icebird ski antarctica cruise

Ski Antarctica - December

  • Overview
    We shall meet in Ushuaia, at the southern tip of Argentina, and after a day of preparations and packing Icebird, sail past Cape Horn and across the Drake Passage to Antarctica. We shall make landfall near Anvers Island and then start to explore the many coves, islands and fjords along the Antarctic Peninsula. As we explore the Antarctic Peninsula ski ascents will be attempted of multiple peaks. Most ascents will be single-day tours from the yacht, while more remote peaks will require dragging sleds across glaciers to establish a base-camp for a few days. The exact locations will depend on the weather and sea-ice conditions, which vary greatly from year to year. During rest days, or when the weather is not suitable for ski touring, we will be able to take to the sea kayaks to explore more of the coast-line. Sea kayaking is a wonderful way to experience the beauty of the glaciers and ice, and to see the abundant wildlife that Antarctica has to offer.
    Duration: 31 days
    Passengers: 10 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Ushuaia, Argentina
    Disembarkation Point: Ushuaia, Argentina
    Physical rating: Expedition
    Fly/Cruise: Cruise only
    Single Supplement: Unavailable
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Arrive Ushuaia

      Meet team and spend night in cabana/hotel.

      IMPORTANT: Cabin pricing is based off 5 confirmed passengers. Should the expedition confirm with 6 passengers there may be a reduction in the per person costs, at the operator's discretion.

    • Day 2 - Ushuaia

      Prepare equipment and practice glacier crossing and crevasse rescue skills.

    • Day 3 - Ushuaia; Embarkation Day

      Pack Icebird and set sail along the Beagle Channel.

    • Day 4/7 - Drake Passage

      We enter the Drake Passage and head for Antarctica.

    • Day 8/25 - Antarctic Peninsula

      Ski mountaineering along the Antarctic Peninsula.

      We shall make landfall near Anvers Island and then start to explore the many coves, islands and fjords along the Antarctic Peninsula. As we explore the Antarctic Peninsula ski ascents will be attempted of multiple peaks. Most ascents will be single-day tours from the yacht, while more remote peaks will require dragging sleds across glaciers to establish a base-camp for a few days. The exact locations will depend on the weather and sea-ice conditions, which vary greatly from year to year.

      During rest days, or when the weather is not suitable for ski touring, we will be able to take to the sea kayaks to explore more of the coast-line. Sea kayaking is a wonderful way to experience the beauty of the glaciers and ice, and to see the abundant wildlife that Antarctica has to offer.

    • Day 26/29 - Drake Passage

      We sail back across the Drake Passage for Ushuaia

    • Day 30 - Ushuaia; Disembarkation

      Spend night in cabana/hotel.

    • Day 31 - Depart Ushuaia

      Depart Ushuaia when you are ready.

      IMPORTANT: Cabin pricing is based off 5 confirmed passengers. Should the expedition confirm with 6 passengers there may be a reduction in the per person costs, at the operator's discretion.

    Please consider that our voyages are expeditionary in nature. This means, that there are no concrete itineraries, your Captain and Expedition Leader will utilise their vast experience to chart the best course for your expedition depending on the climatic and environmental conditions. Mentioned highlights and wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

  • Highlights & Activities

    Ski Antarctica

    All skiing is on heavily glaciated mountains, above fjords studded with icebergs. Due to the heavily glaciated nature of the terrain we will ascend most mountains roped-up, and will return, un-roped if it is safe to do so, by our route of ascent. While it is unlikely that we will be skiing champagne powder, we will be skiing slopes up to 35° in one of the most spectacular places in the world with truly breathtaking back-drops.

    Included

    Kayaking

    Sea kayaks - great toys for exploring the South Georgia & Antarctic coastline during rest days or when low clouds obscure the mountains.

    Included

    Ski Antarctica

    As we explore the Antarctic Peninsula ski ascents will be attempted of multiple peaks. Most ascents will be single-day tours from the yacht, while more remote peaks will require dragging sleds across glaciers to establish a base-camp for a few days. The exact locations will depend on the weather and sea-ice conditions, which vary greatly from year to year.

    Lemaire Channel – get your camera ready!

    In a continent of stunning views, Lemaire Channel has been called the Kodak Gap. Locked between the rocky vertical cliffs of Booth Island and the continent this one kilometer wide passage is one of the most photographed attractions of Antarctica. You will be glad your camera is digital.

    Penguins

    Taking centre stage on your Antarctic Peninsula expedition, are the Brushtail penguin species. These photogenic and intriguing species include, Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie penguins. The species are in abundance across Peninsula and are always performing.

    On board voyages in our other details you may come across Rockhopper, Macaroni, Magellanic, King and Emperor penguins.

  • Inclusions

    Ushuaia Accomodation

    Enjoy a few nights accomodation in Ushuaia staying in a comfortable cabin.

    Ski Guides

    Your expedition includes highly trained expedition leaders and ski guides. As well group climing equipment, tents and sleds are provided.

    Kayaks

    There are a number of kayaks on board for you to explore when the conditions are right.

    Required Experience

    Although no previous sailing experience is required, all members will need to have ski-mountaineering experience and be comfortable skiing all snow-types on slopes up to 30°. It is also preferable that members know how to rope up to cross glaciers and how to perform a crevasse rescue. If this is new to you we can recommend suitable courses that teach these skills so that you can make the most of your expedition to Antarctica.

    How much technical climbing is there?
    Although most of the ascents will be completed on skis, using skins and ski crampons, there may be short sections, particularly close to the summits, where we may need to fix skis to our rucksacks and use crampons and an ice-axe.

    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - at the operator's discretion.
    - IMPORTANT: Cabin pricing is based off 5 confirmed passengers. Should the expedition confirm with 6 passengers there may be a reduction in the per person costs
    - A limited amount of beer and wine
    - Group medical and emergency survival equipment
    - Kayaks
    - tent and sleds
    - Group climbing equipment
    - Port charges
    - All shore excursions and lectures
    - All accommodation and meals on board and while ski mountaineering (except dehydrated meals)
    - All yacht charter costs

    Not included in your Expedition

    - Freeze dried meals for multi-day ski-mountaineering trips
    - Use of satallite communications
    - Personal medications
    - Bar & beverage charges
    - Mandatory waterproof gear not provided
    - Baggage / cancellation / interruption and medical travel insurance
    - Arrival and departure taxes
    - Passport & Visa fees
    - Pre and post-cruise land arrangements
    - Personal clothing and equipment
    - Any airfares or ground transport to/from the vessel
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  • Vessel

    ICEBIRD

    Icebird is a specially designed and constructed luxury polar expedition yacht. Built by Trintella in the Netherlands, one of the very best European yards, her aluminium hull has been re-inforced to enable her to operate safely in ice. She has 6 watertight compartments, including the engine room, and is insulated throughout which, together with central heating, makes her ideal for comfortable expedition sailing in Antarctica. Her hydraulically operated lifting keel can reduce her draft to a mere 1.9 metres, allowing access to safe shallow anchorages out of the path of drifting ice, while in the down position the 3.3m keel, with 10-ton foil and 5 tonnes of lead bulb, ensure excellent handling in even the roughest of seas.

    Features & Facilities
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    Luxury star rating: 3
    Guests #: 6
    Crew #: 4
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Standard Berth

19 Nov 2018 - 19 Dec 2018
USD 22,690pp
USD 22,690pp