Ross Sea - In the Wake of Scott & Shackleton plus NZ Sub-Antarctic Islands 30 days

Ross Sea + NZ Sub-Antarctic Islands

Ross Sea - In the Wake of Scott & Shackleton plus NZ Sub-Antarctic Islands 30 days aboard Akademik Shokalskiy

The ultimate Antarctic Voyage. The Ross Sea is one of the most remote regions and is only accessible for two months each year when the ice thaws. See amazing scenery and encounter spectacular wildlife, including millions of penguins, especially the rarely seen emperor. Visit evocative historical sites with surviving evidence of the early explorers and contrast with modern scientific research stations.
Please note, there is a mandatory US$880pp landing fee charge applicable on this expedition


  • Rare landings in NZ sub-Antarctic islands
  • Spectacular Ross Sea region of Antarctica
  • Historical exploration sites
  • Myriad avian and marine wildlife

What's Included

  • One night hotel accommodation pre cruise including dinner and breakfast
  • Full board accommodation on board ship
  • All zodiac and shore excursions
  • Programme of expert lectures
29 nights 02/02/2018 - 03/03/2018
From Only £17,550pp
John Swindell
John Swindell
Antarctica Specialist

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29 Nights   30 Days

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 | Invercargill
  • Day 2 | Invercargill & Bluff
  • Day 3 | The Snares
  • Days 4-5 | Auckland Islands
  • Day 6 | At Sea
  • Days 7-8 | Macquarie Island
  • Days 9-12 | At Sea
  • Days 13-22 | Ross Sea Region
  • Days 23-26 | At Sea
  • Days 27- 28 | Campbell Island
  • Day 29 | At Sea
  • Day 30 | Christchurch


Arrive at Invercargill for dinner and an overnight with fellow travellers. meet your expedition team.

Invercargill & Bluff

Invercargill & Bluff

In the morning, take time to visit the interesting museum in town. Transfer to the port of Bluff for an afternoon sailing.

The Snares

The Snares

Call at North East Island, the largest of the Snares and home to more nesting seabirds than in all of the British Isles. See Snares crested penguins, Cape petrel and Buller's albatross.

Auckland Islands

Auckland Islands

We spend the day ashore on Enderby Island which is perhaps the most beautiful of all the Subantarctic Islands. Here we find parakeets flitting above carpets of red, white and yellow wild flowers and on the beaches beyond, the rare Hooker’s or New Zealand Sea Lion. We land in Carnley Harbour and if conditions are suitable climb to a Shy Albatross colony, otherwise we explore sites within the harbour.

At Sea

At Sea

Enjoy lectures and watch for changing birdlife as you cross the Sub-Antarctic Convergence Zone.

Macquarie Island

Macquarie Island

Macquarie Island supports one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in the Southern Hemisphere with millions of breeding penguins, large groups of Elephant Seals and other wildlife inhabiting the sandy beaches and the tussock grass.

At Sea

At Sea

Drifting icebergs with vivid colours announce your arrival into the Antarctic. Cross the Antarctic Circle.

Ross Sea Region

Ross Sea Region

Due to the unpredictable nature of ice and weather conditions, a day-by-day itinerary in the Ross Sea is not possible, but we take advantage of every opportunity to make landings. Our programme emphasises wildlife viewing, key scientific bases and historic sites, as well as the spectacular scenery. Visit the huts of Scott, Shackleton and other explorers as well as modern research stations. See myriad birds and extensive widlife, including penguin rookeries with over 1,000,000 birds.

At Sea

At Sea

Enjoy pelagic bird and whale watching en-route to Campbell Island.

Campbell Island
27- 28Days

Campbell Island

We drop anchor in Perseverance Harbour, an occasional refuge for Southern Right Whales who come here to calve. Walk to the nesting site of the Southern Royal Albatross and see the strange and beautiful megaherbs growing on the hills. These huge wild flowers that have adapted to the harsh conditions have unusual colourings and weirdly-shaped leaves. We also seek out other wildlife such as Campbell Island Shags, Light-mantled Sooty Albatross and sea lions.

At Sea

At Sea

Farewell dinner tonight.



