This trip is an excellent introduction to the Great White Continent, offering various landings on the islands and on the mainland. During these sailing days in the Antarctic Peninsula, we will visit many sites including The South Shetland Islands, Half Moon Island, Livingstone ... These are the places popular with penguin colonies, seals and elephant seals. Deception Island, this caldera where the still active volcano shelters on its flanks a colony of several hundreds of thousands of chinstrap penguins. Visit the remains of the whaling base. It was also from this island that several exploratory flights departed to the South Pole. Danco Islands, Cuverville. Beautiful landscapes of glaciers and penguin colonies. In this region, the navigations between the ice cliffs and the frost-cut mountains give among the most impressive landscapes. Pettermann Island: Captain Charcot wintered there with his crew in 1903-1905 and 1907-1908. He mapped the area there. Port Neko and Paradise Bay: these landings on the continent will bring us closer to the large ice caps and cliffs that flow from the summits seracs and towers. Spectacular sailing in the Neumayer and Lemaire Straits encased between the impressive peaks and glaciers. Visit of scientific bases. For miles, the coast is only ice cliffs. These waters are also known for their populations of orcas, whales and seals, including the leopard seal, the predator of penguins. Further south, mountains and sea ice marry in infinite horizons and fascinating panoramas of beauty. The journey is rich with animals and alpine peaks, and near the scientific station Vernadsky, if weather allows, we may cross the Antarctic Polar Circle by 66 ° 33 South. This region is also famous for the presence of large tabular icebergs. "Flexibility" is the key word of such a trip, we will explore and land based on weather and sea ice conditions.
A family atmosphere thanks to the small size of the group (12 passengers only). Antarctica has a real fascination, it is the continent of the extreme, covered with 99% of ice and populated with millions of penguins. It is famous for its sumptuous landscapes and its gigantic dimensions: some icebergs measure several hundreds of km², the highest peaks exceed 5,000 meters of altitude ...
*** Please consider the actual number of days in Antarctica may vary depending on weather conditions. ***
About the Hans Hansson:
Hans Hansson has a long history. Built-in 1960 in Norway for the Sea Rescue Association, she sailed 25 years in the North, providing assistance to 704 boats and saving 106 lives. For another 10 years, she will rescue 243 boats and save 55 people. In 1998, it was acquired by a private owner who expanded his superstructure and turned her into a very comfortable boat. In 2005, it underwent a profound transformation, to bring her up to the "SOLAS" standards.
The boat has a length of 26.5 meters, a width of 7.1 for a draft of 3.4 meters. The hull is reinforced for ice and aluminium superstructure. Its cruising speed is 8.5 knots.
Access to the outer decks and the bridge is free whenever the vessel is not under mooring operations. The boat has a wide outer forward and aft decks for observation.
The crew consist of a Captain, an Expedition Leader, a First Mate, a Chief Engineer and a Chef.