Antarctic Peninsula & Circle Adventure
Antarctic Peninsula & Circle Adventure 11 days aboard RCGS Resolute
This expedition offers the quintessential Antarctic experience with the added benefit of an Antarctic Circle crossing. Discover the towering glaciers, amazing wildlife, snow-covered landscapes, and massive icebergs that make Antarctica one of the most unique and fascinating places on earth. March is a great time to visit this outstanding wilderness as the short summer comes to an end and you get to witness the visible change in the seasons as the sea ice begins to freeze and the days shorten bringing with them a distinct night time which allows us to hope for encountering the mythical Aurora Australis.
Sailing from Ushuaia your ship will venture far south aiming for Detaille Island below the Antarctic Circle before navigating north again to discover the Gerlache region and the Antarctic Peninsula. This unique expedition will feature many of the well-known landing sites such as Paradise Harbour and Neko Harbour, where there are great hiking opportunities, as well as Orne Harbour and Cuverville Island where we will find large colonies of chinstrap and gentoo penguins. We will also navigate into Willhelmina Bay in search of whale sightings and Petermann Island to visit the sizable Adelie penguin rookery here. A further highlight will be a visit to the enchanting South Shetland Islands. Here, we hope to visit Deception Island and other nearby locations such as Half Moon Island, Hannah Point or Yankee Harbour. Returning to South America we have one final thrill - rounding the legendary maritime landmark of Cape Horn.
In the waters of Antarctica, you will spend your days off the ship exploring by Zodiac boat, making shore landings in the company of your expert guides, enjoying adventurous hikes, visiting historic huts and working research bases, and searching for sightings of the massive colonies of penguins that abound here. There are also exciting kayaking excursions available for those keen on even more adventure.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
- Cross the Antarctic Circle
- Witness the spectacular change of seasons from summer to autumn
- Incredible scenery
- Amazing marine wildlife
- Myriad birdlife
- Outstanding wildlife observation on shore, zodiac cruising and from the ship
- In-depth exploration of the Gerlache coastline and Antarctic Peninsula
- Visits to historic sites and science stations
- Learn about the environment, wildlife and ecology of Antarctica from polar experts
- Exciting activity options including kayaking
- Full board accommodation on board ship
- Transfers to & from ship
- Loan of waterproof boots
- All zodiac excursions and landings
- Programme of expert lectures
- Resident photography guide
Special Offer Details
Book by 31st August and receive a huge travel credit discount of £ per person! PLUS a FREE pre-voyage hotel stay with US$50 hotel spa or dining credit!. Offer applicable when booked before 31st August 2018
Applies to new bookings. Subject to availability. Full terms & conditions apply.
Free opticron Binoculars available for all bookings made From 27 June to 15 August 2018!*
*Conditions apply: Not in conjunction with any other wildfoot offer. Must be a spend of over £2000 or more, not including flights. Full Terms enclosed.
ITINERARY10 Nights 11 Days
- Day 1 | Ushuaia
- Days 2 - 3 | At Sea - Drake Passage
- Day 4 | Antarctic Circle
- Days 5 - 7 | Antarctic Peninsula
- Day 8 | South Shetland Islands
- Days 9 - 10 | At Sea - Drake Passage
- Day 11 | Ushuaia
Your Antarctica adventure begins today as after having arrived independently to Ushuaia in southern Argentina you will meet your new shipmates at a central meeting point and join your transfer to the pier for embarkation. After settling in to your comfortable cabin and familiarising yourself with your expedition ship, you can enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner as your ship departs through the scenic Beagle Channel towards the icy wilderness of Antarctica.
At Sea - Drake Passage
These 2 days will be spent at sea sailing through the famous Drake Passage towards the Antarctic Circle. Your expedition ship’s superior speed and capabilities will allow us to reach the circle faster and more comfortably than most other ships, and as we sail we recommend spending some time on deck searching for sightings of the abundance of seabirds that will be following the ship including Wandering albatross and Giant and Cape petrels. Your onboard photography expert will be on hand to offer tips on how to photograph these magnificent birds and to help you prepare for the multitude of pictures you are likely to take throughout your journey. Your onboard lecture and presentation programme will also begin, covering a wide range of topics including the environment, wildlife and history of Antarctica. As we spot our first icebergs on the horizon, this will signal our arrival into Antarctic waters.
As you awake this morning you will be greeted by the awe-inspiring sight of the magnificent snowy peaks of continental Antarctica and you will likely feel a sense of euphoria as you have reached one of the most remote and spectacular places on earth. Navigating via Matha Strait your ship will sail towards Detaille Island and we will celebrate with a toast as we cross the Antarctic Circle and discover an enchanting world below it. On Detaille we will attempt a landing to visit an abandoned British science station - ‘Base W’ which was established in the 1950s and is in a remarkable state of preservation. For the history buffs this is a fascinating place providing a glimpse into the harsh life of early Antarctic visitors. After an exploration of Detaille we will return northwards towards the Peninsula, focusing our gaze on the spectacular chain of glacier-covered peaks stretching as far as the eye can see.
