Antarctic Adventure Voyages

Argentina


Characterised by calving glaciers, colossal icebergs and sheer mountain peaks, the extremities of the Antarctic Peninsula provide the ideal setting for our Antarctic Wilderness Adventure Voyages.  From your base on a comfortable expedition motor ship, you will be able to explore the Antarctic wilderness by whichever means you prefer: sea kayak, snow shoe walking, remote mountain treks, overnight camping, mountaineering and on some departures - scuba diving for those with the inclination and right experience. Specialist week long programmes are available whilst on some departures most optional activities are integral and free of charge!



Escorted by activity specialists you will all the while you will be on watch for encounters with a whole host of wildlife and marine life species. Penguin species may include Adelie, Cape,Gentoo and Chinstrap, many of which can be observed in large colonies and often with chicks.  Inquisitive and charismatic by nature, close encounters are likely never to be forgotten  be that above, on or below the water.  Surfacing eloquently from the icy depths below, there may be chances to spot Humpback, Minke and Fin Whales.

Kayaking
Some experience rather than expertise is required to enjoy Kayaking in Antarctica. Onboard sturdy single or double sea kayaks you are invited  to paddle between icebergs, or cruise along majestic glacier fronts,  escorted by an instructor and followed by zodiac support. Causing minimal disturbance, kayaking is the ideal way to get close to resting seals and penguins out on the ice and with luck enjoy breath-taking encounters with whales. A kayak also provides a peaceful personal retreat from the rest of the adventure-fuelled voyage.



Camping
Adventures aboard these voyages do not cease come nightfall, with opportunities to camp in Antarctica, a memorable once in a lifetime experience.  With all equipment supplied, campers will get the chance to feel at one with the surrounding ice, listening to the vast silence of the polar world, interspersed by the sound of glacial melt water, creaking glaciers, or chattering inquisitive penguins nearby.

Snow Shoeing
Snow shoeing is a fun activity open for all to try and enabling you to confidently walk on virgin slopes to stunning vistas. Knowledgeable and experienced onboard guides will be on hand to help passengers identify and spot different wildlife and marine life species as well as provide an insight into the polar history of the region.

Photography Workshops
Photographic opportunities abound during these voyages: consequently, the addition of workshops can help capture lasting photographic memories.  With the guidance of an onboard photography professionals, workshops and guided excursions will provide advice on how to best capture polar landscapes and wildlife through exposure control and composition.

Aqua-Firma Adventure expertise
The team at Aqua-Firma has spent a considerable time in the Polar Regions, so can help provide an insight into the adventure options available and what to expect before you leave home. To speak to somebody who has first-hand experience in trekking and kayaking in the Antarctic, or who has dived amidst its icy waters, please just pick up the phone and Contact Us to speak to one of our polar experts.

All of the activities are undertaken under the guidance of skilled experts, whose enthusiasm and experience helps passengers to enjoy them to the full.  The expertise of onboard polar experts may extend further to personal specialities such as marine biology, geology, glaciology, ornithology and history, aspects of which will inspire a programme of onboard presentations.

If you can manage more time for adventure in the Southern Hemisphere, then please click HERE or Contact Us to speak to one of our experts about adventure travel in Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia and other parts of Latin America you will be passing through to reach Antarctica.

Itinerary

12 Day Sample Itinerary

This is a sample only based upon an 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: Embark 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

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. The plan is to stay two nights at anchor: two camp nights, two full activity days.

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.

Booth , Pléneau, and 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 here, as well as leopard seals. Kayaking, glacier walks, and mountaineering are potential activities in this location. You may also visit Booth Island’s Port Charcot.

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. 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

03 - 14 Nov 2019 - from € 6,350

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (12 days)
Lloyds Class 1A ice-strengthened vessel
Antarctic Peninsula Photo Workshops available
Activities: Camping, Kayaking, Mountaineering, Snowshoeing

24 Nov - 05 Dec 2019 - from € 6,350

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (12 days)
Lloyds Class 1A ice-strengthened vessel
Antarctic Peninsula Photo Workshops available
Activities: Camping, Kayaking, Mountaineering, Snowshoeing

05 - 16 Dec 2019 - from 6,350

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (12 days)
Lloyds Class 1A ice-strengthened vessel
Antarctic Peninsula Photo Workshops available
Activities: Camping, Kayaking, Mountaineering, Snowshoeing

18 - 29 Dec 2019 - from € 6,690

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (12 days)
Antarctic Peninsula Photo Workshops available
Activities: Camping, Kayaking, Mountaineering, Snowshoeing

29 Dec 2019 - 09 Jan 2020 - from € 6,690

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (12 days)
Antarctic Peninsula Photo Workshops available
Activities: Camping, Kayaking, Mountaineering, Snowshoeing

27 Feb - 09 Mar 2020 - from € 6,350

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (12 days)
Antarctic Peninsula Photo Workshops available
Activities: Camping, Kayaking, Mountaineering, Snowshoeing

09 - 20 Mar 2020 - from € 6,350

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (12 days)
Antarctic Peninsula Photo Workshops available
Activities: Camping, Kayaking, Mountaineering, Snowshoeing

08 - 19 Nov 2020 - from € 6,590

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (12 days)
Lloyds Class 1A ice-strengthened vessel
Complimentary Activities: Camping, KayakingHiking & Snowshoeing, Mountaineering, Photography Workshops

29 Nov - 10 Dec 2020 - from € 6,590

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (12 days)
Lloyds Class 1A ice-strengthened vessel
Complimentary Activities: Camping, KayakingHiking & Snowshoeing, Mountaineering, Photography Workshops

10 - 22 Dec 2020 - from € 6,990

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (13 days)
Lloyds Class 1A ice-strengthened vessel
Complimentary Activities: Camping, KayakingHiking & Snowshoeing, Mountaineering, Photography Workshops

21 - 02 Dec 2020 - from € 6,590

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (12 days)
Complimentary Activities: Camping, KayakingHiking & Snowshoeing, Mountaineering, Photography Workshops

22 Dec 2020 - 03 Jan 2021 - from € 7,450

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (13 days)
Christmas in Antarctica
Lloyds Class 1A ice-strengthened vessel
Complimentary Activities: Camping, KayakingHiking & Snowshoeing, Mountaineering, Photography Workshops

25 Feb - 08 Mar 2021 - from € 6,590

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (12 days)
Complimentary Activities: Camping, KayakingHiking & Snowshoeing, Mountaineering, Photography Workshops

08 - 19 Mar 2021 - from € 6,590

Ushuaia - Ushuaia (12 days)
Complimentary Activities: Camping, KayakingHiking & Snowshoeing, Mountaineering, Photography Workshops

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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