Antarctica: Basecamp

The best outdorr activities voyage in Antarctica.


Antarctic Peninsula
© Sebastian Arrebola

On this active trip we will enjoy the Antarctic Peninsula as a veritable playground for all manner of activities. You can enjoy the splendors of this alpine environment at sea, with Zodiac and kayaking trips. Or if you’re among the walkers, there are possible snowshoe hikes and mountaineering (soft climb) options farther inland.

Duration: 11 nights
Embarkation: Ushuaia
Disembarkation: Ushuaia
Language: English speaking voyage

Itinerary

All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. The on-board expedition leader will determine the final itinerary. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

Day 1: End of the World, Start of a Journey
Your voyage begins where the world drops off: Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the southernmost city on the planet, 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 scenic, mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the rest of the evening.

Day 2 - 3: Path of the Polar Explorers
Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, you catch a taste of life from the perspective of the polar explorers who first braved these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale blasting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer subantarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too: A variety of albatrosses and petrels show up, along with Cape pigeons and southern fulmars . Then, near the South Shetlands Islands, the first icebergs flash into sight.

Day 4 - 9: Enter the Antarctic
Gray stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, and dramatically different wildlife below and above. You first pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel, sailing between Brabant and Anvers Islands. The basecamp concept lets you feel more like a resident than a visitor, getting the most out of all available activities. Here are all the places you might go: Neumayer Channel – The vessel may position itself for the multi-activity basecamp here. The protected waters around Wiencke Island become a veritable playground for all manner of activities. You can enjoy the splendors of this alpine environment at sea, with Zodiac and kayaking trips. Or if you’re among the walkers, there are possible snowshoe hikes and mountaineering (soft climb) options farther inland. Naturally, favorable weather conditions determine the possible activities. Port Lockroy – After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, you get a chance to visit the former British research station – now a museum and post office – of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. You may also be able to partake in activities around Jougla Point, meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. Pléneau & Petermann Islands – If the ice allows it, you can 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 here, as well as leopard seals. Kayaking, glacier walks, and more ambitious mountaineering are potential activities in this location. Neko Harbour – An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow. Opportunities for Zodiac cruising, kayaking, and walking provide you the closest possible view of this location’s ice-crusted alpine peaks. Paradise Bay – You have the chance to pitch camp here like a true polar explorer (but with a better tent), enjoying the supreme overnight Antarctic adventure. Errera Channel – Possible sites in this area include Danco Island and Cuverville Island, but also the lesser known (though equally picturesque) Orne Island and Georges Point on Rongé Island. On your last day of near-shore activities, you pass the Melchior Islands toward the open sea. Keep a sharp lookout for humpback whales in Dallmann Bay. You might also shoot for Half Moon Island, in the South Shetlands, with further chances for activities. Conditions on the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure.

Day 10 - 11: Familiar Seas, Familiar Friends
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.

Day 12: There and Back Again
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.

Included in this voyage
-Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
-All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
-All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
-Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
-Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
-Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia.
-Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
-All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
-Comprehensive pre-departure material.
-During our “Basecamp” departures, all offered activities (including camping, kayaking, snowshoe/hiking, mountaineering, photo workshop) as well as our standard included shore excursions and zodiac cruises) are free of charge.


Excluded from this voyage
-Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
-Pre- and post- land arrangements.
-Passport and visa expenses.
-Government arrival and departure taxes.
-Meals ashore.
-Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory).
-Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
-The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).




Dates & Rates


Ship: Ortelius | Date: 3 Nov 2019 / 14 Nov 2019 More info about this Ship
Quad Porthole
7950
Triple Porthole
8950
Twin Porthole deck 3
9850
Twin Porthole deck 4
9850
Twin Window
10250
Twin Deluxe
10900
Superior
11800
Ship: Ortelius | Date: 5 Dec 2019 / 16 Dec 2019 More info about this Ship
Quad Porthole
7950
Triple Porthole
8950
Twin Porthole deck 3
9850
Twin Porthole deck 4
9850
Twin Window
10250
Twin Deluxe
10900
Superior
11800
Ship: Plancius | Date: 18 Dec 2019 / 29 Dec 2019 More info about this Ship
Quadruple Porthole
8400
Triple Porthole
9450
Twin Porthole
10300
Twin Window
10750
Twin Deluxe
11550
Superior
12150
Ship: Plancius | Date: 29 Dec 2019 / 9 Jan 2020 More info about this Ship
Quadruple Porthole
8400
Triple Porthole
9450
Twin Porthole
10300
Twin Window
10750
Twin Deluxe
11550
Superior
12150
Ship: Plancius | Date: 27 Feb 2020 / 9 Mar 2020 More info about this Ship
Quadruple Porthole
7950
Triple Porthole
8950
Twin Porthole
9850
Twin Window
10250
Twin Deluxe
10900
Superior
11800
Ship: Plancius | Date: 9 Mar 2020 / 20 Mar 2020 More info about this Ship
Quadruple Porthole
7950
Triple Porthole
8950
Twin Porthole
9850
Twin Window
10250
Twin Deluxe
10900
Superior
11800

• The prices are per person expressed in US Dollars.

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© Sebastian Arrebola
© Sebastian Arrebola
© Sebastian Arrebola

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