In 2022, our global team will gather in Ushuaia, Argentina for three days of pre-expedition activities amongst the Andes, connecting students and staff. The team will then set sail for 13 days through the Beagle Channel, Drake Passage and South Shetland Islands before reaching Antarctica.
We have designed this experience to drive home the key messages that participants will take back to their countries— messages that emphasize the urgent need to address climate change and protect the health of the Global Ocean, and the critical need for global collaboration to make this possible. The days spent journeying through the Beagle Channel and Drake Passage will be filled with presentations, workshops, field-course meetings and Zodiac cruises or landings (conditions permitting). With nearly 24-hour daylight in Antarctica, we will be able to make the most of our time there for wildlife viewing, research, workshops, hikes, and, of course, leadership, team-building activities, media training and outreach activities—all core components of this expedition.
Highlights of our visit to the Antarctic peninsula will include:
- King George Island, the international research hub in Antarctica and home to 13 international research bases;
- The Danger Islands, home to one of the world’s largest penguin colonies;
- The Koerner Pillow ice cap on the Wauwerman Islands.
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.