Across the Antarctic Circle: Voyage to the 7th Continent
Aboard the Island Sky
January 22 – February 04, 2018

Overview:

Venture to extreme southern latitudes as you cross the Antarctic Circle and witness one of the planet’s last frontiers. Spend five full days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and become one of the privileged few who have set foot on the Great White Continent. Cruise through the Lemaire Channel, a supremely scenic strait where orca and humpback whales are frequently found. Board Zodiacs to search for humpback, minke, and orca whales; as well as leopard, Weddell, and crabeater seals. Photograph a variety of subjects, from mighty glaciers descending from lofty peaks and electric-blue icebergs to an array of unique wildlife.

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1-2: Depart USA / Buenos Aires, Argentina / Ushuaia
Day 3: Ushuaia / Embark Island Sky
Day 4-5: Drake Passage
Day 6-10: Antarctic Peninsula
Day 11-12: Drake Passage
Day 13-14: Ushuaia, Argentina / Disembark / Buenos Aires / USA

Interested in more information? Please contact Expedition Easy by calling 1-800-617-2319 or click here to e-mail the Expedition Easy Team.

Across the Antarctic Circle: Voyage to the 7th Continent
Aboard the Island Sky
January 22 – February 04, 2018

Day-by-day Itinerary:

DAY 1-2 – MONDAY – TUESDAY, JANUARY 22-23, 2018 – DEPART USA/BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA / USHUAIA

Depart on your independent flight via Buenos Aires, arriving in Ushuaia the next day. Transfer to Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa. The rest of the day is at leisure with a welcome dinner and overnight at our hotel.

DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2018 – USHUAIA / EMBARK ISLAND SKY

Today, enjoy a boat trip on the Beagle Channel and disembark in Tierra del Fuego National Park for nature hikes surrounded by dramatic scenery. Board the Island Sky this afternoon and set sail for the Antarctic Peninsula.

DAY 4-5 – THURSDAY – FRIDAY, JANUARY 25-26, 2018 – DRAKE PASSAGE

Named for the 16th-century English seaman, the Drake Passage is a deep waterway spanning 600 miles from the southern tip of South America to the South Shetland Islands. Join naturalists on deck to watch for wandering and black-browed albatross, as well as pintado and white-chinned petrels. Attend informative lectures on the history, geology, and wildlife of the Antarctic realm.

DAY 6 – 10 – SATURDAY – WEDNESADY, JANUARY 27-31, 2018 – ANTARCTIC PENINSULA

As you cruise the waters of the Antarctic Peninsula and its adjacent islands, landings are dependent upon weather and ice conditions. Our leaders have been to Antarctica numerous times, and their experience in the region enables them to adapt quickly to change, making sure every option is considered, and every opportunity seized. If the weather is in our favor, landings may be offered before breakfast or even after dinner. There is also a possibility that you may visit a research station to witness the scientific activities conducted by the multinational community of scientists working there. Though the expeditionary nature of our voyage precludes guaranteeing specific stops, we plan to visit the following islands, bays, and coves where outstanding birdlife, dramatic scenery, and unique marine life can be seen close at hand. This list serves only as a guideline of the places you may experience:

Crystal Sound / Antarctic Circle – Dependent on ice conditions, we will attempt to cross the Antarctic Circle in Crystal Sound, so named for research conducted here on the structure of ice crystals. Board Zodiacs for a cruise among element-sculpted icebergs as you search for leopard, Weddell, and crabeater seals hauled out on ice floes. Minke and humpback whales are also frequently sighted during this time of year.

Detaille Island – Conditions permitting, step ashore on Detaille Island and explore the remains of the British Antarctic Survey Base that was abandoned in 1959.

Vernadsky Research Base – Permission pending, visit the Ukrainian-operated Vernadsky Research Station. Take a tour of the station and meet with a group of scientists to learn about their research and life in the Antarctic.

