Antarctic Solar Eclipse

Antarctica

One Off | Space and Astronomy

Travel to the frozen edge of the south for the spectacular solar eclipse.

Intro, Dates & Prices

Intro

Please note that this is a non-exclusive tour and prices are listed below.

Boldly follow in Shackleton’s footsteps to one of the planet’s final frontiers of exploration and bear witness to the 2021 solar eclipse, a true wonder of the natural world.

Set sail from Ushuaia to the south, through the exhilarating waters of the Drake Passage, and voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula where you will get the chance to step onto the continent itself at Brown Bluff. Bathe in the thermal hot spots in the flooded caldera of Deception Island then cruise around the spectacular ice formations in Cierva Cove or along the scenic south coast of Trinity Island. As you journey northwards through the remote Scotia Sea, experience the miracle of a total solar eclipse before continuing on to the South Georgia Islands where you can watch the elephant seals and king penguins that dominate the beaches whilst exploring the abandoned whaling stations. Finally, roam the distinctively British streets of Port Stanley on the Falkland Islands then return to Ushuaia with memories and stories to last you a lifetime.

Dates & Availability

25th November 2021 - 14th December 2021 - Available

Prices

Prices below in EUR are fixed and payments made in USD or GBP will be subject to change based on daily conversion rates.

Quad cabin from €13,350pp
Triple cabin from €14,550pp
Twin Porthole cabin from €16,100pp
Twin Window cabin from €16,750pp
Twin Deluxe from €17,950pp
Superior cabin from €19,250pp
Junior suite from €20,650pp
Grand suite from €23,700pp
Janssonius suite from €27,260pp

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Please bear in mind that this expedition will take you to some of the most remote places on earth. The isolated nature of Antarctica and the various surrounding islands means the weather may change at a moment’s notice. As such, the order of the itinerary is at the mercy of the elements and subsequent discretion of the captain. However, there are plenty of options in place so we can assure you that you will be able to enjoy the solar eclipse, as well as everything else the Antarctic and this once-in-a-lifetime itinerary has to offer.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • The world's most southerly city, Ushuaia
  • Hot springs of Deception Island
  • Step onto the Antarctic continent
  • Witness the incredible phenomenon of the solar eclipse
  • A Zodiac cruise in Cooper Bay
  • Chance to spot both Peale's and Commerson's dolphins around the Falklands

Places Visited

Ushuaia - Deception Island - Antarctic Peninsula - Brown Bluff - South Georgia - Port Stanley - Falkland Islands - Carcass Island - Saunders Island

What's Included

Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
Accommodation and meals during the voyage
All shore excursions and Zodiac activities
Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
Luggage transfer from pick-up point to vessel on day of embarkation in Ushuaia
Transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia
Port taxes & any entry fees to landing sites

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Itinerary & Map
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Day 1 : Ushuaia

At the place where the rest of the world ceases to exist, you will begin your epic Antarctic voyage. The mountainous fringes of the Tierra del Fuego and the Beagle Channel will wave you off in the afternoon as the ship embarks towards the vast open seas.

Overnight in Ship, The Janssonius

Meal plan: Dinner

Located at the foot of the snow-capped Martial Range where the Andes meet the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia is a bustling port town and adventure hub. The world's most southerly city and often referred to as 'the end of the world', it is the gateway to Antarctica, with cruises departing from the port throughout the summer season (from October to March).

The Beagle Channel has long been a draw for visitors to Patagonia with an interest in polar exploration; this 240-kilometre strait is the famous starting point for most voyages to Antarctica and was named after the HMS Beagle, which first visited the region under the captaincy of Robert FitzRoy and whose second voyage carried Charles Darwin as a passenger. Darwin described the glacial scenery surrounding the channel as 'magnificent' and 'beautiful', and these sentiments are shared by visitors to this day. Highlights of a voyage along the Beagle Channel include the Isla de los Lobos (Sea Lion Island), Isla de los Pájaros (Bird Island) and the iconic Les Eclaireurs lighthouse.

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Day 2 : Drake Passage

Begin your voyage south through the Drake Passage.

Overnight in Ship, The Janssonius

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The Drake Passage is the body of water separating South America and Antarctica, infamously known for its rough seas. It is where the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern seas meet, and without any landmass to resist the strong currents, the waves can be very choppy. However, there are days of calm sea and during this time, sea and bird life are in abundance.

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Day 3 : Drake Passage

Continue on your journey south. Marine and bird life changes as soon as you pass the Antarctic Convergence - Antarctica's natural boundary. A variety of petrels and albatrosses swoop past, greeting you to the Antarctic upwelling zone.

Overnight in Ship, The Janssonius

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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Day 4 : Around Antarctica

Note: The itinerary of the next few days is weather dependent.

