It seems like an age since we last went to Antarctica, and so in 2021 YPT will take you back to the frozen continent. We have been running trips to 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 10 day voyage through the Beagle Channel and the Drake Passage toward the Antarctic Convergence, where the Antarctic begins. We’ll see the Melchior Islands and sail through the Schollaert Channel, between Brabant and Anvers Islands. Traversing the Neumayer Channel we can visit the former British research station at Port Lockroy. In Wilhelmina Bay we will spot the wreck of the Guvernøren, a burned out wreck of a whaling ship that caught fire in 1915.
Then there’s the wildlife. We’ll be spotting whales, including fin, humpback and Minke, as well as crabeater and leopard seals. The birdlife in Antarctica is incredible, and we’ll look out for colonies of seven types of penguin 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.
On this trip we will be enjoying lectures from professional ecologists on board this trip and will go on snowshoeing walks free of charge. There will also be the chance to go kayaking ($450) and overnight camping ($195) 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
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Wednesday 15th December – Ushuaia, the end of the world!
Thursday 16th December – the Drake Passage
Friday 17th December – the Antarctic Convergence
Saturday 18th December – Into Antarctica
Sunday 19th December – Danco Island – Paradise Bay
Monday 20th December – Petermann Islands – Port Lockroy
Tuesday 21st December – Wilhelmina Bay – Guvernøren
Wednesday 22nd December – the Drake Passage
Thursday 23rd December – Heading home
Friday 24th December – Ushuaia
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
• All meals on the ship including snacks, coffee/ tea.
• Accommodation on the ship in quadruple porthole rooms (higher standard accommodation on request)
• All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage
• Transfers between Ushuaia to the ship
• All taxes, charges and permits relating to the voyage
• Coats, boots and zodiac
• Flights to and from Ushuaia
• Visa charges if applicable (we provide full visa support)
• All accommodation and meals on shore
• Travel insurance (which is mandatory)
• Kayaking (+$450) and camping (+$195)
• Tips for the crew
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.