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Antarctic Peninsula -Polar Circle

Antarctic Peninsula -Polar Circle

Code Description Ship Activity
PLA30   Antarctic Peninsula - Polar Cicle
6 - 17 Mar (12 d)
Plancius D.K
C = Camping,  K = Kayaking, S = Snowshoeing

Day 1: Ushuaia - In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.

Days 2 & 3: At sea - During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage. When we cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area we may see Wandering albatrosses, Grey-headed albatrosses, Black-browed albatrosses, Light-mantled Sooty albatrosses, Cape petrels, Southern fulmars, Wilson’s Storm petrels, Blue petrels and Antarctic petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs. The Master of the vessel may decide to sail the narrow English Strait between Robert Island and Greenwich Island or McFarlane Strait between Greenwich Island and Livingston Island if the conditions are favourable. Then we might be able to enter near shore waters in the late evening of the third day and see Aitcho Island at the South Shetlands. If the conditions do not allow us to manoeuvre through the English Strait then we continue sailing South of Livingston Island. These volcanic islands or the South Shetlands are windswept and often shrouded in mist and fog, but do offer subtle pleasures. There is a nice variety of flora (mosses, lichens and flowering grasses) and fauna, such as Gentoo penguins, Chinstrap penguins and southern Giant petrels.

Days 4 – 9: Antarctica - We may start our first day in Antarctica with a landing at Hannah Point, where we will find a nice variety of Gentoo and  Chinstraps penguins, southern Giant petrels, as well as Elephant seals hauling out on the beach.

Deception itself is a sub ducted crater, which opens into the sea, creating a natural harbour for the ship. Here we find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape petrels and many Dominican gulls, Brown and South Polar skuas and Antarctic terns. Wilson’s Storm Petrels and Black-bellied Storm petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay. Good walkers may hike from Baily Head over the ridge of the crater into Whalers Bay, while our ship braves its entrance into the crater through the spectacular Neptune’s Bellows into the caldera of Deception Island. On our way further South we will sail to Orne Island with large colonies of Chinstrap penguins and a beautiful view across the Gerlache Strait or to Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Ronge Island. It contains a large colony of Gentoo penguins and breeding pairs of Brown skuas. In Neko Harbour and Paradise Bay with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, we have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent. We shall have the opportunity for zodiac cruising between the icebergs in the inner parts of the Bay.

We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Petermann Island offering Adelie penguins and Blue-eyed shags. We also try to land at Pléneau Island. Here we have chances to encounter Humpback, Minke and Fin whales. We head south along the Argentine Islands to Crystal Sound, south of the Polar Circle. At Detaille Island, Crystal Sound, we probably reach our farthest south just below the Polar Circle,. At the Fish Islands we land at one of the southernmost Adelie penguin and Blue-eyed shag colonies in the Antarctic Peninsula. The landscape is very impressive with very high mountains and huge glaciers. Sailing north again through Neumayer Channel and Gerlache Strait, we arrive at the Melchior Islands with a very beautiful landscape with icebergs, where we may encounter Leopard seals, Crabeater seals and whales.

Days 10 - 11: At sea - On our way north we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

Day 12: Ushuaia - We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.

Prices in Euro:

Code Description Ship Quadruple
Porthole
Triple
Porthole
Twin
Porthole
Twin
Window
Twin
Deluxe
Superior
PLA30   Antarctic Peninsula - Polar Cicle
6 - 17 Mar (12 d)
Plancius 5.950 6.700 7.250 7.700 8.150 8.900