The Basecamp Antarctica expedition is expressly designed for active travelers seeking the most adventure possible out of their Antarctica experience! Travelers can enjoy field camping, mountaineering, hiking, snowshoeing, and sea kayaking all included in your expedition rate.
- December 28, 2016 - January 8, 2017 (Plancius)
- January 18 - February 5, 2017 (Plancius)
- March 6-17, 2017 (Plancius)
- November 4 - 15, 2017 (Ortelius) (12 days)
- November - December 6, 2017 (Ortelius) (12 days)
- December 18 - December 29, 2017 (Plancius) (12 days)
- December 29, 2017 - January 9, 2018 (Plancius) (12 days)
- March 3 - 14, 2017 (Ortelius) (12 days)
On some Antarctic voyages we offer an exciting "open air" camping option, which gives an intensive experience of the Antarctic wilderness. Special gear and field equipment will be provided: tents, wind and waterproof bivouac bags (lightweight alternative to a tent system). This shelter will protect you from the elements during the night in the open air of Antarctica. Mattresses and polar sleeping bags provide comfort during the night. The maximum number of participants for this camping option is 30 participants per night. One expedition guide will conduct the activity ashore. Camping is always subject to weather, local site and environmental regulations. 1 night has to be booked prior to the trip; any extra nights (if those are possible) must be arranged onboard. There is no guarantee that a second night can be implemented. Additional nights will be charged by the Hotel Manager. For more details please refer to the activity manual.
Divers must be advanced and experienced in dry suit and cold water diving. We hope for 1-2 different dives per day parallel to all other activities. Diving depends on local ice and weather conditions. Dive masters and dive guides are responsible for safety during operation. Basic equipment is onboard (scuba tanks, compressors, weights and diving essentials). Divers bring their personal gear. A supplement will be charged for the activity package. To operate this activity, there is a minimum # of divers required on board the ship, of 8, with a maximum of 24.
During voyages with hiking options we hope to be able to exceed on our normal shore excursion walking Program. The possibilities to hike longer distances in de Antarctic are limited by mountains and glaciers. In general the longest hikes can last up to two hours. We aim at one or two hikes per day during morning and / or afternoon landings. The final decision on those hiking options will be met by the Expedition Leader on the day of the excursion. We recommend bringing a proper pair of ankle high hiking boots (illustration in Basecamp activity selection form) and gaiters. Hiking is free of charge; more details can be found in the activity manual and the day by day Programs.
In general we plan to at least offer 4 kayaking days. Basic kayaking experience is required and physical fitness is essential. Parallel to all other activities we are planning on offering kayaking excursions during morning and / or afternoon landings. The final decision on those excursions will be met by the Expedition Leader. Oceanwide will provide kayaks, neoprene wet suits, booties and gloves. Kayakers will bring their own personal gear. Kayaking is subject to weather and prevailing ice conditions. A supplement will be charged for the activity package (except “Basecamp Plancius” voyages). For prices please refer to Dates & Rates. For more details please refer to the activity manual.
This is a technical and more strenuous activity for mountaineers who wish to walk beyond the shore radius in order to reach higher grounds and view points. Mountaineers walk in rope parties under the leadership of a certified mountain guide mostly across glaciated environment. Mountaineering knowledge is preferable, but not required. Physical fitness is essential. The maximum number is limited to 6 mountaineers per rope party. Special glacier equipment will be provided: ropes and carabiners, harnesses, helmets, ice axes and crampons. Participants will bring their personal protective outdoor clothes, mountaineering boots (ankle high) suitable for using crampons. A mountain guide and assistants (depending on group size) will supervise and guide the activity.
Especially on early departures at the beginning of the season there are still snow covered hills and mountains further inland. During voyages to the Antarctic we are planning on offering hiking excursions with snowshoes. Snowshoe walking is easy and does not require any technical skills. With the use of snowshoes it is easier and safer to walk on snow surfaces. Snowshoes will be provided to everyone on board. Those will fit all boot sizes and can be used in combination with supplied rubber boots. Snowshoe hiking is free of charge if offered on your departure.
On selected voyages and "Basecamp Plancius" voyages Oceanwide Expeditions is going to offer photo workshops for beginners and advanced photographers under the supervision of a photo expert on board. Everybody is welcome to participate, no previous experience required. The workshop group (up to 20 participants per guide per landing) will be accompanied by the photo expert during activity ashore. Participants with a special interest in photography will bring their personal photo equipment. During cruise days everybody will be able to listen into photo lectures and workshops in order to learn more about objects, exposures and photo composition. The workshop does not intend to instruct on how to use specific camera models, but more to give an insight on better photo results by respecting basic rules of photography. Photographers can also take part in other activities of their choice. Photo workshops are free of charge on Basecamp voyages, and supplemented on other activity coded voyages. The photo workshop must be pre-booked prior to departure.
Character of photo workshops: Basecamp Plancius and other non supplemented voyages: free "try out" activity for everybody, participants also dip into other activities, group size up to 20 participants per photo guide and landing, daily changing groups, workshop content not too specialised, target group "beginners to experts" who wish to receive daily photo tuition. During photo workshops powered by Leica Akademie, participants can test Leica camera equipment free of charge.
*** NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.
Itinerary in Brief
- DAY 1: Embark from Ushuaia
- DAY 2: Sailing the Drake's Passage / At Sea
- DAY 3: Sailing the Drake's Passage / At Sea
- DAY 4: King George Island
- DAY 5: Deception Island
- DAY 6: Explore Antarctica
- DAY 7: Explore Antarctica
- DAY 8: Explore Antarctica
- DAY 9: Sailing the Drake's Passage / At Sea
- DAY 10: Sailing the Drake's Passage / At Sea
- DAY 11: Disembark in Ushuaia
- Activities are included
- Go camping on Antarctica
- Sea kayak with the penguins
- Enjoy extended shore excursions on special hikes
ACTIVITIES: Expedition Cruising