This expedition begins on the southern coastline of Tierra del Fuego and overlooking the Beagle Channel, in Ushuaia, Argentina. You will have a full day to unwind and explore the surroundings before boarding the expedition vessel MS Seaventure. The legendary journey across the Drake Passage follows, before sighting and accessing the bays of the South Shetland islands.
The expedition will move amongst the islands, exploring picturesque bays and historical harbours, manoeuvring through majestic channels as we travel the wildlife-rich waters.
Using zodiacs we’ll make landfall at points of interest and stop and explore several active scientific bases, as we view and photograph the birdlife, numerous species of penguins, seals and whales along the rugged coastline.
Our return journey takes us back across the Drake Passage and to Ushuaia to connect with our homeward or onward journey.
The March period during which we’ll lead this expedition is prime hunting time for Orca’s and leopard seals as the newborn penguins and seal pups enter the waters for the first time. These predators are regularly sighted as they patrol the coast in search of their prey.
March also offers excellent opportunities for landing sites on the ice shelf, places that were mostly inaccessible earlier in the season due to ice blocking the routes.
For keen photographers March is amongst the best time to visit Antarctica, offering perhaps the best sunrises and sunsets of the season. As the sun comes down and lowers its angle, it provides an amazing canvas for marvellous photos of the landscapes and ice bergs which reflect an array of colours.