Solar Eclipse, South Georgia & Antarctica - Ocean Atlantic

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Nov. 23, 2021
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Duration
20 days
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Activities
, Boat, Kayaking, Lectures, Photography, Wildlife observations, Zodiac

On Saturday, December 4, 2021, a total solar eclipse will run over the South Atlantic towards Antarctica. Albatros Expeditions will be in place exactly at the center of the eclipse umbra during our fantastic voyage to South Georgia and Antarctica, aboard our very own ship, Ocean Atlantic.

The eclipse begins early in the morning east of Falkland Islands. From here the moon shadow speeds south at 10,000 km per hour towards the South Orkney Island and Antarctica. Albatros Expeditions has selected the best possible observation position east of South Orkney, where the sun is 11 degrees above the horizon. This wondrous phenomenon will last for almost 2 minutes.

The solar eclipse is just one out of several highlights of this  once-in-a-lifetime voyage.
We follow in the path of the courageous explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton – just in the opposite direction: From Ushuaia to the wildlife paradise of South Georgia. From here to the eclipse path and onwards to South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. We will skirt the periphery of the Weddell Sea, birthplace of the mighty tabular icebergs, and cruise close to Shackleton’s harsh winter-camp on the shore of Elephant Island.

The sub-Antarctic islands and Antarctic Peninsula are a nature photographer’s paradise and we will attempt as many shore landings as possible per day, weather conditions permitting, bringing you close to Antarctica’s beauty. During our days at sea, a variety of onboard edutainment activities, from lectures to workshops, wildlife spotting and eclipse photography, will be possible.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival and embarkation in Ushuaia

Day 2

At Sea towards Falkland Islands

Day 3-4

Falkland Islands, Port Stanley

Day 5-6

At sea towards South Georgia

Day 7 - 11

South Georgia and South Atlantic

Day 12

December 4th: Solar Eclipse east of South Orkney Islands

Day 13

At sea towards Antarctica

Day 14 - 17

Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

day 18 - 19

Re-crossing Drake towards Ushuaia

Day 20

Arrival in Ushuaia and disembarkation

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Inclusions / Exclusions

Inclusions

INCLUSIONS

•          20-day cruise with accommodation in a shared outside double cabin with private facilities

•          Position on the solar eclipse centerline

•          All Zodiac landings and excursions as per itinerary

•          Expedition parka

•          Rubber boot rentals

•          Guiding and lectures by our expedition leader and team

•          English-speaking expedition team

•          Full board on the ship - breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon snacks

•          Free tea and coffee 24 hours’ daily

•          Taxes

Exclusions

Adventure options

Boat Trips

Wide-open spaces, crisp air, seemingly endless landscapes and the absence of modernity, enjoyed from the water's comfort during a delightful boat trip.

Kayaking

Glide through the waters and take in the royal grace of the icebergs, see the varied birds and seals, and maybe even the whales in their natural habitat under the supervision of experienced kayak guides, who will...

Lectures

Our primary focus is knowledge, and we apply this to every aspect of a journey. From the staff that forms our expedition team, to the routes our ship follows, and of course, the program onboard.

Wildlife Observations

One of the greatest pleasures of our expeditions, is being able to experience the Polar regions' wildlife from a safe distance, respectfully enjoying their beauty in their natural habitat.

Zodiac

Essential for expedition cruises, Zodiacs are robust boats that can go up on a beach, a rocky outcrop, a river bank or even an ice floe push through bergy bits of ice floating in the water. This is definitely one...

Departure dates

Nov. 23, 2021