Antarctic Wildlife Adventure - Viva Expeditions
Day 1: Ushuaia
Welcome to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city and starting point of our Antarctic expedition! Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by our staff and transferred to a quality hotel, which has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the itinerary. For the rest of the day, you are free to explore this vibrant port city and adventure hub.
Day 2: Embarkation in Ushuaia
After breakfast at your hotel, the morning is yours to enjoy Ushuaia. Explore the delightful waterfront and savour views of the snowcapped Martial Range, the southernmost peaks of the Andes. Take advantage of shopping for souvenirs or some last-minute necessities such as cold-weather gear. Just remember, you will soon receive your very own parka to keep and waterproof boots to borrow on board the ship. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the pier where we will warmly welcome you aboard the luxury expedition vessel M/V Sea Spirit. Get settled in your spacious suite and explore the ship that will be your comfortable home during the extraordinary adventure to come. After getting underway, a full schedule of events kicks off with informative briefings and introductions from your expedition staff. After the first of many delicious dinners on board, step out onto the open decks to admire the scenery and gorgeous evening light as we pass through the Beagle Channel.
Day 3: South Atlantic Ocean
After passing the mountainous islands of Tierra del Fuego and Isla de los Estados, we sail northeast. Pelagic seabirds surround the ship as we watch for cetaceans such as Commerson’s dolphins and southern right whales in these productive waters. The ship’s stabilizing fins provide comfort in the event of rough seas. Presentations by our expert naturalists and historians prepare you for our arrival in the Falkland Islands.
Day 4-5: Falkland Islands
Our exploration of the Falklands includes visiting the isolated outlying islands. These bleakly beautiful isles are havens for wildlife. Large colonies of seabirds, perched on windy bluffs overlooking azure seas, are easily accessible by hiking over lush meadows. At this time, black-browed albatross soar down from above to relieve their partners, already on eggs, while feisty rockhopper penguins leap up surf-battered cliffs from below to start laying their eggs amongst the tussocks.
We intend to come alongside the wharf at Stanley, the historic capital of the Falkland Islands. Attractions within pleasant walking distance along the waterfront promenade include the Falkland Islands Museum, the governor’s house, various war memorials, quality gift shops and charming pubs. Christ Church Cathedral features an impressive whalebone arch and dramatic views of shipwrecks in the harbor.
Day 6-7: Southern Ocean
We sail east toward South Georgia, passing the remote, seabird-covered pinnacles known as Shag Rocks on the way.
Day 8-12: South Georgia
The next five days will be devoted to the exploration of the unique and spectacular wilderness of South Georgia, home to some of the greatest concentrations of wildlife on the planet. This isolated subantarctic island is said to host upwards of 100 million seabirds, including numerous species of albatross, penguins, prions, petrels, shags, skuas, gulls and terns.
South Georgia is also home to staggering numbers of southern elephant seals and Antarctic fur seals. This is the peak of the breeding season, with thousands of massive bull elephant seals fighting to maintain harems of females, who are suckling their pups
There are many opportunities for guided treks through this snowy wilderness, including the legendary Shackleton Walk. For sea kayakers, the wildlife-rich waters of South Georgia offer the chance to paddle with hordes of seals and penguins in some of the world’s most scenic waterways.
Day 13-14: Scotia Sea
After our amazing time in South Georgia, we proceed southwest toward Antarctica. We keep a constant lookout for humpback and fin whales along the way.
Day 15-18: South Shetland Islands - Antarctic Peninsula
During the next four days, we explore the highlights of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. This region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and the best wildlife viewing in Antarctica. The whole area is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large rookeries at special places on land. Here we also find Antarctic research bases of various nationalities, some with gift shops and post offices.
The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica and will be our first area of exploration. This wildly beautiful island chain contains many landing sites with historical significance and abundant wildlife. Among them is Elephant Island, where men from Shackleton’s Endurance expedition spent the winter of 1916. Throughout this area, we encounter gentoo, chinstrap and Adélie penguins, sometimes nesting side by side.
Photographers will appreciate the pristine appearance of fresh, undisturbed snow across the landscape in this early summer month.
Antarctica is a true wilderness with unpredictable weather and ever-changing ice conditions, which will dictate our route and exploration opportunities. With nearly 20 hours of daylight per day, we seize every chance to experience excellent wildlife viewing and amazing scenery via Zodiac cruises and shore excursions.
Day 19-20: Drake Passage
It is now time to head north across the Drake Passage toward South America, but the adventure is not quite over. Seabirds are our constant companions and there is always the possibility of whale encounters in these wild waters. This is also the time for festivities such as the Captain’s Farewell Cocktail and the end-of-voyage slideshow.
Day 21: Ushuaia
After a final delicious breakfast on board, we bid you a fond farewell in Ushuaia. We provide a group transfer to the airport or to the city center if you wish to spend more time here. As you look back on your wonderful experience in the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica, you may already be looking forward to your next polar adventure!
Price based on 21 Oct 2021. More Departures available. Twin share pricing is also available starting from $24501pp.
Price shown is based on Lowest Cabin.
Price Does not include:
• Emergency Evacuation Insurance (mandatory)
• Any flights, visas, Gratuities, Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges
Based on specific departure dates
*per person, triple share
21 Days From
- 1 night hotel accommodation in Ushuaia
- 19 nights aboard Sea Spirit
- All meals whilst on-board
- Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily while on board your ship
- Group transfer from hotel to pier
- Zodiac explorations, Landings in the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, Falklands & South Georgia!
- Kayaking (additional cost apply)
- Learn and practice your photography alongside an experienced professional onboard
- Lectures on all things Antarctica history, geology and wildlife
- Fantastic wildlife opportunities - visit penguin colonies, whale watching, seals and
- Rubber boots for shore landings (to borrow), Expedition parka to keep
- All Port taxes
Includes a saving of 10%.