SPRING IS A TIME OF INTENSE WILDLIFE ACTIVITY IN THE SOUTHERN OCEAN
This voyage is specifically timed to coincide with the arrival of spring as the region emerges from the long and frigid winter. This is an incredibly dynamic time to experience the Antarctic eco-system. It is our most far-reaching polar expedition and includes visits to three different locations. Having crossed from South America, we commence our journey in Antarctica, finding the ice and snow cover, in pristine condition. Penguins are returning and busy establishing their rookeries. Seals are on the move and busy feeding as the sea ice breaks up. Early season, whales are starting to return. Several of the most important historic sites in Antarctica feature on this voyage, including Deception Island, Elephant Island, Stromness and Grytviken.
The early season also marks the beginning of the wildlife migration and commencement of the breeding cycle. In South Georgia, scenes of male elephant seals battling for control of the beaches (and the female harems), and the intimate and beautiful courtship rituals of the albatross, will have you believing you are ‘on the set’ of your very own wildlife documentary. Indeed, it is no surprise that many of the famous wildlife documentaries of the region are filmed at this time of year. There is just so much going on.
Over 19 days you will explore on shore in the company of expert guides – including naturalists, marine biologists, ornithologists and adventurers, as well as our resident photography professional. Cruising in our inflatable Zodiac boats is another memorable activity.
- Fantastic glaciated scenery of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia
- Outstanding wildlife observation on shore, Zodiac cruising and from the ship
- Visits to historic sites and science stations
- Learn about the environment, wildlife, history and ecology from polar experts
PUNTA ARENAS – ANTARCTICA – FALKLAND ISLANDS – SANTIAGO
20 OCTOBER – 07 NOVEMBER 2019
CRUISE, NATURE AND WILDLIFE
- Zodiac excursions
- Onshore hiking options
- Wildlife observation
- Sea kayaking available
- Whale watching
- Educational presentations
- Active Cruising & Wellness