Travel down the icy coast of the western Antarctic Peninsula and then north up the Gerlache Strait where you will either visit Cierva Cove and the jagged mountains of the Davis Coast, or you will take a scenic cruise along the south coast of Trinity Island and visit Mikkelsen Harbour. The ship will then plunge through Neptune's Bellows into the flooded caldera of Deception Island.

Overnight in Ship, The Janssonius

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Cierva Cove lies on the northwest coast of the Antarctic Peninsula and is surrounded by spectacular ice formations and a multitude of icebergs. The variety of icebergs are formed by glacier calving, when ice from the front of a glacier falls into the sea.

Located at the southern end of Trinity Island, towards the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, Mikkelsen Harbour is teeming with gentoo penguins and provides fine scenic cruising.

The circular Deception Island is rather misleading, hence the name. From the outside it appears as a solid island but once you reach the narrow opening, known as Neptune's Bellows, it opens up to a flooded caldera. Black sandy beaches line the whaling cove inside and the geothermal activity in this area heats the water to make for thermal hot spots. It used to be a popular location for whaling and you will be able to see the abandoned whaling station. Given its varying microclimates, it is rich with wildlife and vegetation. Penguins are scattered on the black beaches, and other bird life soar through the skies and nest on the ice-free headland.

The Antarctic Peninsula is the northernmost part of mainland Antarctica, stretching 810 miles from the main continent towards the tip of South America, and has the mildest climate. With dramatic landscapes and icebergs floating through channels, it is a major breeding ground for penguins, seals, and seabirds. Numerous research stations are dotted along the peninsula and Chile, Argentina, and the UK have all made claims of sovereignty, though none are internationally recognised.

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Day 5 : Around Antarctica

Sail up to the volcanic South Shetland Islands. You may get the opportunity to visit Elephant Island before you crest the tip of the peninsula and head down the east side.

Overnight in Ship, The Janssonius

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Situated 152 miles north-northeast of the Antarctic Peninsula, Elephant Island was thought to be named so because of the elephant seals early explorers saw on its shores and its elephant head-like appearance. It is a mountainous island without any permanent settlement but fishing, whaling, and scientific activities have been undertaken here.

The South Shetlands consist of 11 major islands and are largely made up of volcanic rock and covered in glacial ice. A number of research stations are based on these islands and despite the harsh conditions, various flora and fauna are able to thrive along the coasts.

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Day 6 : Around Antarctica

If the path through ice is open, you will now sail into the Weddell Sea, spotting bizarre tabular icebergs as you approach the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. You will head towards Paulet Island and may be able to go through the Antarctic Sound to reach Brown Bluff, where you will have the chance to step onto the Antarctic continent.

Overnight in Ship, The Janssonius

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Paulet Island has a large Adélie penguin colony and other birds such as imperial shags, snow petrels, and kelp gulls are known to also nest on the island. Formed by lava flows that are capped by a small crater, parts of the island are kept ice-free because of geothermal heat.

On the southeast side of the Antarctic Sound lays Brown Bluff, an ice-capped, million-year-old volcano that once erupted from within a glacier. This type of volcano - a tuya - is rather rare worldwide because they are only in places that had volcanic activity and were covered in glaciers at the same time. Here you could get the opportunity to step onto the Antarctic continent itself.

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Day 7 : Northbound

Begin your voyage north to the ideal position to witness the solar eclipse. There will hopefully be the opportunity for you to see fin whales breaching the icy waves as mammoth icebergs pepper the surrounding waters.

Overnight in Ship, The Janssonius

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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Day 8 : Northbound

Continue the journey north.

Overnight in Ship, The Janssonius

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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Day 9 : Arrival at eclipse location

The ship will reach its prime position to view the solar eclipse. En route there may be some sea ice and it's at this point that the south polar skuas and snow petrels often join the flying ranks at the ship's stern.

Overnight in Ship, The Janssonius

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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Day 10 : Solar eclipse

In the early morning of 4th December, the ship will manoeuvre itself into the shadow of the moon amongst the Scotia Sea ice, the perfect position to observe one of the planet's greatest natural wonders. Civilisation may as well be a million miles away. Here are some coordinates for the path of the moon's shadow:

7.06 UTC: 58.47.7 S – 42.45.2 W, 1.39 minutes, 8 degrees above horizon

7.08 UTC: 60.42.4 S – 40.59.8 W, 1.42 minutes, 9 degrees above horizon

7.10 UTC: 62.22.3 S – 39.48.0 W, 1.44 minutes, 11 degrees above horizon
 

Overnight in Ship, The Janssonius

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Tear your eyes away from the endless horizon and look to the skies for the phenomenal sight of a solar eclipse. The only shadow that will be cast on your trip is a physical one as the new moon moves in front of the sun, blocking out the light, except for a rather eerie and mystical ring around the edge of the moon. This is described as a total eclipse and is particularly rare due to the numerous logistic variables that need to line up for it to occur. Timing is key to see this serendipitous event, which only occurs globally every 18 months for just a couple of minutes.

