Bouvet Island

Ortelius Cruise Ship
120 Passengers

This is your ultimate chance to sail to Bouvet Island. Bouvet Island (Bouvetøya) is an uninhabited sub-antarctic volcanic island and belongs to Norway. Bouvet Island is located in the South Atlantic Ocean and is the most remote island in the world.



Day 1:           (March 24, 2015) Departure from Ushuaia
Day 2 - 3:      At Sea
Day 4:           South Shetland Islands
Day 5 - 8:      At sea
Day 9:           South Sandwich Islands
Day 10 - 12:   At sea
Day 13 - 14:   Bouvet Island
Day 15 - 18:   At sea
Day 19:          Gough Island
Day 20 - 21:   Tristan da Cunha archipelago
Day 22 - 25:   At sea
Day 26 - 27:   St. Helena
Day 28 - 29:   At sea
Day 30:          (April 22, 2015) Ascension Island

Day 1: Departure from Ushuaia

(March 24, 2015) In the afternoon we embark in Ushuaia and sail through the Beagle Channel.

Day 2 - 3: At Sea

In the Drake Passage we witness a multitude of albatrosses, petrels and fulmars.

Day 4: South Shetland Islands

In the South Shetland Islands we land on King George Islands, where we visit the Chilean, Russian, Chinese and Korean stations.  In this area chances are good for encounters with Gentoo Penguins, Weddell Seals, Leopard Seals and Orcas.

Day 5 - 8: At sea

At sea we will probably sail along the sea ice drifting north out of the Weddell Sea. If  ice conditions allow we will try to land at the South Orkney’s.

Day 9: South Sandwich Islands

In the rarely visited and uninhabited South Sandwich Islands (British), we land on Southern Thule Island, a volcano with a caldera, where we can land near the derelict Argentinian base. Other islands are Cook Island and Bellingshausen Island, named after the discoverers who reached them. These volcanic islands, with an ice cap on the top, are windswept and often shrouded in mist and fog, but do offer subtle pleasures. There are a variety of flora (mosses, lichens and flowering grasses) and fauna, such as Gentoo Penguins, Chinstrap penguins and Southern Giant Petrels. Elephant Seals and Fur Seals also haul out at the beaches. Around the islands we see large blue icebergs that have drifted there from the Weddell Sea. In blue ice-grottos Gentoo Penguins congregate.

Day 10 - 12: At sea

At sea in the westerlies we have a pleasant tailwind. Near the Antarctic Convergence, we observe many species and great numbers of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic seabirds.

Day 13 - 14: Bouvet Island

Due to the unpredictability of landings at Bouvet, we are allocating 48 hours to be able to have multiple opportunities to land at Bouvet Island (Norwegian territory). Another volcano in Antarctic waters topped by an ice-cap, Bouvet Island is rich with fauna of seabirds and seals near the coasts. At the southwest side of the island we should have the best opportunities to land at Larsöya and Kapp Norvegia, which have some protection from the swell from the west. A third possibility is at Nyröysa, but this area is more exposed and partly out of bounds, being a nature reserve. We will allocate these two days for landings at Bouvet Island.

Day 15 - 18: At sea

At sea in the westerlies we have side winds. On both sides of the Antarctic Convergence, we observe many species and great numbers of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic seabirds. We also enter more temperate waters with their own species.

Day 19: Gough Island

Today we plan to approach the unique Gough Island for zodiac cruising around the island; as always weather permitting. In previous years we managed to circumnavigate all but four miles of the 33-mile circumference of the island in the ship, saw spectacular scenery and an unprecedented abundance of wildlife.

Day 20 - 21: Tristan da Cunha archipelago

In the Tristan da Cunha archipelago we plan to call on the settlement at the west side of the main island. We will also try to make landings at Nightingale Island or Inaccessible Island with millions of seabirds ranging from Yellow-nosed Albatrosses to Brown Noddies. Please note that we will try to approach for landings, however due to the weather conditions this is not always possible. Since beginning our voyages to Tristan da Cunha in 1998, we have failed to make landings in the Tristan da Cunha archipelago 30% of the time due to adverse weather.

Day 22 - 25: At sea

We now enter sub-tropical waters with their own species of seabirds and dolphins.

Day 26 - 27: St. Helena

St. Helena has a good anchorage and landing site. On this island, we will have ample opportunities to enjoy local culture, pleasant climate, and endemic plants and birds. We will visit the place where Napoleon lived in exile. There will be opportunities to explore the Island on your own.

Day 28 - 29: At sea

At sea towards Ascension Island.

Day 30: Ascension Island

(April 21) - Ascension Island is a dry volcanic island with a moist and richly vegetated top. The Sooty Tern (wide-awake) colony sometimes consists of more than 1 million breeding pairs. We may witness egg-laying sea turtles coming ashore in the evening. Some of our passengers may disembark and fly with the scheduled RAF (Royal Air Force) flight to Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, UK. Others may proceed with the voyage to the Cape Verdes. On the night of April 21/22, the vessel will depart from Ascension Island.

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