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Plancius | Polar Circle, 12 Day

12 Days FROM USD 7,550

Overview

This 12 day voyage will take you deep south, to 66 degrees south beyond the Antarctic Circle. This voyage offers plenty of variety, also combining whale watching for the March departures. Discover a tranquil and isolated land of pure white snow, contrasting dark rugged rock an endless vistas that dare to take your breath away. 

Optional Activities :

Trip Code: ACOWWJ

Travel Style: Small Ship Expedition Cruise

Location: Antarctic Peninsula

Ship: Plancius

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

CRUISE ITINERARY

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.

Embarkation in Ushuaia

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.

Crossing The Drake - Day 2 to 3

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.

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.

Antarctic Peninsula - Day 4 to 8

The volcanic islands of the South Shetlands are windswept and often cloaked in mist, but they do offer subtle pleasures: There’s a wide variety of flora (mosses, lichens, flowering grasses) and no small amount of fauna (gentoo penguins, chinstrap penguins, southern giant petrels). In Deception Island, the ship plunges through Neptune’s Bellows and into the flooded caldera. Here you find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, and thousands of cape petrels – along with kelp gulls, brown and south polar skuas, and Antarctic terns. A good hike is a possibility in this fascinating and desolate volcanic landscape.

As an alternative, you may be able to engage in activities near Half Moon Island. Here chinstrap penguins and Weddell seals often haul out onto the beach near Cámara Base, an Argentine scientific research station. Conditions on the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure.

South Shetland Island

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.

Drake Passage - Day 10 to 11

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.

Ushuaia Disembarkation
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Pricing & date

Plancius | Polar Circle, 12 Day from USD 7,550
Departing Ending Duration
13 Feb 2022 24 Feb 2022 12
20 Mar 2022 31 Mar 2022 12
11 Feb 2023 22 Feb 2023 12
20 Mar 2023 31 Mar 2023 12

Important Information

  • Cabin accommodation on board ship
    All meals on board 
    Guiding and lectures by experienced expedition team
    Landings and excursions by zodiac
    Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes for duration of voyage
    Pre-scheduled group transfer port to airport (departure day) 
    Port charges and service fees

    Exclusion 

    International airfare
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable)
    Customary gratuitie for staff and crew
    Travel insurance
    Personal expenses such as telecommunication and bar spending

  • 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

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Sustainability

As a member of IAATO we follow 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 boats 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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