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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
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
This 14-day cruise can take you further south than any of other Antarctica voyages, hopefully all the way to 66 degrees, 33’ minutes south of latitude, which officially marks the position of the Antarctic Circle. Witness expansive landscapes, huge Adelie penguin rookeries, and hopefully the …
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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
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Explore the wildlife-rich shores and waters of remote Antarctica on this 11-day small ship cruise on the Akademik Ioffe! Your journey takes you to Petermann Island and Pleneau Island, where you encounter colossal icebergs and, of course, the ice landscapes that stretch as far as the eye can see. …
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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
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Skiing, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
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 …
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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
Activities: Adventure Options, Fly Cruise, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Experience this 17-day voyage to Antarctica and South Georgia at the height of the summer. Enjoy extended daylight hours, busy wildlife colonies, and a range of landing sites to explore as the sea ice continues to break up. Arrive in Antarctica to celebrate the New Year, and sail north towards the …
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A beautiful arctic glacier.
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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
Activities: Adventure Options, Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Trekking & Hiking, Village Visit, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
The Arctic has an allure that grips many adventurers - whether it's the Inuit culture of the Canadian North, the incredible wildlife along the ice fringe, or the riveting history of exploration. Over the course of this 11-day voyage, cross the Arctic Circle as you explore, search for polar …
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Sable Island wild horses
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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
Activities: Adventure Options, Biking, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Stand Up Paddle Board, Village Visit, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Explore the islands of Canada's Atlantic Maritime Provinces, starting and ending in the historical town of Louisburg, on Cape Breton Island. A rich and diverse culture is found in the small fishing communities and remote out ports, in an area well-known for its Celtic traditions, music, and …
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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
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Fly Cruise, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Experience the ultimate ‘White Christmas’ on a memorable 11-day voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula. Towering glaciers, amazing wildlife encounters, snow-covered landscapes, massive icebergs and the option to choose your favorite activities make this voyage the perfect introduction to the …
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Take a zodiac tour around glaciers.
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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
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
This iconic voyage explores the remote Northwest Passage and stunning fjords of the Baffin Island coastline. Follow in the footsteps of the early Arctic explorers such as Franklin, Amundsen and Larsen, exploring the archipelago of islands and channels that create Canada’s high Arctic region. …
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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
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Fly Cruise, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Over this 22-day Antarctica expedition visitwildlife colonies,historic sites, science basesandspend plenty oftime ashoreenjoyingextended walks, manyupto stunning viewpoints. Cruiseamong the icefloes in inflatable Zodiac boats, searching forwhales and seals, oradmiring andphotographing the deep blue …
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A humpback surfaces close to our zodiac
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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
Activities: Adventure Options, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
This 11-day unique Marine Mammals of Antarctica cruise is desinged for those with a passion for whales. Enjoy an unparalleled underwater exploration joined byseveral world-renowned cetacean (whale) and marine mammal specialists. Discoverunique underwater footage and scientific data, and learn how …
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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
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Fly Cruise, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Enjoy 11 days cruising among ice floes and visiting a large number of landing sites aboard theAkademik Ioffe. Explore the Falkland Islands, King George Island, the Antarctic Peninsula coastline, Petermann Island, Pleneau Island, Paradise and Neko Harbour, and the Lemaire Channelbefore reaching the …
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Polar bears lounge in the sun
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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
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Explore Spitsbergen and the Svalbard Archipelago - regions rich in wildlife and birdlife, glaciology, and history on this 10-day Arctic cruise aboard the Akademik Ioffe. Beginning in the capital city of this Norwegian Territory, from the moment the ship's lines are thrown, enter into the land …
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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
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Spitsbergen and the Svalbard archipelago offer a tremendous wildlife and birdlife experience, as well as a fascinating lesson in glaciology. This voyage focuses on the western and northern coast of Spitsbergen, and as far north as the permanent pack ice.

Onboard Photographic Symposium:

An …
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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
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Fly Cruise, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Spend your days exploring on shore in the company of expert guides, cruising in inflatable Zodiac boats, enjoying long hikes, or kayaking in Antarctica's icy waterways.This 18-day voyage startsin South America, with aflight fromPunta Arenas, Chile,to the FalklandIslands, saving a full day of …
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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
Activities: Adventure Options, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
On this 19-day voyage on the Akademik Ioffe, visit the sub-Antarctic Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctica. The Falkland Islands and the island of South Georgia are home to a proliferation of unique wildlife and birdlife. Both locations feature a fascinating history and stunning scenery. …
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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
Activities: Adventure Options, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
This 20-day exploration of the Falklands, South Georgia, and the Antarctic Peninsula offers you the incedible opoortunity to discover the unique landscapes of the White Continent. Encounter a spectacular proliferation of unique wildlife and birdlife, including penguin rookeries with more than …
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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
Activities: Adventure Options, Camping, Fly Cruise, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
This exciting expedition provides great diversity for those seeking a truly comprehensive Antarctic experience. It includes visits to the South Shetland Islands, the western and northern sections of the Antarctic Peninsula, the stunning Weddell Sea region, and the historic location of Elephant …
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2016
EmbarksDays 
Dec 1811Christmas in Antarctica
Dec 2819The Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula
2017
EmbarksDays 
Jan 1514Antarctic Circle Voyage
Jan 2819The Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula
Feb 1511Antarctic Peninsula Adventure
Feb 2511Antarctic Peninsula Adventure
Mar 0711Antarctic Peninsula Adventure
Mar 1711Marine Mammals of Antarctica
Jun 0810Spitsbergen Encounter
Jun 1710Spitsbergen Encounter - Photographic Symposium 2017
Jul 2111Canada's East Coast - Fins and Fiddles
Aug 0211Baffin Island & West Greenland
Aug 2413Classic Northwest Passage
Oct 1820The Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula
Nov 0613Antarctica - Off the Beaten Path
Nov 3019The Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula
Dec 1811Christmas in Antarctica
Dec 2817Antarctica and South Georgia
2018
EmbarksDays 
Jan 1311Quest for the Antarctic Circle
Jan 1322Epic Antarctica
Jan 2312Ultimate Antarctica - Weddell Sea and the Falkland Islands
Feb 0318The Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica
Feb 2011Antarctic Peninsula Adventure
Mar 0211Antarctic Peninsula Adventure
Mar 2211Antarctic Peninsula Adventure
Passengers: 96
Ship Type: Research Ship

The ice-strengthened Akademik Ioffe combines safety and comfort aboard a modern polar research vessel. The ship is well outfitted with various social spaces, including a bar & lounge, a library, and a dining room. The library features a variety of movies and documentaries about the Antarctic region, and the culinary team prepares delicious meals that will recharge your batteries after a long day of adventure, featuring a buffet breakfast and plated lunches and dinners. If you want a great spot to view wildlife or interesting perspectives from the captain and crew, the bridge and map room are open to the public 24-hours a day.

Comfort and Stability
Although it was built in Finland as a scientific research vessel, you will find that this boat balances stability and comfort, and has been recently refurbished to make it more expedition-friendly. The noise onboard is well managed by keeping the engines and machines away from the cabins and social areas.

Cabin Accommodations
There are several different cabins to choose from, including private or semi-private bathrooms and either double or bunk beds. All cabins face out to provide you with the best view of the fascinating Antarctic waters. Additionally, guests find that there is plenty of storace space and even a desk and chair. The gift basket upon arrival will make you feel spoiled.

Other amenities include a gift shop, fitness room, infirmary, mud room, sauna & polar plunge pool, and the top deck & 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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