Antarctic Peninsula Crossing the Polar Circle

Polar Activities

Argentina

 

A voyage to cross the Antarctic Circle is one many dream of, venturing deeper south than most have travelled - beyond latitude 66°33'39" and into the region of continuous daylight. Aqua-Firma guides and scientists have explored this region in-depth. You will be accompanied by leading natural history professionals, eager to introduce you to some of the most dramatic coastal mountain, glacier and iceberg scenery; and inspire you with their knowledge of the wildlife, geology, marine life and polar history. You will explore both from the mother ship and onboard rigid inflatable boats, deployed to skirt close  to the coast and enable you to maximise your time on land.



Beyond the Polar Circle voyages combine the best of the wildlife and scenery of a Classic Peninsula trip and are often a day or so longer to facilitate the push further South.  Fly and sail voyages beyond the circle can further reduce lost time lost by removing the obstacle of the Drakes passage. This is a true expedition and in our experience, very much subject to sea and weather conditions,  picking your way through ever-changing sea ice and icebergs. Take the opportunity to stand beside the captain at the bridge and watch as he skillfully navigates using ice charts to find the best passage South- to reach that magical line.

One of the most scenically impressive passages is the Lemaire Channel, which is only ½ mile wide in places. Its characteristic glaciers and rocky outcrops encapsulate the dream of what people often expect Antarctica to look like. From Goudier Island where crabeater seals breed, you will explore even deeper south, through the Gerlache Strait where the icebergs increase in size and you realise that Antarctica is not solely about the wilderness or the wildlife but the incredible mixture of the two. Fog hangs in the morning air over Crystal Sound and the noise of birds reach you from both shore and air as you pass other islands. Between the islands it may be possible to spot humpback whales, orcas, minke and fin whales, whose breath can be heard in constant rasps over the water in early morning silences.



Adventure options beyond the Polar Circle:

Pioneering in its own right Aqua-Firma also offer a broad range of adventure activities within this wilderness setting. For those keen to experience what it is like for polar explorers to camp in the Antarctic wilderness, the option does exist on this voyage for those who pre-book. Although you will have the full support of the mother ship not far away, we will try to take you out of sight and experience an incredible sense of detached remoteness. For people with some previous kayaking experience, the opportunity also exists to pre-book one of the limited Sea Kayaking spots.

For the experienced dry suit diver or snorkel, a dedicated team of scuba experts will help you exploring the icy seas beyond the Antarctic circle . Diving beyond the polar circle is a true expedition which very few have had the privilege of experiencing. Ask one of our Antarctic dive guides of polar marine scientist for full details.

Itinerary

12 Day Sample Itinerary

This is a sample only based upon a 12 day voyage. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Team and is influenced by local conditions, like ice and weather - in particular actual or anticipated headwinds affecting crossings of the Drake Passage.

Day 1: Embarkation in Ushuaia

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 waves, maybe even a fin whale blasting up a column of 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: Antarctic Peninsula

 

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 adventures may include:

Livingston Island – Here you find a wide variety of gentoo and chinstrap penguins on Hannah Point, in addition to 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. Opportunities for Zodiac cruising and kayaking provide you the closest possible view of the ice-crusted alpine peaks. You may 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.

Booth, 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 a good chance you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales as well as leopard seals. You may also visit Booth Island’s Port Charcot.

Crystal Sound – The 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.

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

Melchior Islands – A beautiful landscape rich with icebergs. Leopard seals, crabeater seals, and whales are found here, and there are excellent opportunities for kayaking and diving. You depart at noon, depending on conditions on the Drake Passage.

Day 10 - 11: Crossing the Drake Passage

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: Disembark in Ushuaia

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.

Dates

18 Dec 2019 - 09 Jan 2020 - from £ 10,995

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (23 days)
Christmas in Antarctica
Extended voyage including Falklands & South Georgia and Crossing the Polar Circle. Please contact us for a detailed itinerary.
Activities: Camping, Kayaking
Includes: 1 hotel night in Ushuaia & free Expedition Jacket

21 Dec 2019 - 03 Jan 2020 - from £ 7,199

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (14 days)
Christmas in Antarctica
Inc pre-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia
Free Expedition Jacket
Activities: Camping, Kayaking

28 Dec 2019 - 07 Jan 2020 - from US$ 11,490

Ushuaia - Punta Arenas (11 days)
Fly / Sail voyage including one way flight King George Island, Antarctica to Punta Arenas & 1 hotel night in Punta Arenas
Activities: Kayaking, Hiking & Snowshoeing, Photography
Includes: complimentary expedition gear rental onboard

