Antarctica's natural boundary, where the marine life and avian life
Grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty
albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson's storm petrels,
blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels
the Bellingshausen Sea, with your course set for Peter I Island.
Peter I Island, known as Peter I Øy in Norwegian, an
uninhabited volcanic island in the Bellingshausen Sea
the Ross Sea from the east, venturing south toward the Bay of Whales
and close to Roosevelt Island
The Bay of Whales which is part of the Ross Ice Shelf, the largest ice
shelf in the world, and is constantly changing with the receding ice
Ross Island and see Mount Erebus, Mount Terror, and Mount Byrd, as well
as many other famous spots that played an important role in the British
expeditions of the last century
DATES / RATES
Rates are listed per person in USD
|Start Date||End Date||Quad Porthole||Triple Porthole||Twin Porthole||Twin Window||Twin Deluxe||Superior|
|Jan 14, 2023||Feb 16, 2023||28,450||35,800||35,800||37,150||38,950||40,950|
|Feb 17, 2023||Mar 20, 2023||28,450||35,800||35,800||37,150||38,950||40,950|
Rates are listed per person in USD
|Start Date||End Date||(Starting from)|
|Jan 14, 2023||Feb 16, 2023||28,450||37,150||40,950|
|Feb 17, 2023||Mar 20, 2023||28,450||37,150||40,950|
Note: The Feb 17,
2023 sailing is a return trip and slightly shorter than
1: End of the world, start of a journey
voyage begins where the world drops off. Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to
be the southernmost city on the planet, is located on the far southern
tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this
small resort town on Tierra del Fuego, nicknamed “The End of
the World,” and sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for
the remainder of the evening.
Day 2 – 3: Path
of the polar explorers
the next two days on the Drake Passage, you enjoy some of the same
experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted
these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale
spouting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence
– Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when
north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas
– you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only
does the marine life change, the avian life changes too. 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
are a few of the birds you might see.
Day 4: Through the
arrive at the Antarctic Peninsula near the Antarctic Circle in the
afternoon. If sea ice allows it, you can then continue through
Pendleton Strait and attempt a landing at the rarely visited southern
tip of Renaud Island. Here you have the opportunity to see the first
Adélie penguins of the trip as well as enjoy spectacular
views of the icebergs in this surreal, snow-swept environment.
Day 5 – 6:
Sailing the Bellingshausen Sea
the peninsula you head toward the open sea, your course set for Peter I
Day 7: A rare glimpse of
Peter I Island
as Peter I Øy in Norwegian, this is an uninhabited volcanic
island in the Bellingshausen Sea. It was discovered by Fabian von
Bellingshausen in 1821 and named after Peter the Great of Russia. The
island is claimed by Norway and considered its own territory, though it
is rarely visited by passenger vessels due to its exposed nature. If
weather and ice conditions allow, you may enjoy a helicopter landing on
the glaciated northern part of the island. This is a unique chance to
land on one of the most remote islands in the world.
Day 8 – 14:
Sights of the Amundsen Sea
then sail through the Amundsen Sea, moving along and through the outer
fringes of the pack ice. Ice conditions are never the same from year to
year, though we aim to take advantage of the opportunities that arise
if sea ice is present. Emperor penguins, groups of seals lounging on
the ice floes, orca and minke whales along the ice edge, and different
species of fulmarine petrels are possible sights in this area.
Day 15 – 17:
The epic Ross Ice Shelf
next goal is to enter the Ross Sea from the east, venturing south
toward the Bay of Whales and close to Roosevelt Island (named in 1934
by the American aviator Richard E. Byrd for President Franklin D.
Roosevelt). The Bay of Whales is part of the Ross Ice Shelf, the
largest ice shelf in the world, and is constantly changing with the
receding ice masses. Large icebergs are present here, along with great
wildlife opportunities. Roald Amundsen gained access to the shelf en
route to the South Pole, which he reached on December 14, 1911. Also,
the Japanese explore Nobu Shirase had his camp in this area in 1912, at
Kainan Bay. You may make a helicopter landing on the ice shelf if
conditions allow. During this part of the voyage, we will also cross
the International Date Line.
