On board MS HANSEATIC from Ushuaia to Ushuaia

Antarctic Expedition - Miracles Ahoy – the Rich Antarctic Wildlife

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Your first sight of the thousands of penguins, mighty elephant seals, countless bird species and a wonderland in the endless ice will take your breath away. Surrounded by gigantic icebergs and majestic glaciers, you will discover spectacular landscapes and follow in the footsteps of legendary polar explorers.

from Ushuaia to Ushuaia

Cruise dates:from 07.02.2015 to 02.03.2015 (23 days)
Cruise number: HAN1503

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This is a bilingual cruise with English shore excursions. [Read more]

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Sat, 07.02.2015

Scheduled flight Germany – Buenos Aires

Sun, 08.02.2015

City tour, overnight stay with breakfast

Mon, 09.02.2015

Charter flight to Ushuaia/Argentina, departure 18.00 hrs

Tue, 10.02.2015

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 11.02.2015
- Thu, 12.02.2015

Falkland Islands

Fascinating paradise of birds – the Falkland Islands
The Zodiac fleet will be lowered to the water ready to head for the Falkland Islands. During several landings, experts will accompany you on hikes through the dwarf shrubs and grasses that are typical of the islands. Marvel at the head-high tussock grass and the diversity of the bird world, where rockhopper and Magellan penguins bid you welcome; there is also a chance that black-bellied storm petrels, silver teal, albatrosses or peregrine falcons will suddenly appear before your very eyes. Stanley, the small island capital, welcomes you with British charm.

Fri, 13.02.2015
- Sat, 14.02.2015

Relaxation at sea

Sun, 15.02.2015
- Tue, 17.02.2015

South Georgia

Unforgettable encounters in South Georgia 
Three expedition days packed with great experiences lie ahead, when glaciated mountain summits on the horizon announce your approach to this unique wildlife paradise. Hundreds of thousands of king penguins live on the coasts and hillsides of the island and bring the stunning landscape to life. On up to three trips and landings each day with the Zodiacs, you can experience this rich animal kingdom up close, and discover elephant seals fighting over a harem or observe gentoo penguins and thousands of king penguins in their icy habitat. Prominent experts with extensive experience in the Antarctic will be able to tell you all about the fauna and flora. In Grytviken, you will be able to immerse yourself in the exciting history of polar exploration. Visit the tiny whalers’ church built in 1913, and the grave of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, whose legendary Endurance expedition came to a fortunate end on South Georgia.

Wed, 18.02.2015

Relaxation at sea

Thu, 19.02.2015
- Wed, 25.02.2015

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

You will also gain an insight into the everyday lives of modern polar researchers on the South Orkney Islands where, weather permitting, you will be taken ashore in the Zodiacs to visit the Argentinian Orcadas research station (subject to permission). And with a little luck, you will have your first sighting of majestic icebergs off Signy Island.

Breathtaking: South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula
Your expedition takes a direct route to adventure through the Weddell Sea to Paulet Island. The ice crunches and cracks around the ship’s reinforced bow, while it becomes ever more apparent just what strains the pioneers of polar exploration had to face. Where weather and ice conditions dictate the course, the experienced crew will react flexibly and spontaneously to guarantee you unforgettable moments in the wonderland of the Antarctic. The experience will make your day as the HANSEATIC continues on her southerly course. You can look forward, for example, to the caldera of Deception Island and the incomparable sight of Paradise Bay, where glaciers tower hundreds of metres above you and snow-capped peaks line the bay in which gigantic icebergs drift. The team of experts accompanying you will open up new fields of knowledge and even step onto the Antarctic continent with you – that is, if the weather and ice conditions permit a landing. One of the most spectacular shipping passages in the world is the Lemaire Channel. Mountains up to 1,000 metres high hem in the strait of water and seem almost within reach, while a mystical tranquillity prevails.

In the tracks of the original explorers of the Antarctic Circle
The further south your journey takes you, the more impressed you will be by the endless whiteness surrounding you on all sides. Spectacular trips and landings with the Zodiacs will take you to enjoy unique close encounters with animals such as Adelie and gentoo penguins, fur seals and petrels. With luck, when you sail the Penola Strait you will sight majestic whales. The excitement on board increases as the ship approaches the Antarctic Circle. As the HANSEATIC continues on her southerly course, she will be able to take full advantage of her expertise in icy conditions. How far will the ship be able to forge ahead into this inaccessible region? In the clear air out on deck, a genuine pioneering spirit prevails, which will also accompany you on the route back north when you cruise through the Neumayer Channel with its amazing glaciers – a truly unforgettable sight that brings your unique Antarctic expedition to a close.

Thu, 26.02.2015
- Fri, 27.02.2015

Sailing through the Drake Passage

Sat, 28.02.2015

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

Sun, 01.03.2015

Scheduled flight Buenos Aires – Germany

Mon, 02.03.2015

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.

Following programmes we offer in German:


Polar history specialist in the expert team

Dr Arne Kertelhein, historian and author of various reference books, is interested in topics including the expeditions of the great polar researchers. His special passion lies in old expedition reports and historical maps. From these original sources, his thoroughly fascinating talks on the Antarctic come alive.