Explore the wonders of the Polar Circle on an unforgettable expedition cruise that will take you on a breath-taking journey. Departing from Ushuaia, journey into the Falkland Islands where you will experience the unique culture and beauty of the hundreds of individual islands. Continuing your voyage to South Georgia, keep an eye out for the native king penguins, fur seals and elephant seals which roam here. You may be lucky enough to experience the White Continent if the weather and ice permits. Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an experience hard to forget with icebergs, ice floe and ancient glaciers adding to the already magnificent landscape. This Expedition Cruise is onboard Ponant’s L’Austral ship, part of the Sisterships fleet. View full details including deck plans and features onboard here. Return flight Buenos Aires / Ushuaia + transfers included

Trip highlights

Explore your surroundings in more detail with Zodiac® outings accompanied by a team of experienced naturalist guides.

Join an elite group who have crossed the Antarctic Polar Circle and experienced the magical wonders of this majestic practice.

Witness incredible wildlife in their natural habitat including black-browed albatrosses, Gentoo penguins, humpback whales and leopard seals.

Experience Beyond the Polar Circle alongside a National Geographic Photographer and Expert, who are specialised in the destination.

Itinerary - 17 Days

1 Ushuaia, Argentina

Fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and transfer to Hotel Arakur for lunch and leisure time. The busy port of Ushuaia is the perfect location to start off your expedition cruise. It’s the world’s most southernmost city in a world and the gateway to Antarctica. Before you board, why not partake in some outdoor adventures such as hiking, sailing, skiing, kayaking or even scuba diving, all of which are highly popular activities in the area.

2 At Sea

Enjoy your first day at sea making the most of all the services L'Austral offers. Be tempted by the swimming pool, the great conferences or shows going on, do some boutique shopping or simply enjoy the views from the upper deck. If you haven’t done so yet, try visiting the National Geographic photographers and experts on board to make the most of your experience.

3 New Island and Grave Cove, Falkland Islands

New Island and Grave Cove is the perfect introduction to the Falkland Islands. The pretty and picturesque New Island offers a dramatic landscape with steep cliffs contrasting with the quiet, serene sandy bays which lie beneath.

Grave Cove is part of Hope Harbour, located on the mainland of West Falkland. Situated among landscape cliffs including Death’s Head Ridge and white-sand beaches, Grave Cove is an island of supreme contrasts. The best wildlife experiences can be had on these islands where you may be able to witness Peale’s dolphins, sea lions, black-browed albatross, king cormorants and rockhopper penguins.

4-5 At Sea

Enjoy the wide array of activities and entertainment on board during this day at sea. From treating yourself in the spa to exercising in the fitness centre or having a swim in the swimming pool, there’s a choice for everyone. You can also enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, or simply visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

6-8 South Georgia

One of the first gateways to Antarctica, South Georgia is an intriguing landscape of sharp glaciers, snow-cover peaks and emerald green bays. An oasis in the stormy southern oceans, you’ll find wildlife such as penguin, albatross, whales and seals, many of which breed on the island. Approaching South Georgia truly is a sight to behold as up to a quarter of a million penguins huddle by the shore, finishing in the water and protecting their young.

9 At Sea

During this day at sea aboard L’Austral, you’ll have a unique, intimate and comfortable experience. Be tempted by the swimming pool, the great conferences or shows going on, do some boutique shopping or simply enjoy the views from the upper deck.

10-12 Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula is regarded by many visitors as one of the most beautiful places on earth and a once in the lifetime experience. Jagged mountain peaks covered in snow make this dramatic landscape one to behold. The dramatic landscape is a chance to come face to face with Gentoo penguins and other wildlife including leopard seal and humpback whales.

13 Crossing the Antarctic Circle

The voyage across the Antarctic Circle is one which most travellers will never experience and is, therefore, a truly special experience. Reach extreme latitude at the very bottom of the world where you will encounter diverse wildlife such as Weddell, elephant seals, abundant seabirds as well as Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie penguins.

14 At Sea

Enjoy your last day at sea making the most of all the services on offer. If there are still some activities for you to try, you will be able to do it during this day at sea. Remember to check the shows and activities programme, as it offers different and unique experiences every day. If you haven’t done so yet, try visiting the National Geographic photographers and experts on board to make the most of your experience.

15-16 Crossing the Drake Passage

The Drake Passage is a notorious stretch of water between Cape Horn in South America and the South Shetland Islands in Antarctica. Where the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern seas converge, the Drake Passage has a reputation for being a challenging voyage, but few are lucky enough to truly experience it.

17 Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia marks the end of the world and the end of your voyage Beyond the Polar Circle. Shadowed by the Martial mountain range, Ushuaia is a busy port city that is home to a wealth of landmark attractions and activities to keep you busy well after your journey ends. Enjoy hiking, sailing, skiing, kayaking and even scuba diving in Ushuaia or visit the many museums and parks in the city.

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