An in depth exploration of the Antarctic region, combining the less visited, more remote, Eastern Weddell Sea side of the Antarctic Peninsula with both the South Shetland Islands and the Falkland Islands
The focus of this voyage is the Weddell Sea - the ice-choked sea made famous by the saga of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men from the Endurance expedition. This area is also the realm of the Emperor penguin and we will spend a few days among the islands of the Weddell Sea’s western shore in search of the Emperor, the largest of the 17 penguin species and the most vividly coloured. Images of massive tabular icebergs and ice-choked waters come to mind when contemplating the Weddell Sea - all sights that we hope to see and experience over the course of our expedition cruise. We will push for Paulet Island, home to one of the Peninsula’s largest penguin rookeries, before heading south to Snow Hill Island, the base for the Heroic Age Nordenskjold expedition and Seymour Island, where scientists are still finding fossils of giant penguins. Our departure from the Weddell Sea will take us north to the Falkland Islands where we hope to see King penguins before disembarking in Port Stanley.