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Antarctica Voyage

Antarctica Voyage

Explore uncharted land as you take a voyage of a lifetime around the Antarctic Peninsula.

Prices from $11,295

One of the only places on earth to be uninhabited by man, Antarctica offers a unique and thrilling experience for all those drawn to its rugged charm. The Antarctic Peninsula boasts the most dramatic scenery and largest variety of wildlife in the continent, yet very few people ever get the opportunity to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Vast expanses of white wilderness as far as the eye can see welcome you to this resilient and remarkable environment. Marvel at colonies of seals strewn across snow covered beaches, penguins waddling across the ice sheet after feeding and countless species of bird. The overwhelming abundance of icebergs, glaciers, mountain ranges and fascinating wildlife is utterly breathtaking.  

The Frontier Antarctica Voyage will take you to one of the most challenging and enchanting environments on earth. Not only will you have the chance to explore this truly fascinating environment through hiking, kayaking and camping, you will also learn about the scientific and natural challenges threatening this unique part of the world.    

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover the largely unexplored Antarctic Peninsula
  • Take part in exciting adventure sports both on and off the ice
  • Create unforgettable memories on this trip of a lifetime!

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • At least basic level of fitness required for onshore activities

FAST FACTS

Location Antarctica Peninsula
Activities Navigate the Southern Ocean
View stunning scenery and indigenous wildlife
Camping
Sea Kayaking
Terrestrial expedition (depending on voyage)
Snowshoeing (depending on voyage)
Diving (depending on voyage /optional)
Accommodation Onboard cabin
 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)
In-country Food
Accommodation
Project training and safety briefing
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up
 

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

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:

Sea Kayaking

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.

Camping

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. 

Mountaineering

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.

Snowshoeing

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.

Photograph Workshops

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. 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be met upon arrival at the designated expedition meeting point in Ushuaia, in southern Argentina. From here, the ship will embark and begin its exciting voyage around the Antarctic Peninsula. We will send you easy-to-follow, detailed information with everything you’ll need to know about the voyage nearer the time of your departure.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

For the duration of the voyage, you will be staying in a cabin onboard the ship. Rooms will be comfortable and have all the facilities that you’ll require for a comfortable stay. You will share a cabin with other travellers of the same sex, sharing a private bathroom and toilet between you. 

The ship has its own restaurant, lecture room and a spacious observation lounge, where you can take in the impressive panoramic views while sipping on a cold beer. There are large open spaces on deck for you to enjoy the stunning scenery and wildlife. The vessel also has a specially designed engine to reduce noise and vibrations, in an attempt to minimise the disruption to marine life.  

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Throughout your voyage you will receive three meals per day. These will be cooked by a professional chef and will consist of a variety of international cuisine. You will eat with your fellow travellers in the onboard restaurant, which provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on your day’s adventures. 

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Why not take some time either before the beginning or after the end of your voyage to explore the geographically and culturally diverse landscape of Argentina. Travellers have marvelled at the natural wonders of Argentina for centuries from the Iguazú Falls to the Perito Morneo Glacier, and of course the mighty Andes, boasting some of the highest peaks in this impressive mountain range. Learn how to tango at one of the many dance schools or romantic cafes throughout the country and impress your friends and family at home with your new-found moves. If you enjoy your sports then make sure you spend a little time experiencing the Argentinean passion for football by watching a live match or enjoying a game in a local bar. Even if football is not your thing, the Argentinean enthusiasm will definitely get you into the spirit of things. 

Alternatively, why not volunteer on one of our exciting projects where you could help teach English to underprivileged children in Buenos Aires or provide critical support at local medical establishments. You could spend some time in Buenos Aires learning Spanish or take part in a journalism internship which will see you gaining practical experience and vital skills to work in this competitive industry.   

COSTS

12 Days $11,295

DEPARTURE DATES

2018 dates

3rd March

DURATION

12 days / 11 nights

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Food (3 meals per day)
  • Project training and safety briefing
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Ushuaia (TF) (USH)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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