Antarctica Off the Beaten Track

Ushuaia to Ushuaia

13 days/12 nights

Antarct. Off beaten track

Overview

This voyage offers fabulous adventure opportunity for those outdoors lovers and active travel people. We will all gather in Ushuaia, the Southernmost city of the world in the big Island of Tierra del Fuego. From here we will board our small expedition vessel and head South across the Drake Passage, our goal is to enter Antarctic waters prepared to undertake extraordinary outdoor pursuits that will excite, awe and inspire people who revel once in deep connection with the elements of our natural world. Off the beaten tracks means you’ll get the chance to camp, kayak, snow shoe, ski tour, hike and go for extended photographic safaries while exploring the White Continent.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Ushuaia

Today is the first day of our adventure. As we board the Akademik Ioffe, in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city at the tip of Argentina, and start to become familiar with ‘our home’ for the next 13 days we cannot help but wonder about the exciting journey ahead of us. In the early evening, we set sail and begin our voyage leaving behind Ushuaia and charting a course through the Beagle Channel.

Day 2-3 – Drake Passage

Crossing the Drake Passage, there is so much excitement in the air as we make our way ever closer to the white continent. Eventually, we will cross the Antarctic Convergence where we will notice a distinct drop in temperature as we enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean. Along the way, we will witness many spectacular sights from icebergs to an array of seabirds and even several whale species some of which are known on occasion to breach from the sea.

Day 3-10 – Antarctic Peninsula

In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, we make as much time as possible to explore on inflatable Zodiacs. Planned excursions may include Neko Harbour, Wilhelmina Bay and the southerly Petermann Island. Amongst these varied landing sites and extraordinary bays for cruising, we find ourselves delving into our expedition field photography program as well as our hiking, snow shoeing, sea kayaking, cross country skiing and mountaineering/ski touring. Once alongside the peninsula we plan to launch our overnight kayaking experience. We also look for a possible campsite and assemble our tents for the wonderful experience of overnight camping in Antarctica. The next morning we pack our gear, jump into the kayaks and paddle for a few hours before rejoining our fellow travellers on board the ship. Specifics for our mountaineering and ski touring program will also depend on weather and avalanche safety.

Day 11-12 – Drake Passage

We leave this magical place and make our way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage before rounding Cape Horn. This sailing time is optimal for reviewing your newfound ‘field photography’ skills and learning more from our onboard presentation staff and educational experts. Sailing up the Beagle Channel, we celebrate the conclusion of our Polar expedition with a special dinner onboard.

Day 13 – Ushuaia

In the early morning, we will arrive back in Ushuaia. It is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travelers. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home.

 

 

Adventure Options

Overnight Sea Kayaking: pre-booked option for those already enrolled in the standard sea kayak program. Additional fee of US$300. Sea kayak & camping experience is necessary and participation in option is dependent upon OOE Sea Kayak Guide approval onboard. Max number of clients is 6, min 4.

Ski Touring: pre-booked option, fee of US$750.  Back country experience essential and participation in this option is dependent upon OOE Ski Touring Guide approval onboard.  Gear is not provided by OOE. Please review our required gear list prior to departure. Max number of clients is 12, min 6.

Expedition Snowshoeing: pre-booked option, fee of US$45, gear is provided. Maximum 12 people.

Expedition Field Photography: pre-booked option, fee of US$45. Maximum of 18 people.

Sea Kayaking: We are very proud to offer one of the best sea kayaking programs ever!!! Whether you are an experienced kayaker or you want to try it for the first time, this activity will allow you to enjoy another side of this magnificent destination. Maximum number of clients: 16. Price per person: U$S 795

Hiking: no pre-booking necessary, no additional fee. No maximum.

Polar Camping: If conditions are suitable and you choose to camp on the continent at no extra cost, we will provide all the required gear such as tents, bivy sacs and sleeping bags. This excursion is managed with strict environmental regulations. A portable toilet is used and absolutely everything is transported back to the ship afterwards.

 

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Dates & Prices

DatesNightsAdventure OptionsVesselPrices from
07 Nov 2018
19 Nov 2018
12
CampingSea KayakingSki TouringSnow ShoeingWalking / HikingExpedition PhotographyAkademik Ioffe

$8,895


 

Inclusions

Included in the price of this voyage:

– Itinerary/pre-departure information

– Transfers from the meeting point to the ship

– Transfer from ship to airport or central location at disembarkation

– Extensive program of relevant educational presentations

– Advice from experienced team of naturalists and resident photographer

– All Zodiac excursions and landings

– Welcome Cocktail and Farewell Dinner hosted by our Captain

– All meals during the voyage prepared by onboard professional chefs. Afternoon tea with fresh snacks each afternoon. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate throughout the day (24/7)

– Onboard medical officer

– All activities offered on board (except adventure activities with extra cost).

– Use of multimedia station to download and process your photos.

-All port fees

Not included in the price of this voyage:

– International and Domestic airfares

– Visa and passport fees, airport departure taxes

– Pre-cruise or post-cruise hotel accommodation, meals, transfers in arrival/departure cities (unless otherwise stated in your invoice.

– Adventure Options with extra cost

– Personal laundry and personal expenses (Postage, telephone, internet, bar bill, medical expenses)

– Travel medical insurance including medical evacuation (mandatory)

– Trip interruption / cancellation insurance (optional)

– Gratuities to staff and crew

Polar Gear

Should you wish to simplify packing, we are proud to offer a full complement of  outdoor expedition gear for you on board.

Free of charge foul weather gear package including jacket, bib pants and wellington boots. The package also includes roll-top waterproof knapsacks, Bushnell® or Nikon binoculars and walking poles to use during the voyage.

Wellness Program

We have a Wellness program on the ships which includes a gym, sauna, hot tub, massage room and plunge pool for icy dips if you so wish! Early morning stretching and yoga sessions followed by healthy breakfast are a great way to start your expedition day.

Proof of our Polar Commitment

When traveling with Ice Tracks Expeditions, you will discover how much we care about the places and people we visit. We demonstrate this by finding ways to give back as well as taking away so many incredible memories.

Read more about our Giving Back Program.