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Christmas in Antarctic Peninsula | One Ocean Expeditions

Antarctic Christmas In Antarctica 10 nights

Join us for the ultimate ‘White Christmas’ on a memorable voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula. Towering glaciers, amazing wildlife encounters, snow-covered landscapes, massive icebergs and the option to choose your favorite activities each day make this voyage the perfect way to spend the holiday season.

In the waters of the Antarctic Peninsula, we spend our days off the ship exploring by Zodiac boat, making several shore landings each day in the company of our expert guides. We discover Antarctica and its remarkable wildlife through photography, zodiac excursions, hiking onshore, and, for the more adventurous, camping and sea kayaking. Visits to historic huts and the opportunity to visit a working research station add another dimension to the voyage. This popular 10-night expedition, at the height of the Antarctic summer, features many of the well-known landing sites such as Neko, Paradise and Orne Harbours, Cuverville Island and the Erera Channel – and, ice conditions permitting, we hope to transit the spectacular Lemaire Channel. A final highlight will be a visit to the beautiful South Shetland Islands where we hope to visit Deception Island and nearby locations such as Half Moon Island or Hannah Point.

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A map of the itinerary for a One Ocean Expeditions Christmas in Antarctica tour.
A mom and daughter explore Antarctica during a Christmas One Ocean Expeditions trip. Photo: Ira Meyer
A family on a One Ocean Expeditions polar cruise to Antarctica spend a white Christmas amongst icebergs, glaciers and penguins.

Christmas In Antarctica

Starting Rate: $9,195.00+

Number of Nights: 10

Departs from: USHUAIA

Returns to: USHUAIA / KING GEORGE ISLAND

In 2018, the voyage ends with a charter flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas, Chile. The charter flight is included in the voyage price.

Experiences:

    Wildlife Identification
    Sea Kayaking
    Photographer in Residence
    Camping
    Education
    Enhanced Photography
    Family
    Fitness & Yoga
    Photography
    Snowshoeing
    Trekking/Hiking
    Whale Watching
    Zodiac Cruising

Available Dates:

2017
December 18 - 28 Akademik Ioffe Download Trip Notes
2018
December 17 - 27 Akademik Ioffe Download Trip Notes

Day by Day: What you can experience: Christmas In Antarctica

This exciting Antarctic expedition will likely be the most remarkable white Christmas you ever experience.

Navigating south, we will traverse the South Atlantic ocean accompanied by magnificent pelagic seabirds, including the giant wandering albatross. Our expedition will push as far south as the mid season sea ice will allow. Each day we will explore on shore by foot, observing wildlife colonies, visiting historic huts and science bases, photographing icebergs and soaking up the incredible landscapes.



Day 1

Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina, the world’s most southerly city, where you board your expedition ship. In the early evening we set sail along the B...

Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina, the world’s most southerly city, where you board your expedition ship. In the early evening we set sail along the Beagle Channel and push out into the Drake Passage, towards Antarctica.




Days 2 - 3

Drake Passage

Giant petrels, albatross and smaller Cape petrels are also constant companions as we transit towards Antarctica. Join the ship’s Captain on the b...

Giant petrels, albatross and smaller Cape petrels are also constant companions as we transit towards Antarctica. Join the ship’s Captain on the bridge and learn about the operations of our modern research vessel. Throughout the day our onboard experts educate us with a series of presentations about the environment, wildlife and history.




Days 4 - 7

Antarctic Peninsula

Take a deep breath – you have arrived. Welcome to Antarctica! This morning the magnificent snowy peaks are laid out before us. It’s a a truly a...

Take a deep breath – you have arrived. Welcome to Antarctica! This morning the magnificent snowy peaks are laid out before us. It’s a a truly awesome sight. 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 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. 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. Every day we plan an exciting range of activities including guided hikes on shore and visits to wildlife colonies with our expert naturalist guides. The historic huts and science stations located along the peninsula provide a fascinating glimpse into the past and potential future. Zodiac cruising among the ice searching for seals and whales is amemorable activity. Meanwhile, the sea kayakers may range several miles from the ship. Our resident photography guide will be on hand to help you with your camera setting and image composition. Somewhere along this stretch of coastline we plan a night on shore, camping in Antarctica. We have all the right gear and equipment and an expert team to make it happen - all you need is an adventurous spirit!




Day 8

South Shetland Islands and Deception Island

After several busy days of exploration along the Antarctic Peninsula, we head for the South Shetland Islands. If the weather conditions allow, we s...

After several busy days of exploration along the Antarctic Peninsula, we head for the South Shetland Islands. If the weather conditions allow, we sail the ship into the flooded volcanic caldera at Deception Island, a very dramatic location. History is all around us as we explore the old whaling station, with its rusted relics and dilapidated wooden buildings.




Days 9 - 10

Drake Passage and Cape Horn

As we make our way back to South America, the educational presentations continue and we enjoy an entertaining and memorable voyage recap by our Exp...

As we make our way back to South America, the educational presentations continue and we enjoy an entertaining and memorable voyage recap by our Expedition Leader. If weather conditions allow, we hope to make a rounding of Cape Horn. It’s a fitting place to reflect on a wonderful expedition. Approaching the entrance to the Beagle Channel in early evening light, we enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain of the ship. On our departure in 2018/19 we have extended amount of time to explore the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands on Day 9 and 10.




Day 11

Ushuaia, Argentina

In the early morning, we arrive into Ushuaia. It is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travelers. Guests will be transported to their hot...

In the early morning, we arrive into Ushuaia. It is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travelers. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home.


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Dates and Rates

The following departures are available for this voyage

Dates

Nights

Ship

Starting Rate

Charter Flights Options
December 18 - 28
2017
10 Akademik Ioffe $9,195.00+
One Ocean Suite
$15,495.00

Shackleton Suite
$14,195.00

Superior
$12,895.00

Twin Private
$12,195.00

Semi Private
$11,495.00

Triple Share
$9,195.00


December 17 - 27
2018
10 Akademik Ioffe $11,195.00+
One Ocean Suite
$18,295.00

Shackleton Suite
$16,495.00

Superior
$15,095.00

Twin Private
$14,295.00

Semi Private
$13,395.00

Triple Share
$11,195.00



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

*In 2018, the voyage ends with a charter flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas, Chile. The charter flight is included in the voyage price.

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