Antarctica Solar Eclipse Voyage on the M/V Sea Spirit

By booking passage on board the ice-strengthened expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit in 2021, you can not only witness incredible scenes of polar wildlife, but also a total solar eclipse. Explore the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula on this remarkable voyage.

Duration
23 Days
Price
When
Nov - Dec 2021
Destination
Antarctica
Type
Small Group Safari
Duration Price When Destination Type
23 Days Nov - Dec 2021 Antarctica Small Group Safari
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About this trip

A voyage to the ends of the earth always makes for a remarkable adventure, but in 2021 you have the chance to embark on a truly once-in-a-lifetime journey. On December 4th, a total solar eclipse will be visible to expedition ships in a portion of the Southern Ocean, between South Georgia and the South Orkney Islands. If the tides are kind, you will be there on board the M/V Sea Spirit to witness the world plunge into darkness as part of an extraordinary celestial event. Couple this with a diverse array of polar wildlife and some of the planet's most remote, pristine and jaw-dropping landscapes, and you have an expedition that you won't want to miss.

 

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Enjoy the dramatic scenery and wildlife of Antarctica.
  • Experience the wildlife paradise of the Falkland Islands.
  • Explore the ‘Serengeti of the South’, the incredible island of South Georgia.
  • Navigate around tabular icebergs in zodiacs.
  • Discover vast penguin rookeries.
  • Watch for whales from the ship’s observation decks.
  • Identify seabirds from the bow of your ship.
  • Cruise by glaciers and into deep fjords.
  • Set foot on the Antarctic continent.
  • Admire the solar eclipse from your vantage point in the Southern Ocean.

A once-in-a-lifetime 23-day safari to witness polar wildlife, extraordinary landscapes and the solar eclipse

from $17,461 per person sharing, excluding international flights

Day by day

Day 1

Nov 20: Arrive Ushuaia

Welcome to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city and the starting point of your expedition. You will be transferred from the airport to your hotel. For the rest of the day you are free to explore this seaside city or spend the day at your leisure.

Day 2

Nov 21: Embark M/V Sea Spirit

Today you will be transferred to the pier and welcomed aboard your luxury expedition ship, the M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your new home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savour the anticipation of your dreams coming true as you start sailing towards a true wilderness where wildlife abounds. Keep a lookout for marine wildlife as you cross the Beagle Channel this evening.

Overnight: M/V Sea Spirit (B, L, D)

Day 3

Nov 22: South Atlantic Ocean

Today the expedition will take you south through the South Atlantic Ocean, towards the Falkland Islands. You will keep a lookout for dolphins and whales, while presentations and workshops will be provided by the expert staff on board. A range of on-board recreation facilities are also provided, to ensure your days at sea are not idly spent.

Overnight: M/V Sea Spirit (B, L, D)

Days 4-6

Nov 23-25: Falkland Islands

The remote and sparsely populated Falkland Islands are a birder's paradise. If weather permits, you will be visiting some of the more isolated outer islands where large colonies of penguins and albatross are easily accessible. The Falklands are also a great place to observe marine mammals. Fur seals and elephant seals can be found on sandy beaches while the waters in and around the archipelago are home to various whale and dolphin species. You will also head to the port of Stanley, the British capital of the Falkland Islands. Here you can visit the museum, cathedral and war memorial, and enjoy some time at leisure.

Overnight: M/V Sea Spirit (B, L, D)

Days 7-8

Nov 26-27: Southern Ocean

From the Falkland Islands you will head east toward South Georgia, passing the remote, seabird-covered pinnacles known as Shag Rocks on the way. In time you will cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean. Briefings, bio-security procedures and lectures from your staff will be prepared prior to your arrival in South Georgia.

Overnight: M/V Sea Spirit (B, L, D)

Days 9-13

Nov 28 - Dec 2: South Georgia

The route the expedition will take and the exploration opportunities in South Georgia are heavily dependent on the weather conditions you will encounter. The experienced captain and expedition leader on board will decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. They will make the most of every safe opportunity to go ashore in this amazing place.

South Georgia is a scenic wilderness and an unrivalled paradise for Subantarctic wildlife-viewing. The islands are said to host upwards of 100 million seabirds, including numerous species of albatross, penguins, prions, petrels and terns. On beaches such as those at Salisbury Plain and St. Andrews Bay, over 100,000 elephant seals and three million fur seals jostle for space among innumerable penguins, including stately king penguins and sprightly macaroni penguins. The bountiful waters surrounding South Georgia are also inhabited by an increasing number of whales.

The historical whaling station of Grytviken is now home to the excellent South Georgia Museum, managed by the South Georgia Heritage Trust. This is also the final resting place of Ernest Shackleton, the legendary polar explorer. Your days in South Georgia will be filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by the ship's experts, and enough incredible scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.

Overnight: M/V Sea Spirit (B, L, D)

Days 14-15

Dec 3-4: Total Solar Eclipse in the Scotia Sea

Departing South Georgia, your captain will navigate the ship into the perfect position for observing the total solar eclipse. This may well bring you within sight of the Weddell Sea pack ice, adding a polar ambience to this amazing celestial event. You will gather on deck on the morning of December 4th to observe the total eclipse in the most pristine wilderness on Earth.

Overnight: M/V Sea Spirit (B, L, D)

Days 16-17

Dec 5-6: Southern Ocean

After your amazing time witnessing the solar eclipse, the expedition will proceed west toward the Antarctic Peninsula. Pelagic seabirds including the majestic wandering albatross are common in these waters, and can readily be viewed from panoramic open decks or from exterior stateroom windows and balconies. Large tabular icebergs may also be viewed drifting from the Weddell Sea.

Overnight: M/V Sea Spirit (B, L, D)

Days 18-20

Dec 7-9: South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and wildlife-viewing opportunities. Ice-strewn bays and channels are surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered in permanent snow and immense glaciers. Waters rich with krill are home to a variety of whale and seal species. The whole area is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large nesting colonies on land.

Your first encounter with Antarctica will likely be Elephant Island, where men from Shackleton’s famous Endurance expedition spent the winter. If conditions allow, you will also visit Deception Island, a flooded but still active volcanic caldera. Antarctica is a true wilderness and is subject to unpredictable weather and ever-changing ice conditions, which dictate our route and exploration opportunities. This is a real expedition where you will exploit every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife-viewing, amazing scenery and exciting zodiac excursions.

Overnight: M/V Sea Spirit (B, L, D)

Days 21-22

Dec 10-11: Drake Passage & Beagle Channel

From Antarctica to the Aitcho Islands, your trip will continue north through the Drake Passage toward South America, always on the lookout for marine mammals and rare seabirds. At a later stage you will enter the famous Beagle Channel between the Argentine and Chilean sides of Tierra del Fuego. This is the time for your end-of-voyage ceremonies, including a slideshow and farewell dinner.

Overnight: M/V Sea Spirit (B, L, D)

Day 23

Dec 12: Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

After breakfast it is time to say farewell in the city of Ushuaia. You will be transferred to the airport or to the town centre if you wish to spend more time here.

TRIP DETAILS

SMALL GROUP SAFARI

This is a small group departure to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula, departing on a single set date in 2021. Please note that optional sea kayaking excursions will incur an additional cost of £690 per person. These excursions are subject to availability and previous kayaking experience is required.

 

 

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Nov 20 - Dec 12 2021

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