Life Returns - Springtime Expedition to Antarctica

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Embark on an extraordinary 23-day Antarctic expedition, beginning in the vibrant city of Buenos Aires and venturing into the vastness of the Southern Ocean. Spend your days at sea immersing yourself in anticipation of the adventures ahead. Explore the unique landscapes and diverse wildlife of the Falkland Islands before continuing your journey across the open sea. Marvel at the rugged beauty of South Georgia, rich with history and teeming with wildlife. As you sail towards Antarctica, prepare to be spellbound by its pristine beauty, with towering glaciers and abundant wildlife.

23 Day Antarctica Itinerary

Day 1: Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, home to a diverse and proud community of portenos (or 'people from the ports'), is a sensuous fusion between faded European splendour, and Latin American panache.

You can find many places where you can enjoy authentic Argentine beef. You can also learn to dance in the birthplace of tango.

You will find your Expedition Ship waiting for you to embark.

Day 2 to 4: At sea

You'll discover more on the trip as we sail.

The Expedition Team members will begin their lecture series, which includes topics like oceanography, history, ornithology and geology. Visit the Science Center to see interactive presentations.

Look for wandering petrels and albatrosses with a pair binoculars. Enjoy the onboard amenities, including the gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna.

Day 5 to 7: The Falkland Islands

Falkland is a place of endless horizons, white beaches and a plethora of birdlife. The landscape is dotted with grassy hills, wildflowers and the odd farm. Take a stroll around Stanley to see the Jubilee Villas Gardens, Christ Church Cathedral and Historic Dockyard Museum.

As always, our landings, walks, and excursions will be subject to the weather. Our goal is to get as close to seals as we can without disturbing them. We will also visit penguin and albatross colonies.

Day 8 & 9: At sea

We will cruise for two days to South Georgia after the Falkland Island. Enjoy an archipelago full of diverse wildlife.

You will be prepared for the journey ahead by our Expedition Team. The team will share all they know about South Georgia including the wildlife of the region, its polar history and geology. They'll also tell you about Norwegian whalers.

Learn how you can make sure your trip is as impact-free and safe as possible. Join our Citizen Science Programs to collect data and help global research projects.

Day 10 to 12: South Georgia

South Georgia’s abundant wildlife has earned it the nickname ‘Serengeti of the Southern Ocean’. Its unique position, free from sea ice, makes the island an ideal breeding site for large colonies of penguins, other seabirds, and seals. In fact, it is listed as an Important Bird Area, home to albatrosses, petrels, shags, skuas, and terns.

During three days in the area, we’ll land as often as we can to explore the wilderness and observe the wildlife. We’ll also try to reach Grytviken, the final resting place of Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. Nature always calls the shots on our expedition route. Our experiences will vary depending on that day’s conditions as we adapt to find the best possible experience.

Day 13 & 14: At sea

As we continue our journey towards Antarctica, relax after visiting South Georgia and the Falkland Island.

Antarctica, a continent dedicated for peace, science and wildlife, is the world's largest continent. The Expedition Team will discuss the IAATO sustainability and environmental rules as we get closer. The only thing we take pictures of are footprints.

Day 15 to 19: Antarctica

Antarctica is a frozen wonderland. In the Straits, nature-sculpted icebergs float. From the coast, Gentoo penguins, Adelie, chinstrap and chinstrap penguins can be seen. Numerous seabirds fly overhead. Nature has the final say.

You'll be exploring several landing sites around and on the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands and the surrounding area over the next five-day period. No matter what or where we are, each day is going to be exciting and unlike any other experience you have had before.

You might find yourself sailing into an ice-covered caldera, or landing in bays with abandoned whaling equipment. Kayak among seals and icebergs, or take a snowshoe hike to an amazing viewpoint.

Look up in the sky for Antarctic seabirds like skuas and petrels. You'll discover more about the habitat through onshore and onboard talks.

Day 20 to 22: The Drake Passage

Five unforgettable days in Antarctica are over. Now it's time to set off on our last adventure: The Drake Passage. The passage is known for strong currents and winds, but it can be quiet and silent. The luck will determine whether or not you experience the "Drake Lake" and the "Drake Shake".

Do not worry, even though we may encounter rough seas. Your ship will be perfectly equipped to explore the Southern Ocean. The Expedition Team will summarize our experience during the crossing. Keep your mind in Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands for a bit longer.

Day 23: Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas is the final stop on your Antarctica cruise. Take a connecting flight to Santiago de Chile, then fly home with the wonderful memories you've made.

We recommend that you extend your trip by joining the optional Post-Program if you are not yet ready to let your adventures end.

Itinerary Map

Life Returns - Springtime Expedition to Antarctica

23 Day Antarctica Itinerary Includes

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner, every day
  • Delicious coffee, tea and soft drinks all-day
  • All-inclusive drinks
  • Sauna, hot tubs and more
  • Gratuities included
  • Daily expeditions and activities
  • Full access to Science Centre​
  • Expedition gear and water bottle – yours to take home
  • Wi-Fi at no extra cost
  • Photos and digital album

23 Day Antarctica Itinerary Does not Include

  • Some specialist excursions and experiences with limited capacity​
  • Fine dining in at Lindstrøm restaurant​
  • Personal spa treatments​
  • Premium drinks (top shelf spirits, vintage wines, champagne, etc.)​

23 Day Antarctica Itinerary Highlights

  • Discover endless horizons and diverse birdlife in the Falklands, with guided walks around Stanley's gardens and historic sites.
  • Prepare for South Georgia's wildlife like penguins and albatrosses.
  • Explore Antarctica's majestic landscapes and diverse wildlife, from floating icebergs to bustling penguin colonies, with thrilling activities like kayaking and snowshoe hikes.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 22 Dinners
  • 23 Lunches
Fortuna Bay | South Georgia |  Antarctica
Salisbury Plains | South Georgia | King Penguins
Saunders Island | Falkland | Gentoos Penguins

23 Day Antarctica cruise activities

Sea Kayaking
Under full instruction from your sea kayaking guide, experience true tranquillity as you paddle through clinking ice floes and realise the enormity of the surrounding scenery. Look out for breaching whales, lounging seals and penguins zipping alongside your kayak. Some experience is required.
Ice Camping
Camp out on the ice and experience the silence which blankets the continent by night. This is your chance to completely connect with this ethereal ice world – wrap up warm and embrace the Antarctic elements.
Get a spring in your step when you slip on a pair of snowshoes in Antarctica. Enabling you to easily scale gentle slopes, this unique activity allows you to access hard to reach places and seek out the most impressive views.
Learn to capture wildlife and landscape shots in a small group photography program, including critiquing sessions and editing classes. Plus, Explorer Boat excursions with a dedicated photography expert on landings.
Explorer Boats
Achieve the best views and photographs from a forward facing Explorer Boats. They allow you to sit comfortably and securely while crackling through the ice-strewn waters. Look out for wildlife such as penguins, seals and whales as you cruise.
It doesn’t get more serene than complimentary yoga classes to the tune of glacial scenery. Join the most unique exercise setting in the world after a day of exploration. Classes are regular but are dependent on weather conditions and swell.
Life Returns - Springtime Expedition to Antarctica
23 Days
From $20,070.00 per person

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