B, L, D
Overnight: M/v Plancius
On days 5 through 8, e will sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island.
We'll sail to the Neumayer Channel, where we position our ship for the multi activity base camp. The protected waters around Wiencke Island will become our playground for all activities.
In this alpine environment there are great opportunities to scout the region on foot, per zodiac and during kayak trips. Walkers will find opportunities to use snowshoes on hikes near the shore lines and the mountaineers will find their challenge by climbing hills and viewpoints further inland, i.e. Jabet Peak (1,770 ft).
All climbs and excursions can only be conducted in good weather conditions.
We plan to stay 2 overnights at anchor in order to implement two camp nights and two full activity days. We will visit the British research station and the post office Port Lockroy on Goudier Island.
Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Imperial Shags. We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Booth Island, Pleneau and Petermann Island where we can find Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. In this area there are good chances to encounter Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and Fin Whales.
Our second Basecamp night will be erected near the Continent; we choose a camp site which is suitable and close to next day’s activity.
The mountaineers hope to reach the summit of Mt. Demaria (3,000 ft) at Waddington Bay. A visit to one of the scientific stations in Antarctica will give you an insight about the life of modern Antarcticans working on the White Continent.
Further south we may have time to visit the Ukrainian Vernadsky Station, where we will receive a warm welcome from the station crew.
In the afternoon at Neko Harbour we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of a huge glacier and enjoy the landscape during zodiac cruises, hikes and kayak excursions.
A small group of mountaineers may climb up on higher grounds of the glacier.
We will spend the night at Neko or near Paradise Bay with a camp erected ashore. We will leave Neko Harbour in the early morning after breaking our last camp.
We sail via Melchior Islands towards the open sea of the Drake Passage. We have again a chance of seeing many seabirds.