Day 18 – 20:
Highlights of the Ross Sea
to the Ross Sea, your aim is now to visit Ross Island. In this location
you can see Mount Erebus, Mount Terror, and Mount Byrd, as well as many
other famous spots that played an important role in the British
expeditions of the last century: Cape Royds, where Ernest
Shackleton’s cabin still stands; Cape Evans, where the cabin
of Robert Falcon Scott can still be seen; and Hut Point, from which
Scott and his men set out for the South Pole.
ice is blocking the way but weather conditions are favorable, you may
use the helicopters to land in one or more spots in this area. The
American scientific base of McMurdo Station and New Zealand’s
Scott Base are other possible locations you might visit. From McMurdo
Station you could also make a 10-km hike (6 miles) to Castle Rock,
where there are great views across the Ross Ice Shelf toward the South
Pole. Additionally, you may make a helicopter landing in Taylor Valley,
one of the Dry Valleys, where conditions are closer to Mars than
anywhere else on Earth.
Day 21 – 22:
Exploring the inexpressible
north along the west coast of the Ross Sea, you pass the Drygalski Ice
Tongue and Terra Nova Bay. If ice conditions allow, you then land at
Inexpressible Island, which has a fascinating history in connection to
the less-known Northern Party of Captain Scott’s expedition.
It is also home to a large Adélie penguin rookery. Should
sea ice prevent entry into Terra Nova Bay, you may head farther north
to the protected area of Cape Hallett and its own Adélie
Day 23: The residents of
next attempt a landing at Cape Adare, where for the first time humans
wintered on the Antarctic Continent: The Norwegian Borchgrevink stayed
in here 1899, taking shelter in a hut that to this day is surrounded by
the largest colony of Adélie penguins in the world.
Day 24: Ross Sea to the
through the sea ice at the entrance of the Ross Sea, you start your
journey north through the Southern Ocean. The goal is to set a course
for the Balleny Islands, depending on weather conditions.
Day 25: The windswept
intended route is past Sturge Island in the afternoon, getting an
impression of these windswept and remote islands before crossing the
Day 26 – 28:
Sailing among the seabirds
once again enter the vast expanse of the Southern Ocean. Seabirds are
prolific on this leg, during which we hope to enjoy good weather
Day 29: Macca aka
also known as Macquarie Island, is a Tasmanian State Reserve that in
1997 became a World Heritage Site. The Australian Antarctic Division
has its permanent base on this island, which Australian sealer
Frederick Hasselborough discovered while searching for new sealing
grounds. The fauna on Macquarie is fantastic, and there are colonies of
king, gentoo, and southern rockhopper penguins – as well as
almost one million breeding pairs of the endemic royal penguin.
Elephant seals and various fur seal species, such as the New Zealand
fur seal, are also present.
Day 30: Northwest toward
northwest to Campbell Island, you’re once again followed by
Day 31: Campbell
Island’s bounteous birdlife
plan today is to visit the sub-Antarctic New Zealand Reserve and UNESCO
World Heritage Site of Campbell Island, enjoying its luxuriantly
blooming vegetation. The fauna on Campbell Island is also a highlight,
with a large and easily accessible colony of southern royal albatrosses
on the main island. Breeding on the satellite islands are wandering,
Campbell, grey-headed, black-browed, and light-mantled albatrosses.
There are also three breeding penguin species present: eastern
rockhopper, erect-crested, and yellow-eyed penguins. In the 18th
century, seals in the area were hunted to extinction, but the elephant
seals, fur seals, and sea lions have since recovered.
Day 32: Once more to the
in the vast horizons of your final sea day before you reach New Zealand.
Day 33: Porting in New
adventure, no matter how sublime, must eventually come to an end. You
disembark in Bluff, the southernmost town in New Zealand, and return
home with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure
Ortelius (Expedition, 108-guests)
Ortelius offers a comfortable hotel standard, with a u-shaped, a bar and a lecture room. Our voyages are primarily developed to offer our passengers a quality exploratory wildlife program, trying to spend as much time ashore as possible. As the number of passengers is limited to approximately 116 on the Ortelius, flexibility assures maximum wildlife opportunities. Ortelius carries 10 zodiacs
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in this voyage
from this voyage
aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee
shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced
use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in
Ushuaia. (Jan 13, 2022 sailing)
transfer from the vessel in Bluff to the airport in
Invercargill. (Jan 13,
helicopter transfers (with no specific amount of helicopter time
transfer from Kelvin Hotel in Invercargill to the vessel in
Bluff. (Feb 16,
transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after
disembarkation). (Feb 16,
miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
and post- land arrangements.
and visa expenses.
arrival and departure taxes.
cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry,
bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other
service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).