On board MS HANSEATIC from Santiago de Chile to Buenos Aires

Expedition Antarctica with Antarctic Circle: Unforgettable Moments in the Eternal Ice

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Gigantic glaciers, majestic icebergs and an inconceivable diversity of species – the fascinating world of ice of Antarctica is a breathtaking habitat with a unique animal kingdom. Prepare yourself for spectacular expedition experiences beyond the boundary of civilisation.

from Santiago de Chile to Buenos Aires

Cruise dates:from 15.12.2013 to 09.01.2014 (26 days)
Cruise number: HAN1400

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This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.


Sun, 15.12.2013

Scheduled flight Frankfurt – Santiago

Mon, 16.12.2013

Overnight stay with breakfast

Tue, 17.12.2013

Flight to Punta Arenas
Overnight stay with breakfast

Wed, 18.12.2013

Punta Arenas/Chile, departure 20.00 hrs

Thu, 19.12.2013

Relaxation at sea

Fri, 20.12.2013
- Sat, 21.12.2013

Falkland Islands

Fascinating Bird Paradise Falkland Islands
The Zodiac fleet is lowered into the water to set course for the Falkland Islands. Following several landings, the experts will accompany you on hikes through the dwarf shrubs and grasses typical of the islands. Marvel at the head-high tussock grass and the species-rich bird world – Rockhopper and Magellanic penguins will welcome you, and perhaps black-bellied storm petrels, silver teals, albatrosses or peregrine falcons might also suddenly take to the sky in front of you. In Stanley, the little capital of the islands greets you with a British ambiance.

Sun, 22.12.2013
- Mon, 23.12.2013

Relaxation at sea

Tue, 24.12.2013
- Thu, 26.12.2013

South Georgia

South Georgia – In the Realm of King Penguins
Flexible, spontaneous, impressive - the Zodiacs are in use several times a day to enable breathtaking expedition experiences and animal observations. For instance when you stand in front of a gigantic colony of king penguins; thousands upon thousands of these animals populate the slopes and coasts of the island. After spectacular landings on three intensive days, among others in Salisbury Plain and Gold Harbour, you will also encounter fur seals and ponderous elephant seals on the beaches of the rugged coast, while black-browed albatrosses and southern giant petrels are nesting in the rocks. Renowned experts including biologists, geologists or glaciologists accompany you and make your unique nature experiences even more profound with astounding details. Or they bring back to life the pioneering days of Antarctic research for you – at the former whaling station Grytviken, you can visit the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton and recall the heroic efforts with which this man rescued his crew.

Fri, 27.12.2013

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 28.12.2013
- Sat, 04.01.2014

South Orkney Islands , Weddell Sea , South Shetland Islands , Antarctic Peninsula

How modern polar researchers work is something you will learn on the South Orkney Islands when, provided the weather is favourable, you visit the oldest permanently inhabited research station in Antarctica, the Argentinian station Orcadas (subject to approval). And with a little luck, you will spot majestic icebergs for the first time off the coast of Signy Island.

Breathtaking: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Headed straight for adventure, your expedition takes you through the Weddell Sea. The ice scrunches and cracks against the reinforced hull of the ship, and it becomes increasingly easier to imagine the strains the pioneers of polar research had to endure. Where the weather and ice conditions determine the course, the experienced crew reacts flexibly and spontaneously to grant you unforgettable moments in the world of wonders of Antarctica. The experience defines the day as the HANSEATIC advances in a southerly direction. Look forward, for instance, to an incomparable start of the year in Paradise Bay - the glaciers tower several hundred metres tall and snow-covered peaks fringe the bay in which icebergs as high as houses are drifting. The team of experts accompanying you will reveal new worlds of knowledge to you and set foot on the Antarctic mainland with you if the weather and ice conditions allow for a landing. The Lemaire Channel is considered one of the most spectacular ship passages in the world – up to 1,000 m high mountains flank the waterway and appear close enough to touch in the mystic silence.

On the Trails of the Discoverers to the Antarctic Circle

The further south your voyage takes you, the more impressive the endless white all around you. On spectacular rides and landings with the Zodiacs, you will enjoy intense animal experiences like nowhere else when you watch Adelie and gentoo penguins, fur seals as well as petrels and, with a little luck, majestic whales in the Penola Strait. When we reach the Crystal Sound, the excitement on board increases – we are about to cross the Antarctic Circle. Beyond this legendary boundary, the HANSEATIC sets course for the Gullet Strait and once again makes full use of her ice competence – how far will the ship be able to advance in this inaccessible region? A true pioneering spirit fills the clear air on the deck and also accompanies you on the way back to the north, as you sail through the Neumayer Channel with its fantastic glacier panoramas and land on the lava beaches of the volcanic Deception Island. Here, you can take a bath in hot springs under the open sky.

Sun, 05.01.2014

Relaxation at sea

Mon, 06.01.2014

Cape Horn/Chile

The legendary Cape Horn marks the memorable finale of your cruise. If the weather and tide are favourable, we will set out for one last landing with the Zodiacs. You can subsequently walk up to the famous albatros memorial – and look back on an unforgettable Antarctic expedition.

Tue, 07.01.2014

Ushuaia/Argentina, arrival 6.00 hrs
Charter flight to Buenos Aires
Overnight stay with breakfast

Wed, 08.01.2014

City tour
Scheduled flight Buenos Aires – Germany

Thu, 09.01.2014

Arrival in Germany

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.

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Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.

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