Expedition to the White Continent - Antarctica Argentina

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  • Start Date : 2022-Dec-13
    End Date: 2022-Dec-22
  • Hora Inicio: 6 pm
    Hora Fin: 9 am
  • Meeting Point:Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego. Argentina.
    End: Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego. Argentina.
  • Duration:9 nights - 10 days
    Availability: 4 spots
  • Booking in Advance: US$ 8160.-
  • Price: US$ 9880.-
  • Premier Twin: US$ 11790.-
Antarctic Expedition

Proposal

CLASSIC ANTARCTICA, Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

Day 1 : Depart from Ushuaia

Embark the USHUAIA in the afternoon and meet your expedition and lecture staff. After you have settled into your cabins we sail along the famous Beagle Channel and the scenic Mackinlay Pass.

Day 2 and 3: Crossing the Drake Passage

Named after the renowned explorer, Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar water sinks beneath the warmer northern waters. This creates a great upwelling of nutrients, which sustains the biodiversity of this region. The Drake Passage also marks the northern limit of many Antarctic seabirds. As we sail across the passage, Antarpply Expeditions' lecturers will be out with you on deck to help in the identification of an amazing variety of seabirds, including many albatrosses, which follow in our wake. The USHUAIA's open bridge policy allows you to join our officers on the bridge and learn about navigation, watch for whales, and enjoy the view. A full program of lectures will be offered as well.

The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains indicate that we have reached the South Shetland Islands, a group of twenty islands and islets first sighted in February 1819 by Capt. William Smith of the brig Williams. With favorable conditions in the Drake Passage our lecturers and naturalists will accompany you ashore as you experience your first encounter with the penguins and seals on Day 3.

Days 4 to 7: Exploring South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula

The South Shetland Islands are a haven for wildlife. Vast penguin rookeries, beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and southern elephant seals make every day spent in this amazing island group unforgettable. Sailing through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island is truly amazing. King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands, features colonies of nesting Adélie and Chinstrap Penguins, Kelp Gulls, Blue-eyed Cormorants, Antarctic Terns and Southern Giant Petrels and is home to scientific bases of many different countries. Macaroni, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins as well as elephant seals await you at Livingston Island.

The Antarctic Peninsula's remarkable history will provide you with a type of excitement often only associated with the early explorers. You will have plenty of time to explore its amazing scenery, a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and waterways, and an incredible wide variety of wildlife. Apart from penguins and seabirds you are very likely to see Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals as well as Minke, killer (orca) and humpback whales at close range.

We hope to navigate some of the most beautiful waterways (depending on the ice conditions): the Gerlache Strait, the Neumayer Channel, and the Lemaire Channel, the latter are narrow passages between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers. We plan to make at least two landings per day. Possible landing sites may include:

Paradise Bay is perhaps the most aptly named place in the world and we attempt a landing on the continent proper. After negotiating the iceberg-strewn waters of the Antarctic Sound, we hope to visit the bustling Adélie Penguin (over 100,000 pairs breed here) and Blue-eyed Cormorant colonies on Paulet Island. The Nordenskjöld expedition built a stone survival hut here in 1903. Today its ruins have been taken over by nesting penguins.

Further exploration may take you to Melchior Island, Cuverville Island, Portal Point, Neko Harbour, Pléneau Island and if ice conditions permit, to Petermann Island for a visit to the southernmost colony of Gentoo Penguins.

Days 8 and 9: At Sea crossing the Drake Passage, northbound

We leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. Join our lecturers and naturalists on deck as we search for seabirds and whales and enjoy some final lectures. Take the chance to relax and reflect on the fascinating adventures of the past days on the way back to Ushuaia.

Day 10 : Arrival at Ushuaia

We arrive at Ushuaia in the early morning and disembark the USHUAIA after breakfast.

 

Your expedition ship – the USHUAIA
 
The USHUAIA is a ship originally built at the request of the NOAA (North American Agency for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research), for its oceanography department. It was refitted for passengers, equipping it with the most advanced service, navigation and communication standards for Antarctic navigation. Bill
with 41 cabins and suites to comfortably accommodate up to 84 passengers, also providing ample deck space and an open bridge policy.
This is complemented by our zodiacs, which allow you to visit places that would otherwise be inaccessible. All cabins have ample space for luggage. In the spacious restaurant meals are served for all passengers simultaneously. It also has a lounge and bar (Observation Room), conference room with multimedia equipment,
library and a small hospital.

Our captains and officers are experts in navigation in the Antarctic and southern seas and have a great love for nature. We also provide an excellent expedition team consisting of an Expedition Leader, Guides and lecturers, all of whom are extremely conscientious, enthusiastic and dedicated to protecting the environment. Our chefs prepare an excellent variety of dishes including local specialties and the bar has a vast and careful selection of wines and
alcoholic drinks.
 
Shared bathroom: The bathroom is shared between two cabins (maximum four people), with internal access from them. Shower and bathroom are shared. Each cabin has its own lavatory.

Note

Please note: The above itinerary is a guide only. Our exact route and program will vary to take best advantage of local weather and ice conditions and opportunities to view wildlife. Changes will be made by the Captain and/or Expedition Leader to facilitate the best results from the prevailing conditions. A daily program sheet will be issued on board. Flexibility is the key to success.

Included Services
  • Voyage aboard the USHUAIA as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the USHUAIA.
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by zodiac.
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
  • Detailed post-expedition log.

Services NOT included

Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post land arrangements; transfers to / from the vessel; passport and visa expenses; Government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (strongly recommended); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as bar and beverage charges and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages (guidelines will be provided).

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Required equipment

Clothing for the Expedition (Comfortable, durable and loose fitting)

Waterproof equipment:
  • Rain jacket
  • waterproof pants
  • Wellingtons
Common rubber boots, up to the knees for landings. They should be 35 to 40 cm high with a strong rubber rim and non-slip soles. These specifications are very important. Sometimes you will have your feet submerged in water up to 25 cm deep. Snow or leather boots are NOT appropriate.
 
Outdoor clothing
 
  • Parka (Waterproof and with hood)
  • Waterproof gloves or mittens
  • Hat, scarf or other face protection
  • Jackets or sweaters
It is best to take at least one light and one thick. Polar fleece t-shirts, t-shirts and pullovers are also good insulators. Layers of wool, silk, or synthetic fabrics are recommended over layers of cotton fabrics.
 
Other clothing
 
  • Wool socks
  • Thermal pants
  • Thermal or long underwear
  • T-shirts and light t-shirts
Clothes on board

For the boat we recommend comfortable and casual clothing. Appropriate footwear includes at least one pair of rubber soled shoes.
 
Other equipment:
  • Sunscreen and lip protection (minimum SPF 15)
  • Glasses
  • Binoculars
  • Plastic Bags (Plastic zip lock bags will protect your camera and binoculars from splashes and spray while on the Zodiacs)
  • Bag

 

Climate
Our expedition to Antarctica takes place during the southern summer. Temperatures in Antarctica are generally -5° to +5° C. Although it can be quite sunny, expect rain, snow, fog and high winds that lower the wind chill.

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