Walk on Shackleton’s footsteps with this trip that will bring you to South Georgia! You’ll have the chance to discover the Elephant Island’s Point Wild, Grytviken’s whaling history and visit Shackleton’s grave.
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Book a trip of a lifetime and take an Antarctica Expedition to the most remote continent. On this 18 day trip you’ll cruise through the Weddell Sea – packed with ice and vast icebergs. The same historic route that Shackleton took and where his ship, Endurance, was trapped and crushed. On this South Georgia Antarctica Expedition, you’ll explore islands, historic huts, and set foot on this remote and incredible continent.
On the way you’ll meet some of the locals, including sei and fin whales, albatross, mating elephant seals, the world’s largest king penguin rookeries and a visit to Shackleton’s grave.
Expedition Date: March 20 – April 6 2019
Departure Point: Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 1: All aboard Polar Pioneer!
From the southern-most city in the world, Ushuaia, you’ll step aboard Polar Pioneer in the late afternoon. After a warm welcome we’ll set sail along the Beagle Channel and begin our Antarctica Expedition.
We recommend you arrive into Ushuaia at least one day prior to your expedition start date. A luggage transfer from your Ushuaia hotel to the ship is included. Ushuaia port is a short walking distance from town; you are required to make your own way to port for boarding.
Day 2 – 3: Through the Legendary Drake Passage
As we cross the Drake Passage, we keep watch for giant petrels, wandering and black-browed albatross. Our on-board historian introduces us to Shackleton and sets the stage the incredible story of his journey. Our expedition guides will prepare us for our first landing in the South Shetland Islands.
Days 4-6: Exploring the Antarctica Peninsula & Weddell Sea
The next couple of days onboard we will head through the spectacular Antarctic Sound. If the weather is favorable, we may make a continental landing at towering Brown Bluff before pushing on into the Weddell Sea.
As we cruise through the sea and pass by incredible icebergs the Endurance story comes alive. If ice conditions allow, we visit world-renowned fossil beds on Seymour, Vega, or James Ross islands, perhaps even Nordenskjold’s Hut on Snow Hill Island – and learn of a survival story nearly equal to Shackleton’s.
Day 7: First Look at Elephant Island
Today we head out on an excursion to the Elephant Island. This is where 22 of Shackleton’s men spent over four dark winter months before rescue – an unimaginable feat. A remote island covered by snow and ice and has no native flora and fauna. If conditions allow we hope to take our Zodiacs as close as possible, perhaps even stepping ashore.
Day 8 – 9: Journey through the Scotia Sea
Our Antarctica Expedition continues through South Georgia. We will traverse some of the most productive waters in the world, keeping watch for different species of whales – including fin, sei, and even blue whales. We have time to reflect on our journey so far, and learn more about Shackleton’s life-saving crossing to South Georgia.
Day 10: Cave Cove & Hiking Excursion
Entering King Haakon Bay, if conditions allow, we land in tiny Cave Cove. Arriving here, you can fully appreciate the skills of Worsely, Shackleton’s skipper and navigator. We’ll then continue to near Peggotty Bluff. From here, there is an optional hiking excursion through the island. For the adventurous, we will tackle the 50km trek (5+ hours).
Day 11 – 15: The Final Cross through South Georgia
While our South Georgia ‘Crossers’ negotiate the rugged interior, we delight in one of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles – king penguin rookeries half-million strong, chinstrap, gentoo and macaroni penguin colonies, wandering albatross on nests, beaches thick with elephant and fur seals. We hope to join our mountaineers on the final leg of the Shackleton Crossing – the Shackleton Walk – from Fortuna Bay to Stromness, before visiting ‘The Boss’s’ grave and the whaling museum in Grytviken.
Days 16 – 17: From the Scotia Sea to Falkland Islands
On the last couple of days together, we’ll be entertained by whales, dolphins and seabirds as we cross the Scotia Sea to the Falkland Islands. At sea, our South Georgia Antarctica Expedition are a flurry of shared photos, memories, and a farewell drink with the Captain and crew that took care of us during our journey.
Day 18: Falkland Islands to Santiago or Punta Arenas
Time permitting, on our final day we will take a town tour of Stanley, Falkland Islands. You’ll learn about the history of this small but thriving town. We’ll say good bye to the new friends we’ve made and head to the airport for the flight to Chile (Santiago or Punta Arenas).
Optional Trek on Day 10
The trek has moderate difficulty. Please note that there are some difficult terrain 5+ hours hiking some days and it requires a medical form by a doctor. Price: USD $4,600 per person.
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