Uncharted Antarctica: bespoke expedition

Our 12-passenger small exploration boat Hans Hansson allows us to visit the incredible remote islands of the Antarctic Peninsula that larger vessels simply don’t visit. Fewer passengers mean more intimacy and flexibility when exploring the Antarctic, adventures tailored to meet the expectations of participants, and greater face-time with the crew. Daily landings provide adventures to last a lifetime; enjoy the company of penguins, seabirds, whales and seals in the unparalleled beauty of the pristine waters and calm bays around the Antarctic Peninsula.

Day 1 — Punta Arenas, Chile
The vibrant port city of Punta Arenas is situated at Chile’s southernmost tip, on the north bank of the Strait of Magellan. Once a Chilean penal colony, Punta Arenas now offers attractions and adventure in abundance, including historic sites, museums, Otway Sound and the Penguin Reserve, and activities like skiing, sea kayaking and whale watching. Explore the city by day, then join us for an evening dinner to meet your fellow adventurers.

Day 2 — Fly to King George Island and Embark
The flight across the Drake Passage takes just four hours, shaving precious time off the two days it takes to make the journey by sea for time-constrained passengers. The descent to King George Island provides an excellent view of the continent when skies are clear! You’ll have free time to stretch your legs and take photographs of the island, before boarding our small exploration boat, Hans Hansson. Once you’ve settled into your cabin and partaken in the safety briefing, you’ll enjoy an intimate family style meal with the Captain and officers.

Days 3 to 17 — Cruise Around the Islands of the Antarctic Peninsula
Your cruise adventure around the Islands of the Antarctic Peninsula begins when you board Hans Hansson. Its size allows us to navigate places few vessels can, and with only 12 passengers, shore excursions last longer and can be customized to passenger expectations. As you ply iceberg-laden waters around the Antarctic Peninsula, every direction offers a stunning new vista.
Each day brings morning and afternoon landings, each an adventure filled with possibilities for exploring the flora and fauna of Antarctica. See the Antarctic skua, referred to as a ‘kleptoparasite’ for its penchant to attack other seabirds and steal their food. View breeding colonies of Adélie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins and the krill-rich waters just offshore, which attract a variety of aquatic life including humpback whales. Leopard, Antarctic fur, Weddell and crabeater seals often visit, occasionally catching a ride on an iceberg.
Keep your camera handy in case you spot the southern giant petrel, a seabird that eats everything from krill to carrion, and when threatened responds by spraying oil produced in its stomach at predators.

Day 18 — Disembark and Fly to Punta Arenas
With your intimate Antarctic adventure at an end, you’ll disembark at King George Island and enjoy a comfortable, convenient charter flight to Punta Arenas, Chile. Enjoy local cuisine and explore the city for one more evening, before starting the homeward journey.

Day 19 — Depart Punta Arenas
If you’ve chosen to enjoy Punta Arenas for a few layover days, have a sumptuous breakfast before heading out in the morning to explore. If not staying longer, head to the airport, your suitcase full of souvenirs and your head full of memories. This is one trip you won’t soon forget; the friends you’ve made are sure to be in touch as time passes, to keep fresh the once in a lifetime adventure you shared aboard the Hans Hansson.

INSURANCE:
Travel insurance is mandatory for all expedition cruises, including a medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance. The repatriation/evacuation must be insured at cost, not a maximum amount. In case of a medical problem arising during the voyage, either on board or on shore, which results in costs for medical treatment, evacuation, use of aircraft or repatriation etc. the responsibility for payment of these costs belongs solely to the passenger. It is mandatory for the passenger to ensure that such eventualities are covered by travel insurance (incl. medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance). In any case, if not covered by appropriate travel insurance the responsibility still remains with the passenger and PolarXL and its partners specifically decline any responsibility whatsoever.

Although not mandatory, we strongly recommend taking out a cancellation insurance for your cruise. During the booking on the PolarXL website you can indicate if you want to take out a cancellation insurance through PolarXL. Alternatively, you can decide to take out the insurance yourself at your insurance agency.
The itinerary for all expedition cruises is for guidance only and this also applies to this particular cruise. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board who will keep you informed on possibilities during the cruise. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

Regarding cruises in the Spitsbergen waters: since 2015 ships cruising in the waters around Spitsbergen must have either a local pilot or a two licensed officers on board. In case of a pilot coming on board this will mean the pilot will take control of the ship and the route. In some instances it is necessary for one of the ship’s officers to take the pilot exemption test during a cruise. This will also mean the pilot has control of the ship and the route. In case a pilot takes control of the ship it could mean that the route can partly not be done as described on our website.
This is a local law and neither PolarXL nor its partners can accept any responsibility for changes in the route should this happen.

The species mentioned on our website all regularly occur in the area mentioned. PolarXL can not guarantee you will see a certain number of species or animals, nor can we guarantee which animals you will see. In certain cases you will see fewer animals than indicated, in certain cases you will see more and different animals than indicated.

PLEASE NOTE:
The itinerary for all expedition cruises is for guidance only and this also applies to this particular cruise. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board who will keep you informed on possibilities during the cruise. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

Regarding cruises in the Spitsbergen waters: since 2015 ships cruising in the waters around Spitsbergen must have either a local pilot or a two licensed officers on board. In case of a pilot coming on board this will mean the pilot will take control of the ship and the route. In some instances it is necessary for one of the ship’s officers to take the pilot exemption test during a cruise. This will also mean the pilot has control of the ship and the route. In case a pilot takes control of the ship it could mean that the route can partly not be done as described on our website.
This is a local law and neither PolarXL nor its partners can accept any responsibility for changes in the route should this happen.

The species mentioned on our website all regularly occur in the area mentioned. PolarXL can not guarantee you will see a certain number of species or animals, nor can we guarantee which animals you will see. In certain cases you will see fewer animals than indicated, in certain cases you will see more and different animals than indicated.

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