In the afternoon, embark in Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world. Sail through this scenic waterway of the Beagle Channel during the evening.
During these two days, sail across the Drake Passage. When crossing the Antarctic Convergence, arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone, where you may meet 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. Near the South Shetland Island, spot your first iceburgs.
Sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. Sail to the Neumayer Channel, where the ship is positioned for the multi-activity base camp. The protected waters around Wiencke Island become your playground for all activities. In this alpine environment there are great opportunities to scout the region on foot, zodiac and during kayak trips. Walkers find opportunities to use snowshoes on hikes near the shore lines and the mountaineers find their challenge by climbing hills and viewpoints further inland, i.e. Jabet Peak (540 m). All climbs and excursions can only be conducted in good weather conditions.
Two overnights are spent at anchor in order to implement two camp nights and two full activity days. Visit the British research station and post office Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy, there the ship may land on Jougla Point with gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. Look out for leopard seals, crabeater seals, and whales.
Depending on weather conditions, sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Booth, Pleneau and Petermann Islands where you can find Adelie penguins and blue-eyed shags. In this area there are good chances to encounter humpback whales and minke whales.
At Neko Harbor, take the opportunity to explore the magnificent glaciers and ice fields of the Antarctic Continent. Enjoy the spectacular landscape by foot, zodiac, and kayak. The mountaineers may climb up to higher grounds of the glacier. Spend the night, camping at Neko Harbor or near Paradise Bay with a camp erected ashore. After breaking camp in the morning, sail towards the Drake Passage via the Melchior Islands.
On your way north, be again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.
Arrive in the morning and disembark in Ushuaia after breakfast.
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|Camping, kayaking, snowshoe/hiking, mountaineering and photo workshop are complimentary on this departure.|