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Antarctica's Scotia Arc Overview
Travel to the icy heart of Antarctica, a land of extremes and a place of natural beauty like nowhere else on earth. Explore the remote South Sandwich and South Shetland islands, and enjoy the playful antics of the local wildlife.
- 2014-12-15 - 2015-01-08
Experience the ultimate Antarctic voyage while following the Scotia Arc.
Take a voyage to the end of the earth to get up close and personal with a natural beauty like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Rocky beaches, windswept islands, jagged mountain landscapes. Oh, and ice. Lots of it. This trip is the ultimate Antarctic expedition that follows a narrow chain of islands called the Scotia Arc, where you’ll get a real insider’s experience of this icy continent. Setting sail from Ushuaia, travel through the Beagle Channel to the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. Follow in the footsteps of Ernest Shackleton and explore ice bays and abandoned whaling stations, and be greeted by a treasure trove of wildlife such as birds, penguins and seals. Then head south to the lesser-known and more remote South Sandwich, South Orkney and South Shetland archipelagos. Further along the Antarctic peninsular, explore this shimmering world of ice by zodiac, from breathtaking icebergs to remote beaches and incredible glaciers.
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Start the adventure in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Roam the small, historic town and explore the shops and museums. Feel like getting closer to nature? The nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park and Mount Glacier are perfect for hiking and outdoor activities.
Meet your fellow travellers and say goodbye to solid ground. Get to know the ship and life at sea as you set sail along the stunning Beagle Channel.
Sit back and relax. Now is the perfect time to soak up the wealth of information that is available on the ship. Take in presentations from the expedition team on Antarctica’s wildlife and history, and find out how to make the most of your Antarctic experience.
Hop on a zodiac to explore the rugged landscapes of the Falkland Islands. Get to know the majestic penguins and unique birdlife that call the archipelago home. Stop at the charmingly ramshackled Port Stanley for a pint at the local pub, or check out the museums and churches.
Continue on southwards. Officially enter polar waters as you cross the wildlife-rich Antarctic Convergence.
Arrive at the ‘Galapagos of the Poles’ and explore the rocky beaches that are home to king penguins and fur seals. Visit the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton and check out remnants of old whaling stations and abandoned outposts.
Learn more about the Antarctic from the expedition team as you sail towards the more remote and lesser-known archipelagos.
First stop is the volcanic Zavadovski Island, where one of the world’s largest penguin colonies can be found. Journey on to the craggy shores of Saunders Island and see the recently active volcano, Mount Michael, which contains one of the world’s only recurrent lava lakes in its crater.
Put your feet up and recover your energy for the next stop as you continue traveling through icy waters. Spot whales and seabirds from the deck, or if you’re hungry for more knowledge, take in more presentations from your onboard experts.
Be awed by the vibrant scenery, rich birdlife and towering icebergs along South Orkney’s shores. If conditions are right, take an excursion to Coronation Island and see penguins nesting in moss beds alongside fur seals.
Few experiences compare to catching your first glimpse of the white continent. All landings and activities depend on the weather, so there are plenty of surprises in store. Whether its hiking up a shimmering glacier, visiting a research station, watching penguins and seals on the beaches or seeing a curious whale approach the zodiac, there’s no shortage of magic to discover.
On the voyage home, cross the choppy waters of the Drake Passage ¬– a rite of passage for any Antarctic explorer.
After a final breakfast aboard the ship, it’s time to say goodbye in Ushuaia.
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