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Kayaking through the icy waters.
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Antarctic Circle Voyage

14 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
  • Sail south of the Antarctic Circle
  • Cruise along the Peninsula's coasts
  • Encounter Antarctica´s wildlife
  • Cross the Bransfield Strait
Join this 14-day expedition cruise and sail further south than any others, reaching 66º 33´ minutes of latitude, officially the Antarctic Circle. Choose between an exciting selection of activities including short or long hikes ashore, visits to historic points of interest and wildlife colonies, and Zodiac cruising looking for whales and seals.
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctica Peninsula, Antarctic Polar Circle, Cuverville Island, Deception Island Antarctica, Drake Passage, Half Moon Island, Paradise Bay Antarctica, Petermann Island, Port of Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands
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Kayak quiet waters as you sail to remote coves of Antarctica
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Antarctic Peninsula Adventure

11 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
  • Attend Antarctic presentations
  • Observe a colony of penguins
  • Search for humpback & minke whales
  • Explore the polar landscape
Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina and embark on your 11-day exploration of Antarctica. Board the Akademik Ioffe and head across the infamous Drake Passage. Once you arrive at the Antarctic Peninsula, enjoy frequent trips ashore, whale watching, searching for wildlife, and exploring the white continent itself!
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Drake Passage, Gerlache Strait, Port of Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands
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Skiing down the the unique snowy slopes.
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Antarctica - Off the Beaten Path

13 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
  • Attend educational presentations
  • Observe large penguin colonies
  • Kayak in the Antarctic waters
  • Cross the infamous Drake Passage
Begin and end your 13-day Antarctic adventure in Ushuaia, Argentina aboard the Akademic Loffe. Enjoy optional activities ranging from overnight kayaking, camping, ski touring, snowshoeing, trekking, zodiac cruising, and field photography as you explore the dramatic landscape of the 7th continent - Antarctica.
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Skiing, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Deception Island Antarctica, Drake Passage, Half Moon Island, King George Island, Neko Harbor, Port of Ushuaia
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Crabeater seal
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Antarctica and South Georgia

17 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
  • Navigate through icy waterways
  • Enjoy daily off-ship excursions
  • Explore the South Shetland Islands
  • Discover South Georgia's wildlife
This 17-day voyage takes place at the height of the Antarctic summer. Board the Akademik Ioffe for a once-in-a-lifetime expedition, celebrating New Year in the Antarctic Peninsula. Then sail north towards the South Shetland Islands following the steps of Sir Ernest Shackleton across the Scotia Sea to South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.
Activities: Adventure Options, Fly Cruise, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Bleaker Island, Deception Island Antarctica, Drake Passage, Gold Harbor, Half Moon Island, Neko Harbor, Paradise Bay Antarctica, Punta Arenas, Salisbury Plain, Scotia Sea, Sea Lion Island, Stanley, Ushuaia
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A beautiful arctic glacier.
$7,495
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Baffin Island & West Greenland

11 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
  • Hike, paddle, and cruise to explore
  • Cross the Arctic Circle
  • Walk on Greenland's ice cap
  • Visit remote Inuit communities
This voyage combines two outstanding locations: Canada’s wild and remote Baffin Island and the glaciated western coast of Greenland. Explore deep fjords, immense icebergs, and small coastal villages while encountering the special wildlife of the Arctic, including birdlife, marine mammals, and polar bears.
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Trekking & Hiking, Village Visit, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Arctic, Baffin Island, Canada, Greenland, North America, Cape Mercy, Davis Strait, Disko Bay, Iqaluit, Kangerlussuaq, Monumental Island, Pangirtung, Qeqertarsuaq, Sisimiut, Sunshine Fjord
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Sable Island wild horses
$3,195
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Canada's East Coast - Fins and Fiddles

11 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
  • Visit the ponies on Sable Island
  • Celebrate Canada's 150 anniversary
  • Watch for a variety of wildlife
  • Kayak, hike, paddle board and cycle
Join a unique 11-day cruise experiencing the culture and wildlife of Canada's Maritime Provinces. Watch for an abundance of wildlife including seabirds, whales, and seals as you cruise. The diverse traditions, music, and cuisine come to life in the small fishing towns and remote ports.
Activities: Adventure Options, Biking, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Stand Up Paddle Board, Village Visit, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Arctic, Atlantic Coast, Canada, North America, Bird Islands, Cape Breton, Charlottetown, Francois, Gros Morne National Park, Ile Bonaventure, Louisbourg, Sable Island, Saint Pierre and Miquelon
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Penguins at Christmas
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Christmas in Antarctica

