Cormorant colony. The Nordenskjöld expedition built a stone survival hut here in 1903. We may visit as well the Cuverville Island, the Melchior Island, the Portal Point, the Neko Harbour, the Pléneau Island and if ice conditions permit, the Petermann Island (where is the southernmost colony of Gentoo Penguins).
We will cross the Drake Passage, back to Ushuaia, followed by different kinds of sea birds.
Arrival in Ushuaia during the morning (disembark).
End of the tour, and optional extensions to Torres del Paine, El Calafate, or Ushuaia. We strongly recommend our travelers to take advantage of the visit to enjoy as well the main highlights of Southern Patagonia.
Please note: The above itinerary is a guide only. The exact route and program will vary to take best advantage of local weather and ice conditions and opportunities to view wildlife. Flexibility is the key to success.
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