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Expedition Cruise to the Antarctic Circle

Learn about Antarctica from someone who’s been there. Quest Nature Tours’ Pete Read recently hosted a webinar with personal photos and stories to share! Watch it now (28 mins.)

Join us to encounter the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula, the largest wilderness area on the planet. Journey all the way to 66 degrees, 33 minutes of latitude, the official position of the Antarctic Circle, to experience the exquisite vastness of the frozen sea and the seemingly endless daylight of the Antarctic high summer.

This exciting new Antarctic expedition maximizes your time exploring. By flying to and from Punta Arenas, Chile at the start and end of the voyage, we experience a full eight days of off-ship exploration along the Antarctic Peninsula.

We will hike amidst stunning landscapes, observe sizable penguin rookeries up close, take Zodiac boats around massive icebergs carved by the wind and water into fantastical shapes, listen to the rumbling of glaciers calving mammoth chunks of ice, and have the chance to camp overnight on the Antarctic continent.

This expedition is on board the exclusively chartered Akademik Sergey Vavilov, our mobile wilderness lodge for this spectacular voyage of discovery. This purpose built vessel is the ideal platform for polar exploration, affording us unique opportunities to chart a course through remote waters. The feel on board is casual, the entertainment is the magnificent Antarctic landscape all around us. Scandinavian built and Canadian operated, this ship was designed to be exceptionally stable, maneuverable, and quiet.

With a maximum of just 86 passengers on board, we have unrestricted access to all landing sites and using 10 Zodiacs, we enjoy explorations in very small groups.

I know that many of our past “Canada’s Northwest Passage Expedition” travellers will enjoy the experience of being back on board a small ship of the Akademik fleet with a stellar roster of Canadian university study leaders, naturalists, historians, and expedition staff and a true expedition feel.

Did you know you have the option to camp overnight in Antarctica? Click here to read Laurielle Penny's blog post about her experience.
Special Offer

Book by July 1, 2017 and save US$500 per person!


Alumni Expeditions Quest Nature Tours Expedition Cruise alumni UBC

Antarctica | 13 days
Alumni Expeditions

Dates:
Feb 09-21, 2018
Cost:
US11195 - 17895
Group Size:
Limited to 86 participants

Includes:
Accommodation for two nights (pre- and post-expedition) in Punta Arenas, based on double occupancy, flight from Punta Arenas to Port Stanley, flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas, accommodation in selected cabin, based on double occupancy, all meals , all excursions and landings, all on board activities, full program of on board presentations by our Study Leaders and expedition staff, port dues and taxes, transfers between hotel and ship in Punta Arenas, complimentary use of “All Weather Gear”: gumboots, waterproof jacket and pants.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Meet in Punta Arenas
Day 2: Fly from Punta Arenas to Port Stanley, Falkland Islands and board the ship
Days 3 - 4: At sea towards Antarctica
Days 5 - 6: King George Island and the Antarctic Peninsula
Days 7 - 9: Toward the Antarctic Circle
Days 10 - 11: Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands
Day 12: King George Island, fly to Punta Arenas
Day 13: Depart Punta Arenas
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Ship Information

We’re sailing on the exclusively chartered M/V Akademik Sergey Vavilov operated by B.C. based One Ocean Expeditions. Built in Rauma, Finland (1988), she is an ice-strengthened, purpose built oceanographic vessel. She is 117metres long and travels up to 14.5 knots/hour with exceptional stability, manoeuvrability, and quiet. Expansive observation decks offer 360° views. With just 86 passengers and 63 crew and staff on board, our vessel is the perfect platform for polar exploration.

Your Tour Leaders

Dr. Kelly Kenison Falkner has devoted her entire career to the Polar regions. She currently serves as Director of the Office of Polar Programs of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S Antarctic Program. During the International Polar Year (2007-08), she founded the Antarctic Integrated System Science Program, which led to having an Antarctic glacier named after her.

A past president of the Ontario Field Ornithologists and retired school principal, Jean Iron is active writing for nature publications and participating in Wildlife Surveys for the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Justin Peter is Quest Nature Tours' Director of Programs and senior naturalist. Justin was most recently the senior naturalist at Ontario’s world-renowned Algonquin Park, where he coordinated the park’s interpretive program and acted as lead howler for the celebrated Public Wolf Howl events.

Pete travels the world on the lookout for amazing landscapes of the most remote kind. A well-known naturalist, Pete brings a special focus on wildlife and wild places to our tours.

Aaron Lawton, alumnus of the University of British Columbia, develops the Polar program for One Ocean Expeditions, bringing a strong commitment to conservation in the Polar Regions. Over the last decade, Aaron has been expedition leader or kayak guide on about a hundred trips to the Canadian Arctic, the Antarctic Peninsula and Svalbard.

Professor Bruno Tremblay, McGill University, is an associate professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. His current research focuses on the presence of sea ice and snow at high latitudes and their effect on global climate and climate change. Bruno will discuss Antarctic ice sheet history and sea ice trends.

Professor Christoph Richer, University of Toronto, is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology whose research focuses on the impact of human activities – such as fishing, whale watching, and oil exploration – on the behaviour of cetaceans. Christoph will discuss topics including animal behaviour, marine mammalogy, and biological diversity.

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You can request a detailed itinerary for this tour or call 1.800.387.1483 or email us with any questions or to reserve your booking!
Special Offer

Book by July 1, 2017 and save US$500 per person!


Alumni Expeditions Quest Nature Tours Expedition Cruise alumni UBC

Antarctica | 13 days
Alumni Expeditions

Dates:
Feb 09-21, 2018
Cost:
US11195 - 17895
Group Size:
Limited to 86 participants

Includes:
Accommodation for two nights (pre- and post-expedition) in Punta Arenas, based on double occupancy, flight from Punta Arenas to Port Stanley, flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas, accommodation in selected cabin, based on double occupancy, all meals , all excursions and landings, all on board activities, full program of on board presentations by our Study Leaders and expedition staff, port dues and taxes, transfers between hotel and ship in Punta Arenas, complimentary use of “All Weather Gear”: gumboots, waterproof jacket and pants.

WHAT THEY SAY:

"Antarctica is otherworldly."

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