Antarctica Itinerary with Oceanwide Expeditions.
As you already know if you follow along here regularly, I’ve just gotten to Sydney today. In one week I’ll be packing up again and heading off to Auckland to road trip around New Zealand for a couple of weeks making my way down to the far south to catch the ship in Bluff, NZ to Antarctica.
Today I’m going to give you an outline of what all is on the Antarctica Itinerary for my upcoming cruise with Oceanwide Expeditions.
*I have a business relationship with Oceanwide Expeditions and will travel onboard the M/V Ortelius sailing South to the Ross Sea and Antarctica as an independent press & media representative. Follow my travel blog as I visit the Ross Sea & Antarctica.
Day 1: Embark in Bluff, NZ. (Feb 15)
Hop on the expedition shop, the Ortelius M/V in the later afternoon.
Day 2: A day at sea. (Feb. 16)
Making way to Campbell Island.
Day 3: Campbell Island. (Feb. 17)
Campbell Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is part of NZ. Known for it’s flora & fauna as well as its Southern Albatross. Eastern Rockhopper, Erect-Crested and Yellow-Eyed Penguins all breed on the island and populations of Elephant Seals, Fur Seals and Sea Lions have made recoveries after being hunted to near extinction.
Day 4, 5, 6, 7, 8: 5 days at sea. (Feb. 18-22)
These days will be spent sailing towards the entrance to the Ross Sea. Weather dependent, there will be a stop at Scott Island should the seas and skies behave. There are naturalist lectures, photography workshops and more on these expedition cruises, so I’m hoping to get in on some of these while cast away at sea here..
Day 9: Cape Adare. (Feb. 23)
Here we hope to see a colony of moulting Adelie Penguins that live around the Borchgrevink Hut.
Day 10, 11: Ross Sea. (feb. 24-25)
Here we will continue to sail south through the Ross Sea. Depending on weather, sea and ice conditions stops will be attempted at Cape Hallet, Terra Nova Bay, The Drygalski Tongue and The Mario Zucchelli Station.
Day 12, 13, 14, 15, 16: 5 Days in the Ross Sea. (Feb. 16-Mar. 1).
Hopefully if weather allows we will make a stop at Ross Island where you stand below the towering Mount Erebus, Mount Terror and Mount Byrd. There are also intended stops at Cape Evans, McMurdo & Scott Bases, to hike Castle Rock, and to hike Taylor & McMurdo Dry Valleys.
Day 17: Sailing the Ross Ice Shelf. (Mar. 2)
We’ll continue east along the world’s biggest ice shelf.
Day 18: Helicopter landing on Ross Ice Shelf. (Mar. 3).
If conditions allow for it we’ll try to land on the Ice Shelf to explore it.
Day 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24: 6 Days Sailing along the Amundsen Sea. (Mar. 4-9).
Along here we’ll be sailing along the ice and on the look out for Emperor Penguins, as well as all eyes on the sea looking for Minke Whales, Orcas, and Fulmarine Petrels.
Day 25: Peter I Island. (Mar. 10).
If weather behaves a helicopter landing here is in order. This rarely visited island is claimed by Norway and is located in the Bellingshausen Sea. The island is volcanic and completely uninhabited.
Day 26-27: Sailing the Bellingshausen Sea. (Mar. 11-12).
Sailing along the sea looking out for wildlife.
Day 28-29 The Antarctic Peninsula. (Mar 13-14).
This will be the first time we’ll technically be able to set foot on the 7th continent. Planned stops are Detail Island, Fish Islands, Prospect Point, Pléneau Island, Peterman Island. We will also get to head through the famous Lemaire Channel and toward Drake Passage. On and along the Antarctica Peninsula we hope to see Adélie Penguins, Blue-eyed Shags, fur seals may, Gentoo Penguins, Kelp Gulls and South Polar Skuas.
Day 30-31: Drake Passage (Mar. 15-16).
We’ll be sailing along the Drake Passage looking out for wildlife and making way toward Ushuaia.
Day 32: Ushuaia (Mar. 17).
The morning of 3/17 I’ll finally step off the ship for good in Argentina’s southernmost city in Tierra Del Fuego.
This is just one of the many expeditions offered by Oceanwide Expeditions.
Visit their website here to start planning. They also do sailings to other parts of Antarctica, The Falklands, South Georgia Island as well as to the Arctic!