On board MS HANSEATIC from Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires

Antarctica expedition - set course for ice-blue fascination

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Follow in the footsteps of legendary polar researchers, who achieved real heroics in bizarre landscapes. Surrounded by massive glaciers and icebergs, experience an entirely individual adventure. On numerous excursions and Zodiac landings you will become an explorer of a fascinating world, in which whales, elephant seals and vast colonies of penguins grant you unforgettable moments.


from Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires

Cruise dates:from 23.11.2014 to 15.12.2014 (23 days)
Your ship: MS HANSEATIC
Cruise number: HAN1421

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

Itinerary

Sun, 23.11.2014

Scheduled flight Germany – Buenos Aires

Mon, 24.11.2014

City tour, overnight stay with breakfast

Tue, 25.11.2014

Charter flight to Ushuaia/Argentina, departure 22.00 hrs

Wed, 26.11.2014

Relaxation at sea

Thu, 27.11.2014
- Fri, 28.11.2014

Falkland Islands ?

Fascinating bird paradise of the Falkland Islands 
The Zodiac fleet will be launched for the first time to head into the Falkland Islands. On multiple landings, experts accompany you on walking tours through the dwarf shrubs and grasses, which are typical of the islands. Marvel at the head-high tussock grass and the diverse species of the bird kingdom: rockhopper and Magellanic penguins welcome you, and there is also the chance of seeing black-bellied storm petrels, silver teals, albatrosses or peregrine falcons. In Stanley, the small island capital with a British atmosphere greets you.

Sat, 29.11.2014
- Sun, 30.11.2014

Relaxation at sea

Mon, 01.12.2014
- Wed, 03.12.2014

South Georgia ??

South Georgia – in the kingdom of the king penguins
Flexible, spontaneous, impressive: the Zodiacs are used several times a day to make it possible for you to enjoy breathtaking expedition experiences and wildlife observation. For instance, when you come upon a vast colony of king penguins. Thousands upon thousands of these animals populate the slopes and the shores of the island. On sensational landings on three intensive days, including in Salisbury Plain and Gold Harbour, you will also encounter fur and elephant seals on the beaches of the rugged coasts, whilst the black-browed albatrosses and giant petrels nest in the rocks. Renowned experts, including biologists, geologists and glaciologists, accompany you and intensify the unique experiences in nature with surprising details. Or bring the pioneering days of Antarctic research to life: in the former whaling station Grytviken, visit the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton and remember the heroic efforts with which this man once saved his team.

Thu, 04.12.2014

Relaxation at sea

Fri, 05.12.2014
- Wed, 10.12.2014

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

Thrilling moments in ice: South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula
Where the weather and ice dictates the route, only a true expedition ship like the HANSEATIC guarantees the full Antarctic experience: small, agile and, thanks to the highest ice class for passenger ships, able to travel through drift ice and pack ice. Relentlessly, the ship breaks its way through towards the Antarctic Peninsula. Experience magical moments when the Zodiacs take you – for instance, on Paulet Island in the Weddell Sea – close to thousands of Adelie penguins. Or when cruising in the Antarctic Sound, where mighty table icebergs drift silently through the water. Every day on board is in the spirit of bold pioneers such as Otto Nordenskjöld, who once explored this remote region at great hardship. With their long-standing experience in the polar regions of the world, the captain, crew and adept experts in various specialist areas will enable you to enjoy expedition experiences that you will never forget. These include the opportunity to bathe in hot springs in the black lava beaches of Deception Island, or marvel at the wonders of Paradise Bay: on the Zodiacs, you will pass shimmering icebergs towards majestic, towering glaciers, whose tips blaze a brilliant blue. If the ice and weather conditions permit a landing, you will have the chance to set foot on the Antarctic mainland – a particularly grand moment of your expedition. Further south, you travel through the narrow Lemaire Channel: sensational peaks on both sides make this waterway one of the most beautiful ship passages in the world.

In the PENOLA STRAIT, the excitement on board increases once again: how far can the HANSEATIC advance southwards? A question that can only be answered on board. But you are certain to enjoy the full beauty of this Antarctic world of wonder on final landings with the Zodiacs between large colonies of Adelie and chinstrap penguins. Travelling through the NEUMAYER CHANNEL reveals even more fantastic glacier panoramas. Amidst icebergs as high as a house, it is easy to be amazed – and even harder to bid farewell.

Thu, 11.12.2014
- Fri, 12.12.2014

Travelling through the Drake Passage

Sat, 13.12.2014

Ushuaia/Argentina, arrival 6.00 hrs
charter flight to Buenos Aires
overnight stay with breakfast

Sun, 14.12.2014

Scheduled flight Buenos Aires – Germany

Mon, 15.12.2014

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 the weather and ice conditions.

= at anchor

Geology specialist in the expert team

Even during her studies, the calving glaciers at both poles of the globe piqued the interest of Heike Fries.

The earth scientist has spent her summers and winters here since 2001.

She is able to convey her passion for the glaciers and icebergs of the

Antarctic in presentations on board and trips ashore.