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White Christmas in Antarctica

19 days
18 nights

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Dates

Rates:

$ 9,740.00 (double occupancy)

Dates:

Dec 15, 2017 - Jan 02, 2018 

Ships & Cabins:

Itinerary:

Day 1  : Ushuaia

Your voyage starts in Ushuaia where MS Fram awaits you. In the evening we set a course for the Southern Ocean and the Christmas adventure that awaits us.

Day 2  : At Sea

We head across the open sea. Enjoy our lectures and keep an eye out for wildlife from deck.

Day 3  : Falkland Islands

The Falklands are teeming with wonders of wildlife and nature. Penguins comes close to you, stop and take a glance, before continuing on their way in total disregard to your presence, giving you some great photo opportunities!

Day 4  : Falkland Islands

Stanley, the islands’ capital, makes a wonderful starting point for the various excursions we offer in the area. The town is easy enough to discover on foot as most shops and services are centred on the port.

Day 5  : At Sea

We spend two days cruising southward to beautiful South Georgia. En route you can participate in a number of presentations about the area’s wildlife, as well as whaling and polar history.

Day 6  : At Sea

Our expedition team is well versed in every facet of South Georgia, from its geology and glaciology to the mating rituals of the sooty albatross and the legends of the Norwegian whalers. One of the fascinating stories that will be told is that of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the men of the ill-fated Endurance and the amazing feats of bravery and seamanship that saved them all.

Day 7  : South Georgia

South Georgia is a superb place to celebrate Christmas Eve! There is nowhere, in any latitude, quite like South Georgia. It offers magnificent mountain scenery with majestic glaciers and beaches teeming with wildlife.

Day 8  : South Georgia

South Georgia is a superb place to celebrate Christmas! Explore abandoned whaling stations, the whaling museum, a Norwegian whaler’s church and the tiny graveyard in Grytviken where we can pay our respects to one of Antarctica’s greatest explorers, Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Day 9  : At Sea

As we continue to Antarctica we learn more about the wonders of the Deep South, focusing on the history, environment and wildlife of Antarctica.

Day 10  : South Orkneys

The deserted South Orkney Islands are every photographer's dream, with majestic snow-capped mountains, blue icebergs and an endless wilderness. We spend one day exploring these islands.

Day 11  : At Sea

We will cruise by the Washington Strait and Coronation Island before setting course towards Elephant Island and Antarctica.

Day 12  : Antarctica

Antarctica is different from anything 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.

Day 13  : Antarctica

Among the highlights of our days in Antarctica is Deception Island, one of the South Shetlands; a distinctive ring-shaped volcanic caldera. This is one of the few places in Antarctica where we can take our backpacks and hike. Hiking on an active volcano is a rarity, and being in Antarctica makes it even more special. You can also look forward to visiting Half Moon Island, considered a jewel of diversity in the polar landscape. It can be difficult to navigate through the 48-kilometre Antarctic Sound due to ice, but it offers the most impressive manifestations of icebergs that we will see on our voyage. On Brown Bluff, adélie and chinstrap penguins, kelp gulls and cape petrels nest below spectacular cliffs that rise 745m out of the sea. The stony beach is suitable for shore landings outside of nesting season.

When opportunities arise we will launch our kayaks, pitch tents ashore and take you on unforgettable hikes to explore the most beautiful, untouched places on the planet.

Day 14  : Your voyage continues in Antarctica.

Day 15  : Your voyage continues in Antarctica.

Day 16  : Your voyage continues in Antarctica.

Day 17  : Drake Passage

After some magnificent days exploring Antarctica, MS Fram heads north and we make our way back to the South American continent.

Day 18  : Drake Passage

During the two days we spend sailing in a northbound direction, we will recap our experiences.

Day 19  : Ushuaia

Your voyage ends in Ushuaia. Join an optional excursion to Lake Escondido prior to your flight back home or extend your stay and fly to Buenos Aires for one of our our optional post programs.