Trip Type : Small Ship Cruise
Polar Circle tour

Polar Circle

Bunnik Tours
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
9 days
From: $ 16,795 $ 1,866 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Be one of the few adventurous travellers to cross the Antarctic Circle
  • Marvel at the abundant wildlife on the Antarctic Peninsula including sea birds, penguins & seals
  • Cruise past towering icebergs & along Ice-filled fjords
  • Spend time whale spotting
  • Enjoy time at the South Shetland Islands, home to several Antarctic Research stations and abundance of Flora and fauna.

Short Description

Your adventure starts in Punta Arenas, Chile where you'll attend a briefing to learn more about the expedition, enjoy a welcome dinner and meet your fellow adventurers. You then fly over the Drake passage to King George Island, where you'll feel the clear Antarctic air fill your lungs for the first time before boarding your expedition vessel.

Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Trip Type Small Ship Cruise
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Punta Arenas
End City Punta Arenas

Trip Includes

  • All cruising on board the Ocean Nova
  • Return flights from Punta Arenas to King George Island
  • Transfers airport/hotel on Day 1 (only available to travellers who arrive before 3 PM).
  • 1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar, with a welcome dinner including drinks on Day 1.
  • 1 overnight with breakfast in Punta Arenas at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel or similar on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica.
  • Transfers airport/hotel on the Day of the Scheduled Return Flight from Antarctica, and transfers hotel/airport on last Day of the Air-Cruise Program.
  • Flight from Punta Arenas to Frei Station on King George Island and vice versa.
  • Ship cruise along the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Daily buffet breakfast and lunch on board ship offering a wide choice of dishes.
  • Daily served dinner on board ship offering a choice of three main courses.
  • Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship.
  • Coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water and snacks on board ship throughout the expedition.
  • All guided shore excursions.
  • Lectures and entertainment on board.
  • Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material.
  • Loan of waterproof boots for landing in Antarctica.


Please Note: The maximum weight allowed on the flights to and from Antarctica is 20 kg per passenger, including hand luggage

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Itinerary

Day 1: Punta Arenas, Chile

Meals: Dinner

ANTARCTICA XXI staff welcome you in Punta Arenas, Chile. You will be transfered to your hotel and attend a briefing that provides important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. A welcome dinner introduces you to the local gastronomy as you meet fellow adventurers from around the world.

Day 2: Punta Arenas – King George Island

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

A smooth two-hour flight takes you efficiently from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. Your Antarctic adventure begins as you exit the airplane and the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.

Days 3-8: Exploring Antarctica

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Sail along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Visit the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, disembarking by Zodiac each day. In small groups, hike to extraordinary sites and take part in exploratory Zodiac excursions to otherwise inaccessible areas. Expert polar guides share their passion for Antarctica through an engaging program of illustrated presentations, and lead you ashore to interpret the wildlife, the history and the many wonders of the Antarctic environment. From the glass-enclosed lounge, enjoy spectacular views while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests over a drink. The goal of the expedition is to sail far south in the attempt of reaching the Polar Circle. The Expedition Team sets the specific voyage route based on local conditions, and takes advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature. Flexibility will be the key to a successful voyage. Your expedition may include visits to sites such as Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Prospect Point or other magnificent places. Each voyage is unique and each is crafted to provide the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment.

Day 9: King George Island – Punta Arenas

Meals: Breakfast

Back at King George Island, bid farewell to Antarctica as you board the flight to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night.  Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program.

Day 10: Punta Arenas

Meals: Breakfast

Your incredible adventure comes to an end today. We trust you leave with wonderful memories of your Antarctic adventure!

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Ship Name

M/V Ocean Nova

Ship Stats

  • Passengers: 72
  • Expedition staff & crew: 46
  • Zodiac boats: 7
  • Length: 73.0m
  • Breadth: 11.0m
  • Draft: 3.7m
  • Gross Tonnage: 2183
  • Ice Class: Lloyds 1B,E0,1A (hull)
  • Cruise speed: 12.0 knots
  • Speed (max): 12 knots in open water

Ship Description

Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable expedition vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland. She was fully refurbished in 2006 and has since benefited from annual upgrades and improvements. Her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica.

Deck & Cabin Plans

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All Deck & Cabin Plans

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Independent

Accomodations

  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Punta Arenas
  • 7 nights on-board the Ocean Nova
  • Cost based on twin cabin

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation of reservation/s must be provided to us in writing and is subject to the following cancellation fees:

  • 90 days or more days before departure - loss of deposit
  • 89 to 75 days before departure - 25%
  • 74 to 61 days before departure - 50%
  • Within 60 days of departure - 100%

Additional Information:

Please Note

Polar exploration can be unpredictable, which regularly causes variations to our itineraries. Specific sites visited will depend on prevailing weather and ice conditions at the time of sailing. The above itinerary should be read as a 'guide only' and may change. The ship's Captain in conjunction with the Expedition Leader continually review the sailing plan throughout the voyage, making adjustments to the itinerary along the way to take advantage of optimal weather and ice conditions or to maximize our encounters with wildlife. Decades of experience spent exploring these waterways mean we have a large number of outstanding landing sites and zodiac cruising locations to consider, even when the weather conditions may not be ideal or when heavy ice may block out a planned route. A flexible approach is something we encourage you to bring to the ship

Trip ID#:

PolCirBun

Meals Included:

9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 8 Dinners

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