Embark on an extraordinary journey traversing the western Antarctic Peninsula to South Georgia. The South Georgia and Antarctica air-cruise invites you to navigate nutrient-rich waters, disembarking daily with expert polar guides for activities such as hiking, snowshoeing, or kayaking. Following the route of renowned Antarctic explorers like Ernest Shackleton, you'll uncover tales of their audacious southern exploits. Upon reaching South Georgia, explore vast penguin colonies, including the king penguin, and witness the nesting sites of numerous albatrosses.
The team greets you at the Ushuaia, Argentina pier. Embark on your ship in the afternoon and cruise through the Beagle Channel en route to South Georgia.
The island of South Georgia presents a varied landscape featuring majestic mountains, vast glaciers, grassy uplands, and deep fjords. Explore the former whaling outpost of Grytviken, where you have the opportunity to pay your respects at the modest grave of Ernest Shackleton. Depending on the weather conditions, potential stops include St. Andrew’s Bay, where the astounding sight of 150,000 king penguins awaits, and Cooper Island, home to nesting thousands of black-browed albatrosses and a large colony of macaroni penguins. If weather conditions permit, planned visits also include Fortuna Bay, Salisbury Plains, Prion Island, and Elsehul Bay.
While the ship progresses towards Antarctica, the series of presentations continues. Take advantage of this time to deepen your understanding of the region and its rich history.
Heading south, we aim to make a stop at Elephant Island. This is the very location where Shackleton's Endurance crew sought refuge, while Shackleton and a select group of five continued on to South Georgia. Although stormy conditions often prevent shore landings, you will have the opportunity to view the island from the ship.
Navigate through the waters between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, traversing ice-filled fjords and admiring breathtaking icebergs. Daily excursions involve disembarking by Zodiac, allowing you to explore the landscape alongside knowledgeable polar guides. In Antarctica, each day brings a unique experience, and adaptability is crucial for a successful journey. The Expedition Team strategically plans the voyage route to capitalize on the dynamic opportunities presented by nature. Your exploration will encompass multiple sites in the Gerlache Strait, providing a comprehensive overview of the diverse Antarctic environment.
Upon arrival at King George Island, disembark at Fildes Bay. Take a 2-km (1.25-mile) walk through Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen Station to reach the aircraft. Say your farewells to Antarctica as you board the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon landing, transfer to your hotel for the night. Please note that meals in Punta Arenas are at your discretion and are not included in the program.