unexplored antarctica between two continents
locationUshuaia - Lyttelton - Antarctica
Unexplored Antarctica between Two Continents
Unexplored Antarctica between Two Continents
FromAUD $59,468
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Duration
29 days
Trip code
CC080124
Operator
ponant

Overview

Through PONANT's alliance with The Explorers Club, this voyage will feature Cassandra Brooks, assistant professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, who works at the intersection of marine science, environmental policy, and public outreach to achieve conservation solutions. Cassandra is joined by fellow colleague and The Explorers Club Science Grantee Ulyana Horodyskyj Peña who will be on the ship to share their research and discoveries. Ulyana is a geologist, glaciologist, climate change expert with extensive experience in science communication. 

With the presence of Ian Dawson and Sue Flood, British photo ambassadors.

Charcot, Bellingshausen, Dean, Fisher, Ross, Amundsen... Aboard Le Commandant Charcot, the names of these legendary explorers resonate at every moment. Thanks to its unique capacity to sail into the very heart of the ice, Le Commandant Charcot invites you, with respect and humility, to set off in the footsteps of these great Antarctic figures during an all-new and unrivalled half-circumnavigation that will sail from the far south of the American continent to New Zealand. This journey to the boundaries of the known world will take you on a long adventure, where time stands still, where the horizon stretches into infinity to reveal dreamlike landscapes and abundant wildlife.

Antarctic exploration cannot be separated from the pioneers who travelled in these territories at the edges of the Earth. They left their names everywhere. Inaccessible and elusive are certainly the adjectives that best describe these lands that are among our planet's most little-known and remote. Like a real explorer, you will cross the legendary southern seas of Bellingshausen and Amundsen, approach Marie Byrd Land, one of the last Terra nullius of our planet, and attempt to reach the Charcot and Peter I Islands, enveloped in their blankets of ice. Very significant in the history of South Pole explorationRoss Sea is also the world's largest marine protected area, the kingdom of prodigious wildlife. As a privileged witness, keep a watchful eye and take the time to observe the Antarctic petrels, whales, orcas, seals and penguins that are to be found here.

The power of the polar world will conquer you, leaving you with unforgettable memories of the impressive Drygalski glacier scattered with blue, the endless and constant Ross Ice Shelf, the majestic Witkins and Getz ice shelves, and the ice floe taking over the Amundsen Sea. Here and there, you will notice clues to the past presence of Shackleton and Scott who have forever marked this continent of extremes with their historic exploits. At the foot of Mount Erebus, the highest volcano in Antarctica, their memory becomes tangible: the former base camp has remained intact.

Get insight into your destination with this video: Le Commandant Charcot in the Ross Sea.

Find out more about the world of Le Commandant Charcot here!

We are privileged guests in these extreme lands where we are at the mercy of weather and ice conditions. Our navigation will be determined by the type of ice we come across; as the fast ice must be preserved, we will take this factor into account from day to day in our itineraries. The sailing programme, outings, activities and observation of fauna cannot be guaranteed and are subject to weather and ice conditions. These experiences are unique and vary with each departure. The Captain and the Expedition Leader will make every effort to ensure that your experience is as rich as possible, while respecting safety instructions and regulations imposed by the IAATO.

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