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Antarctic Journey Below the Antarctic Circle 13 nights

This journey takes us further south than any of our other voyages, hopefully all the way to 66 degrees, 33’ minutes south of latitude, which officially marks the position of the Antarctic Circle.

Along the way we will witness expansive landscapes, huge Adelie penguin rookeries, and hopefully the large tabular icebergs that have drifted north from the Bellingshausen Sea. We will be surrounded by white peaks soaring more than 2,000 meters above the ice-strewn waters. After hopefully crossing the Antarctic Circle we will return north along the heavily glaciated coastline of the Antarctic Peninsula, passing through the Argentine, Fish and Yalour Island archipelagos and into the Gerlache Strait region.

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One Ocean Expeditions offers expedition cruises below the Antarctic Circle onboard their small expedition ships.
One Ocean Expeditions passengers view a leopard seal on an ice sheet while on an adventure cruise in Antarctica. Photo: Ira Meyer
One Ocean Expeditions passengers view a leopard seal sunbathing on an ice sheet while on an adventure cruise in Antarctica. Photo: Ira Meyer
A photography program views penguins in Antarctica on a One Ocean Expeditions adventure cruise. Photo: Daisy Gilardini
An iceberg in Antarctica below the Antarctic circle, as viewed from a One Ocean Expeditions adventure cruise. Photo: David Sinclair

Journey Below the Antarctic Circle

Starting Rate: $14,295.00+

Number of Nights: 13

Departs from: USHUAIA

Returns to: USHUAIA

Experiences:

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

Available Dates:

2019
January 17 - 30 RCGS Resolute Download Trip Notes

Day by Day: What you can experience: Journey Below the Antarctic Circle

Our program of off-ship excursions offers an exciting selection of activities – including short or long hikes ashore, visits to historic points of interest and wildlife colonies, and Zodiac cruising looking for whales and seals and photographing the incredible icebergs.

We will be guided in these activities by our onboard team of wilderness guides, naturalists, marine biologists, historians and photographers.



Day 1

Ushuaia, Argentina

We board our expedition ship in the late afternoon, “throw the lines”, and launch into our adventure. Heading eastwards, we navigate through t...

We board our expedition ship in the late afternoon, “throw the lines”, and launch into our adventure. Heading eastwards, we navigate through the Beagle Channel and into the Drake Passage.




Days 2 - 3

Drake Passage

We awake to the gentle motion of the ship as we transit the Drake Passage. This famed stretch of water is known for the challenging weather conditi...

We awake to the gentle motion of the ship as we transit the Drake Passage. This famed stretch of water is known for the challenging weather conditions it posed to the great square-rigged ships of the sailing era. We hope to have an easier time of it as we head south toward the Antarctic Circle. Along the way, we witness many spectacular sights, from icebergs to an array of seabirds and whale species. Onboard entertainment in the form of educational presentations about the Southern Ocean, Antarctic wildlife, glaciers, ice and polar history will be punctuated by fantastic meals and announcements from our staff as a new species of bird is spotted.




Days 4 - 10

Antarctic Circle and Antarctic Peninsula

Our first goal is to sail south of the Antarctic Circle and, depending on ice conditions, we hope to make a landing at Detaille Island. This is a b...

Our first goal is to sail south of the Antarctic Circle and, depending on ice conditions, we hope to make a landing at Detaille Island. This is a breathtaking location and home to an old British Antarctic Survey hut. We then chart a course north along the rugged coastline of the Antarctic Peninsula. Landing sites typically include the Yalour Islands, Petermann Island, Neko Harbour and Wilhelmina Bay – a known ‘ hotspot’ for humpback whale encounters. In all locations we will encounter an abundance of Weddell, crabeater and elephant seals, as well as skuas, penguins, and other seabirds. If weather conditions permit you will have the opportunity to spend the night camping ashore in Antarctica, an experience that you'll never forget




Day 11

Deception Island, South Shetland Islands

We cross the wildlife ‘ super highway’ of the Bransfield Strait and make landfall at the stunning location of Deception Island. The old whalin...

We cross the wildlife ‘ super highway’ of the Bransfield Strait and make landfall at the stunning location of Deception Island. The old whaling station begs exploration onshore and there is an exceptional hike to a high point on the wall of the volcanic caldera. Nearby Livingstone Island is simply spectacular, with its snowy peaks and towering cliffs. Other great locations in the South Shetlands include Hannah Point, Half Moon Island, and the rocky spit of land at Yankee Harbour, where we often see Weddell seals sunning themselves.




Days 12 - 13

Drake Passage

Pushing out of the MacFarlane Strait and leaving the icy landscape behind, we chart a course back to South America. Our onboard presentations conti...

Pushing out of the MacFarlane Strait and leaving the icy landscape behind, we chart a course back to South America. Our onboard presentations continue and the seabirds once again join us for our journey north. Our expedition leader delivers a memorable voyage recap and we celebrate with a special dinner attended by the Captain of the ship. Ifconditions allow, we attempt a rounding of Cape Horn. It’ s a fitting place to reflect on a remarkable journey to the frozen continent.




Day 14

Ushuaia, Argentina

In the early morning, we arrive back in Ushuaia. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for onward flights.

In the early morning, we arrive back in Ushuaia. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for onward flights.


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Dates and Rates

The following departures are available for this voyage

Dates

Nights

Ship

Starting Rate

Charter Flights Options
January 17 - 30
2019
13 RCGS Resolute $14,295.00+
One Ocean Suite
$25,395.00

Shackleton Suite
$20,595.00

Superior Plus
$18,495.00

Superior
$18,095.00

Twin Private
$15,795.00

Main Deck Triple
$14,295.00



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

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