08 - 21 Jan 2020 - from £ 5,995

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (14 days)
Activities: Camping, Kayaking
Includes: 1 hotel night in Ushuaia & free Expedition Jacket

16 - 29 Jan 2020 - from £ 5,895

Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires (14 days)
Activities: Camping, Kayaking, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Includes: free Expedition Jacket
Optional Transfer Package includes 1 hotel night in Buenos Aires & return flights Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

17 - 28 Jan 2020 - from US$ 13,490 US$ 12,690

Save up to $800pp on new bookings & free hotel night!
Ushuaia - Ushuaia (12 Days)
Activities: Camping, Kayaking, Hiking, Photography
Includes: complimentary expedition gear rental onboard
Offer expires 31 May 2019

25 Jan - 04 Feb 2020 - from £ 11,895

Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas (11 days)
Fly / Sail voyage including 2 hotels night in Punta Arenas & return flights Punta Arenas, Chile to King George Island, Antarctica
Activities: Kayaking
Includes: free Expedition Jacket

30 Jan - 12 Feb 2020 - from £ 6,890

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (14 days)
Inc pre-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia
Free Expedition Jacket
Activities: Camping, Kayaking

01 - 11 Feb 2020 - from US$ 11,490

Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas (11 days)
Fly / Sail voyage including flights Punta Arenas to Stanley, Falkland Islands / King George Island, Antarctica to Punta Arenas & 1 hotel night in Punta Arenas
Activities: Camping, Kayaking, Hiking, Photography
Includes: complimentary expedition gear rental onboard

10 - 24 Feb 2020 - from US$ 10,795

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (15 days)
Inc pre-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia
Free Expedition Jacket
Activities: Camping, Kayaking

14 - 26 Feb 2020 - from US$ 11,100

Ushuaia - Punta Arenas (13 days)
Fly/Sail Voyage inc one-way flight King George Island, Antarctica to Punta Arenas, Chile
Activities: Kayaking, Diving, Snorkelling
Includes: free Expedition Jacket
Brand new vessel for 2019!

14 - 26 Feb 2020 - from US$ 14,690 US$ 13,890

Save up to $800pp on new bookings & free hotel night!
Stanley - Stanley (13 Days)
Activities: Camping, Kayaking, Hiking, Photography
Includes: complimentary expedition gear rental onboard
Charter flight package not included (contact us for details)
Offer expires 31 May 2019

15 Feb - 08 Mar 2020 - from £ 10,195

Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires (23 days)
Extended voyage including Falklands & South Georgia and Crossing the Polar Circle. Please contact us for a detailed itinerary.
Activities: Kayaking, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Includes: free Expedition Jacket
Optional Transfer Package includes 1 hotel night in Buenos Aires & return flights Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

16 - 27 Feb 2020 - from € 6,350

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (12 days)
Activities: Camping, Kayaking, Diving

16 - 29 Feb 2020 - from £ 5,995

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (14 days)
Activities: Kayaking
Includes: 1 hotel night in Ushuaia & free Expedition Jacket

17 - 28 Feb 2020 - from US$ 8,100

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (12 days)
Comfortable vessel carrying just 88 passengers

21 Feb - 05 Mar 2020 - from US$ 11,590

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (14 days)
Activities: Camping, Kayaking, Hiking & Snowshoeing, Photography
Includes: complimentary expedition gear rental onboard

01 - 14 Mar 2020 - from £ 6,690

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (14 days)
Inc pre-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia
Free Expedition Jacket
Activities: Kayaking

18 - 31 Mar 2020 - from € 6,750

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (14 days)
Lloyds Class 1A ice-strengthened vessel

18 Dec 2020 - 09 Jan 2021 - from £ 12,250 £ 11,025

Save up to 10% on new bookings paid in full by 15 June 2019
Ushuaia - Ushuaia (23 Days)
Christmas in Antarctica
Activities: Camping, Kayaking
Includes: 1 hotel night in Ushuaia & free Expedition Jacket
Extended voyage including Falklands & South Georgia and Crossing the Polar Circle. Please contact us for a detailed itinerary.
Offer expires 15 Jun 2019

20 Dec 2020 - 02 Jan 2021 - from £ 7,550

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (14 Days)
Christmas in Antarctica!
Activities: Camping, Kayaking
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Jacket

08 - 21 Jan 2021 - from £ 6,590 £ 5,930

Save up to 10% on selected cabins!
Ushuaia - Ushuaia (14 Days)
Activities: Camping, Kayaking
Includes: 1 hotel night in Ushuaia & free Expedition Jacket
BONUS OFFER: Save an additional 10% on new bookings paid in full by 15 June 2019. Offers expire 15 Jun 2019