Having navigated northwards overnight, this morning we will be positioned along the southern Gerlache coastline and plan to make our first landing of the day at the low-lying Yalour Island group to visit a working scientific base to learn about the all-important work the researchers here are carrying out in regards to Antarctica’s changing climate. Later we will take a hike over the snowy saddle of nearby Winter Island to visit the old British Antarctic Survey hut and gain some awe-inspiring views along the way. During our time in this area we will also hope to visit Petermann Island to see a sizable colony of Adelie penguins who nest here alongside Gentoo penguins and Imperial cormorants. The scenery on offer throughout the next few days will be nothing short of breathtaking and one of the highlights of this will be the sight of Mount Shackleton and Mount Scott which mark the southern entrance to the exceptionally scenic Lemaire Channel which we aim to transit through as we continue north.
As we reach the main part of the Peninsula we aim to land at Paradise Harbour and nearby Neko Harbour to enjoy some hikes over the wintery landscapes. This will also be where the best kayaking opportunities are. Orne Harbour is another beautiful location where we hope to enjoy a hike up to a chinstrap penguin rookery and at Cuverville Island we will get up-close to a large Gentoo penguin colony. The best location for whale sighting in Antarctica is Wilhelmina Bay and we will visit here on our way to the South Shetland Islands.
Throughout your time in Antarctica your itinerary will be flexible and dependent on weather and ice conditions, with your experienced crew and captain choosing the very best landing sites for unforgettable wildlife and adventure experiences. Each day will bring something different, with hikes, zodiac cruises, wildlife encounters with penguins, seal and whales, and informative talks bringing this remarkable area to life.
South Shetland Islands
Our last day of exploration in the Antarctica region will bring us to the South Shetland Islands where, if conditions allow, we will sail into the flooded volcanic caldera of Deception Island. The dramatic scenery on offer here is simply outstanding and we will spend some time here learning about the history that the old whaling station and dilapidated wooden huts offer a sneak peak into. We can enjoy a fantastic hike here, high up onto the rim of the crater, and also see the old aircraft hangar that marks the spot where Sir Hubert Wilkins made the very first flight in Antarctica in 1928.
Later we will cruise along the coast of Livingston Island and your captain will decide the best landing spot for this afternoon’s adventures. Places we could visit include Half Moon Island, Yankee Harbour where we are likely to encounter Weddell seals sunning themselves, or Hannah Point with its elephant seal colony and nesting Antarctic petrels. As we finish our exploration we will get back on board and begin our journey back to South America across the Drake Passage.
At Sea - Drake Passage
As your thrilling Antarctica adventure comes to an end and we make our way back to South America, your mind and camera will be bursting with unforgettable experiences and memories. This is a great time to collate and back-up all of the countless photos you will be likely to have taken and your onboard photography expert will offer tips on editing and making the most of your images. Your educational presentation programme will also continue and we recommend some time on deck looking for the last seabird and whale sightings. As we approach the Beagle Channel, if conditions allow your captain will attempt a rounding of the famous Cape Horn, and on our final evening you can enjoy a special farewell dinner attended by the captain.
Early morning will see us back in the port of Ushuaia and after disembarkation a transfer will be provided to a downtown location or to the airport for your onward or homeward flights. Ushuaia is a fantastic place to explore in its own right and also has great connections to other destinations in South America including Buenos Aires. Should you wish to spend more time here please enquire for details and one of our destination experts will be happy to offer you options for extending your adventure.
What Our Customers
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.
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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.
I hope you’re well. I wanted to drop you a line to say we are back from Antarctica and had a wonderful time with Ponant. The trip exceeded our expectations in every respect, and I haven’t yet found enough superlatives to describe it to friends! Antarctica was breathtaking (as you know), and we loved pretty-much everything about Ponant. It was the perfect fit for us and I’m very grateful to you for taking the time to help with the booking. Having read the nightmares that Silversea have been having with the Silver Cloud, we felt lucky to be onboard Le Lyrial. Of course the only downside of a trip like this is we want to go back - best start saving now! Thanks again for all of your help and support with the booking process. Ponant was exactly as you described it. We have our eye on a couple of other cruises with them so I might be in touch soon.
Just a quick note to express my sincere thanks to you and all your staff for making this an epic adventure of immense proportions. Everything went smoothly, pickups, hotels and most of all the expedition itself. Truly a mind blowing experience unlike any I have ever taken.
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