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Frozen Land of the Penguins

13 days
12 nights

Rates

Dates

Rates:

$ 6,570.00 (double occupancy)

Dates:

Nov 15, 2017 - Nov 27, 2017 
Jan 02, 2018 - Jan 14, 2018 
Jan 14, 2018 - Jan 26, 2018 

Ships & Cabins:

Itinerary:

Day 1  : Ushuaia

In the evening MS Fram sets her course through the scenic Beagle Channel for Drake Passage and Antarctica.

Day 2  : Drake Passage

In addition to spotting the wandering albatross and other seabirds, the crossing of the Drake Passage features our lecture series focusing on the history, environment, and wildlife of Antarctica. Our series also includes a thorough introduction to the Antarctic visitor guidelines from the Antarctic Treaty and International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO).

Day 3  : Drake Passage

During these two days at sea, you have time to get prepared for Antarctica and the close encounters with Antarctica's wildlife, particularly the penguins. These amazing birds in their large, dense ‘rookeries’, some with 180,000 or more birds, will astound you.

Day 4  : Antarctica

Antarctica is different from anywhere else you will ever experience! Once we have crossed the Antarctic Convergence you will start feeling the air getting crisper and colder. You will begin to see Antarctic penguins in the water, and don’t forget to be on the lookout for the first iceberg. There are no permanent human inhabitants in Antarctica, but it is home to millions of penguins and the feeding area for thousands of whales. The penguins are fearless when encountering humans – they might be just as curious about you as you are about them.

Some of the highlights are Deception Island and Half Moon Island, because of the resident colonies of chinstrap penguins. Enjoy beautiful vistas and the gentoo penguin colonies on Yankee Harbour, Cuverville Island, Neko Harbour, and Paradise Harbour.

On Petermann Island you will see thousands of Adélie penguins. The British base in Port Lockroy is one of the most popular sites in Antarctica, and offers a peek into life on an Antarctic base in the 1950s. The nesting gentoo penguins surrounding the main building have become accustomed to the frequent human visitors.

The huge ice shelves of the Antarctic sound are home to an estimated half million Adélie penguins as well as gentoo penguins, leopard seals, and killer whales. The best way to experience Adélie penguins at Brown Bluff is to sit quietly and watch nature’s cutest comedians at work. When opportunities arise we will launch our kayaks, pitch tents ashore, and take you on unforgettable hikes to explore one the most beautiful, untouched places on the planet.

Day 5  : Antarctica

Your voyage continues in Antarctica.

Day 6  : Antarctica

Your voyage continues in Antarctica.

Day 7  : Antarctica

Your voyage continues in Antarctica.

Day 8  : Antarctica

Your voyage continues in Antarctica.

Day 9  : Antarctica

Your voyage continues in Antarctica.

Day 10  : Antarctica

Your voyage continues in Antarctica.

Day 11  : Drake Passage

The voyage from the Antarctic Peninsula to Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina is roughly 950 km (600 miles) or 40 hours of sailing time in good weather.

Day 12  : Drake Passage

We arrive back in Ushuaia in the morning where you can join an optional excursion.

Day 13  : Ushuaia

We arrive back in Ushuaia in the morning where you can join an optional excursion.