In Shackleton's Footsteps
Ushuaia to Punta Arenas | Cruise from Ushuaia to Puerto Williams
Includes flight from Puerto Williams to Punta Arenas
Activities: South Georgia Alpine Crossing and Sea Kayaking
Vast tabular icebergs
World class fossils
Nordenskjold and Shackleton
Shackleton Alpine Crossing
Fur seals and albatross
Thousands of king penguins
Additional Voyage Inclusions
• Luggage transfer from Ushuaia hotel to Polar Pioneer on day of voyage departure
• Transfer from Polar Pioneer to Puerto Williams airport, including Puerto Williams town and surrounds tour
• Flight from Puerto Williams to Punta Arenas
Our emphasis is on highlighting aspects of Shackleton's voyage, unique wildlife encounters, exploring pristine landscapes, visiting sites of historical interest and the occasional visit to scientific stations. The Erebus & Terror Gulf and the Weddell Sea itself are home to huge tabular icebergs that have split from the Larsen, Ronne and Filchner ice shelves further to the south. Nestled amongst ice floes of the northern Weddell Sea is the little known Seymour Island. Locked away in its fossil-rich rocks is the story of the disappearance of the dinosaurs and the collapse of the mythical Gondwanaland. One of the aims of this voyage is to explore these fossil beds, as well as to enjoy the wildlife treasure chest of the northern Weddell Sea.
- Subantarctic wildlife – albatross, king penguins, fur seals etc.
- Falkland Islands and the magnificent South Georgia.
- Historic sites, including Shackleton’s last resting place.
- Narrow sheltered waterways and fjords.
- Spectacular mountains rising directly from the sea, icebergs and active glaciers.
- The most accessible and wildlife-rich part of Antarctica - penguins, whales, seals, sea birds.
- Great variety of terrain over short distances.
- Opportunity to cross the mountains of South Georgia in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Step aboard in the late afternoon to a cordial welcome, introductory briefing and an evening departure along the Beagle Channel. Settle into your homely cabin, explore the ship and enjoy a drink with your shipmates.
As we cross the Drake Passage, our naturalist and historian inform us about Antarctica and prepare us for the weeks ahead. Seabirds, then icebergs entrance us as we approach our first landing in the South Shetland Islands.
Sail through spectacular Antarctic Sound into the Weddell Sea, attempt a continental landing, watch for whales, visit magnificent penguins rookeries, search for fossils and begin retracing Shackleton’s epic.
At Elephant Island we hope for close views of Cape Wild, where Shackleton’s men sheltered four months awaiting rescue, then sail to South Georgia, with a possible detour to the remote, mountainous South Orkney Islands.
We enter King Haakon Bay and may make a ceremonial landing at Cave Cove, Shackleton’s first landfall. Near Peggotty Bluff, we farewell our alpine crossing party as they follow the difficult overland leg of Shackleton’s epic.
While our “Crossers” negotiate Shackleton’s historic route, we revel in some of the world’s largest king penguin rookeries, chinstrap, gentoo and macaroni penguin colonies, wandering albatross on nests, beaches thick with elephant and fur seals. We join our Crossers for the final leg from Fortuna Bay to Stromness, before visiting Shackelton’s grave, the whaling museum and lovely church.
Crossing the Scotia Sea, we watch for whales and enjoy entertaining talks by our expedition team.
In Stanley, beautiful Falkland Islands capital, enjoy its excellent museum, post office, picturesque houses, welcoming shops and pubs. Sea Lion Island is home to extraordinarily diverse wildlife – from steamer ducks to magellenic and rockhopper penguins, ruddy-headed geese and cormorants, elephant seals and sea lions.
Magnificent seabirds accompany us as we pass Isla de los Estados and sail up the Beagle Channel to dock in Puerto Williams at dawn. Enjoy a tour of the lovely port before boarding your flight to Punta Arenas, Chile.
Follow in Shackleton’s footsteps across South Georgia. It takes up to three days, weather permitting. Alpine climbing experience is essential. A surcharge of US$1,250 applies.
* Itinerary may be subject to change
|Per Person USD|
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak
Camp, Photography, Kayak
International Airfare Not Included. Rates are per person, based on twin-share. Single costs are 1.7 times the twin rate.
Flights included for Fly/Cruise itineraries.
Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Some activities require experience.
Optional Activities: Kayaking prices as listed, Climbing $450, Photography Free, Camping Free.
Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance Required. All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.