From the deck, drink in views of perfect ski tracks snaking down from your first Antarctic summit, then peer over the side into water so clear that Australis seems to hover above acrobatic penguins and divers 15-metres below.
Antarctica has the power to change your life. Protected by ice, sea and the turbulent birth of our planet’s weather, it is the greatest wilderness on Earth.
Departing Ushuaia in Argentina, we sail down the Beagle Channel and head south past Cape Horn.
Albatross and petrels accompany our Drake Passage crossing where we encounter variable seas and icebergs.
On day three or four we reach Palmer Archipelago, an island chain of soaring mountains and boisterous wildlife and the gateway to the Antarctic Peninsula.
Here we have the freedom to climb grounded icebergs and explore virgin summits, to don dry suits before entering Antarctica’s aquatic playground or to marvel at sculpted ice in sheltered waterways by sea kayak or scuba.
And there’s also plenty of time for relaxing onboard and revelling in the wild scenery.
Spend lazy hours among ice floes, camera or binoculars in hand, searching for crabeater, Weddell and leopard seals.
Gentoo, macaroni, chinstrap and Adélie penguin rookeries vie for our attention and Antarctic history beckons from Port Lockroy, Wordie Hut and Ukraine’s Vernadsky Station.
Crossing Gerlache Strait or slipping quietly down Lemaire Channel, we watch for bubble-netting humpbacks, hunting orcas and pods of minke whales.
Over the past two decades we have scouted the Peninsula from its northern tip to south of the Antarctic Circle.
We’ve found the safest anchorages in constantly changing weather and moving ice.
No matter your Antarctic desires, we’ll help fulfil your Antarctic dream.
Get in contact today and count yourself as one of the rare and privileged visitors to this majestic place.
Thank you for all you endless knowledge over the past month.
Great time and excellent science all along! Thanks again Ocean Expeditions for all your help and the success of this mission ! Congratulations to all of you for your work and contributions, it was a great team effort, historic!
Australis crew is spot on in every regard. From exceptional customer service to care of the gear to willingness to be flexible and make the most of the time down south, they are the best overall team yet in my view.
A huge THANK YOU to you Ben. You were a superb skipper and enjoyed not only working with you but your company. I would love to do future projects with you.