South Georgia Explorer - Antarctic Cruise

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This 15-day expedition to South Georgia will take you to one of the most remote and beautiful places on Earth. You will see amazing wildlife, including king penguins, elephant seals, and wandering albatrosses. You will also experience stunning scenery, such as glaciers, mountains, and fjords. This is an incredible journey that will create memories that will last a lifetime.

15 Day Antarctica Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia & Beagle Channel

Where the world ends, your journey begins. Ushuaia is located at the very southernmost tip of South America, and it's reputedly the world's southernmost city. You will depart from the small town of Tierra del Fuego (nicknamed "The End of the World") in the late afternoon and spend the rest of the night sailing the Beagle Channel, which is surrounded by mountains.

Day 2 & 3: South Georgia & Antarctic Convergence

On your way to South Georgia you will cross the Antarctic Convergence. In just a few short hours the temperature drops dramatically, and nutrient-rich water is brought to the surface by colliding water column. The phenomenon is attracting a variety of seabirds to the area, such as albatrosses, petrels and prions.

Day 4: South Georgia

The South Georgia Ridge is a small cluster of six islands in shallower water. This area's nutrient rich waters provide a great deal of food to birds and whales. These islands were named for the South Georgian Shags. They are known for having bright blue eyes, and a yellow patch in their beak.

Day 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10: South Georgia: Prion Island, Salisbury Plains, Fortuna Bay, Leith Harbour, Grytviken, Royal Bay, Cooper Bay & King Haakon Bay

You have arrived at your first South Georgia site. Keep in mind the weather in this region can be difficult, and largely dictates your program. Sites you might visit include:

Prion Island - Home of the wandering albatrosses. Wandering albatross chicks from the previous summer are nearly ready to fly, while adults seek out old friends after spending a year-and-a-half at sea.

Salisbury Plains, St. Andrews Bay and Gold Harbour - The three biggest colonies of king penguins in South Georgia are also the largest breeding beaches on the planet for the southern elephant seal. This is the only time they reach their peak breeding. The four-ton male bulls will keep constant watch (and fight occasionally) on territories that dozens of pregnant females are defending. Here you can see many Antarctic fur seals.

Fortuna Bay - A stunning outwash plain near Fortuna Glacier hosts a number of seals and king penguins. It is possible to walk the last leg of Shackleton’s route, which leads to the abandoned village of Stromness. The path follows the pass that lies beyond Shackleton’s Waterfall. It is a bit swampy and you will need to be ready to cross some small streams.

Leith Harbour - Stromness & Husvik - The sites are a reminder of how large the whaling trade was in the first 20th century. Here, elephant seals and fur seals moult and breed. The landing areas are also home to Gentoo Penguins. Antarctic prions, South Georgia diving petrels and the Husvik area are all good places to observe them.

Grytviken - Elephant seals and king penguins roam the abandoned whaling stations like it's their home. You may be able see Shackleton’s grave as well as the South Georgia Museum.

Cobblers Cove is located in Godthul - We will head to Rookery Point at Cobblers Cove in order to observe macaroni-shaped penguins. Along the coast, giant petrels and light-mantled albatrosses can also be seen. Godthul, Norwegian for "good cove", was named by Norwegian seal and whale hunters. Bones can be seen along the coast. Gentoo seals and penguins live on beaches.

Royal Bay (Moltke Harbour Will Point and Brisbane Point) - The German International Polar Year Expedition named Moltke Harbour in Royal Bay in 1882. Some of the remnants of their homes are still visible. Royal Bay has a beautiful landscape, with dark sandy beaches followed by green tussocks and then the Ross Glacier. Royal Bay is one of the most windy bays in the entire island. Zodiac cruises are spectacular. Approx. Around 30,000 pairs live in the area.

Cooper Bay - The largest population of chinstraps, gentoos and macaroni are found here. Antarctic terns can also be seen, as well as blue-eyed shags, light-mantled albatrosses, and white-chinned pentrels. Drygalski Fjord offers breathtaking landscapes while the ship sails through the narrow fjord. Mountain peaks up to 2 kilometers high are visible at close range.

King Haakon Bay - The British explorer Ernest Shackleton, who was rescued by his party at Elephant Island after they had left the Weddell Sea where their ship got crushed by ice and crossed to Stromness from Elephant Island in an open boat named "James Caird", reached King Haakon Bay. He crossed the Weddell sea to Stromness and asked for assistance to save his group at Elephant Island, after their ship was crushed by ice. The beaches are dominated by elephant seals. Birdwatchers can look for South Georgia pipits and Antarctic prions, as well as blue petrels, common diving petrels and Antarctic prions.

Day 11, 12, 13 & 14: Drake Passage

Sea ice may exist on this route. Snow petrels, south-polar skuas, and albatrosses could be seen following the vessel. We reach Drake Passage, where you will see the same vast variety of seabirds as on the southbound passage.

Day 15: Ushuaia

Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. The Tierra del Fuego Archipelago is home to this city, which has been nicknamed the "End of the World". But the memories that you have made during your Antarctic adventure will follow you onwards.

Itinerary Map

South Georgia Explorer

15 Day Antarctica Itinerary Includes

  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes
  • Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia.
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
  • AECO fees and governmental taxes.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.

15 Day Antarctica Itinerary Does not Include

  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post- land arrangements.
  • ​Transfers to the vessel in Ushuaia and Ascension and from the vessel in Ascension and Praia; passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Meals ashore.
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

15 Day Antarctica Itinerary Highlights

  • Seeing elephant seals and seabirds at King Haakon Bay
  • Seeing spectacular landscapes at Drygalski Fjord
  • Seeing king penguins at Royal Bay
  • Seeing macaroni penguins at Cobblers Cove

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 14 Dinners
  • 15 Lunches
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15 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.
Snowshoeing
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.
Photography
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.
Yoga
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.
South Georgia Explorer
15 Days
From $10,500.00 per person


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