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Expedition Itinerary

About the Itinerary

Every day on board our ice-class expedition vessel will be different. Our approach to expedition learning weaves together exciting shore landings, interpretive hikes, research station visits, Zodiac cruises, and ship-based exploration. We will also incorporate presentations, workshops, seminars, small group discussion and research activities into the education program. Time for personal reflection is important and each day will allow for personal time to soak up some of the most spectacular and inspiring scenery on Earth.

Our Antarctic itinerary is always subject to change due to weather and ice conditions. It is rare that we ever follow an itinerary exactly as planned. One of the mottos of polar expedition travel is “Flexibility is the Key”. We take advantage of all opportunities that present themselves, while at the same time respecting the power of the Antarctic environment. Educators will collaborate with the Students on Ice management team to ensure that locations of interest are included in the itinerary. With these points in mind, here is an outline of our exciting itinerary:

 

Expedition Itinerary

Our Antarctic expedition will begin in Ushuaia, Argentina, with two days of pre-expedition educational activities including exploration of the southern Patagonian Andes! In the afternoon of December 30, we will board our floating home, the specially designed ice-class M/V USHUAIA expedition vessel and set sail for Antarctica!

December 26, 2013
Toronto
Many members of our Toronto group will be meeting today to get ready to take our group flight to Miami the next morning.

December 27, 2013

Miami – Buenos Aires

Our Toronto group will fly to Miami to meet to meet fellow expeditioners. Together, we will board our group flight to Buenos Aires.
December 28, 2013
Buenos Aires – Ushuaia
Arriving in Buenos Aires first thing, we will pick up a few more students and staff members before boarding our last flight south to Ushuaia. Located on the shores of the Beagle Channel, this beautiful region is home to mountains, forests and glaciers. Upon arrival, expeditioners will check into our hotel Los Yamanas and have a chance to shower, change and rest. We will also meet with the rest of our team here. In the evening, we will have our first Expedition Briefing at the hotel and discuss our adventure ahead.
December 29, 2013
Ushuaia, Argentina
Our expedition program begins with a combination of educational presentations, workshops and field-course meetings that will help us to prepare for the journey ahead. That evening, students and staff will enjoy a traditional Asado dinner along with a few special presentations.
December 30, 2013
Ushuaia and Beagle Channel

The morning will be spent hiking to Laguna Esmeralda, a stunning lake in Tierra del Fuego backcountry. After stretching our legs, we will board our expedition vessel the M/V Ushuaia at the dock in Ushuaia.

Once settled into our cabins we will make our way out to the deck to cast off the lines, raise the Students on Ice flag and set sail down the Beagle Channel towards the Drake Passage. Our shipboard journey to Antarctica begins!

This evening, we will enjoy our first meal together aboard the M/V Ushuaia, participate in a mandatory emergency drill, share our excitement and be on the look out for the Southern Cross.

December 31, 2013
Drake Passage
Today we will spend the day at sea sailing across the infamous Drake Passage towards Antarctica. Our shipboard education program kicks off and there will be an important briefing on Antarctic visitor guidelines. Be sure to get out on deck in search of whales and seabirds, including the mighty
Wandering Albatross! We will also ring in the New Year together with some very special guests.
January 1, 2014
Drake Passage
and South Shetland Islands
We cross the Antarctic convergence during our second day at sea. Our shipboard education program continues and well be instructed on Zodiac safety and landing procedures. Depending on weather conditions and the speed of our Drake Passage crossing, we may attempt our first landing in
the South Shetland Islands.
January 2, 2014
Antarctica
Our first full day in Antarctica! Almost 24-hour daylight will allow us take full advantage of our days here. All expedition landings and the overall expedition ship schedule will be planned closer to the expedition. Possible landing sites today include Brown Bluff and a visit to the Argentine Station
Esperanza. Thousands of Adélie and Gentoo penguins and their chicks await us at these sites, and we’ll be in excellent whale watching territory.
January 3, 2014
Antarctica
Today we’ll have a full day for exploring and making landings along the Antarctic Peninsula. If weather conditions permit, we’ll attempt Zodiac landings and cruises on and around Deception Island. This horseshoe shaped dormant volcano is also home to a giant Chinstrap penguin colony
and an abandoned whaling station.
January 4, 2014
Antarctica
Today we’ll have another full day of Zodiac landings, cruises and educational activities. We hope to make visits to Danco Island, Neko Harbour and Goudier Island. At Neko Harbour, we’ll be able to hike up onto a small icecap for an incredible view of Andvord Bay and some ice-coring research activities. We may be able to visit Port Lockroy’s United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust museum and post office, examining whale bones and observing Cormorants at Jougla Point.
January 5, 2014
Antarctica
Today is another full day of landings and educational activities. By now the beauty and wonder of Antarctica will have cast its spell over us. We hope to try and explore Yalour and Pleneau Islands, and also visit the Ukrainian station Vernadsky, one of the most interesting and active scientific research bases in Antarctica.
January 6, 2014
Antarctica
Our final full day in Antarctica will be spent exploring areas around Skontorp Cove, Cuverville Island and the Melchior Islands. More workshops in the field and landings are planned. This evening we bid farewell to Antarctica and begin our journey back to South America.
January 7, 2014
Drake Passage
We spend the day at sea reflecting on the experiences and adventures behind us. Our shipboard education program continues with a variety of presentations, workshops and activities.
January 8, 2014
Drake Passage and Beagle Channel
Our shipboard education program wraps up. Weather conditions permitting, we’ll sail around famous Cape Horn! This evening we arrive back to the Beagle Channel. Tonight we celebrate our expedition with a farewell dinner and special presentations.
January 9, 2014
Ushuaia, Argentina
This morning, we arrive back in Ushuaia. Upon disembarking our ship and saying goodbye to the crew, we will have some time to explore Ushuaia before boarding our return flights home.
January 10, 2014
Students arrive home to their respective countries and home universities.

 

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