Antarctica In Depth – Expedition
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A true adventure to the world’s most remote wilderness. This 13-day Antarctica Classic in Depth expedition focuses on the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, home to some of the planet’s most impressive wildlife and dramatic landscapes. Throughout the voyage, the team of lecturers and guides will share their knowledge of the region’s remarkable natural history.
Incredible scenery – witness the raw beauty of the White Continent
Day 1 Join trip in Ushuaia
Arrive in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. The city has 40,000 inhabitants and is a major ski resort area for both alpine and cross-country skiers.
You can arrive at any time and an arrival transfer is included if arriving in on day one of the itinerary. Upon arrival into Ushuaia City Airport (USH) please collect your luggage and look for a representative in the Arrivals Hall, holding a sign with your name on it. If you have booked your flights independently, please make sure that you have advised us of your arrival flight details into Ushuaia, so that a transfer is booked for you. Be sure to keep all of your important documents – i.e. passport and travel insurance, and also your medication in your hand luggage, as your main luggage will be transferred separately to the hotel.
From our experience we have found that there are significant delays, especially in high season on flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia. We highly recommend booking your travel arrangements to arrive into Ushuaia earlier in the day.
There are no activities planned today. If your flight arrives earlier in the day, perhaps you might choose to explore the city, visit the Maritime Museum or join a tour to Tierra del Fuego National Park, which offers magnificent hiking opportunities
Day 2 Ushuaia
Today we will embark on the expedition ship. Embarkation time is set for 4:00 pm. The morning is free to do any last minute shopping, an optional excursion to Tierra Del Fuego National Park or a good hike up to the Marshall Glacier. The evening is spent on board the ship watching the sunset over the Beagle Channel.
Please note, whilst it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion, it may be necessary or desirable, to make alterations. Our trips are at the mercy of the weather and ice, which is vastly changeable in these parts, but our experienced expedition crew will take advantage of any presented opportunities, to ensure that you have a truly memorable trip. On the first day onboard, your Expedition Leader will give you an expedition overview.
Day 3 The Drake Passage
Our adventure begins with a 400 mile crossing of the passage that bears the name of the 16th century English explorer Sir Francis Drake. The M Expedition is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean, known for the unimpeded fetch of the winds that encircle the Antarctic.
Day 4 At Sea
During our second day at Sea, we cross the Antarctic Convergence – a meeting of cold polar water flowing north and warmer equatorial water, moving in the opposite direction. This mixing pushes nutrient rich waters to the surface attracting a variety of seabirds, whales and other species.
Day 5 Arriving into the Great White Continent
This is what we’ve all been waiting for – a chance to step foot on the Great White Continent! Over the next few days we will navigate southwards making stops in the South Shetland Islands then through the Bransfield Strait and to the Antarctic Peninsula. Our goal is to attempt two excursions per day, while we navigate through the area, but our itinerary and daily schedule will be based on the local weather and ice conditions that we encounter.
Day 6 Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
The Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands abound with wildlife activity. Penguins gather with their fast-growing chicks, whales are seen in great numbers, seals haul out onto ice floes and beaches and numerous albatross and other seabirds trail in our wake. There is plenty of time to enjoy the sheer beauty and the breathtaking scenery of ice-choked waterways, blue and white icebergs, impressive glaciers and rugged snow-capped mountains. The Peninsula also has a remarkable history and during the voyage, we will learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world. Keeping a lookout from the Bridge or the deck of the ship, as we thread our way along the continent, you’ll feel the same sense of excitement as many of those early Explorers. The continent itself is roughly circular with a spindly arm, called the Antarctic Peninsula, reaching northwards towards Tierra del Fuego. South America is the nearest landmass, some 600 miles away.
Day 7 Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
Antarctica is a continent of superlatives. It is the coldest, windiest, iciest and highest of all the major landmasses in the world. It is the continent with the longest nights and the longest days and it is home to the world’s greatest concentration of wildlife. It is also one of the last true wilderness areas left on earth – largely unchanged since the early Explorers and Whalers first landed on its inhospitable shores less than two centuries ago.
Day 8 Antarctic Peninsula
Heading further along the peninsula, we will travel to shore by Zodiac and visit some of the vast penguin rookeries that can be found here. From a distance, the landscape appears to be dotted with tiny specs of white and black, revealed to be a mass of raucous penguins, once you step ashore. You will enjoy spotting a variety of breeds – Gentoo, Adelie and Chinstrap, all easily identifiable by their markings. You will have plenty of time to walk amongst these curious, aquatic birds – an excellent opportunity for some photography, or simply sit and enjoy the breath taking scenery in front of you.
Day 9 Antarctic Peninsula
We will attempt to make a Continental landing on our voyage – so get the camera at the ready ! We also hope to visit one of the Scientific research centres, which offers a fantastic insight into ‘Life in Antarctica’ for people that live there year-round.
Day 10 Antarctic Peninsula
We continue to soak up this glacial wilderness on our final day exploring the peninsula. Enjoy the serenity of these calm surroundings, miles away from anywhere – only to be experienced by the privileged few.
Day 11 Leaving the Peninsula
Today we leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage.
Day 12 The Drake Passage
In between bird watching and whale watching and enjoying some final lectures by our expedition staff, this is a chance to relax and review the adventures of the past week before returning to Ushuaia.
Day 13 Join trip in Ushuaia
The trip ends after breakfast on board the ship.
There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart at any time after 9am. You will receive a complimentary transfer at the end of your trip. For those on morning flights, a transfer will take you directly to Ushuaia City Airport (USH). For those on later flights, you will be transferred to the luggage storage point and given time to explore the city. You will need to return later to retrieve your luggage and board a second transfer to Ushuaia City Airport in the afternoon, depending on flight times.