South Shetlands, Antarctica & Crossing the Circle
Be inspired by Antarctica, its dramatic landscapes, abundant wildlife and glacial mountains on this 11 day adventure. This voyage will give you an in depth exploration of South Shetlands, Antarctica, plus time to attempt crossing the Antarctic circle at 66°33′
Cruise in comfort on ice-classed expedition vessels the Ocean Victory or the Ocean Albatros, taking you safely across the mighty Drake Passage into Antarctic waters. Explore the South Shetland Islands, a group of islands located north of the Antarctica Peninsula, teeming with penguin rookeries and birdlife. Land ashore to get a closer look and also visit Antarctic research stations.
Heading further south, witness the pristine and magical continent of Antarctica. Here your days are spent exploring by zodiac and landings ashore. Cruise around ice bergs, be entertained by quirky penguins and inquisitive seals, always have your camera ready as we bird watch and whale watch. Your experienced expedition crew are always handy with informative presentations, as well as a dedicated expedition photographer to help you capture your best Antarctica shots.
Take time to soak in the calming silence and alluring beauty of the Antarctic mainland during hikes and Zodiac excursions as we push further south, toward our goal – crossing the Antarctic Circle at 66°33′ south. Here, the sun is up for 24-hours a day during the austral summer. Our expedition may include visits to sites such as Pleneau and Petermann Islands, Crystal Sound and Fish Island.
Dense pack ice forbids many ordinary vessels from reaching this far south, but with a high ice-class rating, Ocean Victory (or Ocean Albatros depending on your voyage date) moves swiftly carrying us on an adventure of a lifetime!
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Voyage to Antarctica in comfort, on the newest sister ships Ocean Albatros and Ocean Victory with their special X-Bows, providing high stability in rough weather and allowing for a smooth cruise.
"I felt so privileged to be able to sit and safely watch Antarctica wildlife in their natural habit, penguins building their nests, seals sunbathing on the ice and whales feeding" Tara, Team Viva
Make unforgettable memories, Zodiac excursions, cross the polar circle, shore landings in Antarctica, visits to penguin colonies, perhaps some kayaking and dare to take a polar plunge!