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Day 11 : South Georgia

Arrive in South Georgia for various activities over the next four days.

Note: Due to the remote location and flippant nature of the weather, the activity programme is subject to change.

Overnight in Ship, The Janssonius

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The island of South Georgia is part of the British overseas territory and was fought over during the Falklands War. Commercial seal hunting was conducted between 1786 and 1913, and whaling stations ran until 1964. There are still relics of this time around the island including abandoned huts and whaling ships. Snow covers the mountainous island during the winter months and it is a popular breeding ground for king penguins, fur seals, and elephant seals.

Cooper Bay is located between the southeast end of South Georgia and Cooper Island. Take a Zodiac cruise in the bay for an opportunity to see macaroni penguins and numerous fur and elephant seals along the beaches.

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Day 12 : South Georgia

Overnight in Ship, The Janssonius

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Once the largest whaling station on South Georgia, Grytviken is now the territory of king penguins and elephant seals. Staff temporarily move here for the summer months to run the South Georgia Museum, and tourists come to visit the graves of polar explorers Ernest Shackleton and Frank Wild.

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Day 13 : South Georgia

Overnight in Ship, The Janssonius

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Fortuna Bay is on the north shore of South Georgia and is inhabited by various penguins and seals. Trek to the abandoned whaling village in Stromness and follow in Shackleton's footsteps before he became stranded on ice for almost eighteen months. The path cuts across the mountain pass and is partly swampy at times.

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Day 14 : South Georgia

Overnight in Ship, The Janssonius

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay, and Gold Harbour are three of the world's largest breeding beaches for the southern elephant seal. This time of year is peak breeding season and you're likely to watch bulls fighting and keeping watch over their territory as females give birth. These three sites are also home to the largest king penguin colonies in South Georgia, and the world's second largest.

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Day 15 : To Falkland Islands

As you leave South Georgia for the Falkland Islands, you cross back over the Antarctic Convergence. A high level of marine productivity occurs here due to the mixing of colder Antarctic waters with that of the warmer subantarctic. Expect to see many species of seabirds feeding here thanks to the plentiful krill and rich diversity of marine life.

Overnight in Ship, The Janssonius

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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Day 16 : To Falkland Islands

Continue on your journey to the Falklands.

Overnight in Ship, The Janssonius

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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Day 17 : Port Stanley

After travelling the open seas you will find yourself greeted by the magnificent landscape of the Falkland Islands. Make port in Port Stanley and the time here is to spend at your leisure. The Falklands cultural hub and capital brings a concentrated British flavour to the otherwise far-flung South Atlantic. Be sure to check out the ghostly clipper ships of expeditions past, like that of the Lady Elizabeth (or ‘Lady Liz’ to the Falklanders) who has haunted the capital’s northern shoreline ever since her tragic fate in 1912.

Overnight in Ship, The Janssonius

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The capital of the Falklands, Port Stanley, is home to roughly 75% of the entire Falklands population. Situated on the east coast of the islands, there is a Victorian-era charm to this port with its colouful houses and English-style pubs serving local beer. The Falklands Islands Museum is worth a visit to learn more about the local history and see how the Falklands War has affected the islands.

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Day 18 : The Falkland Islands

A huge variety of wildlife has made the Falkland Islands their home. If weather permits, you will set sail to the sites of Carcass Island and Saunders Island.

Overnight in Ship, The Janssonius

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas in Spanish) are a remote archipelago in the South Atlantic lined with rugged cliffs that provide homes for its abundance of birdlife. Many marine mammals visit the islands as well because of its diverse landscape. After its territory being fought over for years by the UK and Argentina, a referendum was held in 2013 and the majority of voters favoured staying as a British overseas territory.

Situated at the north-west of the Falklands, Carcass Island is rich in wildlife with penguins, elephant seals, and occasionally fur seals to be found. It has stunning beaches and steep hills that are perfect for any type of walker.

Saunders Island is the fourth largest of the Falkland Islands in the north-west, and is one of the few places where people can see the black-browed albatross. The cheeky caracara will be on the look out for any meal so be careful of your belongings.

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Day 19 : Return

Depart the Falklands and sail back towards the mainland. By now you will hopefully be fully acquainted with the many species of albatross, petrel, and shearwaters who follow the vessel in the constant search for food.

Overnight in Ship, The Janssonius

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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Day 20 : Ushuaia

Arrive back in Ushuaia with memories to last a lifetime.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Accommodation

Accommodation

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Ship

The Janssonius (19 nights)

The Janssonius represents the most flexible, advanced, and innovative touring vessel, and is one of the most environmentally friendly vessels to tour the polar seas. There are numerous amenities and on-board entertainment to make your Antarctic voyage memorable and impactful. High quality accommodation over all of the cabins and suits provides comfort and luxury for the duration of your journey.

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Antarctic Solar Eclipse (20 days)

Travel to the frozen edge of the south for the spectacular solar eclipse.