Welcome to Antarctica!hielo

A vast frozen continent that offers much of its coasts contrasting landscapes of immense ice fields, glaciers and peaks emerging. In the few ice-free coast, large concentrations of wildlife await.

Taking advantage of the beautiful long days of summer, we know massive colonies of penguins and various marine birds, seals and sea elephants. We also come to some scientific bases to meet their particular world.
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Sailing, we were excited to see whales plying the waters and seals resting on ice, amazed as we watch the extraordinary variety of shapes, sizes and colors of the icebergs.

Having the opportunity to discover the Antarctic is a real privilege, a world that for centuries has captivated explorers, adventurers and scientists. Those who have experienced, we were trapped by its mysteries and surprises.

We invite you to embark on a great icebreaker to an adventure unique.




Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the Peninsula (11/12 days)


In brief:
Perfect for first time visitors to Antarctica.
Peninsula highlights.
Small ships.

Explore the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula with options to camp, cross-country ski, climb mountains or kayak in Antarctic waters.

Ships: Clipper Adventurer, Akademik Sergey Vavilov, Akademik Ioffe, Ocean Nova
Duration: 11 or 12 days
Embarkation and Disembarkation: Ushuaia, Argentinacrucero

Day 1:  Ushuaia,  Argentina
Antarctica is everything south of the Antarctic convergence, a biological boundary that fluctuates between 50° and 60°South. Travelers gather in Ushuaia in anticipation of their expedition to Antarctica. Overnight in Ushuaia.

Day 2: Embarkation Day
After embarkation in the late afternoon, the vessel will sail down the Beagle Channel. Travelers keep watch on deck for seabirds, penguins and rainbows.

Day 3 to 4: Crossing the Drake Passage
Prepare for rough water, but do not be disappointed if the crossing is smooth sailing. The Drake is always changing.

Day 5 to 8: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Many factors play a role in shaping the expedition’s progress. We attempt to leave the ship to explore in a range of activity levels at least twice a day. Perhaps, travelers will feel salt spray on their face as the Zodiac weaves in and around grounded icebergs in Pleneau Bay. They could scramble to the top of a craggy hill for an unforgettable view of an icy chasm near Port Lockroy. They could sit quietly on a pebbled beach and wait for a curious penguin chick to approach, or strap on a harness for a polar plunge into the frigid waters of an Antarctic Bay.
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Explore the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula with adventurers who enjoy camping,kayaking, cross–country skiing, mountaineering and other active pursuits. Over the course of the austral spring and summer, the sun lingers longer and longer, melting snow and ice. Wildlife abounds: chicks hatch and fledge, and pods of whales breach in a deep bay where a calving iceberg has churned up krill, the local delicacy.

The natural cycle of life ensures that every expedition is different. And that every expedition is full of surprises! In Antarctica, silence is so complete that interruptions become indelible memories: noisy penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, the boom and crack of a calving glacier near Petermann Island. Then there is the sound of breathing as arms pump and legs power up an incline on cross-country
skis. As travelers sail from island to shore to bay during four days in the Peninsula, the Expedition Team provides opportunities for contemplation, to test endurance and engage curiosity.

Day 9 to 11: Drake Passage to Ushuaia
Activities during the return voyage depend on the conditions of the Drake. A smooth crossing is a busy crossing.

Day 12: Ushuaia
Disembark



Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition (15 days)

In brief:
Crosses the Antarctic Circle.
Peninsula highlights.
Kayaking and camping options.
Marguerite Bay.

Enjoy an extended Peninsula expedition that crosses the Antarctic Circle into the southern land of the midnight sun. You have kayaking and camping options available.

Ships: Akademik Sergey Vavilov, Akademik Ioffe, Ocean Nova
Duration: 15 days
Embarkation and Disembarkation: Ushuaia, Argentina

cubiertaDay 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
Antarctica is everything south of the Antarctic convergence, a biological boundary that fluctuates between 50° and 60° South. For some, an expedition to the Southern Continent is not complete unless the Antarctic Circle is crossed. South of that invisible boundary, daylight lasts for 24 hours from mid- December to late February. Overnight in Ushuaia.

Day 2: Embarkation Day
Crossing the Circle is the goal of this expedition. So, on some departures, the ship will push south rapidly from Ushuaia.

