Antarctic Peninsula cruises, activity-based

“If you love the idea of visiting the Antarctic but don't fancy spending 12 days on a ship, this activity-based expedition gets you out kayaking, snowshoeing and mountaineering.”

Highlights

Beagle Channel | Drake Passage | Whale, dolphin and penguin sightings | Onboard lecture programme | Wiencke Island | Photography class | Lemaire Channel | Petermann Island | Zodiac tours | Research station tour | Optional: easy mountaineering, kayaking around icebergs, snow shoeing, camping

Check dates

2016: 14 Dec, 25 Dec
2017: 3 Mar
Our top tip:
While sea kayaking in Antarctica might sound hardcore, no previous experience is required, and you only need a reasonable level of fitness. So just go for it - it's a once in a lifetime chance!
Trip type:
Small ship expedition cruise.
Activity level:
Moderate. More challenging activities are optional.
Accomm:
11 nights on board the ice-strengthened Plancius, a 116-passenger vessel with en suite cabins.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Single cabins available for a surcharge.
Included:
Accomm., meals, onboard lectures, expedition leader, listed activities,
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Antarctic Peninsula cruises, activity-based

Environment

We promote only responsible travel to Antarctica. In our opinion, well-regulated small ship travel is the only sustainable means of tourism. We are strongly of the opinion that flying to Antarctica is not acceptable as it will quickly lead to unsustainable increases in visitor numbers. Nor do large ships not belong in such a sensitive environment. The small ship crossing of the Drake Passage maintains the White Continent for those dedicated enough to make the crossing.

We are a member of IAATO (the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators). As members of IAATO we are committed to procedures and guidelines that ensure appropriate, safe and environmentally sound travel to the Antarctic. Antarctic Dream is also a full member of IAATO, and like us are totally committed to promoting only responsible small group travel to the Antarctic.

Small groups in Antarctica minimise impact on wildlife. Traveling on a ship of less than 100 passengers is the ideal way to visit the continent, not least because international regulations do not permit more than 100 people ashore at any one time. You must wear boots that we provide on shore at all times. These are cleaned and disinfected by staff before and after all shore visits to ensure that no ‘alien matter’ is transferred onto the shore.

Taking or harmful interference with Antarctic wildlife is prohibited except in accordance with a permit issued by a national authority.
• Do not use aircraft, vessels, small boats, or other means of transport in ways that disturb wildlife, either at sea or on land.
• Do not feed, touch, or handle birds or seals, or approach or photograph them in ways that cause them to alter their behaviour. Special care is needed when animals are breeding or moulting.
• Do not damage plants, for example by walking, driving, or landing on extensive moss beds or lichen-covered scree slopes.
• Keep noise to the minimum to avoid frightening wildlife.
• Do not bring non-native plants or animals into the Antarctic such as live poultry, pet dogs and cats or house plants.

Community

M/V Plancius is a full member of IAATO (International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators) which promotes safe and environmentally responsible travel to the Antarctic. Expert guides and leaders know how best to minimise the impact of any landings and have the most experience of locally working in these extreme and remote conditions.

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