Arrive in Ushuaia, located on the southernmost coast of Argentina. A representative will be waiting to meet you and assist with your transfer to a downtown hotel. Relax this evening in your comfortable accommodation and soak up the surrounding scenery as you prepare for an unforgettable Antarctic adventure.
Enjoy an exciting day exploring Ushuaia. This half-day city tour stops in at The Mission, Brown and Solier neighbourhoods to see the old houses belonging to the early settlers in Tierra del Fuego (the ‘fire land’). Later, discover the striking Martial Glacier on a panoramic chair-lift ride. Capture amazing images of the Beagle channel from above before coming face-to-face with this enormous glacier. Afterwards, learn about local history at The End of the World Museum and transfer to your luxury vessel – the Greg Mortimer.
Today, we begin to cross the Drake Passage on our way to the South Shetlands Islands. This enormous expanse of water is over 1,000 kilometres wide and connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. As such, it is home to a vast array of Antarctic wildlife including whale, dolphin and wandering albatross. This is the perfect opportunity to head to the observation deck with a member of your expedition for an engaging talk about the biodiversity in this region. Unwind this evening in your comfortable cabin and perhaps indulge in a massage at the wellness centre.
As we approach the tip of the South Shetland Islands this morning, an excited atmosphere begins to build onboard. Head to the bridge to catch your first glimpse of a mighty iceberg. Watch the landscape transform in front of your eyes as we move below the Antarctic Convergence and cruise among these enormous ice sculptures. Weather permitting, disembark this afternoon for an exciting exploration of this tranquil icy wilderness.
During the next five days, the Antarctic Peninsula invites you to explore. As we cruise the gleaming waters, look out for seabirds swooping in the skies above and marine mammals leaping through the waves. Your expert expedition team curate a bespoke itinerary of exciting Zodiac excursions, designed to make the most of your time here. Depending on weather conditions, these could include protected bays, wildlife-rich islands and the stunning Lemaire Channel. With 18-20 hours of daylight, days of discovery don’t have to end as evening approaches.
Conditions permitting, this morning we set sail for Elephant Island, a partially submerged mountain cloaked with a sheet of ice. Located at the very outer limits of the South Shetland Islands, this island has a fascinating history. After 16 months lost at sea following the destruction of their ship, explorer Ernest Shackleton and his men finally arrived here. Imagine what it must have been like for them as we cruise past Cape Valentine where they first set foot ashore to Point Wild where they eventually made a camp.
According to NASA, the optimum position to experience the solar eclipse is the Weddell Sea. Although the eclipse is also visible from South Africa and the South Atlantic, only in Antarctica can you see a total solar eclipse. It is expected at 07.34 Terrestrial Dynamical Time on 4 December 2021. Last time, the ship was positioned ideally for witnessing this natural wonder. Now, all that remains is to sit back and admire the view. Your expedition team are on-hand to share their expert knowledge of this fascinating phenomenon.
On our way to South Georgia we’ll cross the Scotia Sea, following the route that explorer Ernest Shackleton and his men took to search for the rest of their crew. Imagine what life was like for them over a hundred years ago as you look out over the ice from the comfort of the Greg Mortimer. Catch a glimpse of resident wildlife including seal, whale and nearly 100 different species of fish. Learn about these animals and the challenges they face to survive in the icy wilderness.
Spend the next few days exploring beautiful South Georgia. Savour stunning scenery, head out in search of rare wildlife and set off onshore for exciting excursions. Depending on weather conditions, we may visit Grytviken, Shackleton’s final resting place, or explore the Salisbury Plains to witness vast colonies of king penguin. History-lovers will also enjoy discovering Fortuna Bay where Shackleton and his men descended from enormous glaciers in their attempts to reach Stromness whaling station. As we cruise the waters, capture incredible photos to share with loved ones upon your return.
As we head for the Falkland Islands, observe abundant sea birds from the observation deck. Look out for kittiwake, razorbill and Pomarine jaeger. As the on-board lecture series continues, enjoy engaging discussions about the history, geology and biodiversity of the region. Take some time to relax on-board – perhaps over cocktails in the lounge or with an indulgent massage in the wellness centre. The Greg Mortimer is the perfect place to unwind and prepare for the excitement ahead.
This magnificent archipelago is comprised of over 700 islands. It is located 477 kilometres east of southern Argentina. Only seven of the islands have human inhabitants and the rest provide a habitat to varied wildlife including whale, sea lion and Patagonian grey fox. It is also a haven for seabirds – look out for them in the skies above. In total, over 219 seabird species have been recorded in these chilly waters. Today, explore the town of Stanley and visit Sealion Island Nature Reserve to discover the ground-breaking conservation underway there.
Savour your final day on the water by making the most of the Greg Mortimer before you disembark tomorrow in Ushuaia. Soak in the Antarctic serenity as you unwind onboard with family and friends. Hit the gym to stretch your legs, head up to the observation deck for some wildlife-spotting or enjoy your luxurious accommodation as you reflect on your experiences. Attend another fascinating talk before your on-board lecture series comes to a close or work with an expedition expert to begin editing your amazing holiday snaps.
Today, we make our return journey to Ushuaia. Enjoy a hearty breakfast before disembarking at around 8.00. Wave a fond farewell to newfound friends and your expert expedition team as you leave the Greg Mortimer with memories you’ll treasure forever. Enjoy a complimentary transfer to either downtown Ushuaia or the airport. From here, continue with the next leg of your journey or meet with your international flight home.