Antarctic Circle Crossing Cruise | One Ocean Expeditions

Antarctica Quest for the Antarctic Circle 12 nights

Cross the circle and enjoy more time exploring the Antarctic Peninsula.

Utilizing our decades of experience, we have designed a voyage allowing us to reach our objective of the Antarctic Circle in just 13 days. On the way south, we enjoy eight days of off-ship exploration visiting a large number of landing sites and cruising among the ice floes in our Zodiac boats, before reaching the Antarctic Circle in the vicinity of Detaille Island.

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Arctic Circle map of One Ocean Expeditions Quest for the Antarctic Circle trip.
Antarctic wildlife identification on an adventure tour along the Antarctic peninsula with One Ocean Expeditions. Photo: Ira Meyer
Wildlife viewing on an Antarctic travel expedition with One Ocean Expeditions. Photo: Ira Meyer

Quest for the Antarctic Circle

Starting Rate: US$15,095.00+

Number of Nights: 12

Departs from: SANTIAGO

Returns to: PUNTA ARENAS

NEW for 2020/2021 Antarctic season - pre-voyage hotel night and private air charters included.

Experiences:

    Education
    Wildlife Viewing
    Zodiac Cruising
    Photography
    Hiking
    Sea Kayaking
    Camping
    History
    Ornithology
    Health & Wellness
    Family

Available Dates:

2021
January 6 - 18 RCGS Resolute Download Trip Notes

Day by Day: What you can experience: Quest for the Antarctic Circle

NEW for 2020/2021 Antarctic season - please check trip notes for information on your pre-voyage hotel night and private air charter flight, now included in the voyage fare for the Antarctic 2020/2021 season.

Please note this is a SAMPLE ITINERARY and subject to change. Reference the full trip notes for your chosen departure details



Day 1

Santiago, Chile

Once you’ve arrived in Santiago, the cultural centre of Chile, make your way to our signature hotel for an included pre-voyage stay. This evening, ...

Once you’ve arrived in Santiago, the cultural centre of Chile, make your way to our signature hotel for an included pre-voyage stay. This evening, we encourage you to visit the welcome desk set up in the lobby of the hotel to check in with the One Ocean Expeditions' representative and to collect luggage tags for your voyage.




Day 2

Stanley, Falkland Islands

We depart Santiago this morning on our special charter flight direct to Stanley, the small capital of the Falkland Islands. We are met on arrival a...

We depart Santiago this morning on our special charter flight direct to Stanley, the small capital of the Falkland Islands. We are met on arrival and transfer from the airport into town. There is time to explore the town or enjoy a guided visit to nearby Gypsy Cove which provides our first opportunity for observing the local wildlife, including nesting Magellanic penguins and other sea birds. Making our way to the port, we board our expedition ship, RCGS Resolute in the afternoon.




Days 3 - 4

At Sea - Towards Antarctica

We chart a southerly course for Antarctica. This stretch of the South Atlantic is rich in its bio-diversity and showcases an abundance of wildlife....

We chart a southerly course for Antarctica. This stretch of the South Atlantic is rich in its bio-diversity and showcases an abundance of wildlife. We will be joined by hundreds of seabirds including the wandering albatross. Giant petrels and smaller Cape petrels are also constant companions as we make our way south. Photographing these magnificent birds takes patience and skill and our photography expert will be on hand to show you the best techniques. Join the ship’s Captain on the bridge and learn about the operations of our modern research vessel.




Days 5 - 6

King George Island & the Antarctic Peninsula

This morning we are in position at King George Island – the largest in the South Shetlands group. There are two landing sites here and a visit depe...

This morning we are in position at King George Island – the largest in the South Shetlands group. There are two landing sites here and a visit depends on the prevailing weather conditions. Penguin Island and nearby Turret Point offer good opportunities for shore landings to view Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins. Southern giant petrels, kelp gulls and Antarctic terns are also known to nest here. This afternoon we continue our journey south, navigating into the broad expanse of the Bransfield Straight – making our way ever closer to the Antarctic coastline.




Days 7 - 9

Towards the Antarctic Circle

We encourage you to spend time on the outer decks soaking up the scenery as we navigate further south. We pass through the ice-strewn waters making...

We encourage you to spend time on the outer decks soaking up the scenery as we navigate further south. We pass through the ice-strewn waters making our way towards our ultimate objective, the Antarctic Circle. Given favorable ice conditions our first goal will be to sail south of the Antarctic Circle and into Crystal Sound.




Days 10 - 11

Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetlands

We aim to transit the Lemaire Channel on our way north towards Paradise Harbour. For an opportunity to step foot on the continent of Antarctica its...

We aim to transit the Lemaire Channel on our way north towards Paradise Harbour. For an opportunity to step foot on the continent of Antarctica itself. Nearby Neko Harbour offers another continental landing. Both locations offer terrific hiking opportunities up to panoramic viewpoints. For the sea kayakers, the paddling opportunities here are endless. Expect to be in full sensory overload by this time of the voyage. This itinerary includes a complimentary hotel night in Punta Arenas for all guests returning from King George Island at the end of the voyage. This evening is at your leisure.




Day 12

King George Island - Return to South America

This morning we say goodbye to our expedition team and transfer ashore by Zodiac. We walk from the shore landing site past the Chilean research sta...

This morning we say goodbye to our expedition team and transfer ashore by Zodiac. We walk from the shore landing site past the Chilean research station and up towards the airstrip where we board our special charter flight. This flight takes a little over two hours and is included in the price of your voyage. This itinerary includes a complimentary hotel night in Punta Arenas for all guests returning from King George Island at the end of the voyage. This evening is at your leisure.




Day 13

Punta Arenas

After breakfast and check-out, make your own way to the airport for your onward journey. (We recommend you book flights after midday). Otherwise, w...

After breakfast and check-out, make your own way to the airport for your onward journey. (We recommend you book flights after midday). Otherwise, why not continue your exploration of Patagonia.


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Dates and Rates

The following departures are available for this voyage

Quest for the Antarctic Circle
January 6 - 18 2021 12 Nights
RCGS Resolute From: US$15,095.00+
Charter Flights Included
One Ocean Suite




US$20,895.00
Shackleton Suite




US$18,595.00
Superior Plus




US$17,695.00
Superior




US$17,195.00
Twin Private




US$15,995.00
Main Deck Triple




US$15,095.00

All prices are listed in USD. Single supplement: 1.5 for the twin occupancy cabins and 2 for the suites (single supplements not available for the triple share cabins).
Sea Kayaking in Antarctica: USD795
*NEW for 2020/2021 Antarctic season - pre-voyage hotel night and private air charters included.

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