Antarctica - Elephant Island - Weddell Sea - Polar Circle

Venture beyond the polar circle, visiting some of Antarctica’s most wildlife-filled waters and islands

Cruise route
Título: Antarctica - Elephant Island - Weddell Sea - Polar Circle
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Código del viaje: HDS31-23
Duración: 13 noches
Barco: El Hondius
Embarque: Ushuaia
Desemabrco: Ushuaia
Idioma: Viaje de habla inglesa
Más acerca de: Antártida cruceros
Círculo Polar Antártico cruceros
Península Antártica cruceros
Mar de Weddell cruceros
 
Itinerario

POR FAVOR TENGA EN CUENTA: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. Landings are subject to site availabilities, permissions, and environmental concerns per IAATO regulations. Official sailing plans and landing slots are scheduled with IAATO prior to the start of the season, but the expedition leader determines the final plan. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. The average cruising speed for our vessel is 10.5 knots.

This expansive expedition takes you into the Antarctic Circle, combining the rich animal life of the Weddell Sea with the surreal shores and islands of the Antarctic Peninsula. Such key landing sites as the legendary Elephant Island and Crystal Sound make this voyage truly exceptional.

Antarctica – Elephant Island – Weddell Sea – Polar Circle: -

This adventurous polar expedition in the Antarctic Circle combines the exciting Weddell Sea with the amazing Antarctic Peninsula, including such iconic landing sites as Ernest Shackleton’s legendary Elephant Island and the many icy and wildlife-filled islands of Crystal Sound.

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, is 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 mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening.

Day 2 – 3: Path of the polar explorers

Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, you enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale spouting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too. Wandering albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels are a few of the birds you might see.

Day 4: From Point Wild to the Weddell Sea

We will arrive early to the famous Point Wild, Elephant Island, where Shackleton’s crew made their first landing after the loss of their ship, Endurance. This inhospitable spit of land is a favorite among our guests, and if conditions permit, we will offer activities around the point before setting off for the Weddell Sea.

Day 5: Weddell Sea Devil Island

Today you enter the wondrous Weddell Sea, a relatively unvisited area in which we hope to carry out activities in Erebus and Terror Gulf. We may also visit such places such as Beak Island and Devil Island, which boast some stunning scenery as well as the pack ice for which the Weddell Sea is famous.

Day 6: Exploring the most remote regions

As we continue to explore the area of Erebus and Terror Gulf, we look for new opportunities for activities. You may also visit Vega Island, experiencing the wilderness of Antarctica in its most remote places.

Day 7: Orléans Strait whale search

Now we sail down the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula, entering the Orleans Strait. Here we hope to see humpback and orca whales as we sail toward Mikklesen Harbor for our afternoon activities.

Day 8: Port monuments and island wildlife

Passing the Lemaire Channel, you next arrive in the area of Port Charcot, where there is a cairn that was erected by the French Antarctic Expedition of 1903 – 05. In the afternoon, we head to Petermann Island to see a great variety of birdlife. You might also enjoy Zodiac cruises among icebergs that are highly popular with leopard seals and crabeater seals. Minke whales, humpbacks, and gentoo penguins can also be found here.

Day 9: Detaille Island’s historic station

Today we reach Crystal Sound, viewing the area’s beautiful ice formations and wildlife before landing at Detaille Island. This remote island was once home to a British research station that is now an historic monument.

Day 10: Amazing Argentine islands

Next you arrive at the Yalour Islands, a small archipelago composed mostly of isolated rocks and one principal island that offers us a rewarding landing. Home to Adélie penguins and some of the most southerly gentoos in the world, Yalour also has small patches of bearded and crustose lichen, including xanthoria, buellia, caloplaca, and usnea. Extensive moss beds and some Antarctic hair grass (Deschampsia antarctica) can be seen as well.

We hope to also visit the nearby Ukrainian research station, Vernadsky, where a warm welcome awaits us. Here you can take a guided tour of the facilities, which include a small gift shop, a post office that is always popular with our guests, and Wordie House, a well-preserved historic hut. This hut still contains its rations, tools, and beds, so you can compare the amenities of an early facility with a modern one like Vernadsky.

Day 11: Farewell to Antarctica

We have our farewell to Antarctica in the Melchior Islands for our final activities before heading towards the Drake Passage.

Day 12 – 13: Familiar seas, familiar friends

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 14: There and back again

Every adventure, no matter how great, must eventually come to an end. It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia, but with memories that will accompany you wherever your next journey leads.

