WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Your twelve day Antarctica Voyage will follow an itinerary consisting of periods of sailing combined with exciting onshore adventures. The first leg of the voyage across the Drake Passage will give you the opportunity to sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery, making sure you keep your eyes on the sky in order to spot wandering albatrosses and petrels.
The ship will anchor on day four just offshore of a secluded island, where the protected waters provide the perfect location to try out a variety of exciting activities both on land and in the water. You will take to the smaller, mobile zodiac boats to cruise around your surroundings and to access the shore. Activities depend heavily on the weather, and so the conditions at the time will determine what activities are available to you. Your options may include some of the following:
Join with a small group of fellow travellers and experience the Antarctic from the water, kayaking around the island and surrounding area. Kayaking is considered the best way to get up close to the enchanting indigenous wildlife while also exploring the many caves which are inaccessible by boat. Kayaks will be either single or double seated depending on your previous kayaking experience and confidence, and guided by experienced professionals to ensure your safety.
You may have the opportunity to camp onshore for the night with other crew members from the ship. You will go ashore after dinner and return to the ship before breakfast the next morning. Human impact is kept to a minimum by prohibiting food, stoves and fuel on land. This is guaranteed to give you a truly authentic wilderness experience in a unique setting. You will be provided with specialist overnight technical equipment which will help to keep you warm and dry.
This activity is perfect for mountaineers who want to explore beyond the radius of the shore to reach higher ground and more impressive view points. You will all be attached to one another by rope and guided by a certified Mountain Guide across the glaciated environment. Treks typically last between half a day and a day, and a good level of fitness is essential. You will be provided with all equipment including ropes, harnesses, helmets, ice axes and crampons.
Explore the onshore habitat with specially adapted snow boots, taking part in hikes lasting between 4 and 6 hours. This is the perfect way to observe more of this hostile yet thrilling environment for yourself.
Learn how to take truly captivating photos to portray the beauty and tranquillity of this unique ice environment.
*Please be aware that not all activities are included in every voyage so please refer to the ‘Dates & Costs’ section for further information.