Join Antarctica 21 for a remarkable 17-day voyage that takes you through the western Antarctic Peninsula to Elephant Island and South Georgia. This South Georgia and Antarctica air-cruise allows you to sail through the nutrient-rich waters of the White Continent, and each day, disembark with expert polar guides. You'll enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, or kayaking in bays nearby. Your ship, the Magellan Explorer will make its way to South Georgia, where you will follow in the footsteps of famous polar explorers such as Sir Ernest Shackleton, and learn about their daring adventures in the South Pole. Visit some of the largest colonies of penguins here, including the king penguin and see the nesting grounds of hundreds of albatrosses.
You will arrive in Punta Arenas, in early in the afternoon and be welcomed by the Expedition staff. The transfer will be provided to your hotel, the staff will provide a briefing with information about the voyage and guidelines for Antarctic travellers. You will then gather for a welcome dinner and enjoy a menu inspired by the region.
You will embark the aeroplane for a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, situated in the South Shetland Islands. Once outside the plane, the purity of the air in Antarctica will fill your lungs. Admire the scenic views of snow-capped mountains surrounding the area. Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station can also be explored before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.
Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. No journey is the same and flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team plans the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature. You will explore several spots in the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Sound that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.
Sailing north, the ship will stop at Elephant Island. It was here that the crew of Shackleton’s Endurance found refuge while he and five handpicked men carried on to South Georgia. While stormy conditions rarely allow a shore landing, you will see the island from the ship.
Your South Georgia and Antarctica air-cruise will now take you northward, and your expert guides will offer a series of presentations. There is time to socialise in the ship’s lounge while keeping an eye out for the region’s birdlife.
The island of South Georgia is a diverse landscape of majestic mountains, massive glaciers, grassy uplands and deep fjords. Visit the former whaling outpost of Grytviken, where you may pay your respects at the simple grave of Ernest Shackleton. At St. Andrew’s Bay be overwhelmed by the sight of 150,000 king penguins. At Cooper Island, the nesting home of thousands of black-browed albatrosses, see a large colony of macaroni penguins. Each visit is unique. If the weather is favourable, visits are also planned at Fortuna Bay, Salisbury Plains, Prion Island, and Elsehul Bay.
As the ship heads to South America, the program of presentations continues. Use this time to enhance your understanding of the region and its history.
The Magellan Explorer will approach South America and sail along the Beagle Channel. Take in the beauty of Tierra del Fuego and Navarino Island as you head to Ushuaia.
Arrival into Ushuaia, where your journey ends at the pier upon disembarkation.
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