Scarcely touched by humans, the frozen land boasts breathtaking scenery, broken by only a handful of scientific bases and a population of scientists numbering only a few thousand.
For tourists, Antarctica is accessible only during the austral summer season from November to March, during which sea ice melts enough to allow access.
Generally they must brave rough sea crossings aboard ice-strengthened vessels, but those who do are rewarded with beautiful scenery and unique wildlife- including penguins, blue whales, orcas, and seals.
The journey begins in Ushuaia, Argentina.
Board Ocean Nova and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world.
Explore the surroundings before setting sail to Antarctic land.
Day 2 - 3:
Sail towards Antarctica across the famous passage named in honour of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer.
As you sail en route to the South Shetland Islands, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the glass-enclosed lounge or from the outside decks.
A chance to spot magnificent sea birds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica.
After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes noticeably.
Day 4 - 7:
Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales.
Each day, disembark by Zodiac boat and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. From the ship enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests.
No journey is the same as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time.
While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.
Your voyage may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, or many other magnificent places.
The adventure will be very active, with several daily landings and cruises in Zodiac boats, lectures and a very enjoyable time on board.
Day 8 - 9:
Return to South America with a northbound crossing of the Drake Passage.
Relax and take the time to watch for wildlife from the bridge or outside decks.
The exciting program ends upon arrival at the port in Ushuaia.