22 Jan - 13 Feb 2021 - from US$ 22,950

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (23 Days)
Activities: Kayaking, Photography, Snorkelling
Includes: pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Jacket
Extended voyage including Falklands & South Georgia and Crossing the Polar Circle! Contact us for a detailed itinerary

25 Jan - 08 Feb 2021 - from £ 9,490 £ 8,540

Save up to 10% on new bookings!
Ushuaia - Ushuaia (15 Days)
Activities: Camping, Kayaking, Photography Workshops
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Parka
Offer expires 31 Jul 2019

26 Jan - 05 Feb 2021 - from £ 13,390 £ 12,050

Save up to 10% on selected cabins!
Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas (11 Days)
Fly/Sail Voyage inc pre-&-post-voyage hotel night & return flights Punta Arenas to King George Island, Antarctica
Activities: Kayaking
Includes: free Expedition Jacket
BONUS OFFER: Save an additional 10% on new bookings paid in full by 15 June 2019. Offers expire 15 Jun 2019

29 Jan - 11 Feb 2021 - from £ 7,590

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (14 Days)
Activities: Camping, Kayaking
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Jacket

31 Jan - 15 Feb 2021 - from US$ 11,250

Save up to $1,500pp on selected cabins!
Ushuaia - Ushuaia (16 Days)
Activities: Camping, Kayaking, Photography
Includes: 2 pre-voyage hotel nights in Ushuaia
Offer expires 31 October 2019

14 - 25 Feb 2021 - from € 6,590

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (12 days)
Activities: Camping, Kayaking, Diving

15 - 28 Feb 2021 - from £ 7,790 £ 7,010

Save up to 10% on selected cabins!
Ushuaia - Ushuaia (14 Days)
Activities: Kayaking
Includes: 1 hotel night in Ushuaia & free Expedition Jacket
BONUS OFFER: Save an additional 10% on new bookings paid in full by 15 June 2019. Offers expire 15 Jun 2019

18 - 28 Feb 2021 - from £ 14,100 £ 12,690

Save up to 10% on selected cabins!
Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas (11 Days)
Fly/Sail Voyage inc pre-&-post-voyage hotel night & return flights Punta Arenas to King George Island, Antarctica
Activities: Kayaking
Includes: free Expedition Jacket
BONUS OFFER: Save an additional 10% on new bookings paid in full by 15 June 2019. Offers expire 15 Jun 2019

24 Feb - 18 Mar 2021 - from € 12,480

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (23 days)
Activities: Diving
Includes: In-field and onboard workshops
Extended voyage including Falklands & South Georgia and Crossing the Polar Circle. Please contact us for a detailed itinerary.

25 Feb - 10 Mar 2021 - from £ 6,590 £ 5,930

Save up to 10% on selected cabins!
Ushuaia - Ushuaia (14 Days)
Includes: 1 hotel night in Ushuaia & free Expedition Jacket
BONUS OFFER: Save an additional 10% on new bookings paid in full by 15 June 2019. Offers expire 15 Jun 2019

01 - 14 Mar 2021 - from £ 6,990

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (14 Days)
Activities: Kayaking
Includes: 1 pre-voyage hotel night & free Expedition Jacket

03 - 13 Mar 2021 - from £ 14,100 £ 12,690

Save up to 10% on selected cabins!
Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas (11 Days)
Fly/Sail Voyage inc pre-&-post-voyage hotel night & return flights Punta Arenas to King George Island, Antarctica
Activities: Kayaking
Includes: free Expedition Jacket
BONUS OFFER: Save an additional 10% on new bookings paid in full by 15 June 2019. Offers expire 15 Jun 2019

19 Mar - 01 Apr 2021 - from € 6,890

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (14 days)
Activities: Diving
Lloyds Class 1A ice-strengthened vessel

Notes:

Our prices include:

Voyage as indicated in draft itinerary
All meals, snacks, coffee and tea
All shore excursions and zodiac activities
Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
All miscellaneous services taxes and port charges throughout the programme
Comprehensive pre-departure material
Aqua-Firma automatically offsets the Carbon Emissions of your polar voyage

Prices exclude:
Airfares
Pre and post land arrangements
Transfers to and from the vessel
Cancellation and personal insurance
Passports and visas
Arrival and departure tax
Meals ashore
Baggage
Items of a personal nature (alcohol, laundry etc)
Tips.

Activity Level:
Low unless you select an adventure activity such as kayaking, mountaineering or scuba diving.

Fuel surcharge: A fuel surcharge of £16 / €18 per day will apply unless the price of Brent crude falls below US$120 90 days before the voyage.

Single supplement: Single occupancy price is 1.8 times the per person cabin price. However, this does not apply if you are prepared to share a cabin with another passenger of the same gender.

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