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12-Day Antarctica Polar Circle

12-Day Antarctica Polar Circle

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12-Day Antarctica Polar Circle
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This Polar Circle and Antarctic Peninsula cruise passes through waters travelled by Humpback, Minke and Fin whales. Anchoring in various spots around the region, the expedition offers the chance to hike, kayak, and dive in the iceberg-heavy waters.

Many Antarctica Expedition Cruise Vessels are available. Contact us for dates and prices.

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Day 1: Board the ship in Ushuaia, Argentina (LD)

Your voyage begins where the world drops off. Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the southernmost city on the planet, is located on the far southern tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego, nicknamed "The End of the World," and sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening.

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Antarctica Vessel

Day 2: Cross the Drake Passage (BLD)

Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, you enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale spouting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too. Wandering albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels are a few of the birds you might see.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Antarctica Vessel

Day 3: Cross the Drake Passage (BLD)

We continue our way to the Antarctic Peninsula, keeping a sharp lookout for pelagic birds and whales. En-route, you'll enjoy a series of lectures from the guide staff regarding the continent's wildlife, geology, climate, and more. 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Antarctica Vessel

Day 4: Explore Antarctica (BLD)

Options for Antarctic Peninsula activities are many, and no less great during the late summer. Humpback whales are prolific in this region, gorging themselves on krill before their migration north. The penguin chicks are also fledging, stirring up activity on the beaches while sleek leopard seals lie in wait, poised to attack the less fortunate ones.

Sites for your Antarctic adventures may include:

Livingston Island – Here you find a wide variety of gentoo and chinstrap penguins on Hannah Point, as well as southern giant petrels and elephant seals hauling out onto the beach.

Deception Island – Actually a subducted crater, this island opens into the sea and creates a natural harbor for the ship. Hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, and multiple bird species – cape petrels, kelp gulls, brown and south polar skuas, and Antarctic terns – can be seen here. Wilson’s storm petrels and black-bellied storm petrels also nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay.

Cuverville Island – A small precipitous island nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Rongé Island, Cuverville houses a large colony of gentoo penguins and breeding pairs of brown skuas.

Neko Harbour – An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow, Neko Harbour offers opportunities for a Zodiac cruise and landing that afford the closest views of the surrounding alpine peaks. You might also be able to set foot on the continent here.

Paradise Bay – You could take a Zodiac cruise in these sprawling, ice-flecked waters, where you have a good chance of seeing humpback and minke whales.

Pléneau & Petermann Islands – If the ice allows it, you may sail through the Lemaire Channel in search of Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. There’s also a good chance you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales as well as leopard seals.

Crystal Sound – Your journey takes you south along the Argentine Islands to this ice-packed body of water, and from here across the Polar Circle in the morning.

Detaille Island – You may make a landing at an abandoned British research station here, taking in the island’s lofty mountains and imposing glaciers.

Fish Islands – Further north you encounter one of the southernmost Adélie penguin and blue-eyed shag colonies in the Antarctic Peninsula.

Melchior Islands – These islands offer a beautiful landscape rich with icebergs. Leopard seals, crabeater seals, and whales are found here, and there are excellent opportunities for kayaking and diving.

Conditions on the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Antarctica Vessel

Day 5: Explore Antarctica (BLD)

Further exploration of Antarctica.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Antarctica Vessel

Day 6: Cross the Polar Circle (BLD)

Further exploration of Antarctica crossing the Polar Circle.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Antarctica Vessel

Day 7: Cross the Polar Circle (BLD)

Further exploration of Antarctica crossing the Polar Circle.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Antarctica Vessel

Day 8: Explore Antarctica (BLD)

Further exploration of Antarctica.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Antarctica Vessel

Day 9: Explore Antarctica (BLD)

Further exploration of Antarctica.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Antarctica Vessel

Day 10: Cross the Drake Passage (BLD)

Your return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, you’re again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered from the passage south. But they seem a little more familiar to you now, and you to them.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Antarctica Vessel

Day 11: Cross the Drake Passage (BLD)

Continue across the Drake Passage / at sea.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Antarctica Vessel

Day 12: Disembark in Ushuaia (B)

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia, but with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.

Meals included: Breakfast

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12-Day Antarctica Polar Circle
from $8050 USD
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  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
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  • Single room supplement
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