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Solar Eclipse, South Georgia and Antarctica

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On Saturday, December 4, 2021, a total solar eclipse will run over the South Atlantic towards Antarctica. Ocean Atlantic will be in a place exactly at the center of the eclipse umbra during our fantastic voyage to South Georgia and Antarctica, aboard our very own ship, Ocean Atlantic.

The eclipse begins early in the morning east of Falkland Islands. From here the moon shadow speeds south at 10,000 km per hour towards the South Orkney Island and Antarctica. We have selected the best possible observation position east of South Orkney, where the sun is 11 degrees above the horizon. This wondrous phenomenon will last for almost 2 minutes.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea towards Falkland Islands
Days 3-4 : Port Stanley Falkland Islands
Days 5-6 : At Sea towards South Georgia
Days 7-11 : South Georgia | South Atlantic
Day 12 : South Orkney Islands
Day 13 : At Sea towards Antarctica
Days 14-17 : Antarctic Peninsula | South Shetland Islands
Days 18-19 : Re-Crossing Drake towards Ushuaia
Day 20 : Ushuaia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Solar Eclipse
  • Explore the Port Stanley and its well-tended gardens
  • Observe the abundance of wildlife in South Georgia
  • Cruise through the breathtaking Drake Passage accompany by albatross

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Ocean Atlantic

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Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Incredible mountains and wildlife at the end of the world. Rockhopper penguins An old ship rusts in a Falkland Islands harbor Abandoned whaling village of Stromness, South Georgia Pair of King penguins on an Antarctica cruise
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Day 1 Ushuaia | Embark

Arrive and embark in Ushuaia, Argentina - the world’s southernmost town. Explore the quaint city or local countryside. Alternatively, consider a day trip off the beaten path to the raw, natural archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. It's a hiker's paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, flower-filled meadows and boggy quagmires. Afterwards we embark the ship Ocean Atlantic, your home for the coming days.

Day 2 At Sea towards Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
While you make uour way towards the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) there will be plenty of time to get to know the ship as well as participating in the many activities offered on board. Lectures about wildlife and the history of the Falkland Islands will be held, and your experienced expedition team will share stories and lectures that vary based on the locations you visit and their areas of expertise.

Day 3-4 Port Stanley Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
During the morning approach Falkland Islands and in the early afternoon Ocean Atlantic will cast anchor by the sheltered natural harbor of Port Stanley. Stanley is the capital of the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), a remote South Atlantic archipelago. Utilizing your Zodiacs, you will land in town center, and take a leisurely stroll through the streets of Stanley.
On the following day you will make landings – weather permitting – at two of the islands’ many magnificent wildlife spots, where penguins and other sea birds gather.

Day 5-6 At Sea towards South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Days at sea are great for participating in lectures, photo sessions and recaps, reading books in the ship library and watching the ubiquitous storm petrels and albatrosses from top deck. From photography workshops to lectures on the regions visit by your knowledgeable expedition team and guest lecturers. Additionally, a raffle or auction onboard usually takes place during this time, to raise funds for charitable organizations focused on global issues and local environmental solutions. In this case, for example, South Georgia Heritage Trust, Whale & Dolphin Conservation, and more. Take this opportunity to give back to the world while educating yourself on the subjects that these organizations support in a fun and enjoyable time.

Day 7-11 South Georgia | South Atlantic

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
South Georgia offers stunning wildlife experiences with a wealth of breeding penguins, sea birds, sea lions and seals, all seeking shelter in this oasis amidst the roaring Southern Ocean. Previous whaling history pops up in most of fjords you will explorer – not least in Grytviken the only inhabited settlement on this mountainous island. Grytviken is also the last resting place for Ernest Shackleton, after he died on yet another Antarctica voyage in 1922. You will explore the fjords in the north coast for 2-3 days and take as many shore landings as time and the swelling sea will allow you.

Day 12 South Orkney Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The eclipse begins early in the morning east of Falkland Islands. From here the moon shadow speeds south at 10,000 km per hour towards the South Orkney Island and Antarctica. Albatros Expeditions has selected the best possible observation position east of South Orkney, where the sun is 11 degrees above the horizon. This wondrous phenomenon will last for almost 2 minutes... but your memory of experiencing it will last a lifetime!

Day 13 At Sea towards Antarctica

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As the white shimmer of Antarctica looms on your horizon, the presence of wildlife multiples by tens of thousands with many species of lively penguins, inquisitive seals, nesting birds and the spray of marine mammals.

Day 14-17 Antarctic Peninsula | South Shetland Islands

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Over the coming days, you will begin the exciting Antarctic experience at the very tip of the Continent. During these days in the Antarctic Sound, named in 1902 after the Swedish vessel Antarctic, the Captain and the Expedition Team will keep a watchful eye on the mighty tabular icebergs, born from the floating Larsen Ice Shelf further south. Yo aim to have both continental and island landings on the shores of Antarctic Sound and Weddell Sea, always on the lookout for some of the unusually large penguin colonies, which have recently been observed.

The itinerary and activities over the next few days depend on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings will be determined by the Captain and Expedition Leader and communicated to the guests through regularly scheduled briefings.

Wildlife abounds on the Antarctic Peninsula: leopard, fur and Weddell seals of Cuverville Island; humpback whales of Gerlache Strait; Paradise Bay; the dramatic Lemaire Channel's orcas. Days at sea are great for enjoying the seascapes, relaxing, or participating on the program onboard.

Day 18-19 Re-Crossing Drake towards Ushuaia

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Today, depart Antarctica and spend two days at sea on your way back to the calms of Beagle Channel and Ushuaia, Argentina. En-route, you will cross Drake Passage and cruise past Cape Horn, a legendary maritime landmark and the southern tip of South America.
During your time at sea, a variety of activities will be arranged on board and it provides the perfect opportunity to socialize with fellow travelers.

Day 20 Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning, arrive back in Ushuaia for the conclusion of your tour, where you can continue your adventures or begin your return home
 
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For new bookings made from April 7, 2020, forward pay a reduced deposit amount of 15% of the cruise fare. Some restrictions may apply. Contact us for more details.
Applies to Nov 23, 2021 departure

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Notes

INCLUSIONS:

•          20-day cruise with accommodation in a shared outside double cabin with private facilities
•          Position on the solar eclipse centerline
•          All Zodiac landings and excursions as per itinerary
•          Expedition Parka
•          Rubber boot rentals
•          Guiding and lectures by the expedition leader and team
•          English-speaking expedition team
•          Full board on the ship - breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon snacks
•          Free tea and coffee 24 hours’ daily
•          Taxes
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