One Ocean Expeditions

Antarctica Antarctica In-depth (Circle Crossing Voyage) 10 nights

Cross the Antarctic circle and maximise your time down on the ice.

This voyage encompasses two additional days of exploration in Antarctica without adding to the total length of the voyage. We achieve this by flying back from King George Island (Antarctica) to South America at the end of the voyage, which saves two days on the return sea crossing. Those two days 'saved' allow us to dive far to the south – with the objective of crossing the Antarctic Circle. This extra time also allows for great flexibility in daily programming and ultimately, it equals more time on shore, more time in the Zodiacs and more time spent in the company of our expert guides.

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Antarctica In-depth (Circle Crossing Voyage)

Starting Rate: US$11,695.00+

Number of Nights: 10

Departs from: USHUAIA

Returns to: KGI

Includes flights from King George Island to Punta Arenas.

Experiences:

    Wildlife Identification
    Sea Kayaking
    Education
    Zodiac Cruising
    Photography
    Fitness & Yoga
    Trekking/Hiking
    Snowshoeing
    Whale Watching

Available Dates:

2019
December 28 - January 7 Akademik Ioffe Download Trip Notes

Day by Day: What you can experience: Antarctica In-depth (Circle Crossing Voyage)

Explore Antarctica below the Antarctic Circle

We always anticipate exciting navigation as we head for the Antarctic Circle. The region is home to several fascinating historical sites including the old British Antarctic Survey hut – “Base W” situated on Detaille Island. We encounter sizable Adelie penguin rookeries here and the low-lying Fish, Argentine and Yalour Island groups provide fantastic options for Zodiac cruising and wildlife observation. Our full range of activities will be offered on this voyage – walks on shore, visits to wildlife colonies, visits to historic sites and possibly even a working science station. Zodiac cruising amongst icebergs is another memorable activity. For the more adventurous, sea kayaking is a wonderful way to discover Antarctica – and if weather conditions permit – why not spend the night, camping on shore?



Day 1

Ushuaia, Argentina

Our journey to Antarctica commences this afternoon in Ushuaia, Argentina. We gather at our central meeting point and transfer to the pier and embar...

Our journey to Antarctica commences this afternoon in Ushuaia, Argentina. We gather at our central meeting point and transfer to the pier and embark our expedition ship.




Days 2 - 3

Drake Passage

Sailing south towards Antarctica we will be joined by hundreds of seabirds including the wandering albatross. Giant petrels and smaller Cape petrel...

Sailing south towards Antarctica we will be joined by hundreds of seabirds including the wandering albatross. Giant petrels and smaller Cape petrels are also constant companions as we transit the Drake Passage. Throughout the days our onboard experts educate us with a series of presentations about the environment, wildlife and history and the locations we hope to visit in the coming days.




Days 4 - 9

Exploration of the Gerlache Strait and Antarctic Peninsula

We awaken today, and the magnificent snowy peaks of continental Antarctica are laid out before us. The waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula are hom...

We awaken today, and the magnificent snowy peaks of continental Antarctica are laid out before us. The waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula are home to deep bays, pristine coves and inlets and numerous small islands. The Gerlache coastline features heavily glaciated mountains permanently covered in ice and snow. Rocky outcrops, known as ‘nunataks’ are home to gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguin rookeries and the waters are rich in marine life. We frequently encounter seals, including the powerful leopard seal, usually found hauled out on an ice floe. Curious humpback whales and the smaller minke whales are present much of the time as they feed on the vast schools of krill. Sightings of orca are not uncommon. Our activity program is in full swing and we encourage all guests to choose how their adventure unfolds. Every day we plan an exciting range of activities, including guided hikes on shore (both short and long), visits to wildlife colonies with our expert naturalist guides, as well as Zodiac cruising. Planned excursions along the Antarctic Peninsula may include Cierva Cove or Mikklesen Harbour, Danco Island, the Melchior Islands and Fournier Bay - or a cruise through the Errera Channel to visit the gentoo penguin rookeries at Cuverville Island.




Day 10

South Shetland Islands

After several busy days of exploration along the Antarctic Peninsula, we head for the South Shetland Islands. The adventure is not over and if the ...

After several busy days of exploration along the Antarctic Peninsula, we head for the South Shetland Islands. The adventure is not over and if the weather conditions allow, we sail the ship into the flooded volcanic caldera at Deception Island. This is a very dramatic location. History is all around us as we explore the old whaling station and airport hangar. There are several superb hikes and an opportunity for a swim - the 'Polar Plunge!' Tonight, we enjoy a special dinner attended by the ship’s Captain, cruising towards King George Island.




Day 11

King George Island - Return to South America

This morning we say goodbye to our expedition team and transfer ashore by Zodiac. We walk from the shore landing site past the Chilean research sta...

This morning we say goodbye to our expedition team and transfer ashore by Zodiac. We walk from the shore landing site past the Chilean research station and up towards the airstrip and board our special charter flight back to South America. This flight takes a little over two hours and is included in the price of your voyage. Upon arrival into Punta Arenas a transfer from the airport into town is provided. This itinerary includes a complimentary hotel night in Punta Arenas for all guests returning from King George Island at the end of the voyage.




Day 12

Punta Arenas

After breakfast and check-out, make your own way to the airport for your onward journey. Otherwise, why not continue your exploration of Patagonia?...

After breakfast and check-out, make your own way to the airport for your onward journey. Otherwise, why not continue your exploration of Patagonia? Just a few hours north, lies the celebrated Torres del Paine National Park.


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Dates and Rates

The following departures are available for this voyage

Antarctica in-Depth (Circle Crossing Voyage)
December 28 - January 7 2019 10 Nights
Akademik Ioffe From: US$11,695.00+
One Ocean Suite




US$18,895.00
Shackleton Suite




US$17,195.00
Superior




US$15,595.00
Twin Private




US$14,895.00
Semi Private




US$13,795.00
Triple Share




US$11,695.00

All prices are listed in USD. Single supplement: 1.5 for the twin occupancy cabins and 2 for the suites (single supplements not available for the triple share cabins).
Sea Kayaking in Antarctica: USD795
*Includes flights from King George Island to Punta Arenas.

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