On board MS HANSEATIC from Ushuaia to Ushuaia

Expedition Antarctica - When young life awakens

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Welcome the offspring of seals, penguins and seabirds in the world of endless ice. The atmospheric light of the polar midsummer produces unforgettable natural scenes. Marvel at the cycle of life against the backdrop of enormous glaciers and icebergs, deep fjords and bays on your numerous Zodiac rides.

from Ushuaia to Ushuaia

Cruise dates:from 26.01.2016 to 17.02.2016 (22 days)
Cruise number: HAN1602

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This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.
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Tue, 26.01.2016

Scheduled flight Germany – Buenos Aires

Wed, 27.01.2016

City tour, overnight stay with breakfast

Thu, 28.01.2016

Charter flight to Ushuaia/Argentina, departure 22.00 hrs

Fri, 29.01.2016

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 30.01.2016
- Sun, 31.01.2016

Falkland Islands

Dream destination for birdwatchers: the Falkland Islands
Board the Zodiacs of the HANSEATIC for the first time and discover a fascinating, abundant world of birds at close range. On several flexible landings, you will experience this unique ecosystem at first hand, joining experts to observe rockhopper and Magellanic Penguins, which share their habitat with kelp geese, black-browed albatrosses and steamer ducks. By contrast, the small capital of Stanley appears to be “very British”. Discover Victorian houses and the world’s southernmost Anglican church.

Mon, 01.02.2016
- Tue, 02.02.2016

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 03.02.2016
- Fri, 05.02.2016

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 animal 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 see elephant seals fighting over a harem or observe gentoo penguins and thousands of king penguins breeding and raising their young. Prominent experts with extensive experience in the Antarctic will be able to tell you all about the fauna and flora. In Grytviken, for example, 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.

Sat, 06.02.2016

Relaxation at sea

Sun, 07.02.2016
- Fri, 12.02.2016

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

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 in the Zodiacs to visit the Argentinian Orcadas research station (subject to authorisation). And with a little luck, you will have your first sighting of majestic icebergs off Signy Island.

Breathtaking: Weddell Sea, South Shetland Islands and 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 endure. 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: glaciers tower hundreds of metres above and snow-covered mountains line the bay in which icebergs as high as houses float. The team of experts accompanying you will open up new fields of knowledge and will visit the Antarctic continent with you if the weather and ice conditions permit landing. One of the most impressive shipping passages in the world is the Lemaire Channel: mountains up to 1,000 m high line the strait of water and seem to be almost within reach as a mystical tranquillity prevails. The HANSEATIC will then head for the Penola Strait and set course for the most southerly point of your expedition. Where will it be? The end of your cruise will once again reveal to you the full beauty of the Antarctic: drifting icebergs, glaciated mountain summits – and with a bit of luck, you might spot a whale amongst the waves. Passage through the Neumayer-Kanal then serves up the grand finale with panoramic views of amazing glaciers. In the midst of icebergs as high as a house, it is easy to be amazed – and all the more difficult to take your leave.

Sat, 13.02.2016
- Sun, 14.02.2016

Sailing through the Drake Passage

Mon, 15.02.2016

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

Tue, 16.02.2016

Scheduled flight Buenos Aires – Germany

Wed, 17.02.2016

Arrival in Germany

A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition to the Antarctic. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative 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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A history specialist in the team of experts

Among the many interests of Dr Arne Kertelhein, historian and author of various specialist books, are the dramatic expeditions of the great polar explorers. His extremely captivating lectures focus on the challenges and nature of the polar world of extremes.