During a brief summer, there are opportunities to observe new life. See thousands of penguins and seals rearing their young and visit remote islands by Zodiac on this superb luxury expedition cruise.
Discover charming houses and an abundance of wildlife in Stanley on the remote Falkland Islands, before cruising to South Georgia with its colonies of penguins and elephant seals. Enjoy zodiac excursions with experts and visit the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton in the former whaling station Grytviken.
Hanseatic travels to the unspoilt South Orkney Islands where, weather permitting, you can visit the oldest permanently inhabited research station in the Antarctic, before heading to Paulet Island in the Weddell Sea, home to colonies of Adelie penguins.
The South Shetland Islands are the largest archipelago in the Antarctic, and Hanseatic is able to cruise into the flooded caldera of the extinct volcano on Deception Island, an unforgettable experience. Weather permitting, step foot on the Antarctic mainland close to the breathtaking Paradise Bay, where icebergs drift by.
Hanseatic navigates the impressive Lemaire Channel and calls at Port Lockroy, the former British research station, before cruising through the Drake Passage to Ushuaia, where this fascinating voyage comes to an end.
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The Magic of the Antarctic Circle Itinerary
Day 1 - Buenos Aires (Argentina) – Ushuaia
Individual travel arrangements to Buenos Aires. Take a charter flight to Ushuaia and embark Hanseatic.
Day 2 - At sea
Enjoy the facilities on board as you cruise to the Falkland Islands.
Day 3-4 - Falkland Islands
Explore the remote Falkland Islands. See rockhopper and Magellan penguins and native bird species including the Falkland pipit and the caracara. Visit Stanley, the only "town" on the Falkland Islands, with its charming houses which are a Victorian delight.
Days 5-6 - At sea
Relax on board the Hanseatic.
Days 7-9 - South Georgia
See hundreds of king penguins which populate the slopes and coasts of the island on zodiac trips accompanied by biologists and geologists. Enjoy landings at Salisbury Plain and Gold Harbour where you will encounter fur seals and elephant seals on the beaches, black-browed albatrosses and giant petrels. In the former whaling station Grytviken you will visit the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Day 10 - At sea
Enjoy the facilities on board as you cruise to the South Orkney Islands.
Days 11-16 - South Orkney Islands – South Shetland Islands - Antarctic Peninsula
Visit the South Orkney Islands where, weather permitting, you can visit the oldest permanently inhabited research station in the Antarctic, the Argentinian Orcadas research station (subject to permission). With a little luck, you will have your first sighting of the icebergs off Signy Island. Travel by zodiac to Paulet island in the Weddell Sea where you can see thousands of Adelie penguins, before cruising to the South Shetland Islands. Weather permitting, visit Half Moon Island where you can enjoy spectacular views across to Livingston Island. Hanseatic then calls at Deception Island and cruises directly into the flooded caldera of the extinct volcano. Weather permitting, set foot on the Antarctic mainland close to Paradise Bay surrounded by snow-capped peaks. See the imposing glaciers in Neko Harbour and observe colonies of gentoo penguins. Hanseatic then navigates the Lemaire Channel and Neumayer Channel, before visiting Port Lockroy, a former British research station.
Days 17-18 - Drake Passage
Hanseatic cruises through Drake Passage, one of the world's greatest seaways connecting the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Day 19 - Ushuaia (Argentina) - Buenos Aires
Disembark Hanseatic and take a charter flight to Buenos Aires. Individual travel arrangements from Buenos Aires.
A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition to Antarctica. The captain will decide on the best possible alternatives depending on weather and ice conditions.