El Hondius

Hondius es el primer buque polar Clase 6 que haya sido registrado en el mundo, cumpliendo con los últimos y más altos requisitos de la Lloyd’s Register para cruceros de casco reforzado para el hielo. Información completa del buque »

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Cabinas & Precios

Cuádruple con Ojo de Buey

Windows Windows Info Info
  • 2 ojos de buey
  • 2 Literas superior / inferior
  • Pequeño sofá
  • Ducha & baño privado
  • TV de pantalla plana
  • Escritorio y silla
  • Teléfono y WiFi (suplementado)
  • Secador de Pelo
  • Gabinete
  • Armario
  • Esta cabaña es ideal para familias con niños o pasajeros que no requieren una cabina separada o cabañas más lujosas.
Complete cabin
35400 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

Sharing berth
8850 USD

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Triple con Ojo de Buey

Windows Windows Info Info
  • 2 ojos de buey
  • 1 Litera superior / inferior + 1 cama individual
  • Pequeño sofá
  • Ducha & baño privado
  • TV de pantalla plana
  • Escritorio y silla
  • Teléfono y WiFi (suplementado)
  • Secador de Pelo
  • Gabinete
  • Armario
  • Esta cabaña es ideal para familias con niños o pasajeros que no requieren una cabina separada o cabañas más lujosas.
Complete cabin
29850 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

Sharing berth
9950 USD

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Doble con Ojo de Buey, la cubierta

Windows Windows Info Info
  • 2 ojos de buey
  • 2 camas bajas
  • Pequeño sofá
  • Ducha & baño privado
  • TV de pantalla plana
  • Escritorio y silla
  • Teléfono y WiFi (suplementado)
  • Secador de Pelo
  • Gabinete
  • Armario
Complete cabin
21700 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

Single cabin
18445 USD

Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).

Sharing berth
10850 USD

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Doble con Ventana

Windows Info Info
  • 1 ventana
  • 2 camas bajas
  • Pequeño sofá
  • Ducha & baño privado
  • TV de pantalla plana
  • Escritorio y silla
  • Teléfono y WiFi (suplementado)
  • Secador de Pelo
  • Gabinete
  • Armario
  • Tenga en cuenta que una pequeña cantidad de cabinas tienen una vista parcialmente obstruida debido a los requisitos de diseño del barco
Complete cabin
22800 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

Single cabin
19380 USD

Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).

Sharing berth
11400 USD

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Doble de Lujo

Windows Windows Info Info
  • 2 ventanas
  • 2 camas bajas
  • Sofá
  • Ducha & baño privado
  • TV de pantalla plana
  • Escritorio y silla
  • Teléfono y WiFi (suplementado)
  • Cafetera y tetera
  • Bata de baño
  • Secador de Pelo
  • Gabinete
  • Armario
Complete cabin
24200 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

Single cabin
20570 USD

Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).

Sharing berth
12100 USD

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Superior

Windows Windows Info
  • 2 ventanas
  • 1 cama doble
  • Sofá
  • Ducha & baño privado
  • TV de pantalla plana
  • Escritorio y silla
  • Teléfono y WiFi (suplementado)
  • Cafetera y tetera
  • Bata de baño
  • Secador de Pelo
  • Gabinete
  • Armario
Complete cabin
25600 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

Single cabin
21760 USD

Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).

Suite Junior

Windows Windows Info
  • 1 ventana doble
  • 1 cama doble
  • Ducha & baño privado
  • TV de pantalla plana
  • Escritorio y silla
  • Teléfono y WiFi (suplementado)
  • Refrigerador
  • Cafetera y tetera
  • Bata de baño
  • Secador de Pelo
  • Gabinete
  • Armario
Complete cabin
27300 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

Single cabin
23205 USD

Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).

Gran suite con balcón privado

Windows Windows Info
  • 1 ventana doble
  • 1 cama doble
  • Sofá
  • Balcón privado
  • Ducha & baño privado
  • TV de pantalla plana
  • Escritorio y silla
  • Teléfono y WiFi (suplementado)
  • Refrigerador
  • Cafetera y tetera
  • Bata de baño
  • Secador de Pelo
  • Gabinete
  • Armario
Complete cabin
30800 USD

Price for the complete cabin, fully occupied.

Single cabin
26180 USD

Price for the complete cabin occupied by 1 person (1.7x the shared rate).

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