Day 3 to 4: The Drake Passage
The Drake is legendary for its high winds and rolling seas, but you may be lucky and get calm weather. If so, we’ll keep travelers busy on deck, on the Bridge and in the presentation room. We prepare all aboard for riding Zodiacs, participating in shore landings and, if they dare, polar dips. rompehielo

cubiertaDay 5 to 8: Exploring the Peninsula
The Expedition Team launches the Zodiacs to skim across the water to go ashore, or drift silently while you watch whales feed or penguins jump aboard ice floes. The grand snow-covered mountains of the Peninsula will sparkle in the sun, as clouds drift about their peaks.

Day 9 to 10: The Antarctic Circle
Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not reach 66° 33’ S. Celebrate with a well-earned glass of champagne. Travelers toast to the intrepid explorers who have gone before.

Day 11 to 12: Northbound Along the Peninsula
There’s a story behind every name on the map of Antarctica. Many of the French names that appear are the legacy of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, physician, yachtsman and explorer. He, like our travelers, lived for adventure.

Day 13 to 15: Drake Passage to Ushuaia
As they cross the Drake once again, travelers will have time to adjust to a world where day and night are distinct.




Explorers’ Quest via the Antarctic Peninsula, Falklands (Malvinas) and South Georgia (20 days)

In brief:
Quintessential Antarctica.
South Georgia.
Falkland Islands.
Kayaking option.

cubiertaThree different environments, five penguin species and diverse landscapes make this expedition the quintessential Antarctic experience for Antarctic travelers. Kayaking is an optional activity during this expedition.

Ships: Clipper Adventurer, Akademik Sergey Vavilov, Akademik Ioffe, Ocean Nova
Duration: 20 days
Embarkation and Disembarkation: Ushuaia, Argentina

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
Due to the size of the continent, Antarctica’s diversity is best appreciated on longer voyages, where greater distances can be covered. This extended expedition encompasses the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, the remote Falkland Islands (IslasMalvinas), as well as the extraordinary beauty of the Peninsula. Overnight in Ushuaia.

rompehieloDay 2: Embarkation Day
Prior to the afternoon embarkation in Ushuaia, visitors can explore the southernmost city in the world. The former prison for hardened criminals and political dissidents has been converted to a museum. The shops and cafés will be open for last-minute purchases or for a moment of relaxation.

Day 3: At Sea
There are many activities to keep travelers engaged while at sea. They can learn to identify seabirds that glide alongside the ship or attend illustrated presentations by the Expedition Team, who prepare adventurers for the shore landings, Zodiac cruising and kayaking that are to come.

Day 4 to 5: Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
En route, the shipboard education program introduces the flora and fauna that you will encounter. Properly prepared, Zodiacs zip you from ship to shore to hike where Kelp Geese graze and Magellanic Penguins guard their burrows. You’ll comb beaches and socialize with local residents.

cubiertaDay 6 to 7: At Sea
How will travelers know when they are in Antarctic waters? When the ship crosses the Antarctic Convergence, aka the Antarctic Polar Front. This biological boundary is unique to Antarctica. Encircling the continent, it is an irregular, invisible curve where the cold, northward-flowing Antarctic waters meet and mix with the warmer waters of the Indian, Pacific or Atlantic Oceans. The zone is about 32 to 48 km (20 to 30 miles) wide, somewhere between 48° and 61° S.

Day 8 to 11: South Georgia
After crossing the Southern Ocean, the Expedition Team plans a series of landings at King Penguin rookeries, abandoned whaling stations and the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton. The opportunities for hiking, strolling or contemplating are limited only by the local weather conditions.

Day 12 to 13: At Sea
After crossing the Southern Ocean, the Expedition Team plans a series of landings at King Penguin rookeries, abandoned whaling stations and the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton. The opportunities for hiking, strolling or contemplating are limited only by the local weather conditions.

Day 14 to 17: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Deception Island, Neko Harbour, Paradise Harbour and Gerlache Strait … these are the names that conjure iconic images of the Antarctic Peninsula: towering glacier-capped mountains rising from a brilliant blue sea, dotted with ice floes. You’ll visit penguin colonies, listen for calving glaciers, and visit historic sites and research stations. The included Quark parka is perfect pinguinoattire for the changeable Peninsula weather. Pack waterproof pants, binoculars and a camera, too. Photo opportunities abound in Antarctica.

Day 18 to 19: The Drake Passage to Ushuaia
Your second Drake Passage crossing may not be as smooth or as rough as your first. No matter the condition, it is a fitting end to your visit to Antarctica.

Day 20: Ushuaia
After breakfast aboard the ship, travelers are transferred to the airport for the homeward flight.

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