A 33-day itinerary to explore the mesmerising sights of the Great White Continent from the busy port of Ushuaia to the sublime country of New Zealand. You will visit many places like the Ross Ice shelf, Dry Valleys, McMurdo Station, Macquarie Island, Campbell Island and the historic huts of Scott and Shackleton. If conditions are favourable, helicopter landings will be organised in several places during the expedition.

Highlights

  • Navigate to the Ross Ice Shelf, the largest ice shelf in the world
  • Experience Antarctica’s spectacular views on a helicopter
  • Explore locations encountered by great polar explorers
  • Observe gigantic icebergs and majestic glaciers along the way
  • Discover fascinating wildlife from emperor penguin to elephant seal and minke whale

Quick Itinerary

Day 1: End of the world, the start of a journey
Day 2 – 3: Path of the polar explorers
Day 4: Through the Pendleton Strait
Day 5 – 6: Sailing the Bellingshausen Sea
Day 7: A rare glimpse of Peter I Island
Day 8 – 14: Sights of the Amundsen Sea
Day 15 – 17: The epic Ross Ice Shelf
Day 18 – 20: Highlights of the Ross Sea
Day 21 – 22: Exploring the inexpressible
Day 23: The residents of Cape Adare
Day 24:
Ross Sea to the Southern Ocean
Day 25: The windswept Balleny Islands
Day 26 – 28: Sailing among the seabirds
Day 29: Macca aka Macquarie Island
Day 30: Northwest toward Campbell Island
Day 31: Campbell Island’s bounteous birdlife
Day 32-33: The Southern Ocean to New Zealand

Day 1: End of the world, the start of a journey
This expedition starts from the busy port of Ushuaia, and getaway to the Great White Continent. Ushuaia is also known as the southernmost city in the world. You will embark the ship and sail through the Beagle channel for the rest of the evening.

Day 2 – 3: Path of the polar explorers
You will spend the next 2 days through the iconic Drake Passage and then cross the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary as the warm waters coming from the north meet the south’ cold waters. The temperature will consequently change as well as wildlife. You will enjoy the spectacular sea sights dotted with albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels.

Day 4: Through the Pendleton Strait
The expedition cruise will arrive at the Antarctica Peninsula and, if conditions allow it, continue through Pendleton Strait for a landing at Renaud Island’s rarely visited place. You can spot Adélie penguins as you approach snow-covered landscapes and dramatic icebergs.

Day 5 – 6: Sailing the Bellingshausen Sea
The ship will head out toward the open sea. Take the time to visit the ship’s amenities and listen to lectures made by experienced expedition staff.

Day 7: A rare glimpse of Peter I Island
The inhabited volcanic island in the Bellingshausen Sea is known as Peter I Øy in Norwegian. The rarely visited island is claimed by Norway and a helicopter landing can be organized if conditions allow it. A chance to land on one of the most islands on Earth.

Day 8 – 14: Sights of the Amundsen Sea
Ice conditions are different each year. The ice edge will reveal formidable wildlife from minke whales to emperor penguins and a group of seals lying on the ice floes.

Day 15 – 17: The epic Ross Ice Shelf
The ship will enter the Ross Sea and navigate south toward the Bay of Whales and Roosevelt Island.  The Ross Ice Shelf is the largest one in the world and is constantly changing that makes your voyage even more unique. You will see majestic icebergs, formidable wildlife and attempt a helicopter landing can be organized if conditions allow it.

Day 18 – 20: Highlights of the Ross Sea
The next destination will be Ross Island where you can see Mount Erebus, Mount Terror, Mount Byrd and many other spots in the area.The American scientific base – McMurdo Station can be visited as well as New Zealand’s Scott Base. The expedition team will attempt a helicopter landing in a few places such as Taylor Valley if weather conditions are favourable. You can also hike to Castle Rock and admire spectacular views of the endless horizon when looking at the South Pole.

Day 21 – 22: Exploring the inexpressible
You will sail north along the west coast of the Ross Sea and pass the Drygalski Ice Tongue and Terra Nova Bay. You can land at Inexpressible Island if conditions allow it. The island has a rich history and is home Adélie penguins. If the entry into Terra Nova Bay is accessible, you can head farther north and visit the protected area of Cape Hallett.

Day 23: The residents of Cape Adare
The next destination will be Cape Adare, where for the first time humans wintered on the Antarctic Continent: The Norwegian Borchgrevink stayed in here 1899, taking shelter in a hut that to this day is surrounded by the largest colony of Adélie penguins in the world.

Day 24: Ross Sea to the Southern Ocean
You will sail through the sea ice and start your journey through the Southern Ocean, and head to the Balleny Islands, based on weather conditions.

Day 25: The windswept Balleny Islands
The ship will navigate to Sturge Island in the afternoon, before crossing the Antarctic Circle.

Day 26 – 28: Sailing among the seabirds
You will spend a few days at sea. A good opportunity to share memories with other travellers and receive lectures from experienced expedition staff.

Day 29: Macca aka Macquarie Island
Macquarie Island is a Tasmanian State Reserve that has become a World Heritage Site. You will discover remarkable wildlife from colonies of king, gentoo, and southern rockhopper penguins to Elephant seals and various fur seal species.

Day 30: Northwest toward Campbell Island
Heading northwest to Campbell Island, you’re once again followed by numerous seabirds.

Day 31: Campbell Island’s bounteous birdlife
You will visit the sub-Antarctic New Zealand Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Campbell Island. The highlight on Campbell Island is its fauna where you can see a large colony of southern royal albatrosses on the main island. The other islands are home to Campbell, grey-headed, black-browed, and light-mantled albatrosses as well as several species of seals like elephant seals, fur seals, and sea lions.

Day 32-33: The Southern Ocean to New Zealand
You will spend one more day at sea before to reach New Zealand and disembark in Bluff, the southernmost town in the country. You can either return home or decide to spend extra days in New Zealand’s sublime landscapes.

Ortelius

Rating
4
Standard
Simple
Capacity
116

The MV Ortelius was purpose-built for the Russian Academy of Science before being converted into a polar explorer ship. The ship’s design makes her ideal for exploring and with just 116 passengers, there is plenty of opportunity to get onto the ice during your voyage.

Ortelius from 13th January 2020 to 15th February 2020

Quadruple Cabin: £22,500.00
Triple Cabin: £24,500.00
Twin Porthole: £28,500.00
Twin Window: £29,500.00
Twin Deluxe: £30,900.00
Superior: £55,250.00


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