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General » Polar Regions » Antarctica » Basecamp Antarctica

Basecamp Antarctica

Basecamp Antarctica

Voyage Code Activities Dates Duration Ship
OTL22  C D K M P S  Nov 16 – Nov 26 11 days Ortelius
PLA22  C D K M P S  Nov 21 – Dec 01 11 days Plancius
PLA25  C D K M P S Dec 28 – Jan 07 11 days Plancius
OTL30  C D K M P S Feb 18 – Feb 28  11 days Ortelius
OTL31  C D K M P S Feb 28 – Mar 10 11 days Ortelius

Activities: C = Camping / D = Diving / K = Kayaking / M = Mountaineering / P = Photography workshop / S = Snowshoeing

Itinerary:

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.

Days 4 – 8 Antarctica - We will sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior Islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island.  We will sail to the Neumayer Channel, where we position our ship for the multi activity base camp. The protected waters around Wiencke Island will become our playground for all activities. In this alpine environment there are great opportunities to scout the region on foot, per zodiac and during kayak trips. Walkers will find opportunities to use snowshoes on hikes near the shore lines and the mountaineers will find their challenge by climbing hills and viewpoints further inland, i.e. Jabet Peak (540 m). All climbs and excursions can only be conducted in good weather conditions.

We plan to stay two overnights at anchor in order to implement two camp nights and two full activity days. We will visit the former British research station and the post office, now living museum, Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo penguins and Blue-eyed shags. We look out for Leopard seals, Crabeater seals and whales.

In good conditions and time allowing we sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Booth Island, Pléneau Island and Petermann Island where we can find Adelie penguins and Blue-eyed shags. In this area there are good chances to encounter Humpback whales, Minke whales and Fin whales.

At Neko Harbour we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers and permanent ice fields and enjoy the spectacle on zodiac cruises, hikes and kayak excursions. A small group of mountaineers may climb up on higher grounds of the glacier. We will spend the night at Neko Harbour or in nearby Paradise Bay with a camp erected ashore.  We will leave early morning after breaking our last camp. We sail via Melchior Islands towards the open sea of the Drake Passage.

Days 9 – 10 At sea - On our way north, we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

Day 11:   Ushuaia - We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.