Crossing the Circle Overview
Venture to the bottom of the world and explore the Antarctic Circle on this daring sea adventure, crossing the Drake Passage and landing on the Antarctic Peninsula to see icescapes and the region’s wildlife.
- 2015-02-08 - 2015-02-20
Cross the Antarctic Circle and explore this fascinating and awe-inspiring region. Expedition
For the ultimate in adventure, head to an isolated and untouched part of the world. This polar adventure is a feast for both body and mind, with an Expedition Team on hand at all times to further your knowledge and answer any question about the wildlife and surroundings that you will encounter. And the wildlife is plentiful, from penguins, seals, whales, and dolphins to an incredible array of birdlife. While on board the boat, enjoy a series of lectures on Antarctica and the ecology of the continent. Put this knowledge into practice firsthand through trips out on Zodiacs, where you’ll set foot on the ice and take the photos that will capture this unique experience.
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Begin your journey in Ushuaia, a bustling port town at the tip of South America. Prepare for the adventure ahead, explore the mountains or enjoy some local handcrafted chocolate.
The Beagle Channel is the perfect chance to snap photos of beautiful sea birds. Once you head out to the Southern Ocean, the next land in sight will be the Antarctic Peninsula.
The waters of the Drake Passage are notoriously unpredictable, so hope for clear skies and a calm ocean. Enjoy the time getting to know your fellow shipmates and attending onboard lectures about the region.
Get your camera ready for the first sighting of Antarctica. Watch as icebergs float past and whales breach the surface of the ocean. Weather will dictate which of the landing spots are chosen, but each promises incredible natural beauty and lots of wildlife.
Most Antarctic expeditions do not reach this far south, so at 66° 33’ S you and your shipmates will celebrate with a well-earned glass of champagne! Take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world visited by very few people.
By now your conversations will be sprinkled with talk of ‘bergy bits’, ‘pancake ice’ and comparisons of Adélie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins. As you explore by Zodiac, the Expedition Team are on hand to talk you through any aspect of this amazing and compelling landscape.
Re-crossing the Drake gives the Expedition Team a chance to round out their lecture series, and for everyone to share photos and memories from the journey.
Today you’ll say goodbye to your Expedition Team and fellow travellers. Disembark in the morning, perhaps staying in Ushuaia longer to settle the inevitable sea legs.
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