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Weddell Sea - In search of the Emperor Penguin incl. helicopters

 

Summary:

See the Antarctic from the vantage point of a true expedition leader – from the air. Our helicopter capability on the Ortelius provides you the unique chance to view an emperor penguin rookery numbering upwards of 4,000 breeding pairs, located just south ...

Duration
11 Days
Countries
2
Next Departure
14-Nov-2021
Starting at
± USD 11,758.00
± USD 11,758.00
Price per day
± USD 900.00

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Operator
Oceanwide Expeditions
Ship
m/v Ortelius
Tour
Weddell Sea - In search of the Emperor Penguin incl. helicopters
Travel Quality
Extraordinary Travel
Itinerary

Summary

See the Antarctic from the vantage point of a true expedition leader – from the air. Our helicopter capability on the Ortelius provides you the unique chance to view an emperor penguin rookery numbering upwards of 4,000 breeding pairs, located just south of Snow Hill Island. Heavy ice may prevent entrance from the Weddell Sea, and ice at the rookery itself might break up and start to melt earlier than expected. With this in mind, the aim is to stop the vessel between the Antarctic Sound and James Clark Ross Island, close to the ice edge, and find emperor penguins on their way to the open water. The helicopters make this search possible – and thrilling – as you embark on scenic flights, as well as landings in places otherwise inaccessible so early in the season.

Short Itinerary

Day 1.
Ushuaia
Day 2-3.
Drake Passage
Day 4-7.
Antarctica
Day 5-6.
Experience The Bird’S-Eye-View Of Antarctica
Day 8.
Antarctica
Day 9-10.
Drake Passage
Day 11.
Ushuaia

Visited Countries (2): Antarctica (Argentina), Argentina

Ports of call (5): Antarctic Peninsula, Drake Passage, Snow Hill Island, Ushuaia, Weddell Sea

 

Remarks

Important!

All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and in order to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife. The on-board expedition leader determines the final itinerary. Itineraries may mention places that require permission to land, which must be granted by the relevant national authorities. Such permission is not granted prior to the publishing of these itineraries. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. Average cruising speed of m/v Ortelius is 10,5 knots.

If ice conditions are favorable and the route to Snow Hill Island is free of multi-year pack ice, you have the chance for ship-to-shore helicopter transfers to Snow Hill Island (roughly 45 minutes walking distance from the emperor penguin rookery). If successful, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But please remember that nature writes the final itinerary out here: Attempts to reach Snow Hill Island during the voyages of 2012 – 17 did not always succeed. In 2013 and November 2017 and November 2018 conditions were favorable to land by helicopter on Snow Hill Island and to visit the emperor penguin rookery.

Ship Information

Ship Name
m/v Ortelius
Ship Type
Expedition Ship
 

Travel Package

DescriptionComing from Going to
Cruise (Round Trip) Ushuaia Ushuaia


This is an Organised Sea Cruise, Luxury Cruise or Expedition: you will eat and sleep on-board of the ship. These are smaller ships and there are never more than 200 passengers on board. The cruise operator set the itinerary, the destinations, duration and departure dates as well as the price per cabin type/deck. Excursions can be included or optional. You can join, enjoy and meet other people.

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Weddell Sea - In search of the Emperor Penguin, incl. helicopters (11 Days)

See the Antarctic from the vantage point of a true expedition leader – from the air. Our helicopter capability on the Ortelius provides you the unique chance to view an emperor penguin rookery numbering upwards of 4,000 breeding pairs, located just south ...

Next Departure: 14-Nov-2022
Starting at: ± USD 11,995.00

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