Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp

 

Overview

Location: Antarctica
Destination: Antarctic Peninsula Cruises
Starting at: $0

 

Description

If you dream of active adventures and traveling to the "7th Continent" this cruise is right up your alley! We'll experience the beauty and wildlife of Antarctica using our ship as a "basecamp" from which we participate in a variety of activities including kayaking, diving, mountaineering, camping, hiking and photography.

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Ship

Ortelius Ortelius
Expedition Ships
Capacity: 106

Cabin description & deck plan

 
 
 

Rates & Dates Prices are per person and shown in USD.

No dates have been scheduled for this cruise.
 

Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia

In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.

Days 2–3: At sea

During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage. When we cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area we may see 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. Near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs.

Days 4–9: Antarctica

We will sail directly to "High Antarctica", passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. We will sail to the Neumayer Channel, where we position our ship for the multi activity base camp. The protected waters around Wiencke Island will become our playground for all activities. In this alpine environment there are great opportunities to scout the region on foot, per zodiac and during kayak trips. Walkers will find opportunities to use snowshoes on hikes near the shore lines and the mountaineers will find their challenge by climbing hills and view points further inland, i.e. Jabet Peak (540 m). All climbs and excursions can only be conducted in good weather conditions.

We plan to stay two overnights at anchor in order to implement two camp nights and two full activity days. We will visit the British research station and the post office Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Imperial Shags. We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Booth Island, Pleneau and Petermann Island where we can find Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. In this area there are good chances to encounter Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and Fin Whales. Our second Basecamp night will be erected near the Continent; we choose a camp site which is suitable and close to next day’s activity. The mountaineers hope to reach the summit of Mt. Demaria (640 m) at Waddington Bay. A visit to one of the scientific stations in Antarctica will give you an insight about the life of modern Antarcticans working on the White Continent. Further south we may have time to visit the Ukrainian Vernadsky Station, where we will receive a warm welcome from the station crew.

In the afternoon at Neko Harbour we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of a huge glacier and enjoy the landscape during zodiac cruises, hikes and kayak excursions. A small group of mountaineers may climb up on higher grounds of the glacier. We will spend the night at Neko or near Paradise Bay with a camp erected ashore. We will leave Neko Harbour in the early morning after breaking our last camp. We sail via Melchior Islands towards the open sea of the Drake Passage. We have again a chance of seeing many seabirds.

Days 10–11: At sea

On our way north, we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

Day 12: Ushuaia

We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.

Included

  • Voyage as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
  • All shore excursions by Zodiac and activities throughout the voyage
  • Lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material

Adventure Options

  • Kayaking: Free
  • Mountaineering: Free
  • Camping: Free
  • Hiking: Free
  • Photography: Free
  • Scuba diving: Please call us for information on pricing and required level of diving experience needed to participate

Highlights

  • Our ship serves as a multi-activity base camp
  • Choose from a variety of activities including camping, kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing, ski touring and more
  • Visit the Port Lockroy British Research Station and Historic Site and possibly the Vernadsky Ukranian Scientific Research Station a bit further south, near our second base camp
  • See abundant wildlife during shore landings including several species of penguins, seals and seabirds
  • Sail through waters with humpback, Minke, fin, and Orca whales

 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of expedition cruising, itineraries are subject to change due to weather, ice conditions, natural and cultural events, wildlife viewing opportunities and other logistical considerations. In general, a ship's crew will endeavor to complete the itinerary provided, but the ultimate decision lies with the ship's captain and expedition leaders.

 
 
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