Go where few have gone on a yacht-style Antarctica expedition. Experience intimate connections with fellow explorers and the environment in this remarkable destination. Choose from our two small ships above, including World Traveller, sailing her inaugural season.
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EXPLORING TIERRA DEL FUEGO NATIONAL PARK
PRE-EXPEDITION FREE CULTURAL IMMERSION DURATION: 4 HOURS
Before embarking on an exhilarating expedition to Antarctica, immerse into the southernmost national park, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) park. Situated amid the famous Patagonia region, scenic landscapes and incredible wildlife abound.
HIKING – Follow the Hito XXIV Trail along the shores of Lago Roca, reaching Milestone 24 demarking where Argentina and Chile meet. Or take the shorter path of Sendero Paseo de la Isla Trail around the small fjord of Lapataia Bay, abundant in geese, diving petrels, ducks and black-browed albatrosses. Senda Costera (the Coastal Path) is another hiking option that takes you through scenic views of the Beagle Channel, first discovered on an expedition that included the famous naturalist Charles Darwin. For more advanced hikers, the Cerro Guanaco Trail is the longest in the park and offers a challenging but rewarding path, ending on a panoramic view of the Beagle Channel and Darwin Mountains.
THE END OF THE WORLD TRAIN – Standing as the world’s southernmost functioning railway line, the End of the World Train (El Tren del Fin del Mundo) is one of the most unique ways to journey through Tierra del Fuego’s natural beauty. It’s also one of the best ways to engage with Ushuaia’s history, as it is the former transport for inmates being taken to a remote island turned penal colony in the early 20th century. Transporting you through the Pico Valley, you’ll make stops along the way at Cascada de la Macarena station – where you learn about the indigenous Yámana people and see wondrous waterfalls – into mountains and subpolar forests. The train ride also runs through awe- inspiring sights like Puente Quemado (the Burned Bridge) and Laguna Negra (the Black Lagoon) near the peat bog.
PATAGONIA WILDLIFE – From the Magellanic woodpeckers of the forests to the penguin colony of Martillo Island, Tierra del Fuego National Park offers nature lovers a delightful slice of Patagonia wildlife. The region is home to at least 50 bird species, including the austral parakeet and Andean condor. Eagles can sometimes be seen soaring over the Beagle Channel. Mammals such as the guanaco, red foxes, muskrat and even small South American camel have been seen wandering the landscapes of the park.
ANTARCTIC CIRCLE CROSSING
As you make the voyage across the Antarctic Circle at the 66th parallel, you join the Order of the Red Nose, the select few who navigate deep into the frontier of The White Continent to make the crossing. It is a feeling of triumph that cannot be beat.
Nicknamed The White Continent for its vast expanse of icebergs, snow and glaciers, Antarctica is often the final frontier for experienced explorers to conquer. As you navigate Antarctic waters, you may set foot on sites like Beak Island, Brown Bluff, Cierva Cove, Hidden Bay and many more. Each landing throughout the continent offers its own unique landscape, from expansive tundra to rugged mountain peaks, all beckoning you to follow the paths that few explorers have trekked before.
Amid the Falkland Islands, also known as the Islas Malvinas, you’re sure to find a variety of wildlife like Magellanic penguins, sea lions, elephant seals and dolphins. As the connecting destination between the Seventh Continent and South America, you will find less ice and snow and more sandy beaches. It’s where the fauna and flora of both frozen and tropical ecosystems come together to create an altogether unique environment that piques your curiosity. Among the notable stops in this archipelago is Port Stanley, a destination with a big, local personality despite its small size. Other possible stops include Carcass Island, New Island, West Point and Prion Islands.
SOUTH GEORGIA AND THE SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS
From the extraordinary wildlife found in Gold Harbor, such as elephant seals and hundreds of Gentoo penguins, to the lush scenescapes of Stromness Bay, Salisbury Plain and Cooper Bay, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands offer diverse environments that invite you to discover the world anew. Fields of tussock grass and rugged cliffs offer the perfect hiking grounds to get your blood pumping and be rewarded with impossible views. They’re also ideal locations to bird watch and find the many species of Antarctica, such as the graceful albatross as it glides through the sky.
SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS
Part of the greater Antarctica region, the South Shetland Islands contain plenty of wildlife, scenic landscapes, hiking opportunities and magnificent viewpoints that inspire a sense of discovering another world. A possible landing on Elephant Island, named for the shape of its cliffside and the elephant seals that call it home, puts you on the same path as the famous Shackleton Expedition. Deception Island, another possible landing and named for its very nature, is in fact a volcanic caldera where you can find heated springs amid the striking black sands. Other stops could include Half Moon Island, Yankee Harbor, Point Wild and Barrientos Island, where you can find plenty of Gentoo penguin rookeries.
CAPTAIN’S CHOICE – Captain’s Choice ports of call add to the sense of adventure and an element of surprise. Your ship’s captain takes you to the best areas for wildlife viewing and expertly navigates to remote and hidden landings for a more intimate destination immersion.