11 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
  • Sail south joined by petrels
  • Discover the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Watch feeding whales
  • Zodiac cruise among the icy waters
This popular 11-night Christmas expedition features many of the well-known landing sites such as Neko, Paradise, and Orne Harbours, Cuverville Island, and the Errera Channel. A final highlight is a visit to the beautiful South Shetland Islands where you can explore Deception Island and nearby locations such as Half Moon Island or Hannah Point.
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Fly Cruise, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctica Peninsula, Drake Passage, Port of Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands
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Take a zodiac tour around glaciers.
$9,195
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Classic Northwest Passage

13 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
  • Sight polar bears in Conningham Bay
  • Discover the culture of Pond Inlet
  • Navigate through massive iceburgs
  • Hear stories of Franklin's voyage
This 13-day voyage explores the remote Northwest Passage and stunning fjords of the Baffin Island coastline before crossing to Greenland and its mindblowing icebergs. Following the paths of the legendary early Arctic explorers, journey through the archipelago of islands and channels of Canada’s high Arctic on your expedition ship, Akademik Ioffe.
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Beechey Island, Bellot Strait, Cambridge Bay, Ilulissat, Iqaluit, Iqualirtuuq (Isabella Bay), King William Island, Lancaster Sound, Pond Inlet, Prince of Wales Island, Sisimiut, Sondre Stromfjord
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Emperor penguins and chicks
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Epic Antarctica

22 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
  • Meet penguins on King George Island
  • Sail south of the Antarctic Circle
  • Hike around Neko Harbour
  • Navigate through tabular icebergs
Join the most comprehensive journey to Antarctica ever offered! This 22-day expedition aboard the Akademik Ioffe features 16 days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, the Weddell Sea and the wildlife-rich Falkland Islands. Enjoy incredible diversity and a huge variety of onshore experiences at dozens of unique landing sites.
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Fly Cruise, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctic Polar Circle, Brown Bluff, Cuverville Island, Deception Island Antarctica, Elephant Island, Gerlache Strait, Half Moon Island, King George Island, Neko Harbor, Paradise Bay Antarctica, Paulet Island, Petermann Island, Punta Arenas, Saunders Island, Stanley, Wilhelmina Bay Antarctica
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A humpback surfaces close to our zodiac
$7,795
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Marine Mammals of Antarctica

11 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
  • Sail the Drake Passage
  • Explore the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Observe feeding humpback whales
  • Enjoy hikes and visits on shore
Board the Akademik Ioffe for 11 days of exploration in the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. Be delighted in the abundant wildlife of the region and discover unique underwater wildlife joined by several world-renowned whale and marine mammal specialists.
Activities: Adventure Options, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctica Peninsula, Deception Island Antarctica, Drake Passage, Half Moon Island, Port of Ushuaia
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The penguins line up as you cruise by
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Quest for the Antarctic Circle

11 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
  • Visit King George Island
  • Navigate into the Bransfield Strait
  • Sail south of the Antarctic Circle
  • Explore the Antarctic Peninsula
For a relatively short voyage, this 11-day trip packs a serious punch and offers fantastic scenery, wildlife, historic, and scientific interest. Visit several of Antarctica's classic locations such as Petermann Island, the Lemaire Channel, and King George Island, and enjoy daily explorations by foot and Zodiac to the most incredible spots.
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Fly Cruise, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctica Peninsula, Gerlache Strait, King George Island, Lemaire Channel, Punta Arenas, South Shetland Islands, Stanley
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Polar bears lounge in the sun
$5,495
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Spitsbergen Encounter

10 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
  • Watch for beluga whales
  • Zodiac or kayak near glaciers
  • Learn about whaling in Svalbard
  • Encounter polar bears
Cruise into the heart of the Norwegian Arctic. Days are busy with shore excursions to places of historic interest, visits to wildlife colonies, viewing the exquisite native flora, and soaking up the stunning landscapes. Short or long hikes on shore and kayaking are features along with regular cruising in the Zodiacs.
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Arctic, Europe, Norway, Scandinavia, Svalbard, Western Europe, Bourbonhamna, Fuglesangen, Hinlopen Strait (Hinlopenstretet), Krossfjorden, Longyearbyen, Monacobreen (Monaco Glacier), Nordaustlandet, Phippsoya, Poolepynten, Smeerenburg, Spitsbergen
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Travelers walking around the arctic landscape.
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Spitsbergen Encounter - Photographic Symposium 2017

