Antarctic Peninsula, Basecamp Plancius
12 days / 11 nights Code: OWE003
Expedition is our passion and our ship becomes the base camp for these wonderful voyages.
Expedition is our passion. The ship becomes our base camp for these voyages. “Base camp” is by definition a temporary storing and starting place, from which an activity starts. We offer “activity modules” which go beyond our normal shore program. The vessel will stay for two or three days at specific locations to serve our active passengers as a comfortable hub to allow more time than usual for wide ranging activities.
Day 1: Ushuaia.
In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.
Days 2 - 3: At sea.
During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage. When we cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area we may see Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black- browed Albatrosses, Light- mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs.
Days 4 – 9: Antarctica.
We will sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. We will sail to the Neumayer Channel, where we position our ship for the multi activity base camp. The protected waters around Wiencke Island will become our playground for all activities. In this alpine environment there are great opportunities to scout the region on foot, per zodiac and during kayak trips. Walkers will find opportunities to use snowshoes on hikes near the shore lines and the mountaineers will find their challenge by climbing hills and view points further inland, i.e. Jabet Peak (540 m). All climbs and excursions can only be conducted in good weather conditions.
We plan to stay two overnights at anchor in order to implement two camp nights and two full activity days. We will visit the British research station and the post office Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Imperial Shags. We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Booth Island, Pleneau and Petermann Island where we can find Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. In this area there are good chances to encounter Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and Fin Whales.
Our second Basecamp night will be erected near the Continent; we choose a camp site which is suitable and close to next day’s activity. The mountaineers hope to reach the summit of Mt. Demaria (640 m) at Waddington Bay. A visit to one of the scientific stations in Antarctica will give you an insight about the life of modern Antarcticans working on the White Continent. Further south we may have time to visit the Ukrainian Vernadsky Station, where we will receive a warm welcome from the station crew.
In the afternoon at Neko Harbour we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of a huge glacier and enjoy the landscape during zodiac cruises, hikes and kayak excursions. A small group of mountaineers may climb up on higher grounds of the glacier. We will spend the night at Neko or near Paradise Bay with a camp erected ashore. We will leave Neko Harbour in the early morning after breaking our last camp. We sail via Melchior Islands towards the open sea of the Drake Passage. We have again a chance of seeing many seabirds.
Days 10 – 11: At sea.
On our way north, we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.
Day 12: Ushuaia.
We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.
• Accommodation in choosen cabin.
• Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, coffee, tea.
• On board lectures and exhibits.
• Information on the region.
• Transfer to Ushuaia airport after the trip.
• Expedition in zodiac boats, excursions.
• Taxes and port taxes.
• During our “Basecamp Plancius” departures all offered activities (including camping, kayaking, snowshoe/hiking, mountaineering, photo workshops as well as our standard included shore excursions and zodiac cruises) are free of charge, except for scuba diving (this is supplemented)
Programs do not include:
• Flights to boarding ports.
• Fuel surcharge.
• Passports or visas.
• Taxes or boarding taxes at airport.
• Transfers not specified in the program.
• Telephone calls.
• Use of the internet.
• Meals or beverages not included in the menu or/ and outside the ship.
• Fines or Flight Cancellation Assistance.
• Travel or Health Insurance.
• Medical attention in clinic.
• Tips Rates, laundry, bar.
- December 2016:17 - 28.
• Full rate paid before boarding.
• Antarctic Program, please indicate date and mean of transport to Ushuaia.
• Antarctic Program, we highly recommend scheduling your arrival in Ushuaia with at least one day in advance in order to avoid any flight delays.