Discover a world in which great natural wonders, fascinating wildlife and pure expedition experiences make your day. Set sail for spectacular icy landscapes in the footsteps of researchers and adventurers. The numerous Zodiac rides will bring you particularly close to this white paradise and its residents, including penguins, seals, seabirds and whales.
from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
|Cruise dates:||from 13.02.2016 to 07.03.2016 (23 days)|
| Your ship:|| MS HANSEATIC|
| Cruise number:|| HAN1603|
This is a bilingual cruise with English shore excursions. [Read more]
Breathtaking: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
From the very start, look forward 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. 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.
In the footsteps of legendary explorers
The further south your journey takes you, the more impressed you will be by the endless white world surrounding you on all sides. One particularly moving moment during your expedition will be sailing through the Neumayer-Kanal, which serves up panoramic views of amazing glaciers. In the Penola Strait, you can expect spectacular landings with the Zodiacs and close encounters with animals such as Adelie and gentoo penguins, fur seals and petrels. With a little luck, majestic whales will take centre stage. Further north, your journey takes you through the narrow Lemaire Channel: spectacular peaks on both sides make this waterway one of the world’s most beautiful shipping passages.
Brown Bluff will take your breath away as it rises up before you, with its more than 700 m high brown tuff cliffs standing proud between two mighty glaciers. This panorama is accompanied by the cries of countless kelp gulls as well as cape and snow petrels. The Zodiacs will bring you ashore so that you can get acquainted with the Adelie penguins that live here in a large colony. A hike along the coast and explanations from the experts on the biology of the colony and the geology of the island promise to provide fascinating insights. You will learn about the work of modern polar researchers on the South Orkney Islands, where, weather permitting, you will visit the oldest permanently inhabited research station in the Antarctic, the Argentinian Orcadas station (subject to authorisation). And with a little luck, you will see majestic icebergs off Signy Island.
South Georgia – realm of the king penguins
Flexible, spontaneous and impressive: the Zodiacs are used several times a day to enable expeditionary experiences and wildlife sightings that take your breath away. Take standing in front of a gigantic colony of king penguins, for example. Hundreds of thousands of these animals populate the slopes and coasts of the island. During spectacular landings over three intensive days, including in Salisbury Plain and Gold Harbour, you will encounter fur seals and sedate elephant seals on the beaches along the craggy coastline, while black-browed albatrosses and giant petrels make their nests in among the rocks. Renowned experts, including biologists, geologists and glaciologists, will accompany you and add new dimensions to your unique natural experiences by revealing surprising details. Or they will bring to life the pioneering days of Antarctic research: In the former Grytviken whaling station, you will visit the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton and remember the heroic efforts with which this man once rescued his team.
A little bit of England on the Falkland Islands
Victorian houses in the middle of the South Atlantic – visit British territory on a trip to Stanley. Take a natural history tour along the coast with the experts or visit the world’s southernmost Anglican church. A picturesque final act that emphasises the diverse experiences of this unique expedition. You will look back on these wonderlands with pleasure.
A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition to the Arctic. 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.
Following programmes we offer in German:
PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: IGUACU
A biology specialist in the team of experts
For over 20 years, Sylvia Stevens, an animal photographer and conservationist, has been accompanying expeditions to the Antarctic. She will enthuse you with facts about how animals live in these remote regions as she recounts her experiences in presentations and as part of excursions.