Antarctica - Off the Beaten Track!

The Adventure of a Lifetime!

Departure dates:
08 November - 20 November, 2014
(13 days) Ushuaia - Ushuaia

aboard Akademik Ioffe



We explore some of the most spectacular landscapes on the planet, with icebergs, glaciers, snow-capped mountains and abundant wildlife, including many species of seals, seabirds, whales and vast numbers of penguins.



Sailing in comfort aboard the comfortable and well-appointed One Ocean Navigator/Akademik Ioffe, we begin this 12 night, 13 day expedition at the tip of South America onboard Antarctica's mobile wilderness/adventure lodge. We chart a course through the Drake Passage and might make landfall in the South Shetland Islands prior to reaching the Antarctic Peninsula. When we arrive at the Antarctic Peninsula, be prepared to be dazzled. Even our experienced staff members many of whom have visited the southern region a hundred times or more are still astonished by its pristine beauty. The abundance of wildlife is truly extraordinary including five seal species, massive penguin rookeries of gentoo, adélie and chinstrap as well as a profusion of seabirds from albatross to skuas. It is nature you will experience up close and personal on frequent specialized excursions inland and on water.

Our journey will take us south of the Lemaire Channel to the Northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, or reverse depending on ice and weather conditions. Our goal is to enter Antarctic waters prepared to undertake extraordinary outdoor pursuits that will excite, awe and inspire people who revel in the outdoors. For those enrolled in our traditional sea kayaking program, there will be an optional opportunity to participate in an overnight sea kayak camping excursion led by our kayak guides. For others interested in camping but not of the small boat variety, we endeavour to camp on the ice amidst the Polar landscape sometime in the coming days. Ideal weather and just the right campsite make this experience a life changing memory.

There are numerous areas within the peninsula and surrounding archipelago that offer extraordinary climbing and ski touring opportunities. Experienced mountaineers will climb up into the beauty and remote wilderness of Antarctica as they approach their chosen stream of decent led by our mountaineering and ski guides.

We also offer a more gradual approach for people interested in cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on this voyage. There are a handful of preferred landing sites where we enjoy these activities, which allow us to appreciate varied terrain amidst Antarctic snow pack. Our hiking options range depending on the landing sites we visit. Remember it is your choice whether to be the contemplative wanderer amidst the rocky shore, or the long distance hiker to the outer limits. Just let us know. For keen photographers interested in field photography of either adventure pursuits or landscape, join our expedition team and specialty photographers for an extended shore excursion aimed at capturing these specialty subjects with a remarkable backdrop. It is our priority to combine preferable weather conditions with all of our outdoor pursuits to achieve both awe-inspiring outdoor experiences, paired with outdoor education and learned information on Antarctica and its protected environment.

As with all our expeditions, safety is our top priority. For that reason weather, ice or other conditions may require us to change our itinerary and shore excursions as we go but that is half the fun of Polar exploring. Predictability is a word that has no relevance in this environment.

Due to the uncertainty of flight schedules in 2014, we cannot give precise details of departure and arrival dates and flights to and from the UK. The schedules may mean extra days before an after the cruise. The costs are given for the cruise only.

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Prices per person
2014
Departure Date
08 - 20 November 2014 (13 days)
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
Triple Share £ 5,070
Twin Semi-Private £ 6,855
Twin Private £ 7,355
Superior £ 7,855
Shackleton Suite £ 8,210
One Ocean Suite £ 9,285


Deposit:


£ 1,500 per person


Please enquire for single supplements.

Special Adventure Activities: Guide Prices:

Sea Kayaking
- pre-booked option, fee of $795 US

Overnight Sea Kayaking - Please enquire for prices and more information. Sea kayak and camping experience is necessary and participation in this option is dependant upon OOE Sea Kayak Guide approval onboard.

Mountaineering/Ski Touring - Please enquire for prices and more information. Experience essential and participation in this option is dependent upon OOE Mountaineering/Ski Touring Guide approval onboard. Gear is not provided by OOE. Please review our required gear list prior to departure.

Snowshoeing - gear is provided (please enquire for costs and details)

Expedition Field Photography - (please enquire for costs and details)

Overnight Camping - no pre-booking necessary, no additional fee, gear is provided

Hiking - no pre-booking necessary, no additional fee, gear is provided

The prices are per person, and are fully inclusive of the cruise, meals during the voyage, shore excursions by Zodiac and activities throughout the voyage, lectures and leadership by expedition staff, taxes and port charges and pre-departure information.

The prices exclude flight UK/Ushuaia return, fuel surcharges, any necessary accommodation in Buenos Aires or Ushuaia, travel insurance, meals ashore, optional tips to leaders and crew, drinks, and other personal expenses.

Please allow two days either side of the cruise dates for travel and an overnight at each end of the cruise in case of any delays.

Please note that we can arrange optional extensions in Ushuaia (see our Patagonia itinerary for details), or anywhere else in Argentina. You can also opt to leave the UK a day earlier and spend a day in Buenos Aires to break the long journey south.

Accommodation:
Cabins as described in the full itinerary subject to availability.

Travel: Please enquire for details.

Leaders: Guides from One Ocean Expeditions