10 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
  • Hone your photography skills
  • Kayak and zodiac among glaciers
  • Encounter polar bears
  • Learn about whaling in Svalbard
Cruise into the heart of the Norwegian Arctic. Days are busy with shore excursions to places of historic interest, visits to wildlife colonies, viewing the exquisite native flora, and soaking up the stunning landscapes. Short or long hikes on shore and kayaking are features along with regular cruising in the Zodiacs.
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Photography, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Arctic, Europe, Norway, Scandinavia, Svalbard, Western Europe, Bourbonhamna, Fuglesangen, Hinlopen Strait (Hinlopenstretet), Krossfjorden, Longyearbyen, Monacobreen (Monaco Glacier), Nordaustlandet, Phippsoya, Poolepynten, Smeerenburg, Spitsbergen
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Walk acoss the pristine Antarctic landscape
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The Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica

18 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
  • Meet three species of penguins
  • Explore South Georgia's deep bays
  • Sail through large icebergs
  • Look for leopard seals
On this 18-day small ship polar cruise you reach three stunning locations and experience close encounters with the most unique wildlife and birdlife. Explore the sub-Antarctic region of the Falkland Islands, discover South Georgia's fascinating history, and visit the wildlife colonies of the frozen continent.
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Fly Cruise, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Bleaker Island, Cuverville Island, Drake Passage, Elephant Island, Gold Harbor, Half Moon Island, King George Island, Port of Ushuaia, Punta Arenas, Salisbury Plain, Scotia Sea, Sea Lion Island, Stanley, Wilhelmina Bay Antarctica
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A huge colony of king penguins.
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The Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula

19 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
  • Zodiac cruise through South Georgia
  • See South Georgia's historic sites
  • Look for large icebergs & glaciers
  • Discover the Peninsula's wildlife
Voyage to Antarctica, the Falklands, and South Georgia Islands on this 19-day voyage aboard the Akademik Ioffe. Zodiacs allow up-close wildlife interaction, and for the adventurers, there are plenty opportunities to explore by hikes ashore & kayak.
Activities: Adventure Options, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctica Peninsula, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Drake Passage, Elephant Island, Port of Ushuaia, Scotia Sea, South Shetland Islands
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Kayaking the polar waters
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The Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula

20 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
  • Explore the West Falklands
  • Zodiac cruise through South Georgia
  • Cross the Scotia Sea
  • Observe the Peninsula's wildlife
This 20-day itinerary aboard the Akademik Ioffe is the most far-reaching polar cruise and includes visits to three different locations: the sub-Antarctic Falkland Islands; the island of South Georgia, home to a proliferation of unique wildlife and birdlife; and the frozen Antarctic Peninsula.
Activities: Adventure Options, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Antarctica Peninsula, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Drake Passage, Elephant Island, Port of Ushuaia, Scotia Sea, South Shetland Islands, Ushuaia
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King Penguins on South Georgia
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Ultimate Antarctica - Weddell Sea and the Falkland Islands

12 Day Itinerary aboard Akademik Ioffe
  • Explore the Gerlache coastline
  • Discover penguin rookeries
  • Navigate through tabular icebergs
  • Visit the fabled Point Wild
Through flight, this 12-day expedition saves two days crossing the Drake Passage, allowing you to spend maximum time exploring the magnificent Antarctic. Enjoy daily explorations off the ship in the most outstanding locations on King George Island, Paradise Harbour, Cuverville Island, Elephant Island, the Falkland Islands, and more!
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Fly Cruise, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Cuverville Island, Elephant Island, Gerlache Strait, King George Island, Lemaire Channel, Punta Arenas, Saunders Island, Stanley, Weddell Sea, West Point Island
Cruise Details
Passengers: 96
Ship Type: Research Ship

Designed for polar research, the Akademik Ioffe is modern, comfortable, safe and ice-strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, she has public spaces onboard ideally suited for each and every need. A separate bar and lounge, as well as a library provide ideal places to sit and relax or catch up on some reading. A selection of movies and documentaries can also be watched in the lounge. Enjoy the sumptuous meals prepared for you by the culinary team in the dining room, which can host all clients in a single seating.

