Begin this 13-day expedition in Ushuaia and chart a course through the Drake Passage, potentially making landfall in the South Shetland Islands prior to reaching the Antarctic Peninsula. Your journey may take you south of the Lemaire Channel to the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, or reverse depending on ice and weather conditions. Optional activities include an overnight sea kayak and camping excursion led by kayak guides, camping on the ice amidst the Polar landscape, ski touring, snowshoeing, walking, hiking, zodiac cruising, and field photography. There are a handful of preferred landing sites where you can enjoy these activities, allowing you to appreciate varied terrain. This voyage offers awe-inspiring outdoor experiences paired with outdoor education on Antarctica and its environment.
Day 1 : Embark in Ushuaia Days 2-3 : Drake Passage Days 4-10 : Antarctic Peninsula Days 11-12 : Drake Passage Day 13 : Disembark in Ushuaia
Attend educational presentations and courses from your Polar experts
Observe large penguin colonies, including the comical Adélie penguin
Kayak in the Antarctic waters to an overnight camp
Cross the infamous Drake Passage and search for marine life
Today is the first day of your adventure. As you board the Akademik Ioffe in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city at the tip of Argentina, and start to become familiar with your home for the next 13 days, you cannot help but wonder about the exciting journey ahead. In the early evening, set sail and begin your voyage, leaving behind Ushuaia and charting a course through the Beagle Channel.
Crossing the Drake Passage, there is so much excitement in the air as you make your way ever closer to the white continent. Guests eagerly soak up the friendly atmosphere onboard, as numerous Polar experts and educational professionals prepare you for your adventures with presentations and courses on everything Antarctic, from wildlife and history, to first aid and snow safety. Eventually, cross the Antarctic Convergence where you can detect a distinct drop in temperature as you enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean. Along the way, witness many spectacular sights from icebergs to an array of seabirds and even several whale species, some of which are known on occasion to breach from the sea.
In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, take as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiacs to incorporate the expedition goals and marvel up close at nature’s glory. Planned excursions may include Neko Harbour, Wilhelmina Bay, and the southerly Petermann Island, where you can observe Weddell, crabeater and elephant seals, skuas, and other seabirds as well as a shocking abundance of penguins including some very large colonies of the comical Adélie penguin.
Amongst these varied landing sites and extraordinary bays for cruising, find yourself delving into an expedition field photography program as well as hiking, snow shoeing, sea kayaking, cross country skiing, and mountaineering/ski touring. Using the weather as a guide, endeavor to extend yourselves beyond the standard limits of expedition cruising itineraries. With a flexible hospitality team you are able to spend more time onshore in a chosen environment to meet all of your expeditionary goals.
Once alongside the peninsula plan to launch for an overnight kayaking experience. After packing the kayaks with the necessary gear for this adventure, leave the ship and paddle into a chosen destination. Once you land expect to spend about 2-3 hours stretching legs and exploring. Some may ascend to a walk-able summit to take in the views and massive icebergs in every direction. You also look for a possible campsite and assemble tents for the wonderful experience of overnight kayak camping in Antarctica.
The next morning pack the gear, jump into the kayaks, and paddle for a few hours before rejoining the fellow travelers on board the ship. Specifics for the mountaineering and ski touring program also depend on weather and avalanche safety. With a focus on the experience rather than the number of penguins seen, you have the flexibility to take your time to launch outdoor pursuits in the right area for the required length of duration.
As you leave this magical place and make your way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage before rounding Cape Horn, no doubt that time is spent sharing and reflecting on the wonderful experiences of the last few days. This sailing time is optimal for reviewing your newfound ‘field photography’ skills and learning more from onboard presentation staff and educational experts. Sailing up the Beagle Channel, celebrate the conclusion of your Polar expedition with a special dinner onboard.
Day 13 Disembark in Ushuaia
In the early morning, arrive back in Ushuaia. It is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travelers. Guests are transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home.
Deck 5, 1 double berth, 1 sofa bed & separate sleeping quarters, up-graded bedding, a writing desk/chair, TV/DVD, IPod station. Private facilities with tub. Windows overlooking the bow. Deluxe amenities.
- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy. Request the Twin or Triple Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.
- Twin and superior cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.5 times the shared price, suites for 2 times the shared price. Single supplement is not available in triple cabins.
- Child and Youth Prices: 25% discount for young people aged up to 17 years, and 20% off for those aged from 18-21 years who can prove they are in full-time education.
Please Note: Polar exploration can be unpredictable, which regularly causes variations to itineraries. Specific sites visited will depend on prevailing weather and ice conditions at the time of sailing. The above itinerary should be read as a 'guide only' and is subject to change.
Included in Cost:
- All meals/afternoon teas
- Use of on-board expedition rubber boots & wet weather gear
- Shore excursions
- Camping (subject to weather and ice conditions)
- Educational presentations
- Expedition guides, naturalist staff, and hospitality staff
- An ER trained English speaking physician
- Guided hikes/walks
- Complimentary tea and coffee 24 hours per day
- Access to the multimedia room and download stations
- Accommodations on board
Not Included in Cost:
- Additional purchases on-board in the gift shop or bar
- Communication or laundry services
This was our first trip to South America and we were a little nervous. But Adventure Life made things so easy! All our questions were answered before we left, and our guide, Vidal, was amazing! He gave us enough space to explore without rushing us along. He also knew where the best picture taking opportunities were, which was great.