Our regular annual trip to Antarctica is a bit different this year, taking place later in the southern summer, and offering a more in depth stay in Antarctica before the chance of joining the YPT Grand South Atlantic Cruise.
We have been running trips to Antarctica for many years now, as well as Greenland and Svalbard in Arctic waters, but for country and continent collectors, photographers, and actually just anyone with an adventurous spirit, this Antarctica cruise is not to be missed.
Setting sail from Tierra del Fuego, the ‘Land of Fire’ on the archipelago at the tip of South America where the Andes curl east, this is the end of the world. The tour will meet up in Ushuaia, Argentina, before heading to board the m/v Hondius.
We then begin our two-week voyage through the Beagle Channel and the Drake Passage toward the Antarctic Convergence, where the Antarctic begins. We will sail the Pendleton Strait and visit Renaud Island. We’ll stop at Fish Island, Detaille Island and sail through the spectacular cliffs of the Gullet. We visit Horseshoe Island and Pourquoi Pas and the vast George IV and Wilkins ice shelves. Lastly, we explore the Jenny, Leonie, Lagoon and Mikkelson Islands.
Then there’s the wildlife. We’ll be spotting whales, including fin, humpback and Minke, as well as crabeater and leopard seals. We may even see orcas if we are lucky. The birdlife in Antarctica is incredible, and we’ll look out for colonies of seven types of penguins as well as shags, albatrosses and petrels in the skies and waters.
The scenery does not get boring even after 9 or 10 days, the open seas, the glaciers and icebergs, alpine mountains covered in snow, all make for photographs that will trump almost any of your other trips.
There will also be the chance to go kayaking ($550) which is a unique highlight and not to be missed out so best for you to book early.
On a trip like this, we cannot guarantee the itinerary, it will depend on the weather and the condition of the ice, the final say for routes is with the captain of the ship and the professional team onboard.
|Superior (double bed for one or two people)
|Junior Suite (double bed for one or two people)
|Grand Suite with private balcony (double bed for one or two people)
Wednesday 13th March – Ushuaia, the end of the world!
Thursday 14th March – the Drake Passage
Friday 15th March – the Antarctic Convergence
Saturday 16th March – Through the Pendleton Strait
Sunday 17th March – Detaille Island and the Gullet
Monday 18th March – Pourquoi Pas and Horseshoe Islands
Tuesday 19th March – George IV and Wilkins Ice Shelf
Wednesday 20th March – George IV and Wilkins Ice Shelf
Thursday 21st March – George IV and Wilkins Ice Shelf
Friday 22nd March – George IV and Wilkins Ice Shelf
Saturday 23rd March – Jenny and Leonie Islands
Sunday 24th March – Lagoon and Mikkelson Islands
Monday 25th March – Antarctic Convergence
Tuesday 26th March – the Drake Passage
Wednesday 27th March – Heading home
Thursday 28th March – Ushuaia
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