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Antarctica - Basecamp

12 Days / 2 locations in Argentina

The Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp cruise offers you a myriad of ways to explore and enjoy the Antarctic Region. This expedition allows you to hike, snowshoe, kayak, go mountaineering, and even camp out under the Southern Polar skies.


Day 1     Ushuaia
On Board the M/V Ortelius
Meals: Dinner

Ushuaia - In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.

Days 2 - 3     At Sea
On Board the M/V Ortelius
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

At sea - During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage. When we cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area we may see Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black- browed Albatrosses, Light- mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs.

Days 4 - 9     At Sea
On Board the M/V Ortelius
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Antarctica - We will sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island.  We will sail to the Neumayer Channel, where we position our ship for the multi activity base camp. The protected waters around Wiencke Island will become our playground for all activities. In this alpine environment there are great opportunities to scout the region on foot, per zodiac and during kayak trips. Walkers will find opportunities to use snowshoes on hikes near the shore lines and the mountaineers will find their challenge by climbing hills and view points further inland, i.e. Jabet Peak (540 m). All climbs and excursions can only be conducted in good weather conditions.

We plan to stay two overnights at anchor in order to implement two camp nights and two full activity days. We will visit the British research station and the post office Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Imperial Shags. We look out for leopard seals, crabeater seals and whales .

In good conditions and time allowing we sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Booth Island, Pleneau and Petermann Island where we can find Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. In this area there are good chances to encounter Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and Fin Whales.

We choose another camp site which is suitable and close to next day’s activity.

At Neko Harbour we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of a huge glacier and enjoy the landscape during zodiac cruises, hikes and kayak excursions. A small group of mountaineers may climb up on higher grounds of the glacier. We will spend the night at Neko or near Paradise Bay with a camp erected ashore. We will leave early morning after breaking our last camp. We sail via Melchior Islands towards the open sea of the Drake Passage. We have again a chance of seeing many seabirds.

Days 10 - 11     At Sea
On Board the M/V Ortelius
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

At sea - On our way north, we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

Day 12     Ushuaia
Meals: Breakfast

We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.



PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. The on-board expedition leader will determine the final itinerary. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. Average cruising speed of m/v Ortelius is 10.5 knots

ALSO PLEASE NOTE: Some departures will be on M/V .Plancias

Price Includes
Comprehensive Pre-Departure Material
All Miscellaneous Service Taxes and Port Charges Throughout the Program.
Program of Lectures by Noted Naturalists and Leadership by Experienced Expe
All Shore Excursions and Activities Throughout the Voyage by Zodiac.
Pre-Scheduled Group Transfer from the Vessel to the Airport in Ushuaia (dir
Free Use of Rubber Boots Aboard Plancius & Ortelius
All Meals Throughout the Voyage Aboard the Ship Including Snacks, Coffee an
Voyage Aboard the Designated Vessel As Indicated in the Itinerary.
Price Does Not Include
 Possible Fuel Surcharges; It Is Agreed That if World Fuel Prices Will Reach
 The Customary Gratuity at the End of the Voyages for Stewards and Other Ser
 All Items of a Personal Nature Such As Laundry, Bar, Beverage Charges and T
 Excess Baggage Charges.
 Baggage, Cancellation and Personal Insurance (which Is Strongly Recommended
 Meals Ashore.
 Government Arrival and Departure Taxes.
 Passport and Visa Expenses
 Transfers to the Vessel.
 Pre- and Post Land Arrangements.
 Any Airfare Whether on Scheduled or Charter Flights.