Lemaire Channel and Pleneau Island – Cruising the beautiful Lemaire Channel, keep watch for the humpback and minke whales frequently spotted here. This narrow channel is one of the most visually impressive areas of the Antarctic Peninsula and is often referred to as the “Kodak Gap” or “Nikon Niche” due to the wonderful photo opportunities it offers. Steep mountain peaks jut out of the sea on both sides, and the surrounding waters are often choked with icebergs and frequented by crabeater seals. A stunning labyrinth of grounded icebergs lies in the shallow waters west of Pleneau Island, presenting a superb Zodiac cruising experience. Crabeater and leopard seals haul out on the ice, and elephant seals and gentoo penguins may be found on the island itself.

Neko Harbour and Paradise Bay – Weddell seals can occasionally be found hauled out on the beach here, and a gentoo penguin colony overlooks a spectacular glacier, which is sometimes quite active in calving icebergs. In Zodiacs, cruise among these fantastic shapes sculpted by wind and water. Later, the Island Sky navigates the scenic waters of Paradise Bay, where Chile and Argentina both maintain bases.

Deception Island – As you approach Deception through Neptune’s Bellows, a channel just wide enough for the ship to navigate, southern fulmars and pintado petrels soar overhead. Weigh anchor inside a volcano whose collapsed cone was filled by rushing seawater.

DAY 11-12 – THURSDAY – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 01 – 02, 2018 – DRAKE PASSAGE

Enjoy two days at sea to relax, sort through your photos, and attend lectures recapping your Antarctic adventures. On deck, keep watch for seabirds and the whales that are frequently seen in these waters.

DAY 13-14 – SATURDAY – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 03 – 04, 2018 – USHUAIA, ARGENTINA / DISEMBARK / BUENOS AIRES / USA

Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires, connecting with your independent overnight flight. Arrive in the USA the next day.

*Please note: This itinerary is subject to change. In the spirit of expedition travel, plans may change slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.

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Across the Antarctic Circle: Voyage to the 7th Continent
Aboard the Island Sky
January 22 – February 04, 2018

Rates:

January 22 – February 04, 2018
Category 1 – Double – $12,980 per person sharing
Category 2 – Double – $14,280 per person sharing
Category 2 – Single (Limited) – $14,280 per person
Category 3 – Double – $15,580 per person sharing
Category 3 – Single (Limited) – $15,580 per person
Category 4 – Double – $16,580 per person sharing
Category 5 – Double – $17,980 per person sharing
Category 6 – Double – $20,480 per person sharing

Rates are based on per person sharing and are approximate until the time of booking. Rates are quoted in USD and subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc.

Flights:

International Airfare:
International air is not included. Expedition Easy does not book international flights, however we can put you in touch with our airline partner at if you would like assistance booking your international air.

Rates are approximate until the time of booking. Please note rates are subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc. Airfare prices are subject to change until booked and ticketed

Included:

Daily activity options including cultural tours, nature walks, and Zodiac cruises; all gratuities; all accommodations; world-class lecture and expedition team; all onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner; all entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges; arrival and departure transfers on group dates; gift certificates for recommended expedition gear and reading materials; and medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance.

Not Included:

Airfare from your home city/Buenos Aires/Ushuaia and Ushuaia/Buenos Aires/home city; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages (other than listed above), and other incidentals; and email/Internet/fax/telephone charges.

Deposit & Payments

A completed & signed Expedition Easy Reservation Form, along with your 25% trip deposit and full regional and/or domestic air payment (if applicable) is required at the time of booking.

Reservations

This itinerary is subject to the availability of all services at the time of making a reservation. No space is being held at this time. Please contact Expedition Easy for the full terms and conditions that apply. We are happy to answer questions and discuss your trip.

To reserve space on a trip on the Expedition Easy website, please contact Expedition Easy by calling 1-800-617-2319 or click here to e-mail the Expedition Easy Team.


January 22 – February 04, 2018