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The world's most spectacular and pristine shorelines lie around
the great white continent of Antarctica. One of the last explored
places on earth where enormous amounts of penguins, Antarctica
offers unparalleled scenery and a great opportunity for ecotourism.
Specially designed, ice
strengthened hulled ships take you close to the glaciers
for incredible photographic
opportunities in the Weddell Sea, The Polar Circle,
around the Falkland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Board
Zodiac boats to get up close to the massive glaciers to appreciate
their enormity and really experience Antarctica.
through towering glaciers on zodiac boats.
The Drake Passage is a strait connecting the Atlantic and Pacific
Oceans between Tierra del Fuego and the South Shetland Islands
at the southern tip of South America. Located about 100 miles
(660 km) north of the Antarctic Peninsula, it is 600 miles (1,000
km) wide. In this area the climate changes from cool, humid, and
subpolar to the frozen conditions of Antarctica. An important
trade route in the 19th and early 20th century, its stormy seas
and icy conditions made the rounding of Cape Horn through the
Drake Passage a difficult journey. All of our Antarctica
cruises cross the Drake Passage over a two day sail.
Located 400 miles off the tip of South America, the British owned
Falkland Islands are a remote and beautiful group of over 700
islands. The islands make up a land mass the size of Connecticut
and are home to only about 4,000 people, half of whom are British
military. Most of the population live in Stanley and the rest
live in the country, or locally known as "camp". Although in the
past there has been conflict in the islands, now there is no military
action and life resumes as it has for centuries. Still, the islands
are remote enough that they are one of the few destinations where
you may not run into another tourist.
have a temperate climate, similar to Maine with windy wet days.
However, it is this wind and clear cold air that keeps the environment
clean and unpolluted. The country has vast, grassy plains and
rolling moorlands while the white sand beaches fringed by dramatic
cliffs are the site of the penguin
breeding grounds come September. The young are born
and reared in the Islands throughout the southern summer. The
tourist season is October to April.
The Polar Circle is an imaginary boundary for the continent of
Antarctica which slices through the Antarctic Peninsula and Weddell
Sea. Our Polar
Circle cruise crosses the boundary and gets deeper
into the remote Antarctic wilderness than most cruises that reach
the Peninsula, the most accessible region of Antarctica from Ushuaia.
Many varieties of penguins
the ship to board Zodiac boats and step foot on the Antarctic
mainland. The Zodiacs allow passengers a close up look at glaciers,
allowing a sense of their enormity. Despite the cold and wind,
the views of magnificent penguins and whales and the sheer white
vastness of this continent make this a voyage of a lifetime.
Adventures can arrange your travel accommodations before and after
the Antarctica cruises as well as transportation down to Ushuaia.
Contact our consultants for details.