Transfers to city and airport

Akademik Shokalskiy

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What Our Customers

Ann Macleod, Scotland Peggy & Thomas, Belgium Robert Hickinbotham, Pulheim, Germany Dave Martin, North Wales James and Pamela Chapman, Halifax David Coard, Exeter, UK Dr Lorna Mairs, Hampshire, UK Lucy and Simon Stern, Sussex, UK Shiyang Liu, Beijing, China Peter Reid, Lincoln, UK Celia Hills, Orkney Islands, UK Steve Sutton, Merseyside, UK Molly Quackenbush, Virginia, USA Sophie & Francois Couture, Quebec, Canada Mike and Berry Poulter, East Sussex, UK Jo Arden, London, UK
Superlatives abound – a truly amazing experience...awesome. Thanks to all for making it such a memorable experience.
We had the time of our lives on board ship...if anybody wants to go to Antarctica, we will certainly advise to go with you.
Huge congratulations to you and all the team for the perfect organisation throughout the trip. From the early planning to the last transfer, everything went without a hitch.
Now that I am back from my odyssey voyage, I thought I would let you know that after all that planning it really did exceed my expectations – we managed landings everywhere even on Tristan da Cuhna and had great bird sightings. The guides all knew what they were talking about too and made sure I got some great photos – still sorting them all out! Thanks for everything and see you at Birdfair!
I came to Wildfoot because a friend had booked with you when you were Antarctica Bound and they were right. Everything went perfectly, even when our flight was cancelled, you made sure we still made it to the ship with time to spare. L’Austral is a beautiful ship with first class service and food and the guides looked after us well. Very happy to recommend Wildfoot and L’Austral...
The adventure really was a 'trip of a lifetime' and we are so glad we tagged an extra day in Buenos Aires at either end and that we went Premium Economy, it made all the difference. The ship Sea Explorer was exactly as Simon had described and was very comfortable. South Georgia was the highlight but we were surprised how much wildlife there was to see on the Falklands and we might well book one of your nature trips to the Falklands in the future.
I want to thank you for all you did to make my recent Falklands trip run so smoothly and comfortably. Thank you for all your help over the diet too.
• I wanted to send you a quick thank you email. We had a fantastic trip, the boat, staff, scenery, itinerary, and pretty much everything else was incredible! Thank you so much for arranging the cabin upgrade, we were delighted to have our own room! We had a really brilliant time, and wanted to say thanks so much for being so helpful throughout, we're lucky to have found you.
We had a very special experience organized by you in Feb, especially the wedding in Antarctica and our stay in Patagonia. Thank you.
Many thanks for all you help with our polar trip which exceeded all expectations. We will certainly recommend your company and seriously consider yourselves for future trips.
I just want to thank you for all your help with my Ross Sea trip. It was really the trip of a lifetime & the ship & crew were excellent.
Overall I think that it was an excellent trip that was well worth the price paid and I would have no hesitation recommending your company to others.
I'm sure you get plenty of compliments, but I just want to follow up telling you what a great time we had on the MS Expedition Antarctica Classic cruise. We were very pleased with all of the staff, on the ground and on the ship. Everyone was so friendly and knowledgeable. We greatly appreciated their experience and expertise. Their very careful attention to all of the environmental rules and precautions should also be lauded. Thank you for all of your service and attention. If we're planning on one of the other regions that you serve, we'll definitely be in touch!!
We would like to thank you with all our heart for our fabulous trip. It was amazing. Everything was perfect. I recommend Antarctica and South America to everybody. Doing business with you was also a great experience. You are the best travel agent I ever met. I hope to have the chance to do business with you again in the future.
We've just got back from out trip to Patagonia and the Antarctic and want to say a big thank you to all of you at Wildfoot but specifically you, Tina and Sara, for organising our trip and sorting out all my queries before we went. You've all been thoroughly professional - and friendly with it. I always get concerned that hotels won't have received the booking, the air e-tickets won't be recognised or luggage ends up somewhere other that where we are, but I didn't need to worry as everything was well planned in advance and the various elements, air travel, two cruises, hotels etc, fitted seamlessly. You can take this as a 10 out of 10 satisfaction rating and recommendation for your company. You will certainly be my 'go to' provider if we ever do anything similar in the future. Thanks once again for our trip of a lifetime.
I just wanted to say an enormous thank you for your help with my trip. It was the best two weeks of my life! MS Expedition was amazing – their itinerary, their crew, their spirit. It was truly exceptional.One of the best things was how they arranged the rooms, I just had the best roommates and that really made a big difference to the trip. We got to see some fast ice and got out to walk on it – literally walking on the frozen sea. Amazing! I am saving for my next trip and I would not dream of going with anyone but you guys again. Good work! A dream very much come true.

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