Solar Eclipse in Antarctica onboard Plancius

From Ushuaia to Ushuaia
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  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • South Georgia & The Falkland Islands
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  • Wildlife & Nature
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Tour Description

A very unique opportunity, witness a total solar eclipse in Antarctica on 4th December 2021

Voyage from Ushuaia, Argentina, to the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands looking out for Peale’s dolphins and Commerson’s dolphins, and lots of birdlife before calling in on Port Stanley, the capital of the Falklands. Venture further out to the stunning South Georgia to explore abandoned whaling stations, windswept beaches and wildlife as far as the eye can see. There will be king penguins, southern elephant seals, fur seals, and opportunities to see the macaroni penguin too!

Heading south, the vessel will position itself in the shadow of the moon, to witness a total solar eclipse. 

Finally, be awe struck by Antarctica, in the Weddell Sea and the Antarctica Peninsula with its fantastic fauna!

 

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Witness vast varieties of different penguin species in their colonies

Experiance a total solar eclipse in a unique environment

Get up close with wildlife, still unafraid of humans

Tour Itinerary

Day 1-3
Ushuaia Falkland Islands

Begin your Antarctica solar cruise from Ushuaia. Sail through the night landing on the Falkland Islands on day 3. The Falkland Islands offer the chance to experience an abundance of wildlife including dolphins and king penguins.

Weather depending the cruise ship will be able to visit Carcass Island and Saunders Island.

Carcass Island – Despite its name, this island is pleasantly rodent-free and hence bounteous with birdlife. Anything from breeding Magellanic penguins and gentoos to numerous waders and passerine birds (including Cobb’s wrens and tussock-birds) live here.

Saunders Island – On Saunders Island you can see the black-browed albatross and its sometimes-clumsy landings, along with breeding imperial shags and rockhopper penguins. King penguins, Magellanic penguins, and gentoos are also found here.

Day 4-4
Falkland Islands Port Stanley

Port Stanley
The capital of the Falklands and center of its culture, Port Stanley offers a little Victorian-era charm: colorful houses, well-tended gardens, and English-style pubs are all to be found here. You can also see several century-old clipper ships nearby, silent witnesses to the hardships of 19th century sailors. The small but interesting museum is also worth a visit, covering the early days of settlement up to the Falklands War. Approximately 2,100 people live in Port Stanley. Feel free to wander at will, though be aware that admission fees to local attractions are not included in the voyage.

Day 5-6
Port Stanley South Georgia

Crossing the Antarctic Convergence - where nutritious waters rise to the surface attracting seabirds - you will have the chance to see species of albatross, shearwaters, petrels, prions, and skuas.

Day 7-10
South Georgia Weddell Sea

Arriving at South Georgia, weather depending, you may get to visit Fortuna Bay, Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour, Grytviken and Cooper Bay. Taking Zodiac excursions to see penguins, seals and elephant seals.

You can also follow the final leg of Shackleton’s route to the abandoned whaling village of Stromness, South Georgia Museum as well as Shackleton’s grave before heading out to sea and perhaps through sea ice.

Day 11-12
South Georgia Weddell Sea pack ice & total solar eclipse

There may be sea ice on this route, and at the edge of the ice some south polar skuas and snow petrels could join the other seabirds trailing the vessel south.

The ship positions itself in the center of the shadow of the moon, and if possible, some distance into the Scotia Sea drift ice. The ice edge will be about 60°S, 41°W.

Some coordinates for the path of the moon’s shadow:
7.06 UTC: 58.47.7 S – 42.45.2 W, 1.39 minutes, 8 degrees above horizon
7.08 UTC: 60.42.4 S – 40.59.8 W, 1.42 minutes, 9 degrees above horizon
7.10 UTC: 62.22.3 S – 39.48.0 W, 1.44 minutes, 11 degrees above horizon

Day 13-17
Weddell Sea Antarctic Peninsula

Sail past massive icebergs and into the Weddell Sea - weather depending and past tabular icebergs. There are a few possible stops including Paulet Island, Brown Bluff or the Antarctic Sound where you could get a chance to set foot on Antarctica.

If the conditions are not favourable the Antarctica cruise ship will set course for Elephant Island, into the Bransfield Strait and towards South Shetlands and Deception Island.

Your last activities before venturing into the Drake Passage are likely to find you around the northern Gerlache Strait.

Day 18-20
Drake Passage Ushuaia

Return voyage across the Drake Passage. Disembark in Ushuaia

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 19 nights onboard the Plancius
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals throughout the voyage, Snacks, coffee and tea
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 All shore excursions and activities
  • Included Copy 20 Lectures from noted naturalists and experienced expedition staff
  • Included Copy 20 Rubber boots and snowshoes
  • Included Copy 20 Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel
  • Included Copy 20 Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport
  • Included Copy 20 All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • Included Copy 20 Comprehensive pre-departure material
  • Included Copy 7 Airfares, taxes, visas
  • Included Copy 7 Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance
  • Included Copy 7 Gratuities, Bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges
Transportation
M/V Plancius | Arctic & Antarctic Cruise Ship

108 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Visit Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands
  • Included Visits to penguin & elephant seal colonies
  • Included Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • Included Landings in South Georgia & Antarctica
  • Included Hiking and snowshoeing in Antarctica
  • Included This is an English and German speaking voyage
  • Included Zodiac cruises
  • Included Perfect positioning for the total solar eclipse
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Duration

20 days

Price from

$16,400 USD

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