ANTARCTICA – OFF THE BEATEN TRACK | 13 dagen
A fantastic journey with plenty of various outdoor activities. On this journey you will be sailing on an original expedition vessel, the Akademik Ioffe. This is an Antarctic experience with a unique twist. This wonderful voyage spends 13 days exploring the pristine Antarctic wilderness in the spring time. The wildlife migrationshave commenced and the sea ice is quickly receding, allowing access to locations which have been ice choked since winter. What makes this journey so special however is the enhanced program of off-ship activities available. Taking advantage of the optimal snow and ice conditions in November, we offer a range of additional outdoor activities.
Day 1 — Ushuaia, Argentina
Today is the first day of our adventure. As we board the Akademik Ioffe in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city at the tip of Argentina, and start to become familiar with ‘our home’ for the next 13 days we cannot help but wonder about the exciting journey ahead of us. In the early evening, we set sail and begin our voyage leaving behind Ushuaia and charting a course through the Beagle Channel.
Days 2 and 3 — Crossing the Drake Passage
Crossing the Drake Passage, there is so much excitement in the air as we make our way ever closer to the white continent. Guests eagerly soak up the friendly atmosphere onboard, as our Polar experts and educational professionals prepare us for our adventures with presentations and courses on everything Antarctic, from wildlife and history, to first aid and snow safety. Eventually, we will cross the Antarctic Convergence where we will notice a distinct drop in temperature as we enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean. Along the way, we will witness many spectacular sights from icebergs to an array of seabirds and even several whale species some of which are known on occasion to breach from the sea.
Days 4 to 10 — Antarctic Peninsula
In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, we make as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiacs to incorporate our expedition goals and marvel up close at nature’s glory. Planned excursions may include Neko Harbour, Wilhelmina Bay and the southerly Petermann Island, where we will observe Weddell, crabeater and elephant seals, skuas and other seabirds as well as a shocking abundance of penguins including some very large colonies of the comical Adélie penguin.
Amongst these varied landing sites and extraordinary bays for cruising, we find ourselves delving into our expedition field photography program as well as our hiking, snow-shoeing, sea kayaking, and ski touring programs. Using the weather as our guide, we endeavour to extend ourselves beyond the standard limits of expedition cruising itineraries. With a flexible hospitality team we are able to spend more time onshore in our chosen environment to meet all of our expeditionary goals. By offering an expedition snowshoe program as well as our traditional snowshoe program we plan to offer higher hiking options with the expedition snowshoe option.
By following the skin trails of our ski touring group, we can achieve amazing views of the surrounding area. This option has been designed for those intrepid adventurers who enjoy awaking early (0400 hrs) to gain extraordinary views and experiences. Our traditional snowshoe program is available to those who want to lead the pack whilst hiking on our chosen landing sites. Sometimes track through the early deep snow is best done by snowshoe.
Once alongside the peninsula we plan to launch our overnight kayaking experience. After packing the kayaks with the necessary gear for our adventure we leave the ship and paddle into a chosen destination for a two night camping experience.
Once we land we expect to spend two to three hours stretching our legs and exploring. Some of you may ascend to a walk-able summit to take in the views with massive icebergs in every direction. We also look for a possible campsite and assemble our tents for the wonderful experience of camping in Antarctica.
Specifics for our overnight kayak and ski touring program will also depend on weather and avalanche safety. With our focus on the experience rather than the number of penguins we see, we have the flexibility to launch our outdoor pursuits in the right area and for the required length of time. We envisage the ability to offer a couple of ski touring options throughout the time in Antarctica.
Days 11 and 12 — Drake Passage to Ushuaia
As we leave this magical place and make our way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage before rounding Cape Horn, we have no doubt that time will be spent sharing and reflecting on the wonderful experiences of the last few days. This sailing time is optimal for reviewing your newfound ‘field photography’ skills and learning more from our onboard presentation staff and educational experts. Sailing up the Beagle Channel, we celebrate the conclusion of our Polar expedition with a special dinner onboard.
Day 13 — Disembarkation in Ushuaia
In the early morning, we will arrive back in Ushuaia. It is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travelers. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home.
Deze cruise wordt uitgevoerd door One Ocean Expeditions