Comfort and Stability
Designed and built as a scientific research vessel in Finland, the Akademik Ioffe is very stable, quiet and comfortable. Refitting and refurbishment over the last five years oriented towards her role as an expedition cruise vessel has improved the comfort and caliber of the facilities aboard the ship.

There is little if any ambient noise from engines or machinery and with most of the public spaces on a separate deck from the majority of the cabins there is little issue with passenger-generated noise.

Vessel stabilization is gained through a combination of external stabilizers on her hull and a built-in ballast trimming system. The rapid transfer of ballast between special trimming tanks reduces vessel motion and coupled with a modern hull design gives us a stable platform for science and exploration.

Cabin Accommodations
All cabins are comfortable and well appointed with private or semi-private facilities and a variety of beds (either bunks or double). All cabins have ample storage facilities and a writing desk and chair, as well as bathrobes. Suites feature upgraded linens/duvets, toiletry kits and arrival gift baskets.

Bar
Located aft of the lobby on the main deck and with a seating capacity of about 25 and/or sufficient standing room for many more, the bar becomes one of the activity hubs on the ship. With outside views through portholes and a door out onto the main deck, the bar is a comfortable place to enjoy a fresh fruit smoothie before breakfast, grab a bottle of water before an excursion or enjoy a cocktail before dinner. A stereo with MP3 player dock and a monitor showing live video footage of the view forward from the bridge at all times can be found in the bar.

Bridge
The ship’s bridge is located on Deck 6 and is open to passengers virtually 24-hours a day. The officer on watch and a helmsman can always be found on duty on the bridge and it is also the best place to meet the master of the vessel. The chart room is a fascinating place to visit and expedition staff or ship’s crew are often available to answer questions about the equipment and instruments found on the bridge.

In addition, the bridge is an excellent place to sight see and view wildlife from. Binoculars and wildlife identification guidebooks can be found on the bridge and during much of the day, an expedition guide will be watching for wildlife from the bridge.

Dining Room
During select breakfasts during your voyage, join the dining room for an omelet bar. With buffet breakfasts, buffet and/or plated lunches and plated dinners, the dining room can seat all passengers in one sitting. Attractively lit and comfortably furnished, it is served by our ship’s stewards. A culinary team includes three chefs as well as up to three culinary students on each journey.

To keep up to date with the view from the bridge, live streaming video can be viewed on a television screen in the dining room during meals. A small lounge can be found in the forward part of the dining room along with a small bar used during meal service.

Other Amenities
Elevator
Gift Shop
Fitness Room
Infirmary
Library
Lounge
Mud Room
Presentation Room
Multimedia Room
Sauna and Polar Plunge Pool
Top Deck and Observatory

Technical Information
Registered name: Akademik Ioffe
Built: 1989, Rama, Finland
Length: 117 m
Breadth: 18.2 m
Draft: 6 m
Power: twin engine, 5,000Kw diesel, twin propeller
Maximum speed: 14.5 knots
Crew and staff: 56
Passengers: 86
The Triple Cabins.
Main Deck Triple
Deck 3, bunk beds and a sofa bed. Shared facilities, in cabin washbasin, writing desk/chair, ample storage, bathrobes & porthole.
Twin Private Cabins.
Twin Semi-Private
Deck 4, one lower berth and one sofa bed, a writing desk and ample storage. Semi-private facilities (one bathroom between two cabins). Opening window.
Twin Private Cabin.
Twin Private
Deck 4 and 5. All cabins have two lower berths, a writing desk/chair and ample storage. Facilities are private and all cabins have a window.
Superior Cabins.
Superior
Deck 6 these cabins have two lower berths, a sofa, a writing desk/chair and ample storage. Facilities are private and all cabins have a window.
The Shackelton Suite.
Shackleton Suite
Deck 4 & 5, 1 double berth, 1 sofa bed, separate sleeping quarters, writing desk/chair, TV/DVD, IPod alarm clock. Private facilities, window & deluxe amenities.
One Ocean Suite.
One Ocean Suite
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.
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