The best activity voyage in Antarctica!
During our “Basecamp” departures all offered activities
are free of charge!
All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary
depending on ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. The
on-board expedition leader determines the final
itinerary. Average cruising speed for m/v Ortelius is
Fortified for both poles of the planet, the
ice-strengthened Ortelius is thoroughly outfitted to
provide you an up-close experience of the Arctic and
Day 1: End of the World,
Start of a Journey
Your voyage begins where the
world drops off: Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the
southernmost city on the planet, located on the far
southern tip of South America. Starting in the
afternoon, you embark from this small resort town on
Tierra del Fuego – nicknamed “The End of the World” –
and sail the scenic, mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for
the rest of the evening.
Day 2 - 3: Path of the
Over the next two days on
the Drake Passage, you catch a taste of life from the
perspective of the polar explorers who first braved
these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe
even a fin whale blasting up sea spray. After passing
the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural
boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide
with warmer subantarctic seas – you are in the
circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the
marine life change, the avian life changes too: A
variety of albatrosses and petrels show up, along with
Cape pigeons and southern fulmars . Then, near the South
Shetlands Islands, the first icebergs flash into sight.
Day 4 - 9: Enter the
Gray stone peaks sketched
with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, and
dramatically different wildlife below and above. You
first pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands and
Schollaert Channel, sailing between Brabant and Anvers
Islands. The basecamp concept lets you feel more like a
resident than a visitor, getting the most out of all
Here are all the places you
Neumayer Channel – The
vessel may position itself for the multi-activity
basecamp here. The protected waters around Wiencke
Island become a veritable playground for all manner of
activities. You can enjoy the splendors of this alpine
environment at sea, with Zodiac and kayaking trips. Or
if you’re among the walkers, there are possible snowshoe
hikes and mountaineering (soft climb) options farther
inland. Naturally, favorable weather conditions
determine the possible activities.
Port Lockroy – After sailing
through the Neumayer Channel, you get a chance to visit
the former British research station – now a museum and
post office – of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. You may
also be able to partake in activities around Jougla
Point, meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags.
Pléneau & Petermann Islands
– If the ice allows it, you can sail through the Lemaire
Channel in search of Adélie penguins and blue-eyed
shags. There’s also a good chance you’ll encounter
humpback and minke whales here, as well as leopard
seals. Kayaking, glacier walks, and more ambitious
mountaineering are potential activities in this
Neko Harbour – An epic
landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved
snow. Opportunities for Zodiac cruising, kayaking, and
walking provide you the closest possible view of this
location’s ice-crusted alpine peaks.
Paradise Bay – You have the
chance to pitch camp here like a true polar explorer
(but with a better tent), enjoying the supreme overnight
Errera Channel – Possible
sites in this area include Danco Island and Cuverville
Island, but also the lesser known (though equally
picturesque) Orne Island and Georges Point on Rongé
Island. On your last day of near-shore activities, you
pass the Melchior Islands toward the open sea. Keep a
sharp lookout for humpback whales in Dallmann Bay.
You might also shoot for
Half Moon Island, in the South Shetlands, with further
chances for activities. Conditions on the Drake Passage
determine the exact time of departure.
Day 10 - 11: Familiar Seas,
Your return voyage is far
from lonely. While crossing the Drake, you’re again
greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered from
the passage south. But they seem a little more familiar
to you now, and you to them.
Day 12: There and Back
Every adventure, no matter
how grand, must eventually come to an end. It’s now time
to disembark in Ushuaia, but with memories that will
accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.
Included in this voyage
Voyage aboard the indicated
vessel as indicated in the itinerary
throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks,
coffee and tea.
All shore excursions and activities
throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
Program of lectures
by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced
Free use of rubber boots and
Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the
vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia.
Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the
airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
throughout the programme.
During our “Basecamp” departures, all
offered activities (including camping, kayaking,
snowshoe/hiking, mountaineering, photo workshop) as well
as our standard included shore excursions and zodiac
cruises) are free of charge.
Excluded from this voyage
Any airfare, whether on
scheduled or charter flights
Pre- and post- land
Passport and visa expenses.
Government arrival and departure taxes.
Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is
Excess baggage charges and all items of a
personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges
and telecommunication charges.
The customary gratuity
at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service
personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).
Price:- From $8,300 per person. Please contact
us for departure dates and availability