A friendly welcome aboard the Polar Pioneer precedes your sail down the Beagle Channel. Scientists from Ukraine and Poland, who will summer in Antarctica at Vernadsky and Arctowski Stations, will join you and the rest of your fellow travelers.
Cape petrels mesmerize and majestic wandering albatross will take your breath away as your ship crosses the Drake Passage. Naturalists reveal Antarctica’s natural history while environmental and safety briefings will prepare you for the upcoming days. Your photography education program commences, as prepare yourselves for the adventure ahead.
As you drop anchor in front of Poland’s Arctowski Station, be greeted by fur and elephant seals lounging on the shoreline, inquisitive Adélie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins welcome you to their playground.
With the rugged coastline from Gerlache Strait to the beautiful Lemaire Channel, make your way South across the Peninsula.
Drop anchor at Vernadsky Station; your southernmost point on this expedition. Here your scientist shipmates disembark and prepare for a summer in Antarctica. Board Zodiacs and explore this historic and wildlife rich area. Your will make full use of daylight hours, taking every opportunity to explore the Peninsula’s wonders.
Bidding farewell to Antarctica, sail north towards the Falkland Islands, it’s a time of reflection, entertaining talks and a party or two.
Your days in the Falklands will be spent exploring the outer most islands rarely visited; the spectacular cliffs of the islands are home to an abundance breeding birds; endemic Cobb’s Wren, dark faced ground tyrants and tussac birds, striated cara-caras, southern giant petrels, ruddy headed geese, speckled teal and crested ducks abound.
Making the most of your Zodiacs explore by sea and land the rich natural history of this remote archipelago.
Today disembark in Stanley, the Falklands, which features an excellent war museum, welcoming shops and pubs.