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Crossing the Polar Circle

12 Days FROM USD 8,050

Overview

Discover the isolated and serene sights of the Polar Circle and Antarctic Peninsula. Departing from Ushuaia, this 12 day voyage follows the path of legendary explorers and incredible wildlife. On your small expedition vessel you will cruise through waters traveled by Minke, humpback and Fin whales, before departing on zodiacs to cruise between massive icebergs and imposing glaciers. 

Optional Activities :

Trip Code: ACOWHPC

Travel Style: Small Ship Expedition Cruise

Location: Antarctic Peninsula

Ship: Hondius

Flights: We offer a range of flight options to meet your cruise, contact us today to discuss. 

CRUISE ITINERARY

In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.

Embarkation in Ushuaia

During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage. When we cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area we may see Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black- browed Albatrosses, Light- mantled Albatrosses, Cape Petrels, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs.

At Sea - Days 2 & 3

We may start our first day in Antarctica with a landing at Hannah Point, where we will find a nice variety of Gentoo Penguins, Chinstraps and southern Giant Petrels, as well as Elephant Seals hauling out on the beach. At Deception Island is a sub ducted crater, which opens into the sea creating a natural harbour for the ship. Here we find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape Petrels and many Kelp Gulls, Brown and South Polar Skuas and Antarctic Terns. Wilson’s Storm Petrels and Black-bellied Storm Petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay. On our way further South we call at Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Rongé Island. It contains a large colony of Gentoo Penguins and breeding pairs of Brown Skuas. In Neko Harbour and Paradise Bay with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, we have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent. We aim for a for zodiac cruise between the icebergs in the inner parts of the amazing water way of Paradise Bay.

We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Petermann Island offering Adélie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. We also try to land at Pléneau Island with a fair chances to encounter Humpback and Minke Whales. Overnight we head south along the Argentine Islands to Crystal Sound, and cross the Polar Circle in the morning. We aim to make a landing at the abandoned British station on Detaille Island which is likely to be our furthest south. The landscape is very impressive with very high mountains and huge glaciers. We may reach the Fish Islands on the way northwards were we encounter one of the southernmost Adélie Penguin and Blue-eyed Shag colonies in the Antarctic Peninsula. Sailing north again through Neumayer Channel and Gerlache Strait, we arrive at the Melchior Islands with a very beautiful landscape with icebergs, where we may encounter Leopard Seals, Crabeater Seals and whales. Throughout this area offers excellent opportunities for kayaking and diving in the pristine Antarctic environment.

Antarctica - Day 4 to 9

On our way north we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

At sea - Day 10 & 11

We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark after breakfast.

Disembark in Ushuaia
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Pricing & date

Crossing the Polar Circle from USD 8,050
Departing Ending Duration
02 Mar 2022 13 Mar 2022 12

Important Information

  • Cabin accommodation on board ship
    All meals
    All scheduled landings and excursions by zodiac
    Guiding and lectures by experienced expedition staff
    Comprehensive pre departure material 
    Complimentary use of rubber boots for duration of voyage

    Exclusions 

    International flights
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable) 
    Gratuities for staff and crew
    Any items not mentioned as included
    Personal expenses 

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request. Contact us for more details

  • Please note this itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions

  • Departure date, seasonality and availability

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Sustainability

We appreciate that voyages to the Antarctic to have an impact on this pristine environment. In light of this, all our voyages are double carbon offset. In addition, we strive to eliminate as many single use plastics as possible from our supply chain. In choosing this voyage you are also supporting the fantastic work done by the Antarctic Science Foundation (ASF) and their work in understanding and protecting this unique destination. In addition all voyages support the Mawsons Huts Foundation (MHF). The MHF support the legacy of Sir Douglas Mawson, the legendary Antarctic explorer and scientist. As a member of IAATO we follow strict guidelines appointed by the Antarctic Treaty System to go above and beyond in support of minimizing negative impacts on this pristine landscape. We also encourage clients to look to book pre-and post- accommodation with us, where local businesses will be supported. Our clients also receive restaurant recommendations which support locally owned restaurants.

We carefully select all ships we work with and choose smaller sized vessels to create less impact. We use a highly regulated, licensed vessel which is well equipped to operate in the Antarctic’s delicate ecosystem. We view the voyage to the Antarctic as an expedition, not a sightseeing trip. Smaller ships such as ours can navigate narrow waterways and are far less polluting than the larger ships in Antarctic waters. By carrying less passengers, we have far less waste. The waste is carried back to the home port to allow for environmentally conscious waste management and disposal.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE

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