Ultimate Antarctica – Weddell Sea and Falkland Islands (includes flights to King George Island returning from Port Stanley)
» Feb 4 2020 – Feb 15 2020 (12 DAYS)
» EMBARKATION: King George Island, Antarctica
» DISEMBARKATION: Port Stanley
EXPEDITION IN BRIEF
- Experience the stunning and wild Weddell Sea region located on the eastern side of the Peninsula
- Visit the historic location of Elephant Island – a place forever connected to the epic story of Sir Ernest Shackleton 100 years ago
- Short walks or longer hikes on shore to visit wildlife colonies, historic sites and science bases
- Cruising in the Zodiac boats looking for whales and seals
- Maximise time by flying from South America to Antarctica
- Day 1 – Punta Arenas, Chile to King George Island, Antarctica
- Days 2 to 4 – Antarctic Peninsula and Deception Island
- Days 5 to 7 – Weddell Sea
- Day 8 – Elephant Island
- Days 9 and 10 – Southern Ocean
- Day 11 – Falkland Islands
- Day 12 – Port Stanley, Falkland Islands and Punta Arenas, Chile
This exciting expedition, which includes flights, provides great diversity and will appeal to those seeking a truly comprehensive Antarctic experience. It includes visits to the South Shetland Islands, the western and northern sections of the Antarctic Peninsula, the stunning and wild Weddell Sea region located on the eastern side of the Peninsula, and the historic location of Elephant Island – a place forever connected to the epic story of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance expedition 100 years ago. Adding to the experience will be a visit to several locations in the Falkland Island archipelago –home to nesting albatross and the colourful King penguin.
These diverse locations each feature their own unique attractions. Stunning glaciated scenery along the Antarctic Peninsula, enormous Adelie penguin rookeries and the flattopped ‘tabular’ icebergs in the Weddell Sea, copious history in the South Shetland’s and Elephant Island – and a whole new range of wildlife species to observe in the Falkland Islands.
Throughout the voyage, our expedition ship acts as a floating wilderness lodge, which we reposition every day to yet another exciting location. You will be spoiled for choice by all of the activities we have planned. Short walks or longer hikes on shore to visit wildlife colonies, historic sites and science bases, cruising in the Zodiac boats looking for whales and seals, and spending time with the resident photography expert. The more adventurous might like to join the sea kayaking program, or perhaps spend a night camping on the ice – the choice is yours.
We maximise our time on this voyage by flying from South America to Antarctica, saving the two days that we would spend crossing the Drake Passage. A further day and a half is saved, by flying back to South America from the Falkland Islands at the end of the voyage. The time saved by flying to the start and end points, enables us to spend maximum time exploring the region you have come so far to experience. Over the course of 12-days, you can expect to be off the ship exploring in the company of our expert guides for nine of those twelve days.
This unique itinerary has been designed for those who want the most in-depth experience possible.
ITINERARY DAY BY DAY
Day 1 – Punta Arenas, Chile to King George Island, Antarctica
Our journey commences in Punta Arenas, located in southern Chile, where we board our two-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Antarctica. Upon arrival at the King George Island in Antarctica, we embark our ship via Zodiac inflatable crafts.
Days 2 to 4 – Antarctic Peninsula and Deception Island
Overnight we have navigated across the Bransfield Strait and awake to the towering peaks of the Antarctic continent. For the next three days we have a varied itinerary exploring the Gerlache coastline of Antarctica. If ice conditionsallow, we cruise through the Lemaire Channel. Planned visits might include Paradise Harbour, Orne Harbour, or Andvord Bay, or a cruise through the Errera Channel to visit the penguin rookeries at Cuverville Island. We chart a course towards Antarctic Sound – the gateway into the icy Weddell Sea. Along the way we hope to make a planned visit at Deception Island.
Days 5 to 7 – Weddell Sea
Navigating into the Weddell Sea, we see the vast sweep of the Antarctic icecap for the first time and will find ourselves increasingly surrounded by tabular icebergs. These gargantuan icebergs break from the ice shelves and drift north on the currents. This always makes for exciting navigation and stunning photographic opportunities. If weather conditions co-operate we spend the night camping in Antarctica.
Day 8 – Elephant Island
Point Lookout, on the southern tip of Elephant Island, is home to an impressive chinstrap penguin colony. Macaroni penguins also breed here and are a species we have yet to encounter to date. If conditions permit we may visit the fabled location of Point Wild on the north coast of Elephant Island. It is here that Shackleton and his men were encamped under their upturned life boats, before five men set off on a rescue mission to South Georgia. Landings at this location are tricky due to the currents and surf on the beach.
Days 9 and 10 – Southern Ocean
Sailing north to the Falkland Islands, the spectacular seabirds are our constant companions soaring above the ship. Our onboard educational program continues and we enjoy interactive presentations and lively discussions.
Day 11 – Falkland Islands
Arriving into the Falkland Islands overnight, we explore West Point or neighboring Carcass Island. These locations are best known for rockhopper penguins and nesting black browed albatross colonies. One final highlight awaits –Saunders Island, where we hope to encounter four penguin species living in close quarters, including the mighty king penguin. Charting a course for the port of Stanley tonight, we enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain of the ship.
Day 12 – Port Stanley, Falkland Islands and Punta Arenas, Chile
This morning we navigate through the narrows and into the port of Stanley. We have time to explore before we make our way to the airport for our return flight to Punta Arenas in southern Chile.
CABINS & PRICES
|Triple Share||USD 12,595|
|Twin-Semi Private||USD 14,895|
|Twin Private||USD 16,695|
|Shackleton Suite||USD 19,495|
|One Ocean Suite||USD 21,195|
All rates per person in USD
Extensive pre-departure information package
• Educational presentations from experienced guides such as ornithologists, glaciologists, historians, geologists, naturalists and marine mammals experts
• Photography advice and instructions from the resident photographer. Extended photography workshops available on select departures
• All zodiac and landing excursions
• Zodiac cruising, hiking, guided walks, photography workshops, fitness and yoga
• Overnight camping, including high-quality equipment. No pre-registration required. Camping is available on select departures only and can be affected by itinerary and
weather conditions. Please see your full itinerary for further details
• All meals during the voyage prepared by One Ocean Expeditions chefs
• Welcome reception and welcome dinner
• One Ocean Expeditions Farewell dinner hosted by the Captain
• Daily afternoon tea with fresh snacks
• Coffee, tea and hot chocolate available anytime
• Access to wellness area (Finnish sauna, plunge pool filled with sea water, hot tub)
• Natural essential oil amenities
• Use of multimedia room to download images. Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop and card readers are available for use on MAC and PC computers
• Windproof/waterproof jacket and bib pants on loan
• Insulated rubber boots on loan
• Water resistant binoculars on loan
• Waterproof backpack on loan
• Trekking poles available on shore
• Services of English speaking medical officer
• Access to ship’s infirmary
• Transfers from/to designated meeting points to/from the ship
• Required flights to/from the ship (only applicable on certain departures)
• Luggage transfer to/from your cabin
International and national airfares
• Visa and passport fees, airport taxes
• Pre- or post-cruise hotel accommodation in arrival/departure cities
• Meals and transfers in arrival/departure cities
• Personal expenses
• Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
• Massages from registered therapist
• Personal laundry charges
• Postage, telephone calls and email set up
• Medical expenses such as fees, prescriptions or medications
• Travel medical insurance including medical evacuation (mandatory)
• Trip interruption/cancellation insurance
• Gratuities to staff and crew