Tours in 2017 - 18
If ever given the chance to visit the seventh and arguably the most enchanting continent of antarctica, take it! I can assure you there is nowhere on the planet quite like it. After having the chance to spend nearly 15 days on a Chilean Naval Icebreaker on board with a National Geographic team, I knew I had gotten to experience antarctica in a way that no cruise would ever have truly allowed for.
The Antarctic summer starts in December and runs through till about March. The skies are usually bright and the temperature is no colder than a crisp, sunny winter's day. This is the best time to see antarctica at its most beautiful. The best place to witness this beauty at in a real paradise at the pristine Paradise Bay. Paradise Bay is on the West side of antarctica and the still waters and fascinating icebergs make it the epitome of antarctica.
Visiting this harbor is simply put—magical. On a typical summer day you would see exquisite ice sculptures standing tall and majestic, clear skies reflecting all the mightiness of the mountains into the clear bay. Albatrosses spreading their 11ft wings and filling the skies as leopard seals bask in the sun on an ice float. Time stops still here. The beauty is breath taking and is the go-to place if you want to experience the magical wonder that is antarctica!
Duration: 12 days
Vast, unspoiled, virtually uninhabited—East Greenland's Scoresby Sund is an Arctic wilderness of transcendent quality. This memorable voyage starts and finishes in Reykjavík, Iceland.
Across the Denmark Strait we explore the stunning Scoresby Sund fjord complex in East Greenland. Here we discover unbelievable scenery, historical sites, massive icebergs, a contemporary Inuit village, and of course the mesmerizing northern lights.
On our way to Greenland we visit the town of Ísafjörður in the Westfjords of Iceland. On our way back we explore Iceland's picturesque Snæfellsnes peninsula. Every night on this voyage brings another excellent chance to experience the northern lights in a beautiful setting.
Duration: 13 Days
Inside the Antarctic Circle beats the unbridled and capricious heart of wildest antarctica. This special voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula aboard the modern Sea Spirit departs from Ushuaia, Argentina. Daylight grows longer and the air gets colder while heading south across the Drake Passage, accompanied by soaring albatross. The first explorations of the White Continent are in the South Shetland Islands, historically important and rich with iconic Antarctic wildlife.
Next, visit the Gerlache Strait where immense glaciers, towering mountains, and blue icebergs form a picture-perfect setting for amazing marine mammal and penguin encounters. Continue south into rarely visited territory, crossing the Antarctic Circle and exploring wherever the wind and ice will allow.
Duration: 14 Days / 13 Nights
The Southern Ocean, also known as the Antarctic Ocean or the Austral Ocean, comprises the southernmost waters of the World Ocean, generally taken to be south of 60° S latitude and encircling antarctica. As such, it is regarded as the fourth-largest of the five principal oceanic divisions: smaller than the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans but larger than the Arctic Ocean.
This ocean zone is where cold, northward flowing waters from the Antarctic mix with warmer subantarctic waters.By way of his voyages in the 1770s, Captain James Cook proved that waters encompassed the southern latitudes of the globe.
Since then, geographers have disagreed on the Southern Ocean's northern boundary or even existence, considering the waters part of the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans, instead. This remains the current official policy of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), since a 2000 revision of its definitions including the Southern Ocean as the waters south of the 60th parallel has not yet been adopted. Others regard the seasonally-fluctuating Antarctic Convergence as the natural boundary.
Duration: 19 Days
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