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Day 01: Ushuaia, Argentina

  • Ushuaia is the southernmost city of the world and has a population of around 63,000 people
  • The city has recently developed and attained accessibility too. The sea is at the south of Antarctica and the mountains are towards the north. This makes Ushuaia a beautiful point for the departure of the Antarctic cruise.
  • If you come a little early, you will be able to spend some time in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, and enjoy the most magnificent Argentinean wines and barbeques in the city. You can also look at many boutique shops and cafes before for you begin your expedition to Antarctica.

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Day 02: Embarkation Day

  • Embarkation will begin late in the afternoon, after which you will get to sail down the historic Beagle Channel.
  • This historic channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America.
  • There is sure to be some excitement in the air as we leave for the embarkation as in some time you will be in the world’s most southern continent!

Day 03 – 04: Crossing the Drake Passage

  • You will have to be well prepared for rough water, but can experience a smooth sail as the Drake keeps changing with time.
  • The first days of your cruise journey will be spent by making friends on the ship. We will also provide you with safety briefings and give you all insights into your journey ahead.

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Day 05 – 08: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

  • The Antarctic Convergence is the true beginning of an Antarctic expedition. Once you see for yourself, you will know why this place has attracted a number of explorers and travelers. Each time someone goes to Antarctica, gets to see something new or unexpected that creates a new experience.
  • We will start taking Zodiac excursions from the ship for exploring bays, landing sites and channels every day. Wildlife is going to be our first preference and we can see the penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and Minke whales. We also try to search for the seal species and the leopard seal as well.
  • The great Peninsula Mountains will charm you as you travel up the snowy pathways to vantage points that offer 360o views of the surroundings. The Orne Harbour provides a chance to visit chinstrap penguin colony that is located high up on the ridge. Here, you will be given a choice to either go or enjoy a mountain hike or simple relax on the beach watching the penguins. Adventurists can participate in the Polar Plunge swim.
  • Each day you will have a different activity so that you are entertained as well as educated on this marvelous part of the world.

Day 09 – 10: Drake Passage to Ushuaia

  • The journey across the Drake Passage offers some wonderful opportunities to enjoy in the Antarctic air.
  • You can also enjoy yourself looking at the sight of seabirds scouting for whales or simply relax thinking about your experiences.

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Day 11: Disembarkation in Ushuaia

We’ll arrive in Ushuaia in the morning for continuing your adventure on land or catch your flights home.

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Icy Antarctica

Antarctica is situated in the southern most part of the earth in the South Pole. It is located at the Antarctic region of South Hemisphere and is surrounded by the Southern Ocean. It is the fifth largest continent in the world. It is twice as much the size of Australia. Almost 98% of the entire continent is engulfed with ice. It is the driest, coldest and the windiest continent in the world and also has a very high level of elevation as compared to other continents. It is considered to be a desert with an annual precipitation rate of hardly 200 mm. The temperature in Antarctica has crossed ?89 °C. This continent has no permanent humans residing but however, there are 1000 to 5000 people who stay here at various research stations in this region. Some of the organisms that can be found here are bacteria, algae, fungi, prostista and so on. Antarctica is governed by the Antarctic Treaty System. Almost twelve countries signed the Antarctic Treaty in the year 1959 and 38 countries have signed it after that. According to this treaty, military activities and mineral mining are prohibited in Antarctica. Also, nuclear waste disposal and nuclear explosions are prohibited. There are continuous experiments being conducted by more than 4000 scientists across the nation.

There are no native human beings in this continent and neither was there any evidence till the 19th century. However, it was later believed that there was some existence of Terra Australis, which was a large continent in the southern part of the globe for balancing the lands of Europe, Asia and North Africa. Later the explorers found out that South America and Australia were not a part of Antarctica. In fact, researchers believe that this continent was much larger in size than it is today.

The continent of Antarctica is positioned asymmetrically around the area of the South Pole. It has more than 14,000,000 km area and is almost 1.3 times larger than Europe. The coastline of Antarctica measures a total of 17,968 km that has ice formations majorly.

Almost 98% of this continent is covered by a sheet of ice that is almost 1.6 km thick. Antarctica has 90% of the world?s ice and also 70% of the world?s fresh water. If the entire ice in this area melts, the sea levels will rise almost 60 m. The precipitation is very low in the interior parts of this area. There are also blue ice areas that can be found here.

The sea life in Antarctica includes blue whales, penguins, orcas, fur seals and colossal squids. The only penguin that breeds during the winter is the Emperor Penguin, whereas the Adelie Penguine breeds in the southern parts. The rock-hopper penguin has unique characteristics with beautiful eyelashes. The most heavily hunted animal was the fur seal. It was hunted for its pelt by sealers from America and the United Kingdom.

Vegetation is not possible in Antarctica because of its climate. Also, it has a poor soil quality and lack of sunlight makes it even more difficult to grow vegetation.

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